Media Listing October 2011

Horn of Africa

1. Migrants flock into the Middle East with little preparation

Addis Fortune 24 October 2011 - As making a living and supporting one’s self and family becomes more and more challenging in Ethiopia, women go to great measures seeking employment abroad.  Without any knowledge of the country, women, fearing the alternative, are confident and eager to be domestic workers in places like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, writes EDEN SAHLE.

2. “Somaliland Government Should Retreat the Deportation of Foreign Migrants” 

Somaliland Times Issue 508/22-28 October 2011 - Somaliland Counter Trafficking Network (SCTNW) has issued a press release that they are urging Somaliland Government to retreat its decision to take foreign migrants in Somaliland back to their home. The network stated that those foreigners in the country were political asylum seekers and the mean time are in a bad and a humanitarian state and they need emergency relief.

3. Almost 320,000 civilians flee Somalia this year, including 20,000 to Yemen

GENEVA, October 21 (UNHCR) – The deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia has forced almost 320,000 Somalis to flee their country so far this year. "While the majorities are seeking safety and aid in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, many Somalis continue to head northwards to embark on the risky sea journey across the Gulf of Aden," UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told journalists in Geneva on Friday.

4. Sudan: End mass summary deportations of Eritreans

Over 300 Sent Back to Face Likely Persecution
October 25, 2011 (Geneva) – The Sudanese authorities are increasingly deporting Eritreans to their country without allowing them to claim asylum, Human Rights Watch said today. On October 17, 2011, Sudan handed over 300 Eritreans to the Eritrean military without screening them for refugee status, drawing public condemnation from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

5. The French link in the Somali war: Sarkozy extends sphere of influence in Anglophone Africa 

The East African October, 30 2011 - What is French President Nicolas Sarkozy up to in Africa? This is the question analysts are asking following the announcement by Paris last week that it would ferry supplies to Kenyan troops fighting Islamist militias in Somalia. The French recently stepped up operations against Al Qaeda in North Africa after French citizens were kidnapped by the jihadists. 
Sarkozy’s address to the 16th African Union Summit in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on January 30 this year was unequivocal about France’s future engagement with Africa. “We’re not as far apart as is believed. Yes, there was colonisation, yes, there are disagreements, but today, geography brings us together. If we want to control migration flows and combat terrorism, we must help you succeed in your economic development. France is convinced of this reality,” said Mr Sarkozy.

6. Kenya military offensive in Somali hurting aid efforts, says UN

African review 28 October 2011 - The current fighting between Al-Shabaab and Kenyan troops has hampered the 
Humanitarian relief effort in Somalia, the United Nations said Friday.

EU News

7. Cameron urges public to report suspected illegal immigrants

Guardian 11 october 2011 - British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged the British public to report illegal immigrants and vowed to change the citizenship test so that it includes questions on British history.

8. Climate-driven migration challenge underestimated

Alertnet 19 Oct 2011 - LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The challenges of human migration due to climate change have been underestimated as millions of people will either move into or be trapped in areas of risk by 2060, rather than migrating away, a British government report showed on Thursday. The report, by the government-backed Foresight Programme, examined the likely movement of people both within and between countries to 2060. It found the greatest risks will be borne by people who are unable or unwilling to relocate.

9. UNHCR urges EU investment in asylum \ support for Greece

Alert net 26 Oct 2010 - It was announced yesterday (Monday) by the European Commission that the Greek Government has requested the deployment of Rapid Border Intervention Teams from FRONTEX, the EU's Border Management Agency, to assist at the land border between Turkey and Greece. UNHCR understands the difficult situation that Greece faces. The land border between Turkey and Greece has become the main entry point into the EU for irregular migrants and asylum seekers.

10. Sharing Greece's asylum shame

The European Voice September 29, 2011 - Since November 2010, Frontex, the EU's border agency, has deployed “guest officers” seconded from other EU member states, to assist Greece in patrolling its land borders. Migrants detained by patrols are transferred to detention centers in Greece where the conditions of detention are so poor that they are deemed inhuman and degrading.

Yemen and Gulf News

11. Somali refugees flooding into Yemen despite unrest

Alertnet 21 Oct 2011 GENEVA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Somalis fleeing famine and violence are pouring into Yemen at an increasing rate, straining the already troubled host country and aid groups, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.However, while rising numbers are crossing the Gulf of Aden, the Dadaab refugee complex across Somalia's land frontier in eastern Kenya has seen a sharp drop in the number of new Somali arrivals. This could be due to cross-border military operations or the onset of heavy rains, the UNHCR said in a statement.

12. The international community has not paid enough attention to Yemen's growing humanitarian emergency

YEMEN: FOX October 11 2011 - The international community has not paid enough attention to Yemen's growing humanitarian emergency, and risks a repeat of the crisis gripping nearby Somalia if it fails to act urgently, the U.N. aid chief warned on Tuesday.

13. Migration news

Middle East October 2011 - Saudi Arabia in September 2011 stepped up efforts to replace migrant workers with Saudis, a process known as Saudization or Nitaqat to reduce the unemployment rate among Saudi youth estimated to be least 30 percent. About 80 percent of private sector workers in Saudi Arabia are foreigners.

14. Migrants in United Arab Emirates Get Stuck in Web of Debt

New York Times August 20 2011 - ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Before she arrived in this mecca of migrant labor at age 48, Evelyn Naces, a Filipino nurse, had never owned a credit card. Soon she had 14 of them — and like thousands of other foreign workers here, a trip to debtors’ prison.



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