Media Listing August 2016

Global

Thai authorities arrest and deport thousands of Myanmar workers: According to an NGO based in Myanmar, Thai authorities deported up to 10,000 Myanmar nationals working in the country as part of a crackdown on illegal immigrants in July 2016. (RFA – 01/08/2016)

Brain drain of African doctors costs Africa over $2 billion: African governments have been urged to stem the number of doctors moving to work abroad due to poor pay and low levels of scientific research. Emigration of doctors has cost nine Sub-Saharan African countries up to USD 2 billion invested in training the clinicians. (Geeska Africa – 03/08/2016)

East Africa: Funds needed to send 500 illegal immigrants home: According to this article, Tanzania is seeking funds from the European Union (EU) and other donors to facilitate the repatriation of 500 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia stranded in the country. (All Africa – 04/08/2016)

Guanacaste’s little Africa: A life in limbo: This article highlights the plight of more than 2,000 African and Haitian migrants stuck in La Cruz de Guanacaste in Costa Rica, following a decision by the Nicaraguan government to close its border with the country. “We can’t deport them, we can’t provide them an air bridge, and Nicaragua won’t let them cross. We can’t do anything with them,” says Mauricio Herrera, Costa Rican Communications Minister. (The Voice of Guanacaste – 06/08/2016)

Trafficking of Nigerian women into prostitution in Europe 'at crisis level': IOM cautions that trafficking of Nigerian women from Libya to Italy by boat is reaching “crisis” levels with traffickers using migrant reception centres as holding pens for women who are then collected and forced into prostitution across Europe. An estimated 3,600 Nigerian women arrived by boat into Italy in the first six months of 2016 and more than 80% of these will fall victim to sex trafficking gangs. (The Guardian – 08/08/2016)

Stop indifference: Red Cross launches search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean: The Italian Red Cross in partnership with Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is set to launch its first search and rescue ship with the aim of saving lives of people crossing the Mediterranean Sea in search of refuge and safety in Europe. (IFRC – 08/08/2016)

Beyond the AU passport: Prospects for Africa’s integration and prosperity: Following the launch of the AU electronic passport (e-passport), by the African Union in July 2016, the author of this opinion article explores the advantages as well as challenges and difficulties of the African e-passport. (Maritz Africa – 09/08/2016)

The Nauru files: cache of 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention: The Guardian Newspaper publishes more than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s offshore detention facility in Nauru. The reports reveal that detainees including children have been subjected to assault, sexual abuse, self-harm attempts, child abuse and harsh living conditions. (The Guardian – 10/08/2016)

As U.S. rushes to meet Obama’s refugee target, France's program is on hold: This article indicates that EU states have admitted less than 6,000 refugees and asylum seekers out of the 160,000 in need of resettlement from Greece and Italy. In the US, more than 8,000 Syrian have already been admitted and the government is set to meet its target of admitting a total of 10,000 refugees by September 2016. (Center for Immigration Studies – 12/08/2016)

Deputy defense minister: African migrants don’t need helping hand: In a media interview, Israel’s deputy defense minister backs an earlier government decision to cancel a program for Israeli soldiers to volunteer with the children of migrants and asylum seekers in the country. “None of the 150,000 illegal infiltrators have been categorized as refugees; they don’t need to be extended a helping hand or be pulled out of the sea and saved from drowning” claimed the minister. (The Times of Israel – 14/08/2016)

Saudi Arabia intercepts illegal Africans in Red Sea: Authorities in Saudi Arabia announce that a boat carrying 31 migrants was intercepted in the Red Sea en route to the kingdom from the Sudanese shores. The group consisted of 20 Sudanese, six Nigerian and five Ethiopian nationals. An estimated 339 migrants, most of them Sudanese, have been intercepted by Saudi border guards off the coast since mid-June 2016. (Al Arabiya – 15/08/2016)

