Media Listing October 2016

Global

Further criminalizing people smuggling will not work: The author of this article argues that recent UN summits have largely ignored the role of smugglers in large-scale irregular migration. The author calls for new approaches that will reduce the demand for smugglers and deflate the levels of profits gained in moving people irregularly. (News Deeply – 30/09/2016)

UN Secretary-General condemns rising xenophobia, discrimination in Europe: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, calls on European states to “transcend their national interests and stay true to their values to reject discrimination” in the wake of rising xenophobia towards refugees and migrants. (Sputnik News – 03/10/2016)

‘Brain drain’ is particularly acute in sub-Saharan Africa, IMF says: According to IMF’s newly published World Economic Outlook report, skilled workers are leaving Sub-Saharan Africa in rapidly increasing numbers, leading to a “brain drain” that entails high social costs. According to the report, the number of Sub-Saharan migrants living in developed countries could increase from 7 million in 2013 to about 34 million by 2050. (Business Day – 04/10/2016)

UN authorizes EU to stop migrant-smuggling vessels off Libya: U.N. Security Council adopts a resolution authorizing the European Union and individual countries to seize migrant-smuggling vessels on the high seas off Libya for another year. The resolution aims to “disrupt the organized criminal enterprises engaged in migrant smuggling and human trafficking and prevent loss of life.” (ABC News – 06/10/2016)

Italy seeking EU-Africa migration deal: Italy's foreign minister says his country "would appreciate" an agreement between the European Union and African countries similar to the one reached with Turkey to curb migration flows across the Aegean into Greece. The minister noted that such an agreement would “solve, or at least manage, migration flows from Africa." (ABC News -07/10/2016)

North Africa: The other side of Europe's migrant crisis: The author of this article looks at the dynamics of migration in five North African states namely, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Algeria and recent initiatives by EU to stem irregular migration from these countries. (STRATFOR – 07/10/2016)

East Africa: EALA set to debate human trafficking bill in Zanzibar: The East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) is set to debate the EAC Counter-Trafficking in Persons Bill, 2016 that will provide a legal framework to counter and prevent human trafficking in the bloc. (All Africa – 09/10/2016)

Africa's population boom fuels 'unstoppable' migration to Europe: The authors of this article argue that Africa’s population growth and higher levels of poverty will continue to fuel migration to Europe unless African countries “educate, house and employ their citizens.”(Reuters – 13/10/2016)

On the economics and politics of refugee migration: The authors of this explore the current refugee crisis in Europe and argue that there is a drastic need for a new regulatory framework based on two pillars: a coordinated policy that secures Europe’s outer borders and a more equitable allocation mechanism. (CEPR – 18/10/2016)

New approach to internal displacement must aim for prevention, better solutions – UN deputy relief chief: UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang, reiterates UN’s call for a new approach to internal displacement in terms of coordination as well better prevention and better solutions. Under the new approach, governments, development partners and investors are urged to integrate IDPs into their development plans and to make available flexible, long-term financing to support the plans. (UN News Centre – 24/10/2016)

UN report finds no evidence migration causes terror attacks and warns anti-refugee laws could worsen risk: A United Nations report warns that moves to crackdown on migration may worsen the risk of more attacks in Europe while breaching refugees’ fundamental rights. “While there is no evidence that migration leads to increased terrorist activity, migration policies that are restrictive or that violate human rights may in fact create conditions conducive to terrorism,”, the report cautions. (The Independent – 24/10/2016)

Algeria: the new migrant staging post for Europe: This article explores the migration patterns in Northern Africa with a particular focus on Algeria. The number of migrants transiting through the country en route to Europe is rising and experts in the migration sector caution that Algeria is poised to become a “promising alternative”. (IRIN News – 25/10/2016)

 

Europe

Czech president calls for economic migrants to be deported: Czech president calls for hundreds of thousands of economic migrants who arrived I Europe since last year to be deported adding that Muslim migrants’ culture is incompatible with European society. The president suggested that migrants could be relocated to “empty places” in North Africa or “uninhabited” Greek islands. (Financial Times – 02/10/2016)

EU signs deal to deport unlimited numbers of Afghan asylum seekers: EU sings an agreement with the Afghan government allowing its member states to deport an unlimited number of the country’s asylum seekers, and obliging the Afghan government to receive them. According to a memo leaked to media, EU suggested stripping Afghanistan of aid if its government did not cooperate. (The Guardian – 03/10/2016)

Securing Europe's external borders: Launch of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency: EU launches the European Border and Coast Guard Agency aimed at managing migration more effectively, improving internal security of EU and safeguarding the principle of free movement of persons. The new agency will have at its disposal some 1,500 officers from 19 member states who can be swiftly mobilised in case of emergency such as a sudden rush of migrants. (ReliefWeb – 06/10/2016)

Germany set to pass legislation to remove unwanted migrants unwilling to leave: Germany drafts legislation to more easily deport rejected asylum applicants, after it emerged there were 210,000 deportation orders issued in August alone. Under the proposed legislation, authorities will inform migrants refused asylum only 30 days before the deportation date in an effort to give them less chance to move or evade the authorities. (Sputnik News – 12/10/2016)

