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EU Contemplating Sanctions Against Migrant-source Countries

EU warns withholding development aid and visa sanctions against Migrant-source Countries for refusing to take back deported citizens
Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU’s commissioner for migration, warns Brussels may withhold development aid and impose trade and visa sanctions on migrant-source countries in Africa and Asia for refusing to take back deported citizens. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press)

BY JAMIE DETTMER | VOA NEWS

The EU’s commissioner for migration says Brussels may withhold development aid and impose trade and visa restrictions on migrant-source countries in Africa and Asia to force them to take back failed asylum-seekers.

In an interview with Britain’s The Times published Saturday, Dimitris Avramopoulos said EU chiefs “are considering stopping funding of major development projects. We invested in these regions to create opportunities and keep people there.” Continue reading EU Contemplating Sanctions Against Migrant-source Countries

New Italian PM Orders Mass Deportations of Migrants

Prime minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni is calling for massive changes in the immigration policy starting this year while ordering immigration officers to increase efforts and deport as many migrants as possible.

By Justin Holcomb,

The newly appointed prime minister of Italy is calling for massive changes in the country’s immigration policy for 2017. Paolo Gentiloni is expected to call for a full reversal on his predecessor’s policies which allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants enter Europe through Italy. Continue reading New Italian PM Orders Mass Deportations of Migrants

Europe Pays Out to Keep a Lid on Ethiopia Migration

Turning refuge into business. Ethiopia is a major country of origin, transit and destination for migrants. Any wholesale opening of Ethiopia’s job market to refugees is highly unlikely as the country’s tight local job market have already caused migration for many of its citizens throughout Africa, the middle East and Europe.

By James Jeffrey | for IRIN,

The compound of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, is a microcosm of the region’s troubles. Set off a busy main road, it hosts refugees from the conflicts and struggles in South Sudan, Congo, Uganda, Somalia, Eritrea, Yemen, Burundi, and more besides.

Ethiopia has a refugee population of 700,000, the largest in Africa. In the first few weeks of October alone, an additional 31,000 people fleeing the crisis in South Sudan arrived in the west of the country.

But Ethiopia is not only an important destination for refugees, it’s also a key country of origin and transit for migrants as well. Continue reading Europe Pays Out to Keep a Lid on Ethiopia Migration

Over 60% of Refugees Heading to Europe are Economic Migrants: Top EU Official

“More than 60 percent of people coming to Europe from the Middle East and Africa are economic migrants using asylum-seeker status as a cover” – Frans Timmerman, vice-president of the European Commission

By RT.com,

A majority of people coming to Europe from the Middle East and Africa are economic migrants using asylum-seeker status as a cover, according to a top EU official. The EU may reinstate internal border controls if the crisis isn’t resolved in two months.

More than half of the people now coming to Europe come from countries where you can assume they have no reason whatsoever to ask for refugee status… more than half, 60 percent,” said Frans Timmerman, vice-president of the European Commission, citing what he said were new, unpublished figures from the EU border agency Frontex. Continue reading Over 60% of Refugees Heading to Europe are Economic Migrants: Top EU Official