The return journey to Agadez: This article highlights the plight of migrants returning for the second time to Agadez on their way to home countries after failing to get into Europe. Some of the migrants were detained in Libya by security forces while others were abducted by militia groups and subjected to a range of abuses. (DW - 15/08/2016)

AU set to tackle migration crisis: This article explores various initiatives set to be implemented by the Africa Union (AU) aimed at addressing some of the structural causes of irregular migration within and out of the African continent. (The Southern Times – 15/08/2016)

Migration flows from Iraq to Europe: Reasons behind migration: IOM releases a study report that seeks to explore the trends and causes of Iraqi migration to Europe. One of the report’s key findings is the complexity of factors that pushed or pulled Iraqis to leave their country. (IOM – 16/08/2016)

Exclusive: U.S. seeks Latin American help amid rise in Asian, African migrants: According to this article, the US is seeking closer coordination with several Latin American countries to help tackle rising numbers of migrants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East who it believes are trying to reach the US via the southern route. (Reuters – 17/08/2016)

Migrant and refugee suffering on the Central Mediterranean route: too much, too long: This article explores survey findings by IOM and other organizations that reinforce what numerous studies and media reports have suggested over the past years: the Central Mediterranean remains the deadliest route into Europe. (Open Democracy – 18/08/2016)

FG unveils national policy on labour migration: Nigerian federal government unveils a national policy on labour migration aimed at promoting good governance of labour migration, protecting migrant workers and optimizing the benefits of labour migration on development. (The Nation – 20/08/2016)

Forced repatriation of Afghan refugees: The author of this article argues that sending back Afghan refugees back to their country from Pakistan without their consent is not only an unscrupulous strategy but also a clear break of international refugee laws that Pakistan is a signatory to. (Daily Times - 22/08/2016)

New global migration mapping to help fight against infectious diseases: Researchers from the University of Southampton complete a large scale data and mapping project to track the flow of internal human migration in low and middle income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. (Science Daily – 22/08/2016)

Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA) meets to combat irregular migration: ECOWAS member states hold a meeting dubbed “Migration Dialogue for West Africa” to discuss a regional policy on free movement and migration. (IOM Press – 23/08/2016)

UNICEF: Numbers of Latino migrant children are 'very high': UNICEF warns that the flow of migrant children from Central America to the United States continues at a high rate, despite the dangers of the journey and the risk of deportation. More than 26,000 unaccompanied children were intercepted at the US border in the first six months of 2016. (Voice of America – 23/08/2016)

Fewer Indian students coming here thanks to rogue education agents in their homeland, but more Chinese and South Africans are arriving: This article reviews immigration trends in New Zealand over the past few years following new immigration rules introduced by the government in 2013. (Interest – 25/08/2016)

UN rapporteur calls for urgent action to protect hundreds of thousands of displaced people in north-eastern Nigeria: The UN expert on internally displaced persons (IPDs) calls Nigerian authorities and the international community to act urgently to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of displaced people in the northeast of the country are protected. “The Government must act urgently to ensure that food, shelter, medical care, water, sanitation and other essential services reach IDPs without delay,” said Chaloka Beyani. (UN News Centre – 29/08/2016)

Oxfam: ‘European Union is proactively doing harm’: As part of Oxfam’s series, “The Road to UNGA” this opinion article argues that EU’s deterrence policies to stem migrant inflows are creating a “route of hell” to Europe with tensions escalating among stranded migrants. (Refugees Deeply – 29/08/2016)

Europe

EU should deport refugees if asylum application denied - Czech President: In a media interview, Czech President, Milos Zeman calls for EU to deport all asylum seekers and migrants whose asylum claims have been denied as a solution to combating terrorism in Europe. (Sputnik News – 31/07/2016)

Turkey threatens to tear up EU migrant deal unless it gets visa-free Schengen travel within months:  Turkey threatens to tear up the EU-Turkey migrant deal and send hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers to Europe if its citizens are not granted visa-free travel to the EU’s Schengen Area by October 2016. (The Telegraph – 01/08/2016)

