Average Of 10 Attacks Daily On Germany Migrants – German Interior Ministry

The Interior Ministry in Germany says nearly 10 attacks were made on migrants in the country every day in 2016.

According to the figures released, a total of 560 people were injured in the violence, including 43 children.

The preliminary statistics were released on Sunday in response to a parliamentary question.

Three-quarters of the attacks targeted migrants outside of their homes, while about 1,000 attacks were carried out in their homes.

Sources said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open up Germany to people fleeing conflict and persecution has polarised the country and boosted hate crime.

Germany has been contending with a backlog of asylum applications amid fears about security, following a series of terrorist attacks across Europe.

The issue is expected to feature prominently in the September parliamentary elections.

BREAKING: Bodies of 74 migrants found on Libyan shore of the Mediterranean Sea

The bodies of 74 migrants washed ashore on the Libyan coast after their boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea, aides workers said on Tuesday.

The Libyan Red Crescent said the bodies were recovered in the northwestern coastal city of Zawiya.

Red Crescent spokesman Mohammed al-Misrati said bodies were found Monday morning and that he expected more to appear.

Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration agency, said 110 people were aboard the dinghy which departed from the western city of Sabratha on Saturday.

Dinghy is a small inflatable rubber boat or life raft

Sabratha, an important archaeological site and a launch point for migrants trying to reach Europe, was briefly seized by the Islamic State in 2016.

The IOM said 13,170 migrants arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, and 272 were dead or missing.

More refugees entered Uganda last year than crossed the Mediterranean

UN migrant deaths in Mediterranean tops record 5,000 this year.

Last week, Fabrice Leggeri, director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, said the Libya-Italy smuggling route across the Mediterranean has seen record numbers of migrant drownings in 2016.

According to Leggeri, migrant deaths along the central Mediterranean route stood at 4,579 for last year, which still might be much less than the true loss of life. That’s compared to 2,869 deaths in 2015 and 3,161 in 2014.

There is little sign of the surge is abating, even during wintertime. There were 228 recorded deaths in January, by far the biggest monthly toll in recent years.

Leggeri blamed the very small dinghies and poor vessels used by the smugglers for the high death rate.

Libya has become a death trap for thousands of migrants, most of them from sub-Saharan African countries, seeking to escape poverty and find a better life in Europe.

The country is split by competing governments and many militias rule on the ground, many of them profiting from smuggling and human trafficking.

Rights groups have documented migrants’ horror journeys involving torture, rape, and forced labour inside Libya.

The country sank into lawlessness following the 2011 uprising that turned into a full-blown civil war that led to the toppling and killing of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Since then, human trafficking has thrived amid Libya’s chaos.


Source: The Cable

Nigerian Government set to evacuate 230 of it’s nationals from Libya, EU.

The Nigerian government has concluded arrangements to bring back home a fresh set of 180 Nigerians migrants trapped in Libya and 50 deportees from the European Union this week.

While the Libya returnees will arrive the country on Tuesday, the deportees from the EU will be received on Thursday.

A statement by Balogun Abdur-Rahman, the media assistant to Abike Dabiri-Erewa, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, said the returnees will arrive through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport cargo terminal.

He said the returnees will be profiled by airport officials and security agencies before being transported to their states of origin.

While the Federal government has warned Nigerian about entering Libya illegally due to the persecution of black immigrants in the country, which is a popular transit point for many Africans seeking better lives in Europe, it has intensified efforts at repatriating Nigerians trapped in prison camps in the country.

Reacting to a viral video and pictures purportedly showing the abuse of black Africans migrants in Libya, Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa had in January warned Nigerians of the hazards of illegal migration through the Sahara Desert to Libya with the hope of crossing to the EU.

Since the fall of the Muammar Ghadaffi regime in 2011, Libya has been engaged in a sectarian conflict, and militants affiliated to the so-called Islamic State now controls large swath of territory in the country.

There have been reports of arbitrary executions, torture and rape of migrants by the militants and human traffickers.

There are an estimated 300,000 African irregular migrants, many of them Nigerians, trapped in prison camps in Libya. The Nigerian government said it has evacuated over 2,000 from Libya and nearly 1,000 deportees from Europe since July 2016.


