Tag Archives: Migrants

Why Thousands of Ethiopians and Somalis Fleeing to War-torn Yemen

Ethiopian and Somali migrants travelling to Yemen. Why?
Why were they fleeing to Yemen? Is it because of its proximity and the perception of Yemen as a gateway to other Gulf states and Europe? or is there something else?

BY ELIZA MACKINTOSH | CNN

Refugees and migrants hoping to reach oil-rich Gulf countries — many of them teenagers — are increasingly traversing a dangerous sea route to Yemen, despite the conflict raging there.

The flow of migrants crossing a small sea passage from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, which has continued unabated for years, reached a record of over 117,000 migrants and asylum seekers in 2016 — up from around 100,000 the year before. Continue reading Why Thousands of Ethiopians and Somalis Fleeing to War-torn Yemen

Italian FM Agrees ‘100 percent’ Migrant NGOs Working with Smugglers

“I am 100 percent in agreement with prosecutor Zuccaro as he asked a real question… Those who become indignant at the drop of a hat are hypocrites.” – Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said he “agreed 100 percent” with a prosecutor’s repeated suggestions that some charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya.

BY RT.COM

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said he “agreed 100 percent” with claims made last week accusing migrant rescue charities of colluding with people smugglers in Libya.

The debate was sparked recently by Sicilian prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro, who told the Italian media that he had “evidence that there are direct contacts between certain NGOs and people traffickers in Libya,” but didn’t know if it could be used in court. Continue reading Italian FM Agrees ‘100 percent’ Migrant NGOs Working with Smugglers

Helicopter Attack Killed 42 Somali Migrants Near Yemen’s Coast

Attack on boat near Bab al-Mandeb Strait leaves dozens of Somali refugees dead.

A boat packed with Somali migrants came under attack overnight off Yemen’s coast close to a strategic Red Sea strait. 77 survivors were pulled out of the water. (Photo: Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

BY AL JAZEERA

Dozens of Somali refugees have been killed off the coast of Hodeidah in Yemen after a helicopter attacked the boat they were travelling in, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Joel Millman, spokesman for the Geneva-based agency, told the AFP news agency that 42 bodies had been “recovered”, after earlier reports on Friday had put the fatalities at more than 30. Continue reading Helicopter Attack Killed 42 Somali Migrants Near Yemen’s Coast

Only 4 Survive After Boat With 110 Migrants Sinks Off Libyan coast

Second boat wreck in just two months

More than 100 migrants are feared dead after boat wrecks in the Mediterranean – second tragedy in just two months (Photo: Getty)

By RT.com,

A boat with 110 migrants onboard has sunk off the coast of Libya, with just four people rescued so far, AP reported, citing aid workers. This marks the worst such shipwreck incident so far this year, following a record death toll of some 5,000 people in 2016.

Eight bodies have already been recovered, but weather conditions at the scene, 50 kilometers from the Libyan coast, interfered with the search efforts, Italy’s ANSA agency reported. Continue reading Only 4 Survive After Boat With 110 Migrants Sinks Off Libyan coast

Fewer Migrants at EU Borders in 2016: Frontex

Arrivals by sea in Italy, however, increased by 20% in the same year.

The number of migrants reaching the European Union by sea fell by two-thirds in 2016 due to a migration deal with Turkey but arrivals in Italy from north Africa hit an all-time high. (Photo: Mathieu Willcocks/MOAS)

By Frontex,

The total number of migrants reaching Europe by two main sea routes in 2016 fell by nearly two-thirds to 364 000 in comparison with 2015. Last year saw a significant drop in arrivals on the Greek islands, while Italy experienced a record number of migrants.

According to preliminary estimates, last year the number of migrants detected on Greece’s islands in the eastern Aegean and its mainland dropped by 79 % to 182,500. Continue reading Fewer Migrants at EU Borders in 2016: Frontex

Statistics been Manipulated, Inflated and Sensationally Managed to Tarnish Eritrea

Ambassador Tesfamicael Gerahtu

By Shabait,

Eritrean Delegation Statement
UNHRC 67th Session– EXCOM Meeting
3 – 8 October 2016

Presented by Ambassador Tesfamicael Gerahtu
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eritrea

Geneva, 5 October 2016

Excellencies and Delegates

My delegation commends the UNHRC, EXCOM and the Chair person for organizing and leading the current session. I also congratulate you, HE Mr Filipo Grandi on your election as UN High Commissioner for Refugees and express my delegation’s readiness to engage and cooperate with your mandate.

We believe that the influx of migrants, forced displacements and refugees constitute a colossal force and challenge of today’s global reality. Accordingly, a governance of migration rooted on a development-migration nexus has decisive implications to the promotion of peace and security, and human right and development. Continue reading Statistics been Manipulated, Inflated and Sensationally Managed to Tarnish Eritrea

Over One Million Migrants Enter Europe in 2015

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says the million mark was crossed Monday – marking more than a four-fold increase in comparison with last year.

By Tom Miles | for Reuters,

More than 1 million refugees and migrants came to the European Union this year, while almost 3,700 died or went missing in perilous journeys which reaped huge profit for smugglers, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.

“This is three to four times as many migrants and refugees coming north as we had in 2014, and the deaths have already far surpassed the deaths last year,” IOM chief William Lacy Swing told Reuters. Continue reading Over One Million Migrants Enter Europe in 2015

Refugees as Weapons in a Propaganda War

Is it any wonder that Eritrea and its leaders are demonized by the West? What is the history of the U.S. and European behavior towards independent African leaders who advocated for self-sufficiency and self-reliance?

By Eric Draitser,

In the wake of the horrific terror attacks in Paris, world attention will once again be focused on the issue of refugees entering Europe. While much of the spotlight has been rightly pointed at Syrian refugees fleeing the western-sponsored war against the Syrian government, it must be remembered that the refugees come from a variety of countries, each of which has its own particular circumstances, with many of them having been victims of US-NATO aggression in one form or another. Syria, Afghanistan and Libya have of course been targeted by so-called ‘humanitarian wars’ and fake ‘revolutions’ which have left the countries fractured, divided, and unable to function; these countries have been transformed into failed states thanks to US-NATO policy.

What often gets lost in the discussion of refugees, however, is the fact that a significant proportion of those seeking sanctuary in Europe and the US are from the Horn of Africa: Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea primarily. Continue reading Refugees as Weapons in a Propaganda War