Young, alone, abused: Unaccompanied minors wish they’d never come to Greece: This article highlights the plight of unaccompanied migrant children who are stranded in Greek refugee camps. Human rights organizations have raised concern over the conditions of the camps which have been described as improper for children and teens. (IRIN News – 01/08/2016)

Hungary uses ‘excessive’ violence against migrants, says MSF: Medical charity MSF, expresses concern on the worsening humanitarian and medical situation facing migrants and asylum seekers stranded on the Balkan route as a result of border restriction imposed by Hungarian government. (EurActiv – 02/08/2016)

Refugee mobile app the latest in EU toolkit to tackle crisis: EU launches a mobile app dubbed “EU Relocation Program” to help asylum seekers arriving in Europe. The app contains information on registration requirements, location of first registration centres or hotspots, countries to which refugees can relocate as well as FAQs and videos. The app is available in five languages. (Bloomberg – 04/08/2016)

Eight arrested in Italy on suspicion of people smuggling: Authorities in Italy detain eight people suspected of being involved in migrant smuggling including falsifying documents to secure work visas for illegal migrants. (Euronews – 05/08/2016)

EU extends Libya mission for another year: The EU extends its civilian EUBAM mission in Libya until 21 August 2017. The Tunis-based mission seeks to help Libyan authorities tackle migration, border security, counter-terrorism and criminal justice issues. (EU Observer – 05/08/2016)

Migrants break through Italian police barriers to enter France: More than a hundred migrants break through police barriers at the Italian border town of Ventimiglia and enter France. According to local police, many migrants who arrive at the border town, intend to move into France. (The Guardian – 05/08/2016)

EU Commission criticises Baltics for excessive requirements for asylum-seekers' admission: The EU Commission criticizes Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for hesitating to relocate asylum-seekers without providing substantiated reasons. The three countries have set specific criteria for the asylum-seekers they would be willing to admit from Greece and Italy. (The Baltic Times - 08/08/2016)

What Brexit could mean for refugee protection in Britain: The author of this opinion article explores the implications of ‘Brexit’ for refugee protection in the UK using two scenarios namely, the ‘clean break’ scenario and the less radical scenario. (Open Democracy – 08/08/2016)

Germany turning away and deporting more migrants: According to government figures, Germany has turned away 50% more people at its borders in the first six months of 2016 than in the whole of 2015. In addition, Germany has increased deportation of migrants with 13,743 deported in the first six months of 2016, compared to 20,888 in the whole of 2015. (DW – 09/08/2016)

Italy reportedly sends Special Forces to Libya: Media reports in Italy indicate that Italy has dispatched a few dozen Italian Special Forces soldiers to flush ISIS fighters out of the Libyan city of Sirte. The Italian forces have reportedly joined British Special Forces also helping to retake Sirte from ISIS. (Defense News – 11/08/2016) 

Germany to ease deportations for migrant criminals: The German government is set to launch new security measures which includes easier deportation for migrants who have committed crimes or likely to endanger public safety. In addition, a taskforce will be set up to focus on speeding up individual cases of foreign criminals due for deportation. (DW – 11/08/2016)

Germany tightens border controls with Switzerland to stop illegal immigrants, says Swiss minister: Swiss finance minister, Ueli Maurer, says that Germany has tightened border controls along its border with Switzerland to stem the flow of irregular migrants. The Swiss minister cited Germany’s move to justify his country’s approach of sending back to Italy migrants trying to transit to Germany without valid papers or without applying for asylum in Switzerland. (The Independent – 12/08/2016)

Germany's AfD leader wants failed asylum seekers housed on islands: The leader of Germany's right-wing populist AfD party calls for failed asylum seekers to be housed on islands outside Europe. German media believe Frauke Petry meant the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus, used by Australia as immigration detention centres. (BBC – 13/08/2016)