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Italy sets up fund to help African countries stop migrants

Italy has set up a fund to help African countries better seal their borders to keep migrants from boarding flimsy and often deadly rubber boats bound for Europe, the foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano’s announcement of the 200 million Euro (216 million dollars) fund comes two days before European Union leaders meet in Malta to discuss their plan to stop African immigrants from arriving in Europe.

A record 181,000 migrants reached Italy over the Mediterranean in 2016, most of them leaving from Libya where smugglers operate with impunity.

More than 5,000 are believed to have died attempting crossing the Mediterranean in 2016, aid agencies estimate.

“The strategic objective is to help African countries control their external borders and to stop departures,” Alfano told reporters in Rome.

“African countries can request training and equipment to beef up border controls.

“At the moment, Libya, Tunisia and Niger are the three strategic partners for the fund,’’ Alfano said.

However, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt and Ethiopia could be future partners.

Italy has repeatedly criticised the EU response to the migration crisis, in particular the failure to agree between EU states over how to share out those refugees and migrants, who make it into the bloc.

All 28 EU states agree, however, on the need to prevent them from coming in the first place and are increasingly offering money and other assistance to countries in the Middle East and North Africa to that end.

The bloc’s executive European Commission last week proposed mobilising a further 200 million Euros for projects such as training and equipping the Libyan coast guard and boosting voluntary returns.


Source: Reuters

Migrants in race against time to cross US border before Donald Trump takes over

Migrants trying to sneak into the United States from the parched Mexican desert have to contend with border guards’ drones overhead, poisonous snakes underfoot and human trafficking gangs at their backs.

But these challenges are nothing compared to their bigger fear: that someday soon, US President-elect Donald Trump will build a wall to keep them out altogether.

So before Trump takes office on Friday, they are racing against time, riding a freight train up to the border to look for a way across.

In the town of Caborca near the frontier, a group of Hondurans warm themselves by a fire of trash in the early morning cold.

One of them, Wilson, a 48-year-old builder, missed the birth of his daughter to make the journey. Getting to the United States before Trump takes control was more important. #

“When I saw that man on the television saying how he hated migrants and was going to build a wall, I thought: ‘It’s now or never,” said Wilson, who would not give his last name.

“So we all spent Christmas and New Year traveling to try to get here in time. We want to beat him to it.”

Mexican authorities are arresting thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of undocumented migrants each month, according to government figures.

Governors of several northern states this week called for extra resources to deal with the surge.

Laura Ramirez, a local charity activist, has been serving more than 200 free lunches a day to migrants.

“There are more and more migrants coming,” she says.

– Walk like a cow –
In the border town of Sasabe, marks in the rust on the border fence appear to show a spot where migrants climbed over, says Sergio Flores, leader of a government migrant task force.

“They have been getting sophisticated” in their efforts to get across undetected, he says.

Nearby on the sand lies a bottle of water, painted black — a common trick to stop the plastic shining in the sun and catching the eye of border guards.

That is just part of the typical migrant survival kit, Flores says.

The migrants wear soft-soled slippers so as not to leave footprints in the sand, along with camouflage clothes and masks.

Some have even made soles for their shoes that make their footprints look like cows’ hooves.

Some put sanitary pads in their socks to cushion their feet on long walks.

In their rucksacks they carry anoraks, remedies for snake bites, alcohol for lighting fires, talcum powder for their feet and painkillers.

They buy their supplies in the shops on the town square in the local village of Altar — an area dubbed “Migrants’ Wal-Mart.”

– Coyotes and mules –
The migrants pay about $1,000 each to so-called “coyotes” — people traffickers — to bring them here from their native countries.

On arrival, some traffickers tell the migrants they must pay another $5,000 to get across the border.

“It’s big business,” Flores says.

Some who cannot pay the traffickers instead cross the border as drug “mules,” with 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of marijuana on their backs.

“You have to bring your own water, food and blanket,” says one such “mule,” a Honduran migrant who called himself El Guero.

“They don’t pay us. The payment is being allowed to cross.”

– Not welcome –
Trump sparked outrage during his election campaign when he branded immigrants from Mexico criminals and rapists.

The insult rankles with the migrants on the migrant trail.

