Media Listing July 2015


Australian doctors rally over threat of jail for speaking about asylum seekers: Healthcare workers in Sydney held a protest to demonstrate against the new laws that threaten to jail those who speak out about violations in detention centres. (The Guardian – 11/07/2015)

US border patrol violated agency rules in deporting thousands of children: According to a federal government audit unit known as the US Government Accountability Office, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) repatriate 93% of unaccompanied minors under the age of 14 to Mexico and Canada without documenting how they decided that it would be safe for the children to return. “CBP just does not have the training, the understanding of humanitarian protection, to make the assessment of these children…before sending them back to their home countries,” said Greg Chen, American Immigration Lawyers Association. (The Guardian – 17/07/2015)

A smuggler’s haven in the Sahara: This report by the Washington Post follows the activities of a smuggler as he prepares to smuggle migrants from Agadez, Niger into Libya. Despite efforts to stop smuggling networks, it is a colossal task: “There’s so much money at stake that this has become almost impossible to stop,” says the president of the Agadez regional government council.  (Washington Post – 20/07/2015)

Dreaming of Europe: One migrant’s trek through the Sahara: This relays the story of one migrant’s journey from Guinea to Agadez, where he has stalled before moving through Libya and onto Europe. “I know it won’t be easy…You can’t be sure of anything. A lot of things don’t happen as you expect them to,” says Omar. ( – 24/07/2015)

Morocco: The forgotten frontline of the migrant crisis: Multimedia special on what IRIN terms as ‘the forgotten frontline’ covers the situation in Morocco, which has become a bottleneck point for sub-Saharan African migrants trying to reach Europe. Thousands of migrants attempt to pass into the Spanish enclave of Melilla, but the move is almost impossible. Without the finances to secure a smuggling attempt, many are trapped: “To go back is not easy, to go to Europe is not easy, to stay here is not easy,” says one migrant. (IRIN – 29/07/2015)


Central African Republic

Court says refugees can vote in upcoming election: The Central African Republic’s highest court overturned a decision by the transitional parliament that would have prevented tens of thousands of refugees in neighbouring countries from voting in October’s presidential election. The decision made by parliament, it ruled, was a violation of the 2013 constitution which fives every adult citizen the right to vote.  (Al Jazeera – 22/07/2015)



Egypt stops 170 migrants from crossing into Libya: According to Egyptian border guards, 170 people were arrested crossing into Libya through the border town of Salloum. Those arrested included 3 Sudanese and 167 Egyptians. (Ahram Online – 02/07/2015)

Egypt’s border guard stop 121 from passing to Libya: 121 Egyptian nationals were arrested in an attempt to cross into through a militarised zone in south of Salloum city. The detainees are under investigation for entering military restricted zones. (Ahram Online – 03/07/2015)

Egypt prevents 328 migrants from entering Libya: 5 Sudanese nationals and 323 Egyptians were arrested when attempting to cross into Libya through the southern gate city of Salloum. The military prosecution is investigating the incident as he migrants were found in a restricted military zone. (Ahram Online – 08/07/2015)

Egypt arrests 184 attempting illegal crossing to Libya: 184 migrants were reportedly arrested for attempting to illegally cross into Libya through the Egyptian border town of Salloum. The 184 were detained and referred for military prosecution for entering a restricted military zone. . (Ahram Online – 16/07/2015)

Cairo deports 36 Sudanese migrants for attempting to reach Italy: According to a government agency, 36 Sudanese migrants were deported to Khartoum after they attempted to illegally emigrate to Italy. The migrants were uncovered on a fishing boat off the northern coast of Egypt. (IB Times – 17/07/2015)

71 Egyptians arrested attempting to travel through Salloum border: This article reports on the arrest of 71 Egyptians who were apprehended for trying to cross into Libya through the Egypt-Libya border at Salloum.  (Daily News Egypt – 27/07/2015)

4 human traffickers, 335 migrants arrested in Egypt’s Western Desert: A total of 339 people, including four human traffickers were arrested while attempting to cross illegally into Libya through Egypt’s town on Salloum. The article reports that the four men were paid 6,000 Egyptian Pounds from each migrant to make the crossing.  (The Cairo Post – 28/07/2015)

Illegal migration attempt to Libya involving 225 Egyptians foiled: According to this article, Egyptian border officials foiled an illegal migration attempt made by 225 Egyptians and 2 Sudanese nationals. The group was headed to Libya. (Egypt Independent – 28/07/2015)