ISIS fighters fleeing Libya may board migrant boats to Italy, authorities say: Italy warns that ISIS fighters could attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe disguised as asylum seekers. This is after the fighters were displaced from one of their key bases in the Libyan city of Sirt. (Time – 15/08/2016)

EU calls on member states to provide more asylum experts for Greece: The European Commission calls on member states to provide more experts to help Greece process a backlog of migrants and asylum seekers stuck in the country. An estimated 58,000 people are stranded in Greece after its neighbours closed their borders to migrants trying to reach northern European countries. (Europe Online – 18/08/2016)

Hundreds of migrants resisting deportation from Germany at the last minute: According to this article, an estimated 35,000 deportations were carried out by the German authorities from January 2015 to the end of June 2016. In the same period, more than 600 deportations from Germany were abandoned because migrants, mostly from African countries, refused to be deported. (DW – 19/08/2016)

Refugees in Greek camps targeted by mafia gangs: Humanitarian agencies in Greece warn that migrants and asylum seekers stranded in the country are falling victims to mafia gangs who subject the migrants to prostitution, drug trafficking and human smuggling. (The Guardian – 20/08/2016)

Lake Como becomes latest, most unlikely, flashpoint in Europe’s migration crisis: An estimated 400 migrants from Eritrea and Ethiopia are reportedly camping outside Como train station and in a nearby park in Italy, since July 2016 after Switzerland started to clamp down on migrants arriving at its border from Italy. (The Irish Independent – 23/08/2016)

Turkey’s migrant deal with Europe may collapse under post-coup-attempt crackdown: The EU- Turkey migrant deal is likely to collapse as Turkish and European leaders threaten to abandon the deal. The Europeans have expressed concern over human rights abuses in Turkey following a failed coup attempt, while Turkey notes EU’s reluctance to fulfil a promise to drop visa restrictions for its citizens. (The Washington Post – 23/08/2016)

EU states are denying child migrants essential services: This article notes that EU states are failing to fulfil their responsibilities to provide essential services such as access to education, healthcare and child protection to more than 90,000 unaccompanied migrant children in Europe. (The Guardian – 23/08/2016) 

Norway will build a fence at its Arctic border with Russia: Norway is reportedly set to put up a steel fence at a remote Arctic border post with Russia to prevent an influx of migrants. More than 5,000 Syrian refugees entered Norway through the border post in 2015. Sweden, Norway’s neighbour, has toughened asylum rules and is also set to introduce border controls in 2016. (The New York Times – 24/08/2016)

North African solution: Merkel pushes for Turkey-style migration deals: German Chancellor, Angela Merkel renews calls for the EU to negotiate Turkey-style “one in, one out” refugee deals with North African countries to stem the flow of migrants and asylum seekers into Europe. (Sputnik News – 24/08/2016)

Switzerland is the new route for EU-bound refugees: Swiss authorities express concern over rising numbers of migrants crossing into the country from Italy. More than 22,000 unauthorized entries have been recorded nationwide in 2016. (DW – 24/08/2016)

Abused and exploited, child migrants in Italy dream of better life: This article highlights the plight of unaccompanied migrant children arriving in Italy from Sub-Saharan countries. The children are subjected to various forms of abuses during their journey and upon arrival in Italy. According to UNICEF, of the 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children in Italy, some 5,000 have disappeared from reception centres. (Reuters- 25/08/2016)

Sweden sees record numbers of asylum seekers withdraw applications and leave: According to this article, a record 4,542 asylum seekers withdrew their applications and left Sweden in the first eight months of 2016 as a result of long processing times, strict new rules on family reunion, and pay-outs to migrants who voluntarily returned to their country of origin. (The Independent – 26/08/2016)

Hungary eyes ‘massive’ new fence as EU-Turkey refugee deal falters: Hungary is set to build a “massive” new fence on its border with Serbia to keep out refugees and migrants, amid rising fears that an EU-Turkey deal to reduce the flow of asylum seekers to Europe could collapse. (Irish Times – 26/08/2016)