“That racist man is panicking,” said El Guero. “Our only sin is being born in an impoverished country and not having enough money to pay the gangs.”

Just across the US border in the town of Arivaca, Arizona, locals mistrust the migrants.

“We cannot deny that they bring trouble,” says a waiter in the town, who asked not to be named.

“I just think they shouldn’t be here. This is not their home.”

Last week, in his first press conference since winning the election, Trump reiterated his campaign promise to build a wall along the border.

In Caborca, Wilson gazes towards the north, where he hopes soon to cross over to a better life.

“I trust God will soften Trump’s heart,” he says.

36,000 Nigerians crossed Mediterranean to Italy in 2016 – Italian Government

Illegal migrants from Nigeria account for 21 per cent of the total 171, 299 immigrants that braved the Mediterranean odds to arrive Italy in 2016.

Figures from the Italian Interior Ministry estimated the record of Nigerian arrivals at 36,000, with most of them claiming they were running away from Boko Haram insurgency or Niger Delta crisis.

The estimate was as at November 2016 and leads to an average 109 Nigerians daily arriving via the risky route

The Nigerian government was briefed by Italian authorities on this development late last year.

Sources said the Nigerian government regarded the high number of Nigerians seeking asylum abroad as ‘’mind boggling and embarrassing”.

Government is of the view that only a few of the migrants could genuinely claim they were fleeing from Boko Haram insurgency and Niger Delta crisis.

“Most Nigerian migrants pictured in this milieu, are motivated by economic and pecuniary interests”, said a spokesman for Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

From all indications, government may soon begin a campaign to dissuade the young Nigerian ‘‘opportunity seekers” from embarking on the “perilous Mediterranean crossings in their bid to emigrate to Europe”.

“The dangers and rigours of the expeditions entail extreme negative prospects compared to the vibrant opportunities that Nigeria as a nation is still blessed with”, said the statement, signed by U. Onwuanukwo, on behalf of Mr. Lawal.

According to Frontex, the European Union border agency, some 181,000 migrants eventually arrived in Italy last year from North Africa, the highest number ever recorded. It was 20 per cent more than last year.

The largest group of migrants arriving were Nigerians, Eritreans and Guineans, the agency added.

Nigerians, along with Guineans also formed the bulk of migrants rescued at sea, especially in November, said Frontex in a report published on December 9.

The flow of Nigerian immigrants to Italy via the Mediterranean backdoor began in 2008 and declined for five years. From 2013, the number jumped.

In sorting out the migrants, Italian and European authorities have been able to distinguish between migrants from war torn states such as Syria from the hordes of economic refugees from Africa.

“The flow from Syria and Iraq is somewhat contingent while that from Africa is structural.

“Some European citizens support welcoming refugees from Syria while support for African economic migrants among public opinion is extremely low,” Mattia Toaldo, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations said.

Italy meanwhile, has reopened its embassy in Libya to enable its officials work with Libyan government to stem the flow of immigrants, through the Libyan route, the most popularly used by Nigerian migrants.

The Italian Interior Minister, Marco Minniti, announced the decision on Monday.

The embassy was closed down in 2015, along with all other Western embassies as the North African country descended into violence.


Source: The Cable

Over 1,000 migrants attempt to jump high double fence between Morocco and Spain

More than 1,000 migrants tried to jump a high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Sunday in a violent assault that saw one officer lose an eye, local authorities said.

A group of 1,100 people from sub-Saharan Africa trying to reach Europe stormed the border fence just after 4 am (0300 GMT) on New Year’s Day in an “extremely violent and organised” way, said the central government’s representative office in Ceuta.

None however managed to get through, bar two who were badly injured and taken to hospital in Ceuta, the office said in a statement. A similar assault on December 9 saw more than 400 migrants enter the tiny enclave.

Five Spanish policemen and 50 members of the Moroccan forces were injured, including one who lost an eye, it said.

A Moroccan interior ministry statement said that of those members of the security forces who were hurt, 10 were in a serious condition.

Ceuta and Melilla, another Spanish territory in North Africa, have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa.

They are one of the entry points for African migrants seeking a better life in Europe, who get there by either climbing over the border fence, swimming along the coast or hiding in vehicles.