UNHCR urges Hungary not to tighten asylum rules: The UN refugee agency urged Hungary not to pass a bill that aims to tighten asylum rules, saying that the move would make it impossible for Budapest to offer sanctuary to those fleeing war. The proposed legislation would shorten the timeframe for screening asylum claims and reject claims from those who had passed through so-called safe third countries and did not request asylum there. “Adoption of these proposals would have devastating implications for thousands of people seeking safety in Hungary,” said UNHCR’s regional representative for Central Europe. (World Bulletin – 02/07/2015)

100 asylum seekers to be released as detention system is suspended: Following a review and suspension of the UK Home Office’s fast-track detention system for asylum seekers, ministers announced a temporary suspension of the system and the release of more than 100 asylum seekers. “In light of the issues, I have decided to temporarily suspend the operation of the detained fast-track policy,” said immigration minister James Brokenshire. (The Guardian – 02/07/2015)

Mediterranean people smuggler sentenced to 18 years after one of the worst boat disasters: A people smuggler who was on board one of the worst migrant shipwrecks in the Mediterranean was sentenced to 18 years in Jail by an Italian court. The Tunisian national was found guilty of smuggling and having contributed to the ship’s sinking in October 2013. At least 366 people died in the tragedy.  (The Telegraph – 02/07/2015)

France calls for British cooperation over Calais migrant crisis: According a report by Frances interior ministry, Britain should share the responsibility for processing asylum claims of migrants at a camp near Calais who repeatedly try their luck at crossing the Channel into the UK. Listing a number of pull factors, the report describes Britain as a “country where illegal immigrants, either adults or children, are likely to be able to immediately earn cash to pay off debts to smugglers and send money back home”. (The Guardian – 02/07/2015)

Nearly 40,000 asylum seekers in Serbia: The Serbian government announced that Serbia has nearly 40,000 asylum seekers in the country. While acknowledging that Serbia is mainly a transit country for migrants, the interior minister also stressed that the EU should partner with Serbia to help resolve the issue of illegal migration. (In Serbia – 03/07/2015)

Danish government plans to cut refugee benefits to slow migrant flow: Denmark’s’ newly elected government announced plans to cut in half the benefits refugees receive from states, in an effort to curb the flow of asylum seekers into the country. “It is a matter of slowing down the flow of asylum seekers…We need to be able to keep up,” said the Minister of Integration. The government is suggesting a cut from 11,300 Danish crowns to 6,000 (USD 893).  (Reuters – 03/07/2015)

Hundreds of torture victims may sue UK over asylum detention: Following a landmark ruling by the UK’s high court, an avenue may have been opened for hundreds of torture victims to sue the government for unlawful detention. The case centred on four asylum seekers who fled rape and torture in their home countries and were detained under the detained fast-track system in breach of the government’s own rule that torture survivors should not be incarcerated. (The Guardian – 03/07/2015)

WhatsApp offers lifeline for Syrian refugees on journey across Europe: This article reports on the use of a private messaging application, known as WhatsApp, by migrants and asylum seekers to communicate and share advice about their experiences, who to contact to smuggle them, and the safest routes. The migrants and asylum seekers keep in contact in groups shared by their countrymen, connecting through friends of friends. (Mashable – 05/07/2015)

Hungary passes law to tighten asylum rules: Despite pressure from the UN and the Council of Europe, Hungary’s parliament passed legislation that will tighten its asylum rules. The law will shorten the timeframe for screening asylum claims and allow for the rejection of claims of Syrians, Afghanis and Iraqis who have passed through safe countries. (Reuters – 06/07/2015)

Balkan route a road of beating for migrants, refugees: Amnesty: According to an Amnesty International report, police in some Balkan states are abusing thousands of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants as they travel cross the region to reach the EU. “Refugees fleeing war and persecution make this journey across the Balkans in the hope of finding safety in Europe only to find themselves victims of abuse and exploitation and at the mercy of failing asylum systems,” says Amnesty’s deputy director for Europe and central Asia. (Reuters – 06/07/2015)

EU to invest in West Africa to check emigration: The European Union has committed to invest 1.15 billion euros in West Africa in a move to curb emigration from the region into Europe. The money will be invested in 16 countries across the region, including Guniea, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Niger and Mali. “We will work with a wide range of partners to tackle the challenges that remain in West Africa, such as peace and security, economic integration and trade, as well as sustainable development,” said the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.  (The Africa Report – 07/07/2015)