NGO wants to buy migrants airline tickets to come to Europe: A German NGO, “Let’s Fly to Europe” intends to raise funds from ordinary Germans in order to fly out migrants from North Africa and the Middle East directly to Germany to save them from perilous sea crossings to Europe. (Breitbart – 27/08/2016)

Europe migrant crisis: Germany expects 'up to 300,000' this year: The German interior ministry indicates up to 300,000 migrants are expected to arrive in the country this year. More than 390,000 people have applied for asylum in the first six months of 2016, but it is not clear how many of these arrived in 2015. (BBC News – 28/08/2016)

Denmark drafting legislation to reject asylum seekers at border: The Danish government is set to introduce new legislation to allow for asylum seekers to be turned away at the border in the event of the de-facto failure of the Dublin Regulation, under which the first EU country of entry is responsible for processing an individual's asylum application. (Sputnik News – 30/08/2016)

Norway mulls expulsion of up to 15,000 rejected asylum seekers: Norwegian government announces it is preparing to deport between 12,000 and 15,000 asylum seekers whose claims have been rejected.  "Coping with the returns of those who have been rejected is key to ensure the integration of those who are granted permission to stay in Norway," said the head of Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. (Europe Online – 30/08/2016)

Egypt

225 illegal migrants arrested prior to sea voyage to Italy: Security forces in Alexandria, Egypt intercept 225 migrants as they prepared to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy. Among the arrested were 50 Egyptians, 81 Sudanese, 69 Eritreans, 25 Somalis, 11 Ethiopians, 4 Comorians, 4 Cameroonians, 4 Guineans, 3 Syrians, 3 Yemenis, and a Palestinian. (Egypt Independent – 05/08/2016)

Egyptian authorities intercept 51 illegal migrants on border with Libya: Egyptian authorities announce they have intercepted 51 illegal migrants as they were trying to enter Libya via the desert in Al-Salloum at the border with Libya. Among those detained were 9 Sudanese nationals. (Libyan Express – 09/08/2016)

23 Egyptians freed in Libya return home: Twenty three Egyptian nationals who had been abducted by gunmen while in Libya, have reportedly been freed and returned to Egypt. In February 2015, 21 Egyptian Christian migrant workers were executed by ISIS in Libya. (Europe Online – 12/08/2016)

146 illegal migrants of different nationalities arrested near North Coast: Egyptian authorities announce the arrest of 146 migrants and seven boat crew members near the North Coast. The migrants were from Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Comoros. In mid-July 2016, another migrant boat was intercepted by the navy carrying a total of 143 migrants from Egypt, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia. (Daily News Egypt – 14/08/2016)

IOM, partners reach out to discourage irregular migration among young Egyptians: IOM and Egypt’s National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) hold a workshop for government officials, parliamentarians and community leaders to develop a programme of nationwide outreach activities to discourage young Egyptians from migrating irregularly. (IOM Press – 19/08/2016)

Parliament approves higher fees for 'work-abroad' permits: Egyptian parliament approves a legal amendment that will raise fees for Egyptians seeking government permission to work abroad. In line with existing practice, Egyptians working abroad will also be required to renew their work-abroad permit each year. (Egypt Independent – 29/08/2016)

Egypt thwarts illegal migration attempts of 366 people:  Egyptian border forces intercept 366 people who were trying to leave the country illegally via different border points. (AllAfrica – 28/08/2016)  

Egypt blames EU-Turkey deal for refugee spike: Egypt blames the EU-Turkey migrant deal for a spike in migrants and refugees in the country and wants more help from the EU. "We are not getting enough support. I don't want to mention any examples with a country [Turkey] bordering you [EU], which has got 6 billion dollars in help," said Egypt's assistant foreign minister ambassador Hisham Badr. (EU Observer – 31/08/2016)