EU offers Tunisia visa perks in return for help to tackle migration: European Union launches negotiation for a migrant deal with Tunisia, aimed at securing Tunisia’s cooperation in the repatriation of citizens who have no right to stay in the bloc, in return for easing of visa hurdles for Tunisian visitors to Europe. (Europe Online – 12/10/2016)

Survey finds 70% of migrants arriving in Europe by boat trafficked or exploited: IOM releases a survey which shows that more than 70% of migrants travelling overland through north Africa to Europe have become victims of human trafficking, organ trafficking and exploitation along the way. (The Guardian – 18/10/2016)

EU hails first result in Africa migration deals: The European Commission hails the partnership framework signed with five African countries on reducing migration flows to Europe. “We are starting to see the very first operational results on ground," the EU high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini said. (EU Observer – 18/10/2016)

EU sounds out Egypt on possible refugee deal: According to this article, EU is exploring the possibility of negotiating a deal with Egypt to stem the influx of migrants to Europe – similar to the EU-Turkey migrant deal. Egypt has reportedly indicated its interest in brokering the deal. (EurActiv – 18/10/2016)

EU agrees to boost efforts to tackle illegal migration from Africa: EU leaders agree to step up their efforts to curb illegal migration from African countries with the aim of replicating the EU-Turkey migrant deal. “It is not just about money, it is about substantially improving the capabilities and the chances of people in these African countries and to give hope,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said (EurActiv – 21/10/2016)

Rescuers save 2,400 migrants in Mediterranean, recover 14 bodies: An estimated 2,400 migrants are rescued in 20 operations carried out by humanitarian groups and naval ships in the Mediterranean Sea.  At least 14 bodies were recovered. (Reuters – 23/10/2016)

EU and Nigeria to begin talks on sending economic migrants home: European Union and Nigeria start formal talks on a deal to send economic migrants back home, as part of EU’s broader goal to stem (irregular) migration from Africa. (Financial Times – 23/10/2016)

Humanitarian Visas: an asset of the EU´s response to the refugee emergency!: The author of this article calls for EU to adopt the use humanitarian visas as a way of addressing the migration crisis in a holistic manner. Further, the author explores how the visas could work in practice. (New Europe – 24/10/2016)

Sweden, with tightened borders, sees asylum requests down 80 percent in 2016: Swiss authorities report that asylum seeker numbers in the country are set to drop by around 80 percent this year from a record 163,000 in 2015 as a result of tighter borders and tougher immigration rules. (Reuters – 25/10/2016)

EU Commission seeks extension to border controls inside Schengen zone: European Commission seeks extension of temporary border controls set up inside the EU’s free-travel zone to cope with the migration crisis. “The Commission considers that the conditions for a return to a normally functioning Schengen area are not yet fully met," read a statement issued by EU. (Reuters – 25/10/2016)

Tolerance and humanitarianism will not solve Europe’s ‘migration crisis’: The author of this article argues that to tackle the current migration crisis, Europe has to start thinking about migrants in terms of their rights and respect, rather than Europe’s generosity and tolerance. The author further calls for Europe to “radically rethink mobility as a human right.” (The Conversation – 26/10/2016)

NGOs censure EU countries for spending foreign aid on asylum costs: European NGOs criticize EU governments over the growing use of foreign aid budgets to meet refugee costs at home. The agencies claim that the strategy artificially inflates official figures for development assistance despite money never reaching the poor countries for which it was intended. (The Guardian – 26/10/2016)

Greece: Evidence points to illegal forced returns of Syrian refugees to Turkey: Amnesty International issues a statement which indicates that Greece illegally returned at least eight Syrian refugees to Turkey without respecting procedural guarantees or considering their asylum claims. (Amnesty International – 28/10/2016)

EU trains Libyan coastguard to curb migrant flows: The head of EU foreign affairs Federica Mogherini announces that EU has begun the training of Libyan coastguard as part of efforts to curb the growing influx of irregular migrants from North Africa. (Africa News – 28/10/2016)

Egypt

Egypt passes law to curb trafficking of migrants bound for Europe: Egyptian parliament passes legislation to crack down on people smugglers linked to a surge in the numbers of migrants departing from the country’s Mediterranean coast. The law imposes prison terms and fines to those found guilty of migrant smuggling and protects the rights of migrants. (Reuters – 17/10/2016)

Israel

 Israel: No asylum seeker made it over Egypt fence in six months: According to the Israeli government, fewer people have entered Israel illegally since a border fence was elected along the border with Egypt in 2012, in addition to enactment of tough immigration rules. Since 2013, only 302 people have entered the country illegally over the border fence. (Haaretz – 31/10/2016)

Kenya

Crisis looms as Kenya forces refugees to return to war-torn Somalia: Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) expresses concern over Kenya’s decision to close Dadaab refugee camp saying that the ongoing voluntary repatriation of Somalis does not meet international standards and that Kenya is violating international law. (France 24 – 10/10/2016)

