Media Listing March 2012

1. Analysis: has the refugee convention outlived its usefulness?

JOHANNESBURG, 26 March 2012 (IRIN) - Can an international convention drafted 60 years ago to protect a limited number of Europeans uprooted by World War II continue to provide protection to the millions of people around the world today forced to flee their countries for a variety of reasons?


2. Somalia diaspora for development

IRIN News, 09 March, 2012

LONDON, 9 March 2012 (IRIN) - Somalis living abroad send home more than US$1 billion - perhaps even as much as $2 billion - every year, and they have kept on doing so, despite bureaucratic obstacles. Now areport commissioned by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) considers how the outside world can help Somalis abroad contribute to the country’s development.

3. Mogadishu terror continues despite Al-Shabaab withdrawal

IRIN News, 01 March, 2012

NAIROBI, 1 March 2012 (IRIN) - Although Al-Shabaab insurgents announced their withdrawal from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in August 2011, insecurity in the city has continued, as evidenced by the targeted killing of a journalist and a bomb blast in the past week.

4. Thousands flee to Mogadishu after Afgoye fighting

IRIN News, 28 February 2012

NAIROBI, 28 February 2012 (IRIN) - A renewed offensive against Al-Shabab insurgents by Somali government forces, backed by Ethiopian, Kenyan and African Union troops, has sparked another influx of civilians to the capital Mogadishu, locals told IRIN.


5. Minister push for return of refugees

Daily Nation, March 12 2012

Thousands of Somali refugees at Dadaab Camp in northern Kenya should be resettled in their country, two Cabinet ministers have said. Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and his Foreign Affairs counterpart, Mr Moses Wetang’ula, on monday told Parliament’s Defence and Foreign Relations Committee that the refugees posed “security, economic and political” threats to the area.

6. Four feared dead in Nairobi explosion

Daily Nation, March 10 2012

At least four people were killed Saturday night in a series of blasts next to the Country Bus Station in Nairobi. At least 42 others were taken to hospital with injuries following the grenade attacks. Twelve of those injured were in intensive care. Deputy police spokesperson Charles Owino, said the attackers were in a saloon car which drove off towards the Eastlands part of the city.

7. Foreign battles fought in Kenya’s refugee camp

The Standard, March 012012

They are in the country seeking refuge after being hunted by their government day and night, but still they can’t get the peace they were seeking, writes BONIFACE ONGERI

8. How embassy staffs collude with cartels to con Kenyans

Daily Nation, March 26 2012

An international human trafficking ring is working with employees of some embassies in Kenya to recruit unsuspecting Kenyans into forced labour in the Middle East. The cartel lures Kenyans by placing advertisements of well-paying job opportunities in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Kuwait in local newspapers.

9. Kenya must not send refugees back to Somalia -rights group

Alert net, March 19 2012

LONDON (AlertNet) – Somalis fleeing drought and persecution are living in terrible conditions on the outskirts of Kenya’s massive Dadaab refugee camp, following the government’s decision to stop registering new arrivals, a rights group says.


10. Israeli Prime Minister agrees to increase flow of Ethiopian immigrants

Jerusalem and Religions, February 26 2012

After months of pressure and criticism from members of the Ethiopian community in Israel and their supporters worldwide, the government finally agreed Sunday night to dramatically increase the number of immigrants arriving here monthly from the East African nation.

11. Israel Slashes Help for Ethiopian Immigrants

The Jewish Daily Forward, March 07 2012

Israel’s Immigrant Absorption Ministry will cut NIS 5.5 million from its budget for integrating Ethiopian immigrants this year, while the funds for immigrants from other countries will be cut by only hundreds of thousands of shekels at most.

12. Evacuation of Stranded Migrants from Yemen Will End Unless New Funding Found:

IOM, 13 March 2012

Yemen - IOM will this month organize a final air evacuation of 277 stranded Ethiopian migrants from Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia, unless new funding to continue repatriation flights is found. To date, IOM has assisted more than 6,000 Ethiopian migrants to return home from Haradh, a town close to the border used by the migrants as a stepping stone to reach Saudi Arabia. But some 12,000 stranded migrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, remain.


13. Tortured for ransom

IRIN, March 12 2012

HAJJAH, 12 March 2012 (IRIN) - The discovery of 70 battered men and women held captive in a remote area of Yemen’s Hajjah Governorate near the Saudi Arabian border has sparked an investigation into the torture and extortion of African immigrants by criminal gangs, say local authorities.

14.  Analysis: Humanitarian needs grow as violence escalates in northern Yemen

IRIN, February 16 2012

HAJJAH, 16 February 2012 (IRIN) - Houthi-led Shia rebels are becoming more assertive and expanding the area under their control especially in the northwestern Yemeni governorate of Hajjah, say observers, prompting the Interior Ministry on 12 February to warn the Houthis to halt their operations

15. At Yemen Saudi borders traffickers commit brutal crimes on African border crossers

Yemen Observer, March 19 2012

Yemeni security authorities started investigations over the issue of torturing and abusing African border crossers after the security authorities in Harad district freed over 170 Africans that were detained in a walled yard located near the borders of Yemen with Saudi Arabia.

16. Cramped shelter conditions for Abyan IDPs

IRIN News, March 19 2012

ADEN, 19 March 2012 (IRIN) - Since fleeing their homes in early March after clashes between the Yemeni army and Islamic militants in the southern governorate of Abyan, two families - 19 people in all - have been living in a 22 square metre classroom in al-Fatah School, Tawahi Distrct, Aden Governorate - and they are the lucky ones.

17. Risks rise for African migrants on Yemen-Saudi border

The National March 15, 2012

SANAA // The discovery of 70 battered men and women held captive in a remote area of Yemen has sparked an investigation into the torture and extortion of African immigrants by criminal gangs.

18. What’s next for Yemen?

Aljazeera, March 18 2012

Amherst, MA - Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh is finally gone, but the question of "what next" remains tied to old understandings of what plagues the country. Yemen is a weak state, we are repeatedly told, which faced two strong challenges even before the outbreak of the Arab uprisings: 1) The secession impulses of southerners fed up with the repressive northern-dominated regime; 2) The armed conflicts from the northern Houthi rebels against the regime, ongoing since at least 2004.

South Africa

19. Migrants facing unlawful arrest in South Africa

Africa Review, March 04 2012

Four months ago, Clemence Uzizo, 21, a welder living in Soweto, Johannesburg's most populous suburb, made the mistake of venturing out to a local shop without his asylum-seeker permit. Neither the police who arrested him, nor the immigration officials who detained him, verified Uzizo's legal status before deporting him to Zimbabwe, the country of his birth.


20. Torture in Egyptian desert

Africa Review, March 02 2012

They're promised a safe passage to their destination in return for a hefty sum to help them escape to what they believe is a better future. The reality is; many African migrants crossing the Sinai Desert face torture, captivity and being held for ransom until their families pay the exorbitant money demanded - or they die.


21. Too many immigrants in France

CNN, March 08 2012

(CNN) -- France has too many foreigners and is not integrating them properly, President Nicolas Sarkozy said in an interview on French television.

22. MIGRATION: Australia to enact uniform asylum process

IRIN News, March 20 2012

BANGKOK, 20 March 2012 (IRIN) - Rights groups have welcomed a decision by the Australian government to process all asylum-seekers in the same way, regardless of how they arrived in the country.



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