Eritrea

British report challenges Eritreans’ narrative that home country mistreats them upon return: According to this article, the British government has published a new report challenging the narrative of most Eritrean migrants, the UN and pro-migrant NGOs in Israel that Eritrean government mistreats returnees. The report, based on interviews with 30 returnees in Eritrea, has been criticized by human rights organizations. (The Jerusalem Report – 11/08/2016)

Dear Europe, if you really must re-engage with Eritrea, here’s how you should do it: The author of this article argues that while EU hopes that more aid and unconditional aid to Eritrea will help stem the flow of irregular migrants to its shores, instead, such an approach will only serve to strengthen a repressive and unpopular regime responsible for causing thousands of Eritreans to flee in the first place. (African Arguments – 23/08/2016)

Ethiopia

MoFA working to secure release of Ethiopian migrants detained in Zambia, Zimbabwe: Ethiopian government announces that it is collaborating with the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe to facilitate the repatriation of 438 Ethiopian migrants jailed in the two countries. The migrants were detained en route to South Africa. (MOFA Ethiopia – 09/09/2016)

Kenya

NGOs welcome Kenya's decision to keep Dadaab refugee camp open: NGOs welcome Kenya’s decision to soften its stance on the repatriation of refugees to Somalia, where the majority of male refugees claimed they would become a target for both the al-Shabaab and government security forces. (IBT – 22/08/2016)

Refugees issue bigger than closing down camps: This author of this opinion article argues that Kenya’s decision to close Dadaab refugee camp was made in a hurry, calling for continued engagement with all stakeholders in the refugee sector. (Business Daily – 22/08/2016)

UN defends Kenya over claim of forceful repatriation in Dadaab: The UNHCR defends Kenya over allegations that its authorities are pressuring Somalis to leave the Dadaab camp and return to their homeland. Media reports had previously indicated that some refugees were returning to Somalia out of fear. (Daily Nation – 27/08/2016)

Libya

IOM facilitates diplomatic visit to Libyan immigration detention centre: IOM facilitates a diplomatic visit by representatives of seven West African embassies in Libya to an immigration detention centre in Tripoli where 350 West African nationals are being held as irregular migrants. 330 migrants expressed their willingness to voluntarily return to their home countries. (Reliefweb – 09/08/2016)

Special Report: Enslaved in Libya - One woman's extraordinary escape from Islamic State: This report by Reuters captures the experience of an Eritrean woman who along with others were abducted, tortured and detained by ISIS fighters in Libya as they tried to transit the country to reach Italy. (Reuters – 18/08/2016)

IOM Libya releases 5th Mobility Tracking Report: IOM Libya releases its fifth mobility tracking report which indicate that there are 348,372 IDPs, 310,265 returnees and 275,857 migrants in Libya. The report also tracks mobility patterns, needs and shelter settings of populations on the move in Libya. (IOM Press – 19/08/2016)

Libya repatriates 241 Nigerians to Lagos: IOM facilitates the repatriation of a group of 241 Nigerians including 174 males and 67 females from Libya. (Punch Newspaper – 24/08/2016)

Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya: An estimated 6,500 migrants are rescued off Libya through joint rescue operations by Italian coastguards, Frontex and the NGOs Proactiva Open Arms and MSF. Most of the migrants were said to be from Somalia and Eritrea. (BBC News – 30/08/2016)

Somaliland

Somaliland petitions international community for statehood: In a media interview, Somaliland president, Ahmed Mohamed, say that more than a million citizens have signed a petition calling for the recognition of Somaliland by the international community. Somaliland has its own currency, armed forces and constitution after a referendum in 2001. (Som Tribune – 24/08/2016)

Somaliland: Somali migrant says Europe is ‘not worth the sacrifice’: This article highlights the plight of a Somali migrant who joined mixed migration flows to Europe via Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya. The migrant faced many challenges during the journey, spending about USD 10,000 and now lives in a migrant camp in Austria. (Somaliland Press – 25/08/2016)

South Africa

Human trafficking: A crime hidden in plain sight: This article highlights the problem of human trafficking in various provinces of South Africa. More than 150 women have been rescued from being sold into slavery in South Africa this year. (IOL - 09/08/2016)

