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15,000 Francs Incentives for Eritrean Returnees

Toni Locher is the Honorary Consul of Eritrea in Switzerland
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

Dozens Die as Migrant Boat Deflates in Mediterranean

The enticement of cash and calm seas. As people smugglers take advantage of calmer seas, it has caused an acceleration of inflow of people desperately dreaming of reaching a better life in Europe. Over the weekend alone, boatloads of about 4,800 migrants have been rescued off the coast of Libya by the Italian coast guard and navy in what seems to be the biggest rescue operation of its kind this year


DOZENS of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat carrying an estimated 137 people deflates south of Sicily, Save the Children says.

The aid group says survivors reported up to 40 people fell into the sea as a rescue vessel was approaching.

Those rescued arrived in the Sicilian port city of Catania on Tuesday.

At least 1,829 people have died so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean, a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014.

Giovanna di Benedetto, Save the Children’s representative in Catania, said the latest incident was thought to have happened on Sunday, but the exact toll was not known.

“They [survivors] said there were 137 people aboard an inflatable boat that deflated or exploded – it wasn’t clear – and that some of them fell overboard,” Ms di Benedetto told AFP news agency.

“Some said ‘very many’ died, others said ‘around 40′,” she added. The survivors were picked up by a Maltese merchant ship and five bodies were also recovered.

Dramatic footage of the rescue, obtained by The Associated Press (AP), shows migrants desperately jumping off a deflating dinghy, and trying to climb up ropes and a rope ladder to the merchant ship. One of the migrants, Astoy Fall Dia from Senegal, told AP she managed to survive because she knew how to swim and stayed close to the dinghy.

She described hearing the “boom” of an explosion, before the merchant ship came to the rescue.

“There was the big ship there and they threw down ropes, someone grabbed on to the rope, all the other people started pushing to try to save themselves but then people started falling in the water.”

About 100 people were found on a second boat, with no deaths reported, the aid agency added.

The number of migrants attempting to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean has risen in recent weeks as smugglers take advantage of fair weather.

In the past three days about 7,000 people have been rescued and 10 bodies recovered off the Libyan coast, according to the Italian coastguard.

Italian and French ships picked up survivors from wooden and rubber boats on at least 17 separate operations.

Meanwhile Turkey’s coastguard on Tuesday said it had rescued more than 600 people trying to cross the Aegean Sea in the past week, Reuters reports.

More than 400 were men, women and children fleeing Syria, while the rest came from Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar (also known as Burma) and various African countries, the office of the Izmir provincial governor is quoted as saying.

The latest deaths come as naval chiefs from 26 European countries are due to discuss the migrant crisis at talks in Naples, southern Italy.

EU nations agreed last month to triple funding for rescue operations run by European border agency Frontex, contribute more boats and patrol aircraft for rescue efforts, and look at ways to target smugglers’ boats with military strikes.

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VIDEO: Dramatic footage emerged Tuesday of a Mediterranean Sea rescue showing migrants on a sinking rubber boat desperately clambering up ropes and a ladder from a cargo ship that came to their aid. Five bodies were recovered and survivors reported many others drowned.
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The Real Reasons Why Migrants Risk Everything for a New Life Elsewhere

QUESTIONS. How do we stop this from happening again? Why are these people taking such risks? Why has illegal-boat migration to Europe peaked during certain years? Why are the migrants tended to be not very poor? (The Eritrean migrant shown in the above iconic rescue picture, for instance, paid $10,000 in order to reach to the shores of Greece.)

By Doug Saunders,

I MET Marlon, a Sudanese man who had walked across great expanses of desert to Libya, on the edge of Tripoli as he prepared to visit a remote beach at midnight and pay a hard-saved $2,000 to get onto an overcrowded, unseaworthy boat headed to Italy. He knew that the risk of death was high, so was trying to choose his boat carefully, to avoid the sort of fate that has made headlines around the world. He knew the risk too well: “My good friend paid the man and then disappeared, and then I learned that he had drowned when his ship sank,” he told me. “I want to get out of here, but not that badly.”  Continue reading The Real Reasons Why Migrants Risk Everything for a New Life Elsewhere

Up to 700 African Migrants Feared Dead Near Libya

Last week, 400 migrants were presumed dead in the sinking of another ship near the Libyan coast.

A smuggler’s boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy ever.

By Reuters,

UP to 700 African migrants were feared dead on Sunday when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya overnight, the Times of Malta reported.

Twenty eight people were rescued in the incident, which happened in an area just off Libyan waters, 120 miles south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, the newspaper’s website reported.

The emergency was declared at about midnight. The boat is believed to have capsized when migrants moved to one side of the vessel when a merchant ship approachedContinue reading Up to 700 African Migrants Feared Dead Near Libya

Over 300 African Migrants Drowned in New Mediterranean Tragedy: UN

CRIME NOT TRAGEDY. This accident simply eclipses the October 2013 accident that claims the lives of 366 migrants off the coast of Lampedusa. As smuggling networks continued to act with virtual impunity, 2015 could be an even deadlier year than last year with 3,200 deaths.


AT LEAST 300 migrants are feared to have drowned after attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa this week in rough seas, the UN says.

UNHCR official Vincent Cochetel said it was a “tragedy on an enormous scale”.

Survivors brought to the Italian island of Lampedusa said they were forced to risk the bad weather on ill-equipped vessels by human traffickers in Libya. Continue reading Over 300 African Migrants Drowned in New Mediterranean Tragedy: UN