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08 February 2018

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Nazir (left) and Usman both returned to Ghana from Libya in 2011. Photo: Kwaku Botwe/IPS

One Migrant’s Brutal Odyssey Through Libya

Kwame Danso, Ghana (IPS)  – Thirty-year-old Nazir Mohammed sits on one of the two sofas in his single room in Kwame Danso, a small town about 290 kilometres north of Ghana’s capital Accra, reflecting on life back in Libya.

“Libya offers great economic opportunities to West African migrants, but the human rights abuse, especially of dark-skinned Africans, is real. I will not advise even my enemy to go to Libya,” Mohammed says.

He is among some 19,000 Ghanaians who were repatriated from Libya about seven years ago. Mohammed left home at 23 after completing high school. 

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A Nepali migrant worker in Saudi Arabia. Photo: IOM/Pratik KC

UN: Nepal Must Punish Recruiters Who Exploit Migrant Workers

Kathmandu (VOA)  – Nepal must punish recruitment agencies that charge migrant workers illegally high fees to find jobs abroad, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation, the United Nations said on Monday.

Remittances sent home by about 4 million Nepalis, mainly working in construction or as domestic servants in the Middle East, Malaysia and South Korea, make up nearly 30 percent of the Himalayan nation's gross domestic product, state officials say.

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Migration in the News

  • Buzzfeed reported that people in a drought-stricken region of Madagascar are struggling with failing crops and child malnutrition, but their cries for help have been met with little action from the international community.
  • OZY reported that  thousands of migrants are increasingly picking what’s known as the Mediterranean’s western route to try to reach Europe, crossing from Morocco or Algeria to the south of Spain.
  • Newsweek reported that an increasing number of migrants have died at the border between the US and Mexico in 2017, even as arrests have dropped.
  • The Independent reported that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s pledge to deport more than half a million migrants from Italy should his coalition enter government in March would simply not be possible, a range of experts have said.
  • Press TV reported that the bodies of at least twelve Pakistani refugees who drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea will be sent back to Pakistan.
  • Xinhua reported that the uncontrolled flow of migrants into Libya has caused serious security and social risks and requires the cooperation of Libya's neighbors and international organizations concerned to find a final solution.
  • WHO reported that the organization has declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Indonesia’s Sindo Batam reported about the ongoing relocation of 520 refugees to Bintan, Riau Islands.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Washington Post shared the story of a three-year-old Syrian refugee who was found alive in the mountains on the border with Lebanon which became a death trap for a group of Syrians who had survived seven years of war.
  • Pittsburg Courier reported that African immigrants are increasingly finding themselves in hostile, unwelcome environments across the globe as racist, xenophobic, populist movements thrive, especially in Europe and parts of the Middle East.


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