First victims of deadliest migrant shipwreck given funeral in Italy: Italy held the first funeral service for 13 victims of the worst shipwreck in the Mediterranean in recent history. More than 700 people were believed to have perished in the April disaster. The victims were buried in an inter-religious service.  (Reuters – 07/07/2015)

Migrant dies on UK-bound freight train near Calais: This article reports on the death of a migrant who was killed by a freight train on his attempt to reach Britain from France. According to a Eurotunnel spokesman, “Safety procedures apply automatically if there is any presence in the tunnel, therefore the train was brought to a controlled stop and the overhead power was cut. The French police conducted a search, in the process of which they found a migrant who they declared deceased a short while later”. (The Guardian – 07/07/2015)

Austria to send hundreds of homeless asylum seekers to Slovakia: This article covers Austria’s plan to send around 500 asylum seekers to Slovakia to relieve pressure on its Vienna refugee arrival centre. According to Austria’s interior ministry, the asylum seekers would move in gradual stages to a former university building in Slovakia. (Reuters – 09/07/2015)

UNHCR warns of growing asylum crisis in Greece and the Western Balkans amid arrivals of refugees from war: In this briefing note, UNHCR gives caution on the growing numbers of asylum seekers in Greece and the Western Balkans. “This situation requires a collective and far-reaching response based on the principles of humanity, access to protection, and genuine solidarity and responsibility sharing, both within the EU but also with countries outside the EU. Europe should live up to its traditions in this regard,” says the note. (UNHCR – 10/07/2015)

Hungary sets November date for anti-migrant border fence completion: The Hungarian government have announced that the construction of their anti-migrant border fence will be complete by November 30. According to the government’s defence minister, 900 people will work to install the 109-mile wall between Hungary and Serbia. “The Hungarian defence force is ready to complete this task,” he said.   (Times of Malta – 16/07/2015)

Eritrean translators ‘intimidating refugees’ in Germany: This article reports on the alleged intimidation of Eritrean asylum seekers by Eritrean translators in Germany. The article alleges that translators may be misrepresenting details of asylum claims that would shine a negative light on the authoritative government, such as claims of torture and abuse. Eritreans in Germany are convinced that some of the translators assigned to translate asylum claims may be loyal to Eritrea’s regime on its payroll. “The embassy is like a little mini-government on German territory,” says one Eritrean. (DW – 17/07/2015)

Sicily police arrest three for people smuggling, after diabetic girl dies: The Sicilian police force arrested three Egyptians on suspicion of smuggling migrants. The men were arrested after a Syrian girl with diabetes died after the insulin was thrown overboard. According to the police the men were charged with smuggling rather than homicide as the men who threw the medicine overboard had remained behind in Egypt. (DW – 18/07/2015)

European Union study finds that reform of the Dublin system is long overdue: According to a study commissioned by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee within the EU, the region should undertake a reform of the Dublin system of allocation of responsibility. Following this, the European Commission has committed to an evaluation of the Dublin system in 2016, which will aim to “determine whether a revision of the legal parameters of Dublin will be needed to achieve a fairer distribution of asylum seekers in Europe”. (The Independent – 18/07/2015)

EU falls short of migrant redistribution target: European Union ministers failed to reach their redistribution targeted of 40,000 migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece this year. Following lengthy negotiation, ministers agreed to resettle 32,256 Eritreans, Iraqis and Somalia. “We are almost there. The remaining 8,000 will be allocated by the end of this year, by December,” said EU home affairs commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos.  (BBC – 20/07/2015)

European Council urges to address root causes of migration: The European Union adopted conclusions on illegal migration which called on the European Union to urgently address human smuggling and trafficking at the root cause. In its five point list, the main political body recommend that “a broader foreign and security policy approach is essential to strengthen cooperation with countries or origin and transit aiming at addressing root causes of and preventing irregular migration”. (Sputnik – 20/07/2015)

Migrants’ journeys stall in Italy, near French border: In this article the reporter documents the stories of migrants who have repeatedly tried to cross into France and are effectively trapped near the French border. “If you go by bus, by foot, by train, its’ the same police on the other side. And they send you back,” says one migrant. (New York Times – 20/07/2015)

Austria could declare state of emergency on asylum seeker issue: In alarmist statement, Austria’s Interior Minister said that Austria could declare a state of emergency on its asylum seeker intake if it continues to be overburdened by applications. (Shanghai Daily – 21/07/2015)

