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Displaying items by tag: migrants



To help control the flow of migrants into the country, the Swedish authorities have decided to introduce, temporary border checks. The influx of migrants was a threat to public order and the controls will come into effect from midday local time on Thursday and will last initially for 10 days.


Nearly 200,000 migrants are expected to arrive in Sweden this year, more per head of population than any other EU nation.


"This is not an issue for one or two or three countries - this is an issue for the whole European Union, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said at the Malta talks. "We need another system - that is obvious."


By Chika Jones







On beaches around a city 160 kilometres east of Tripoli, 29 dead bodies have been found. Spokesman Mohamed al-Misrati said: "Local residents told us about bodies on the beaches around Zliten, we discovered 25 bodies, then another four."

Misrati did not give any further details about the nationalities of the deceased, but the Tripoli authorities' official news agency reported that they were from Africa.


By Chika Jones

Over 500 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean over the weekend.

140 out of the 500 rescued were mainly from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone. They were transported by the German navy frigate Werra as part of the European external action service, EU Nevfor Med.

The EU Navfor Med is a military operation launched at the end of June to identify, capture and dispose of vessels and rescue migrants undertaking risky journeys in a desperate bid to try and get to Europe from war-ravaged Syria and other trouble spots.

The international organization for migration, said over 500,000 people have come to Europe taking the dangerous route.

More than 2,800 persons have died as a result of this since January.




By: Kindness Okoli





Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        

                                       Academics Stand Against Poverty



London 17 September 2015: Open Letter on Migration


[available in English, French, German, Spanish]


We are a global community of scholars from a range of disciplinary and geographic perspectives. We are concerned about the refugee crisis that is presently unfolding in the wider Mediterranean region, and distressed by the inadequacy of official responses thus far.


We face two urgent moral tasks: (1) to ensure the safety and well-being of those who have been forced to move; and (2) to address the systemic problems that are forcing people to migrate in the first place, so that migration will always be a choice and not a necessity.  The first is most immediate, but ultimately the second is most important.


The global communitys long-term aim should be to address the patterns of violence, poverty, and uneven development that force people to leave their homes.  Context matters.  We must recognize that these patterns are features of an international system of geopolitical maneuvering, resource extraction, trade and finance largely designed by a small number of rich countries that derive great material advantage from it. It is crucial to protect the victims of this system and to work for its reform. This includes working to end resource wars, stemming illicit flows of capital out of developing countries, making trade regimes fairer, respecting national sovereignty, and responding to climate change.


The present crisis offers a monumental opportunity to turn tragedy into a positive global legacy. It was out of the chaos and mass displacement of the early 20th century that, as a global community, we created the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Refugee Convention with its Protocol, and a variety of structures to ensure peace, security and justice for all.  Yet today, with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimating that the number of displaced people worldwide is at an all-time high, those structures are being tested.


Now is the moment to re-assert our global commitment to peace, security and justice. This is a collective and ongoing endeavour that goes beyond the narrow territorial concerns reflected in the focus on border control. As an international community, we must find new ways to work together.


At the same time, we must uphold more immediate responsibilities.  The responses of citizens and communities globally to the current mass movement have far outstripped in human compassion the responses of most governments. We call upon all governments, including European and Gulf States, but also those further afield, to offer sanctuary to those who need it. This includes swift access to humanitarian protection (including support to those crossing the Mediterranean); opportunities for work and livelihood; and the registration of children born to displaced families. We urge national and international bodies to prioritise additional funding for refugees (that does not deplete existing aid or climate change commitments); and to ensure that efforts to fight traffickingdo not become an attempt to prevent migration. 


Closing borders to stop people moving is not a solution. Research shows clearly that blocking individuals at points along their journey pushes them to find new migration strategies, which only makes their situation more precarious.


We need a political commitment from regional and international entities to work together. For example, we urge European states to redouble efforts to build a genuinely humanitarian European-wide response, and to provide resources and mandate to EU institutions to coordinate a truly effective response: to both protect those migrating today and to stop the likelihood of such movement in the future. A global response that addresses the systemic drivers of mass displacement (including conflict, uneven development, generalised violence and persecution of minorities) has the potential to create a positive global legacy in response to the biggest migration challenge of the twenty-first century.


We invite you to sign on to the letter here, calling for a global response to the refugee crisis, that respects the rights of displaced people and confronts the root causes of displacement, including violence, poverty, inequality, and persecution.





This letter has been signed by the ASAP Global Board, the heads of chapters/associate chapters in Austria, Canada, Chile, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Oceania, Portugal, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom and West Africa, and the members of the ASAP Global Colleagues Programme.  The long list of signatories and translated versions of the letter will be available at: http://academicsstand.org/2015/09/asap-writes-open-letter-on-migration/


Media Contact: Rachel Payne; +1 413 884 5469; rachel.r.payne (at) gmail.com


Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) is an international association focused on helping researchers and teachers enhance their impact on poverty. ASAPs overarching aims are to contribute to the eradication of severe poverty worldwide and to help ensure that poverty policy and development efforts are guided by rigorous empirical and normative scholarship. ASAP recognises that poverty is a process, not a static given. It seeks to address the root drivers of impoverishment in both the global and domestic spheres and to highlight how some of the factors can worsen poverty in both affluent and less-affluent countries. ASAPs theory of social change focuses on both institutions and norms. Inspired by how engaged academics helped transform views on civil rights, the US war in Vietnam, apartheid and lately gender inequality and violence, ASAP holds that we can help achieve a decisive shift of views on poverty and poor people worldwide.


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Courtesy of: 'Seun Olanrewaju  (from ASAP)



 (Photo Credit: migrantsrights.org.uk )


As thousands of immigrants, especially from war-ravaged countries like Syria, continue to brave the deadly seas to reach Europe for pastures new, there has been growing international outrage as pictures of a young lady who died at sea washed ashore were flashed, again, millions of times across TV sets & on social media. This follows that of 3-year old Syrian toddler, Aylan, whose death made the world stand still a couple of days ago.  The international community has called for plans to be made to accommodate the immigrants.




(Photo Credit: Getty Images)



(Photo Credit: dehai.org) 


On Facebook, a person shared the last words of some dying immigrants:


dying words 1





dying words 2




By: Chika Onwuasoanya




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