Tag Archives: Boat Migrants

Why the Number of Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean is Falling?

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Libyan navy and EU-funded boats credited with reducing migration to Europe. But it’s also because smugglers make more money shipping petrol.

BY THE ECONOMIST

Over the past three summers, tens of thousands of migrants piled into boats to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. This summer, though, the sea was unusually empty.

Since the European Union and Turkey struck a deal in 2016—in effect closing the eastern route to Greece—Italy has been the main destination for migrants. But the number of arrivals there in July was down by more than half compared with last year. In August it fell even further: fewer than 4,000 people came ashore, against more than 21,000 in August 2016. It was the lowest monthly figure recorded in nearly two years. Continue reading Why the Number of Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean is Falling?

Over 700 Migrants Feared Drowned in Ship Wrecks off Libyan Coast

Another tragic. Three separate shipwrecks off the Libyan coast last week claimed the lives of more than 700 migrants.

By TesfaNews,

Three separate shipwrecks off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean in recent days are thought to have claimed the lives of more than 700 people, officials from the UN’s refugee agency said.

The boats capsized in the waters south of Italy on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as the migrants were making a perilous attempt to reach Europe in sea unworthy vessels.

The deadliest accidents took place on Thursday. At least 550 asylum seekers went missing. The boat, carrying about 670 people, left the Libyan port of Sabratha a day earlier. Continue reading Over 700 Migrants Feared Drowned in Ship Wrecks off Libyan Coast

Boat with 400 Ethiopia and Somalia Migrants Capsized

More than 400 Migrants, mostly from Somalia and Ethiopia, have reportedly drowned after their boat that departed from Egyptian shores have capsized.

By TesfaNews,

More than 400 migrants and refugees from Somalia and Ethiopia are feared to have drowned in the Egyptian shores after the boat they were being transferred to by traffickers capsized in the Mediterranean, survivors say.

Somali media reports say that rescue workers have only managed to save 41 of the 500 or so passengers from the waters and took them to southern Greek city of Kalamata. Continue reading Boat with 400 Ethiopia and Somalia Migrants Capsized

Italy Convicts Six Eritrean Human Traffickers

Six Eritreans linked to the tragic Lampedusa shipwreck two years ago that killed more than 360 migrants mostly from Eritrea, have been convicted to prison sentences ranging from 2 – 6 years. (Photo: an Eritrean survivor)

By DPA-Correspondent,

Six men linked to the tragic migrant sea crossing that ended at Lampedusa island more than two years ago with 366 dead were on Monday convicted in Italy‘s first-ever ruling against members of a human smuggling cartel.

The shipwreck on October 3, 2013, was at the time the deadliest in recent Mediterranean history. It was met with shock throughout Europe and led Italy to launch a naval rescue mission to prevent migrant deaths at sea. Continue reading Italy Convicts Six Eritrean Human Traffickers

Eritrea: Migration and Right of Asylum, Interview with Ambassador Fesshazion Petros

Ambassador Fesshazion Petros, Eritrea’s envoy to Italy (Photo: Marilena Dolce )

By Marilena Dolce | for EritreaLive

The Italian TV show Porta a Porta had a record high audience on 8th September for the presence in the tv studio of the Casamonica heirs, daughter and grandson [of Vittorio Casamonica], who explained the virtues of their deceased relative and its much criticised funeral.

The second half of the show, though, about “refugees, war between government and opposition” was also very interesting and had some surprises in store. Continue reading Eritrea: Migration and Right of Asylum, Interview with Ambassador Fesshazion Petros

Refugee Crisis: Brought to you by Western Imperialism

Why ignoring the root cause?

By Andre Vltchek | for RT.com Op-Edge,

While Europe is erecting fences, deploying armies and expressing its “concern” about how to deal with the annual influx of some 300,000 asylum seekers, vast areas of the world – namely the Middle East and Africa – are essentially ceasing to exist.

For years, I have been witnessing the desperate movements of millions of refugees and migrants all over the world.

The West has been redrawing the borders everywhere, performing direct invasions, or using proxy wars, in order to destabilize or directly destroy all “hostile” governments (read: those that have been determined to feed, educate, house and cure their own people). Continue reading Refugee Crisis: Brought to you by Western Imperialism

15,000 Francs Incentives for Eritrean Returnees

Toni Locher, Honorary Consul of Eritrea in Switzerland. He is proposing a US $14,500 incentive plan for Eritreans who want to return to Eritrea.

By Tages Anzeiger,

Fight against the exodus: Eritrea wants to test its returning compatriots. With the capital they should start businesses.

Eritreans make by far the largest asylum group in Switzerland. Toni Locher is the Honorary Consul of the State of Eritrea in Switzerland and he knows the situation in the African country.

In a commentary for the “Switzerland on Sunday” he writes: “In 2005 with the judgement of the commission, Switzerland opened its doors for asylum appeals for young men from Eritrea. We have objected the call. There, the young people start to come.” Continue reading 15,000 Francs Incentives for Eritrean Returnees

Eritrea’s Proposals for Combating Human Trafficking and Smuggling

As part of a comprehensive approach to address the issue of migration and to combat the scourges of human trafficking and smuggling, Eritrea proposes the following four point plan (Photograph: Giorgio Perottino/Reuters, inset by TN)

By TesfaNews,

ERITREA has been vigorously advocating for the importance of tackling the challenges posed by the mixed migratory flows of irregular migrants, refugees and asylum seekers between countries of origin, transit and destination between Horn of Africa and Europe.  Continue reading Eritrea’s Proposals for Combating Human Trafficking and Smuggling