Bavaria under fire for Balkan migrant ‘deportation camp’ plans: The Bavarian government announced plans to set up two centres close to its borders specifically to fast-track the deportation of Balkan asylum seekers. The move has been met with criticism from human rights groups who have termed the move a right wing populism. “The decision whether someone is being persecuted or not needs to be the result of an asylum procedure, and not a sweeping judgement before people have been had the chance to present their reasons for seeking asylum,” said a member of a refugee support organisation.   (DW – 21/07/2015)

‘No difference between Italy and Assad’s regime’: In this article one Syrian refugee recounts his story following his decision to flee for Europe. The young refugee boarded a boat in Tunisia before it sunk in the Mediterranean, after which they were reportedly attacked and beaten by Italian border guards. “After what we’d experience, we didn’t think Italy would be good for us. We were always told about human rights in Europe, that there is no harassment and so on, but I don’t think there is any real difference between Italy and Bashar al-Assad’s regime,” he says. (DW – 21/07/2015)

UN: Despite economic crisis, Greece must take robust action to address refugee situation: UNHCR expresses concern over the refugee situation in Greece where more than 100,000 people have sought refuge in 2015. Reminding Greece of its responsibilities, the agency stressed that Greece “needs to assume full responsibility for the refugee population”, in spite of its economic challenges. In doing so, the European Union was urged to take more robust action to assist Greece to cope with the situation. (UN News Centre – 24/07/0215)

‘Hundreds’ of migrants now target Eurotunnel every night: According to Eurotunnel, the channel tunnel rail operator, hundreds of migrants attempt to cross into the UK from France on a nightly basis. “We’re dealing with people-traffickers working together to ceate diversions and distract security. It’s a well organised, coordinated activity,” said a spokesman. (BBC – 25/07/2015)

Hungarian Prime Minister warns mass migration threatens European survival: This article explore sentiments echoed by Hungary’s Prime Minister, who warns that the refugee issue in Europe is a threat to the economic, stability and the very identity of Europe. “For us, Europe is at stake today; Europeans’ way of life; European values; the survival or demise of European nations, or rather, their transformation beyond recognition”. (Breitbart – 26/07/2015)

Denmark to run anti-refugee ads to dissuade asylum seekers: In a new move by the newly elected government, Denmark announced plans to launch a public campaign aimed at dissuading asylum seekers from heading to the country. The integration minister announced plans to run advertisements in foreign newspapers. (RT – 26/07/2015)

Calais crisis: new deal to send migrants home to Africa: This article covers reports that Britain and France agreed to a deal to step up the removal of migrants to Africa. This is a move the British Home Secretary Theresa May has called an “important step forward”. “We have had a constructive meeting with Bernard Cazeneuve and we have agreed on further work to ensure we can return migrants particularly to West Africa, wo we can help break the link between people making the perilous journey and thinking they can live in Britain,” she said. (The Telegraph – 28/07/2015)

German politician’s car blown up in apparent attack over asylum-seekers: This article covers reports of bomb attack on a German politician’s car in Dresden. No one was injured in the attack, but it is reported htat this could be the latest in a series of protests against asylum seekers.  The targeted politician was a leading local voice in support of asylum seekers in the country. (The Telegraph – 28/07/2015)

UK court deems fast track system for asylum applications unlawful: The UK Court of Appeal upheld a ruling declaring the detained fast track (DFT) system for the processing of asylum seeker claims, unlawful. The DFT is an accelerated system that permits the detainment of asylum seekers whose claims seem unfounded, while their cases are processed in an expedited manner. (Sputnik – 29/07/2015)

Calais crisis: Theresa May criticised over pledge to help French deport migrants to Africa: Following a pledge to secure avenues to deport migrants to West Africa, UK Home Secretary Theresa May has come under fire. This has been criticised as a short sighted move, as the repatriation would not have much of an impact on the situation in Calais as most of the migrants are from east African nations of Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia or Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. “Theresa Mya’s proposal of a repatriation scheme whereby people in Calais are removed to ‘back to West Africa’ is misguided. This proposed scheme has not yet provided details on how it will distinguish between asylum seekers from other regions and perceived ‘illegal immigrants’ from West Africa. You cannot repatriate someone to an unstable, unsafe region’,” said one proponent. (The Independent – 29/07/2015)

Immigration fuels rising tension in Germany: This article covers the rise in anti-immigrant protests and attacks on asylum seeker accommodation in Germany. According to the interior ministry 173 attacks have been registered so far in 2015, with 175 being recorded in the whole of 2015. There is “no place for xenophobia in Germany,” said Justice Minister Heiko Maas. (BBC – 30/07/2015)