On Monday, a French national was arrested for trying to board a ferry out of Ceuta with a camper van where 12 Algerians were found hiding, “car sick and sweating,” police said.

According to local authorities, of the 1,100 migrants who stormed the border Sunday, just over 100 managed to climb up the external fence and stayed on top for hours.

Footage shot by the local Faro TV shows one man perched at the top of the six-metre (20-foot) high fence, sitting uncomfortably near rolls of barbed wire, his head hanging down onto his chest.

Eventually as darkness turns to light, he slowly climbs down to a space between both fences and lies down as a Spanish policeman fetches him a bottle of water before taking him to an entry back into Morocco.

Separately, coastguards said they had rescued 52 people who were packed onto a small boat at sea south of Malaga on Spain’s southern coast.

EU Set To Send Nigerian Migrants Home.

The European Union (EU) and Nigeria will start formal talks in Abuja this week

– The talks will centre on a deal to send Nigerian migrants in Europe back home
– It is part of the EU’s latest move to stem the exodus of Africans to Europe

A report by Financial times have revealed that a delegation of 15 EU officials will arrive Nigerian capital, Abuja this week to discuss plans to direct private European money to infrastructure projects in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama is expected to lead the talks from the Nigerian side.

This is part of a longer term goal to raise up to 60billion euros of private funds to stem migration from nations including Nigeria.

Diplomats quoted in the report say the move is aimed at addressing not only the ramifications of migration in Europe, but also dealing with the root causes of migration especially from Africa.

The EU has already outlined plans to retarget about 8billion euros during the next four years to help countries with large numbers of would-be migrants.

Boat Carrying 600 Migrants Capsize, 29 Confirmed Dead

A boat carrying around 600 people has capsized off Egypt’s coast, killing at least 29, officials said today, in the latest disaster to befall migrants attempting to cross to Europe.

The boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Burg Rashid, a village in the northern Beheira province.

Of the 29 bodies found so far, 18 were men, 10 were women and one was a child, local officials said.

“Initial information indicates that the boat sank because it was carrying more people than its limit.
The boat tilted and the migrants fell into the water,” a senior security official in Beheira told Reuters.

Rescue workers have so far saved 150 people. The boat was carrying Egyptian, Syrian, and African
migrants, officials said.

It was not immediately clear where the boat was headed, though officials said they believed it was going to Italy.

Camerawoman Who Tripped, Kicked Migrants In Hungary Charged

The camerawoman once seen on video tripping fleeing migrants in Hungary was charged Wednesday with “breach of peace” by the public prosecutor’s office in the southern Hungarian city of Szeged.

According to the chief prosecutor, the woman did not inflict any physical injuries, but her behaviour was “capable of provoking indignation and outcry in the members of the public present at the scenes.”
Video footage of the incident caused outrage in September 2015 after it showed the camerawoman tripping a man running with a child in his arms.
It happened after around 400 migrants broke through a police line in a holding camp outside Szeged.
Petra Laszlo, who was documenting the migrant story for the Hungarian nationalist N1TV station, apologized a few days later in a letter to the Magyar Nemzet newspaper. She said the ensuing panic scared her and made her think she would be attacked. “As I re-watch the film, it seems as it was not even me,” her letter said.
N1TV fired the videographer after the incident, Editor-in-Chief Szabolcs Kisberk said. “The camera operator behavior was completely unacceptable,” N1TV said in a statement at the time.
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Five Day Old Twins Among 6,500 Migrants Rescued From Mediterranean Sea

Five-day-old twins were among 6,500 refugees and migrants rescued yesterday off the Libyan coast while attempting to reach Italy via the Mediterranean Sea.
The twins were traveling with their mother before they were rescued by Italian coastguard and airlifted to an Italian hospital, according to Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) also known as Doctors without borders, which took part in the operations.
MSF ship Dignity 1 and the Spanish humanitarian group Proactiva Open Arms rescued the refugees and migrants believed to be mostly from Somalia and Eritrea, who were aboard 15 rubber boats and one wooden vessel. As many as 3,000 of the migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya by MSF, Proactiva Open Arms and Italian coast guard crews and one rescue took place in Maltese waters.
London Telegraph said a total of 40 different rescue operations were responsible for bringing in the 6,500 migrants and refugees, including European Union’s Marine mission “Sophia,” which fights smugglers; and Frontex, the European Agency tasked with border security.
CNN quoted Italian coastguard as saying the rescued migrants were being taken to ports in Calabria and Sicily.
Just two weeks ago, in the week that started August 14, the route was used by 2,197 migrants, according to the International Organization for Migration.
Yesterday’s efforts for one of the largest influxes of refugees in a single day this year showed people wearing life jackets jumping off one of the boats and into the Mediterranean before swimming towards rescuers.

