The number of Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian nationals expelled by Germany is on the rise

The number of Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian nationals expelled by the German authorities has increased in recent years, reports German daily Bild, quoted by De Spiegel. By the end of August, Germany expelled 476 people to their countries of origin while it repatriated only 61 others in 2015. In 2017, 634 Moroccan nationals were sent back to the Kingdom. 400 Algerian nationals were expelled as well by the end of August 2018, 57 in 2015 and 504 in 2017. The German authorities expelled 231 Tunisian nationals in August, 251 in 2017…

Germany denies it plans to fly migrants back to Italy

Germany on Sunday denied an Italian newspaper report that it planned to fly migrants back to Italy, after the allegation drew a threat from Italy’s Interior Minister to refuse landing permission to unauthorised planes carrying asylum seekers. La Repubblica reported on Saturday that Germany’s refugee agency had sent “dozens of letters” to migrants advising them of a planned transfer back to Italy, possibly via charter flights. The first such transfer is planned for Oct. 9, it said. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Sunday Italy would close its airports to…

Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad win Nobel Peace Prize for fight against sexual violence

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Mukwege, a gynecologist and surgeon, has long worked to treat thousands of women and girls affected by rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nadia Murad, from ISIS sex slave to global human rights campaiger Murad is a Yazidi woman from the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, who was held as a sex slave by…

Morocco’s foreign minister rejects EU’s migrant centers

Morocco’s foreign minister said his country should play a greater role in EU decisions on migration in a newspaper interview. Nasser Bourita said Morocco was opposed to the migrant centers that the EU has suggested. Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said he rejects the European Union’s plan to build asylum centres in North Africa, according to an interview with German national daily Die Welt. The EU wants to reach migration deals with Middle East and northern African countries, such as Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, similar to the one it has with…

Aquarius requests disembarkation of 11 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

The vessel has refused to transfer the migrants to a Libyan patrol boat insisting the country was not a safe haven. The humanitarian vessel MV Aquarius has refused to hand over a group of 11 rescued migrants to a Libyan patrol boat, insisting that Libya was not safe for people to be returned to. The vessel said it had requested permission to disembark 11 migrants in Tunisia, Malta or Italy, however a spokesperson for the Armed Forces of Malta, which is responsible for Malta’s search and rescue zone, said it…

Algeria: Merkel in Algeria – Migration Likely to Influence Trade Talks

Chancellor Merkel is headed for Algeria to find ways to boost trade with the Mediterranean nation. But the complicated issue of migration will loom over her talks as Berlin looks for ways to stem irregular migration. Officially, the main purpose of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Algeria is to strengthen trade relations. According to Algerian news agency APS, the visit will offer “an opportunity to take stock of the economic relations between Algeria and Germany” and to strengthen them. And there is room for improvement. In terms of imports…

Tunisia-based group unveils Libya reconciliation scheme

The Libyan Group for Peace, an independent movement based in the Tunisian capital Tunis, unveiled an initiative on Thursday aimed at achieving political reconciliation in the troubled North African country. The group includes representatives from Libya’s main rival camps, including Gaddafi loyalists, pro-revolution figures, and individuals close to Tobruk-based strongman Khalifa Haftar. “The best solution to the Libyan crisis is some kind of national authority that represents all segments of the Libyan people,” group member Ashour al-Arifi said at a Wednesday evening press conference in Tunis. Al-Arifi, who supported the…

Chinese tours to Africa rise on deep ties

The deep friendship forged between China and African countries, especially with the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), has led to an increasing number of Chinese visiting Africa this year. Travel packages to African countries, such as visits to South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, were labelled as popular on the websites of several online travel agencies, including ctrip.com, qunar.com and lvmama.com. Most of the packages go for 10,000 to 15,000 yuan per person for a 10-day trip. The number of Chinese tourists who book trips…

‘Thousands’ of dead migrants never identified

In transit countries like Tunisia, migrants conceal all information about themselves to avoid being sent back to their country. In 2006, Khady Dieye’s husband left the family home on Senegal’s northern coast and boarded a dugout canoe in the hope of reaching Spain. “Since then, we have not had any news of him,” said Dieye, who lives in the small fishing village of Ndiebene-Gandiol near Saint-Louis. Like many other would-be migrants, he disappeared, leaving his family not knowing whether he was dead or alive, stuck between hope and grief. With…

If we want to save Britain from its post-Brexit economic fate, we should support Theresa May’s investment in Africa

The narrowing of British concerns – which may seem like selfishness to some – is in line with political developments in other Western countries Theresa May has joined in a new scramble for Africa but this one is neither wholly European nor intentionally and hideously opaque as in centuries past. In fact, May is pretty upfront about Britain’s hopes and aims in Africa, as she visits the continent’s three largest economies – South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Brexit Britain, which has adopted the hopeful, if somewhat meaningless label “Global Britain”, wants to invest…