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Insights From Morocco Into How Smartphones Support Migration

Insights From Morocco Into How Smartphones Support Migration

For undocumented migrants and refugees travelling to new countries, accurate information is vital. Because of this, smartphones – mobile phones that perform many of the functions of a computer, like accessing the internet – have become an important tool. They give migrants access to applications such as Google Maps, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. These can […]

Climate Woes Growing For Women, Hit Worst By Displacement And Migration

Climate Woes Growing For Women, Hit Worst By Displacement And Migration

From sexual violence in displacement camps to extra farm work and greater risk of illness, women shoulder a bigger burden from worsening extreme weather and other climate pressures pushing people to move for survival, a global aid group said on Tuesday. Scientists expect forced displacement to be one of the most common and damaging effects […]

Migration Is Not A Crisis – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Migration Is Not A Crisis – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said African and European countries must work together to regulate migration, not try to stop it. African migration toward Europe is both inevitable and a positive phenomenon, said Africa’s first female president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, calling for an end to the perception of migration as a “crisis”. […]

Egypt’s Sisi Promises Justice After Migrant Ship Capsize

Egypt’s Sisi Promises Justice After Migrant Ship Capsize

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered authorities on Saturday to punish those responsible for the capsizing of a ship which resulted in the deaths of more than 160 migrants, as families demanded the bodies of their loved ones. Rescue workers and fishermen rescued 169 people after the boat sank off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast early […]

Rescuers Bring 2,300 Boat Migrants To Safety From Mediterranean

Rescuers Bring 2,300 Boat Migrants To Safety From Mediterranean

Rescuers pulled 2,300 migrants to safety on Saturday in 18 separate rescue operations in the Mediterranean coordinated by the Italian coast guard. A Spanish boat belonging to an EU naval force, an Irish navy vessel and boats of four non-governmental organisations were involved in the rescue operations, the coast guard said in a statement. It […]

Nearly Half Of All Refugees Are Children, Says Unicef

Nearly Half Of All Refugees Are Children, Says Unicef

Children now make up more than half of the world’s refugees, according to a Unicef report, despite the fact they account for less than a third of the global population. Just two countries – Syria and Afghanistan – comprise half of all child refugees under protection by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), […]

‘Prisoners of Europe’: The Everyday Humiliation Of Refugees Stuck In Greece

‘Prisoners of Europe’: The Everyday Humiliation Of Refugees Stuck In Greece

At the Softex refugee camp in northern Greece, it is lighter by night than it is by day. Inside this windowless former warehouse, the lamps only work in the evenings. That is partly because the place was not designed to house people. It is part of what was a toilet paper factory. “It’s insulting,” says […]

Passage Through Mexico: The Global Migration To The US

Passage Through Mexico: The Global Migration To The US

The sun has barely risen and already hundreds of migrants are gathered outside the vast white and green immigration detention centre, hoping to get through its gates. Most have travelled thousands of miles on foot, by boat and bus from South America, but few here speak Spanish. In front of the locked gates near Mexico’s […]

Angela Merkel’s Party Beaten By Rightwing Populists In German Elections

Angela Merkel’s Party Beaten By Rightwing Populists In German Elections

Angela Merkel has suffered a sobering defeat in regional elections in her constituency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) coming third behind the Social Democrats (SPD) and the rightwing populists Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). Projections late on Sunday night saw the centre-left SPD on 30.5%, the anti-immigration AfD on 20.9%, and the chancellor’s […]

UN Members Reject Concrete Refugee Resettlement Target

UN Members Reject Concrete Refugee Resettlement Target

World leaders are set to reject a concrete target for the number of refugees that should be resettled within developed countries, dashing hopes of a solution to the world’s unprecedented displacement crisis. Before a landmark conference in September, negotiators from every UN member country have failed to agree on a promise to share responsibility for […]

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