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27 Migrants Die After Boat Capsizes Off Turkey’s Coast

At least 27 migrants have died off the Turkish coast trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos, Turkish media say.

The victims, including 11 children, drowned when their boat capsized after setting off from Balikesir province.

About 400 people have died crossing into Europe in 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.
Most were travelling to Greece on their way to northern Europe. Recent fighting in Syria has sent thousands of people fleeing towards the Turkish border.

The sea route from Turkey to Greece was the most popular way for migrants trying to enter Europe in 2015.

In the latest incident, Turkish media quoted official as saying that 40 migrants set out for Lesbos from the Altinoluk area early on Monday. They say their boat capsized two miles (3.2km) into the crossing.

Hurriyet newspaper says the vessel was using a new route, because security forces have stepped up moves to deter migrants from taking their chances.


The paper also denied earlier media reports that another migrant boat had capsized further south off Izmir province.
News of the deaths came as Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Turkey to discuss ways of reducing the number of migrants travelling to Europe.

After talks with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Mrs Merkel said they had agreed to seek help from Nato – both countries are members – in handling the migrant crisis.
She said they would use the next meeting of the alliance to consider “to what extent Nato can be helpful with the surveillance situation at sea” and support the EU border agency Frontex.

Syrians are not being allowed to pass into Turkey at the Kilis border crossing

The IOM says more than 68,000 migrants arrived on Greek shores in the first five weeks of 2016, despite often stormy conditions. This is a huge rise from last year, when the figure for the whole of January was less than 1,500.

Nearly half of those who have arrived in Greece this year are from Syria, the IOM says.



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Teen girl admits she made up migrant rape claim which outraged Germany

A 13-year-old German girl who claimed she had been kidnapped and raped by migrants made up the entire story, police have said.

The girl, only known as Lisa F, told police she had been taken from a suburb in east Berlin and held captive for 30 hours by ‘foreign-looking’ men who raped her,the Guardian reports..
The parents of the teenager, , reported her missing on 11 January after she failed to appear at school
in the Marzahn district of the capital. She reappeared 30 hours later with injuries on her face, and told her parents she had been attacked by men of Middle Eastern or north African appearance. News of the incident spread on social media, sparking outrage among Berlin’s Russian-German community.

But when she was questioned by trained specialists three days later “she immediately admitted that the story of the rape was not true”, said the spokesman for the state prosecutor, Martin Steltner.

He said the teenager had been scared of going home after the school had contacted her parents over an incident at school.

Analysis of the teenager’s mobile phone records showed she had spent the night with a friend, who is not being treated as a suspect.

Her mother told Der Spiegel magazine on Sunday that Lisa was “doing very badly” and was having treatment in a psychiatric ward.

Kingsley Ohajunwa: The EU Migrant Crisis; A Lesson For Africa

The mere fact that a good number of things in life come in two forms is a special reason to appreciate the beauty of life itself. This does not happen for objects alone, it happens for events, philosophies, ideas and human actions. So for every North, there is a South; for every up, there is a down; there lies a West somewhere; for a good action, we can also examine the bad part and ultimately for every action there is a consequence; for every cause, there is an effect. As ordinary as this may seem or perhaps as humorously ironic as this may seem it goes a long way towards helping us understand how double-faced life and events which take place in it can be. There will always be two sides to a coin!