The deadline to close Dadaab refugee camp must be lifted- aid agency: Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has accused Kenya of violating international law by forcing refugees out of the world’s largest refugee camp. The agency noted in a statement that Somali refugees were under pressure to return even though they might not want to go back at this time, adding that the deadline to close Dadaab must be lifted. (Africa News – 10/10/2016)

Dadaab, Kenya: Return of refugees to Somalia is ‘Inhumane and Irresponsible’: Humanitarian NGO, MSF, calls on the Kenyan government and UNHCR to urgently consider alternative durable solutions instead of “pushing Somalis back into conflict and acute crisis in Somalia.” (MSF – 13/10/2016)

Kenya accused of 'dumping' Somali refugees back over the border with no support: Authorities in Somalia suspend the return process (of Somalis from Kenya), saying that local services are overwhelmed and that the repatriation process amounts to the “dumping of human beings in undignified way.” (The Guardian – 20/10/2016)

Where do Somali refugees go when Kenya shuts down camp?: This article explores the unravelling situation of Somali refugees in Dadaab camp. The Kenyan government is keen on closing the camp by the end of November 2016, yet Somalis who have returned home say they’re worse off than they were in Dadaab. (VOA News – 18/10/2016)

 

Libya

More than 11,000 migrants rescued off Libya this week: More than 11,000 migrants are rescued in a span of 48 hours off the Libyan coast with more than 50 reported to have lost their lives. The vast majority of the migrants come from Africa, including Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Gambia, Sudan, Ivory Coast and Somalia. (Reuters – 05/10/2016)

Libya rejects EU-proposed migrant camp on its soil: Libyan authorities reject a European Union proposal to build a migrant camp on its soil to control migration through the Mediterranean to Europe. “Such a project would mean that the European Union is refusing to assume its responsibilities and placing it on our shoulders,” Libyan foreign minister said. (Africa News – 06/10/2016)

Somalia

Somalia: Puntland leader calls for intervention amid worsening droughts: The president of Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland, appeals to the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to drought stricken nomadic communities in Puntland. In September, UN indicated that nearly 5 million people in Somalia are food insecure due to poor rainfall, floods and displacement. (Garowe Online – 05/10/2016)

 

Sudan

Sudan, Germany agree to promote cooperation to combat illegal migration: According to this article, Sudan authorities say they have reached an understanding with Germany on ways to combat illegal migration and human trafficking.  This comes after a visit by a Sudanese delegation to Berlin, Germany. (Sudan Tribune – 17/10/2016)

Libyan authorities repatriate Sudanese nationals stranded in east: Libyan authorities authorize the repatriation of 1,500 Sudanese nationals stranded in the port city of Tobruk in Libya. The migrants were reportedly in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. (Libyan Express – 18/10/2016)

'Libyan coastguard' speedboat attacked migrant dinghy, says NGO: According to a Germany based NGO, Sea-Watch, the crew of a speedboat labelled “Libyan Coastguard” attacked a migrant boat carrying about 150 people, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall in the water. At least four people reportedly drowned during the incident. (The Guardian – 21/10/2016)

 

Uganda

Uganda: Experts to meet in Kampala over migration policy: Following a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Ethiopia, IGAD partner states are set to meet in Kampala to address the challenges posed by migration in the region. The meeting will also take stock of the Regional Migration Policy Framework adopted by IGAD in 2012. (All Africa – 29/10/2016)

Uganda gets $4.7m from European Union to stem migration: According to this article, Uganda is the first African country to receive USD 4.7 million from the EU Trust Fund for Africa. The grant is aimed at curbing violent extremism, fostering stability and controlling migration to Europe. (All Africa – 29/10/2016)

Yemen

IOM to issue urgent appeal to confront unfolding migration crisis in Horn of Africa: IOM is set to issue an urgent appeal in excess of USD 10 million, in response to a migration/refugee emergency unfolding in Yemen and Djibouti, impacting across the Horn of Africa. Hundreds of migrants are being deported to Djibouti from Yemen against a backdrop of an estimated 10,000 migrants who arrive in Djibouti every month with the intention of crossing the sea to Yemen. (IOM Press – 14/10/2016)

Destitute migrants pile up in Djibouti as Yemen sends boats back: IOM warns that migrants from Horn of Africa en-route to Yemen risk getting stuck in Obock as Yemeni authorities increase deportations of migrants from the country. More than 10,000 migrants, mainly Ethiopians and Somalis arrive in Yemen every month via the Red Sea, Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden. (Reuters – 15/10/2016)

Facing the refugee crisis in Yemen: This article explores the humanitarian situation in Yemen as conflict continues in the country. The author cautions that the Yemeni migration crisis is likely to spiral into a major international humanitarian crisis since the current [international] asylum and refugee policies are ill equipped to cope with the Yemeni crisis. (Chicago Monitor – 28/10/2016)

Amid escalating conflict in Yemen, UN-associated migration agency launches 150 million regional appeal: IOM warns that the situation in Yemen is growing dire every day as it launches a USD 150 million regional appeal to help provide desperately needed assistance to people trapped in the country amid the escalating conflict. (UN News Centre – 28/10/2016)

 

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