Southern Africa: SADC tackles migration challenges: A conference held by SADC countries dubbed “Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa” calls for clear institutional structures to manage and coordinate labour migration within the Southern Africa region (All Africa – 21/08/2016)

Report suggests South Africa is a 'major player' in sex trafficking of Zimbabwean women: According to this article, an increasing number of people are being smuggled into South Africa from Zimbabwe every day with women and children being subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour. Smugglers charge up to 84 GBP to bring migrants to Johannesburg. (IBT – 22/08/2016)

South Sudan

UN rights chief: South Sudan government forces committing widespread violations: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expresses concern over human rights abuses committed by South Sudan government (SPLA) security forces on the citizens. The rights chief called on the UN Security Council to take stronger action against these events.  (Jurist – 05/08/2016)

Sudan

Sudan, Italy sign MoU to stem crime and irregular migration: Sudan and Italy sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on combating crime, illegal migration and border issues. According to a statement released to the media, the MoU falls within the broader framework of cooperation between Sudan and the EU on migration issues. (Sudan Tribune – 04/08/2016)

Sudanese army arrests 26 illegal migrants in North Darfur: Sudanese authorities in North Darfur state arrest 26 foreign nationals who tried to cross from Sudan to Libya at Um Kadada area. Earlier this year, the Sudanese government received a development grant of 100 million euros from EU to address the root causes of irregular migration in Sudan. (Sudan Tribune – 14/08/2016)

Sudan says 816 African migrants heading for Europe arrested in 2 months: Sudanese authorities report that 816 African migrants were arrested between June 27, 2016 and August 16, 2016 near Sudan’s border with Libya while trying to reach Europe. The group included 347 Eritreans, 130 Ethiopians and 90 Sudanese. Also arrested were ten smugglers. (EurActiv – 28/08/2016)

Bashir comes in from the cold: This article reviews the changing relations between Western countries and Sudan as the EU seeks Sudan’s cooperation to halt the movement of migrants and refugees transiting through the country to Europe. (Foreign Policy – 31/07/2016)

Tanzania

Tanzania seeks funds for repatriation of 500 Ethiopian immigrants: According to this article, Tanzania is seeking funds from the EU to repatriate 500 illegal migrants from Ethiopia stranded in the country. IOM indicates that mixed migration flow on the southern route to South Africa is on the rise calling for a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to combat irregular migration. (Coastweek – 05/08/2016)

Uganda

Is Uganda the best place to be a refugee?: This article explores Uganda’s refugee regime described as one of the most favourable in the world for refugees. Refugees in Uganda are given land and building materials to settle in addition to being allowed to work, move freely around the country and access education and medical facilities. However instability in neighbouring countries is putting pressure on resources. (The Guardian – 20/08/2016)

Yemen

Yemeni refugees caught up in Somaliland’s struggle for nationhood: This article captures the plight of Yemenis seeking refuge in Somaliland following the escalation of conflict in Yemen. Somaliland is not recognized by the international community as an independent state and is considered one of the poorest places in the world. (Refugees Deeply – 15/08/2016)

More than three million displaced in Yemen – joint UN agency report: A joint report by UNHCR and IOM indicates that the conflict in Yemen has resulted in the displacement of some 3,154,572 people, of which 2,205,102 remain displaced across the country and some 949,470 have attempted to return home. Cumulatively, owing to conflict and natural disasters, eight per cent of Yemen's population now remains displaced. (UN News Centre – 22/08/2016)

Yemen: Ban again calls for end to hostilities as ground fighting, airstrikes escalate: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon repeats his call on all the parties to the Yemeni conflict to immediately cease all hostilities and for the Yemeni parties to return to the recently-ended direct talks facilitated by his envoy. This follows an escalation in airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen and along the Saudi Arabia – Yemen border. (UN News Centre – 17/08/2016)

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