In 1945 when the United Nations (UN) was established it was done with the primary aim of preventing a re-occurrence of events which happened between 1914-1918 which was the First World War and those which happened between 1939-1945 which was the Second World War. These two wars claimed the lives of several millions and as with most other human actions still have their effects which can still be traced till date. While death is the immediate consequence of war, distant effects include increase in the number of orphans and refugees; wanton spread of hunger due to damaged farmlands and means of commercial food production; sickness and outbreak of diseases; aggressive and hostile behavior of the refugees towards other people. These consequences will continually be the result of wars which of course are fallouts from political, economic, social and religious relationships that exist among countries. All of these in turn create more responsibility for the UN to handle. While we understand that relationships, whether between individuals, institutions or countries can go sour at any point, efforts must be made to ensure they don’t culminate into war and its resultant effects.

Of course all continents in the world have their challenges with some being ecological and social while others may be economic, it is worrisome when by what appears to be deliberate actions humans create issues for themselves; this brings us to the migrant crisis currently rocking Europe. Over the last decade there have been veracious attacks of some regions by others, there have also been internal scuffles which have left many dead, there have been extreme show of belligerence which have not only left people dead, but have left several others injured, homeless and ultimately displaced. It may be unnecessary examining the root causes of these shows of human violence. What is necessary however is whether they are justifiable or not and then the effects of the actions. But then can we also agree that there is little or no justifiable reason to engage in violence especially when the outcome can easily be envisaged. In other words before the action is carried out we already have a clear image of what the effect(s) will be. Since an action has a foreseeable outcome of disaster, then why can’t efforts be channeled towards avoiding such? But because this is not a moral piece the author shall not like to thread the moral path.

Our focus is the effect; this aspect of our discourse has seen to the homelessness of several thousands who have now resorted to seeking refuge in some European countries. In what appears to be a compulsion of some sort the European Union (EU) must now seek ways to manage these scores of displaced individuals. Indeed there is a problem! Lately we have seen aggression shown by these displaced migrants towards security agents who have barricaded the Serbia-Hungary border which has in turn turned out violent and attracted international attention. In addition to this certain European nations against their prior policies on cutting down on the number of illegal immigrants are now having to accommodate a certain part of these refugees. Furthermore it is financially and economically demanding as funds will have been made available for their welfare while the various accommodating economies will now be stretched to align with the immediate negative changes. The social effect of this can be in perceived hostility, deprivation and maybe being ostracized by citizens of the host countries.

Considering the fact that it is perceived that Europe has a better crisis-management mechanism which enables it recover and stabilize better but yet face such level of consternation and ultimately bewilderment in the face of such issues, how then will Africa fair when faced with such? Let’s also not forget that Africa has been termed and portrays itself to be a developing continent. It is therefore time Africa looked inwards to address some of its burning issues such as terrorism, wanton spread of hunger and poverty, unemployment, bad governance and corruption. While it may be argued that things will not or ever get to the point where military violence, airstrikes and war will cause serious issues of individuals having to flee their home countries, the above-mentioned vices can in some manner result to this as well. It will be wise in understanding that at this point Africa’s interest should be channeled at developing itself from within. To a lot of political and social commentators the EU Migrant crisis would have hitherto been a phenomenon that could never have gotten to the level it is, at least considering the seemingly robust nature of diplomatic relations among countries, the efforts of regional organizations and the vibrant modus-operandi of international organizations. In spite of all these we see a Europe which is battling to heal a self-inflicted injury on its foot. Africa surely has a lot to learn from this!

Africa has had its share of wars and internal scuffles; its resolve to move forward in spite of this and ensure they never happen again is what makes all the difference. Already the continent is faced with developmental challenges which should over the decades have been solved; however it’s still battling with them. This on its own is enough task for the continent. Let’s not forget that the value of every immigrant is calculated based on the marketable skills, knowledge or resources they bring into a country. This in its own regard worsens the country’s Gross National Income (GNI) and of course reduces its Per Capita Income Index. It therefore stands in contrast to the concept of economic growth. Of what use will refugees be to any country and its economy? Why then should Africa by its actions or inactions thrive to promote events that only increase the number of displaced persons? The EU situation is only a verisimilitude example of explaining how related and closely-knitted together countries can be especially when it comes to desperate measures of survival; if this be the case why can’t such closeness by used for the advancement of developmental programmes which better promote healthy human co-existence within the continent. This piece does not by any means promote unhealthy and selfish development agenda of countries at the detriment of others, it basically calls for logic, fairness and deep considerations to be applied when issues of regional and international diplomacy calls.