While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens on migrants on ‘ghost flights’: This article reports on a covert operation by the British government to deport migrants on specially chartered flights to Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gabon. Hiring such planes reportedly cost over £5,000 per deportee. This practice has been in place since 2001, and until March 2014, a reported 30,000 people had been removed by 800 flights. According to Unity Centre, many of the deportees are being separated from pregnant partners and young children. (The Independent – 30/07/2015)

David Cameron criticised over migrant ‘swarm’ language: British Prime Minister David Cameron came under fire for his description of migrants trying to reach Britain as a “swarm”. Opposition party member Harriet Harman said, “he should remember he is talking about people not insects”, and called the use of the term “a worrying turn”. (BBC – 30/07/2015)

Hungary’s new asylum law ‘will put thousands of refugees at risk’: Amnesty International has condemned Hungary’s new law that is likely to see migrants arriving in Hungary being sent back to Serbia, FYR Macedonia and Greece, a “thinly-veiled attempt to dodge its asylum obligations under international law”. Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Director said: “The situation is simply untenable – countries in Europe’s borderlands are facing an unprecedented flow of migrants and asylum seekers, but passing them from pillar to post is not a solution and does not absolve countries like Hungary and Serbia of their legal obligations”.  (Euronews – 30/07/2015)

End of line for the detention of asylum seekers: The UK’s Court of Appeal has concluded that the Detained Fast Track asylum process, which puts asylum seekers in detention while their claims are decided in a hurried process, unlawful. According to the article, 98-99% of asylum seekers assigned to this process would be refused asylum and appeal processed were extremely limited. (Huffington Post – 30/07/2014)

Calais migrant crisis: British politicians talk tough, but refugees determine to get to UK at any cost: This article covers the tough rhetoric by high ranking UK government officials against migrants. But warns, that many of the people on the move are often fleeing war and feel that they have no other choice but to continue, whatever the cost. Quoting one migrant talking of a harrowing Mediterranean crossing: “I thought I would die on that boat. Until I die, I will try to go to England”.  (International Business Times – 30/07/2015)

Austrian government plans constitution change to tackle refugee surge: This article reports on plans by the Austrian government to seek a constitutional change that would grant it powers to force the country’s provinces to host asylum seekers. The country has recently been struggling to provide additional placed by asylum seekers.  (Europe Online – 31/07/2015)

Europe could solve the migrant crisis – if it wanted: This article posits that how we respond to the migrant situation in Europe will depend on whether we see people moving as refugees in need of protection, or people who are playing the system for their benefit. The author comments that politics will develop in one of two ways. Either Europe will continue to militarise its borders and argue over resettlements, or develop a common asylum system that will ensure that all refugees are offered a basic standard of living. The second he says will require a ‘deeper more difficult conversation about the EU and whom it exists to benefit’.  (The Guardian – 31/07/2015)



African migrants seeking better lives pass through Ethiopian border town on way to Europe: This feature by Fox News covers the situation in Metema, a border town in Ethiopia where scores of migrants pass though into Sudan. “It’s just a pity that people choose to endanger their lives in an effort to move out of their country and work in inhuman conditions abroad,” said the town’s mayor. (Fox News – 05/07/2015)

Ethiopia: UNODC calls for speeding up action against human trafficking: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes has urged the Ethiopian government to bring an end to human trafficking and smuggling in Ethiopia. UNODC has provided technical advice to the Ethiopian government on producing new legislation to prevent and supress trafficking and smuggling. (All Africa – 30/07/2015)



Eritrea calls for UN probe into ‘abhorrent’ people smuggling: Eritrea called on the United Nations to investigate the ‘abhorrent’ flood of refugees from its borders to Europe. “The loss of life, deprivation and lost opportunities meted out to the victims of human trafficking is too abhorrent to merit elaboration,” said a statement from the foreign ministry. (Yahoo! News – 25/07/2015)

Eritrea blames migrant exodus on human trafficking: The ministry has asked the UN’s Security Council to bring human smuggling networks to justice, saying that smuggling groups not human rights abuses were causing the exodus of Eritrean nationals to Europe. In a statement released in response to the publishing of the UN Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry, Eritrea’s foreign ministry has asserted: “The principal objective of this organised crime is to prevent Eritrea and its people from defending their sovereignty by dispersing and debilitating their human resources”.  (Reuters – 31/07/2015)



Kenya’s efforts to combat human trafficking at risk over unstable neighbours: According to a briefing note by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), efforts being made by Kenya to tackle human trafficking could be diluted by on goings in neighbouring countries. South Sudan and Somalia are in Tier 3, meaning little is being done to combat trafficking. “Implementing the National Plan of Action especially mapping out the hotspots will ensure Kenyans are protected,” said a legal officer at Cradle-Kenya, a local organisation involved in defending children’s rights.  (All Africa – 30/07/2015)



Drug and human trafficking in ‘lawless’ Libya is funding ISIS: This article suggests that the lawlessness in Libya has created ground for the proliferation of human smugglers and lucrative coastal migrant trade. It suggests that the existing human smuggling and trafficking business dwarfs any other in the region, valued at about $300 million per year. It suggests that the resources from such business is being used to finance groups such as the Islamic State.  (IB Times – 16/07/2015)

Why Libya’s coastguard struggles with migrant tide: This article covers the difficulties faced by Libya’s coastguard in the face of thousands of migrants who use its shores to reach Europe. According to the report, a European Union programme set up in 2013 to train the Libyan coastguard, airport and land border officials, at the cost of 26 million euros has since been abandoned. As a result the coastguard remains ineffective. “Libya needs a strong coastguard, helicopters and secure borders in order to combat illegal immigration. If not, we can’t stop it,” said the head of the investigations department at Libya’s state prosecutor in Tripoli. (Thomson Reuters – 20/07/2015)

Talks for UN resolution on Libya human smugglers ‘hit wall’: According to this article talks on a UN Security Council resolution to allow for the use of force in the Mediterranean to stop smuggling network have come to a halt. “Talks were progressing well and the EU was very close at clinching a resolution…but for different reasons talks have now slowed down,” said EU Home Affairs minister Carmelo Abela. . Malta Today – 21/07/2015)



Somaliland losing youth to lure of Europe: In this article the author interviews young Somalilanders considering their journey to Europe. “You would never try to go leally as a Somali; it’s impossible. But once you have the idea of migration in your head, it doesn’t go away,” says one young Somali. The Somaliland government estimate that as many as 300 people leave Somaliland each month (IRIN – 16/07/2015)



Sudan’s police rescue six hostages in campaign against human traffickers: According to reports, Sudanese police rescued six foreign hostages from Eritrea and Ethiopia from a human trafficking situation in Eastern parts of the country. (Star Africa – 08/07/2015)


South Africa

SA human trafficking caseload on the rise: According to a report by A21, a global organisation that assists people who have been trafficked, South Africa has seen a rise in the caseload of trafficked persons in the last two years. “We can’t say whether it’s because of an increasing amount of survivors coming out because of awareness or whether there are actually more cases,” said one campaign manager. (News 24 – 06/07/2015)

Opinion: Ways South Africa can combat human trafficking: The author of this opinion peace suggests that the only way to make inroads in the fight against human trafficking is to “raise awareness of the situation of victims and for the promotion and protection of their rights at an international level whilst demanding domestic commitment”. According to the author enacting and implementing legislation is only the beginning, and to make a meaningful push forward, South Africa must tackle corruption, reduce vulnerability, and to build capacity of at risk communities to resist and to be resilient to trafficking. (Times Live – 29/07/2015)



Tunisia recovers 27 migrant bodies from Med in a week: According to this report, 27 bodies of migrants from sub-Saharan states, were recovered off Tunisia. Local officials suggest that all migrants died while trying to reach Europe. (Yahoo News – 10/07/2015)



African refugees, migrants face dangers in Yemen: The United Nations has warned refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa against sailing across the Red Sea to Yemen. “People are either not informed – particularly the migrants – or they take the deliberate choice to still come to a country at war because the economic migrants amongst them are on their way to Saudi Arabia and it is the only way to get there,” says UNHCR’S representative in Yemen. (VOA – 20/07/2015)

IOM evacuates Ethiopian trafficking victims from Yemen: IOM has helped rescue 3,478 Ethiopian migrants who were taken hostage by traffickers in Yemen, en route to Saudi Arabia. IOM has organised for the repatriation of the group to Ethiopia.  “I was told that there are good paying jobs in Saudi herding goats, being a security guard, or working at a factory,” he said.  “Because my father has passed away, I was supporting my family; I had the money to pay the smugglers. After I paid, I was put on a boat. There were 53 of us on the six hour voyage to Yemen. When we got there the Mishwar (traffickers) were waiting for us,” said one victim. (IOM – 21/07/2015)

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