Kingsley Ohajunwa is a Nigerian writer. He can be reached via email on kingsohajunwa@gmail.com

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

TV Camerawoman Fired For Kicking Fleeing Migrants

A Hungarian TV camerawoman was fired Tuesday after footage appeared to show her kicking migrants, including children, as they ran from a police line during disturbances at Roszke, southern Hungary.

The woman, later named as Petra Laszlo, can be seen tripping a man sprinting with a child in his arms, and kicking another running child in two separate incidents.

Footage of the incident from the camerawoman’s perspective later appeared on N1TV, an internet-based TV station close to Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party.

“An N1TV colleague today behaved in an unacceptable way at the Roszke collection point,” said a statement from N1TV’s editor-in-chief Szabolcs Kisberk posted on the channel’s Facebook page later.

“The camerawoman’s employment contract has been terminated with immediate effect as of today, we consider the matter closed,” it read.

Read More: AFP

UK To Jail Illegal Migrants’ Landlords

Britain has announced new measures to tackle illegal migrants by forcing landlords to evict them, as a growing number of migrants in Calais continued their attempts to enter the UK via the undersea cross-channel Eurotunnel.

Under the measures announced on Monday, British landlords who do not remove illegal migrants, or who do not check their immigration status before renting them a property, could be jailed for up to five years.

The move, announced by Greg Clark, Britain’s communities secretary, is set to be included in a new immigration bill to be debated by the British parliament in coming months.

Britain also announced that another 100 guards would be placed on duty at the tunnel’s terminal in Calais, while UK border officials were to begin working inside the control room of the tunnel.

The migrants continued their attempts to cross the English channel via a freight train to Britain on Monday night.

Another 1,700 attempts were made by migrants in Calais to cross via the tunnel overnight on Sunday, according to French police sources. The number of people making the attempt was a major increase on the past few nights when there were only a few hundred.

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford, reporting from the Eurotunnel’s reinforced fence in Calais, said the attempts continued “despite quite a heavy police presence”.

“Migrants at night try and hop over this fence and literally try to grab hold of a train as it goes by in some instances. That’s why we’ve seen so many deaths in recent months,” our correspondent said.

“The French authorities have put in extra lighting, we just heard a helicopter going over and there are police scattered around this area.”

12 Nigerian, Ghanaian Christian Migrants ‘Thrown’ Overboard By Muslim

Italian police said Thursday they had arrested a group of African migrants after witnesses said they threw 12 passengers overboard following a row about religion on a boat headed to Europe.

The deadly dispute, which saw a group of Muslim passengers allegedly attack a group of Christian passengers, coincided with reports of a new migrant drowning tragedy.

Four days after a migrant shipwreck off the coast of Libya, in which 400 people are believed to have died, another 41 migrants were missing feared drowned Thursday after their dinghy sank en route to Italy, Italian media reported.

The stricken vessel was spotted by a plane, which alerted the Italian coastguard but by the time a navy ship arrived at the spot only four passengers were found alive, the reports quoted the police and aid agencies as saying.

The four survivors, who came from Nigeria, Ghana and Niger, said they were part of a group of 45 people that set sail from Libya.

A separate group of migrants rescued by an Italian vessel related a deadly standoff over religion in their dinghy, which ended in 12 Nigerian and Ghanaian passengers being drowned, the police said.

The victims were “of Christian faith, compared to their attackers who were of Muslim faith,” police in the Sicilian port of Palermo said in a statement.

Fifteen migrants were arrested on suspicion of “multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate”, the statement added.

The incident aboard the vessel, which was carrying about 100 migrants, took place in the Strait of Sicily, between Tunisia and Italy.

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Libyan Migrants’ Boat En route to Europe Sinks


Libyan navy reports that many migrants have drowned on their way to Europe after their boat sank off Libya.

Navy spokesman Ayub Qassem said 26 people had been rescued after the vessel – which carried 250 – went down near Tajoura, east of Tripoli. He adds that, “there are so many dead bodies floating in the sea” and that most of the migrants were Africans and many were women.