EU wants Italy to up capacity at migrant detention centres

The EU is asking Italy to increase capacity at its migrants detention centers, considered a crucial element in increasing the number of repatriations, in an updated European Commission report on the enactment of migration policies. It is also calling for three new hotspots in the country, as previously planned, in order to register migrants as they arrive. The EU said it will put in place a “new phase of emergency funding” shortly, together with the Italian authorities. Strengthen contributions to EU agencies Brussels is calling on EU member states to…

Greece Wins a ‘Tourism Oscar’, Named Top 2018 Destination in Mediterranean and SE Europe

Greece Wins a ‘Tourism Oscar’, Named Top 2018 Destination in Mediterranean and SE Europe Greece was announced as the leading tourism destination in the Mediterranean and southeastern Europe for 2018 by SACEN International, the international center for the promotion and development of the tourism and catering sectors, during a special ceremony recently held in Belgrade, Serbia. Hailed as the “Oscars of Tourism”, during the last 17 years the awards are given to countries and enterprises active in the field of tourism in the Mediterranean and southeastern Europe. The winners are selected in seven categories: Tourism destination; business…

Benghazi Rebuild conference opens with participats from 18 states

The International Conference for the Reconstruction of Benghazi and its accompanying exhibition started on Saturday at Benghazi’s Tibesti Hotel. Organizers say representatives of 18 different states took part. The opening ceremony was attended by a number of members of the House of Representatives (HoR), the Mayor of Benghazi, and a number of officials of the eastern-based Interim Government, the former Governor of the eastern Central Bank of Libya, and a number of local and international company representatives, the eastern-based LANA state news agency reported. “The conference has seen the submission of more…

Libyan coast guard intercepts more migrants in Mediterranean

Libya’s coast guard has intercepted hundreds of migrants, including women and children, in the Mediterranean Sea. It says three boats were stopped on Sunday before leaving Libyan territorial waters off the coast of western districts and cities of Zuwara, Sabratha, and Ras Ajdir, which are close to Tunisia. The first boat was carrying 98 migrants, including nine women, and it was intercepted near the shores of Zuwara. Most on board were Arab nationals from Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. The second boat, stopped near Sabratha, was carrying 114 migrants. A migrant…

Libya and US sign agreements on policing, prisons and justice

Libya and the US signed a number of agreements in Tunis last week. Libya’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Lutfi Almughrabi and the US Charge d’Affairs, Stephanie Williams, signed a Memorandum of Intent on Friday for airport security, and a Letter of Agreement to support Libyan policing, prisons and justice sector development, Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala was present at the signing ceremony and hosted by Ambassador Maaloul at the Libyan Embassy to Tunisia. Siala and Williams reaffirmed their commitment to the UN Action Plan for Libya. Today’s signings demonstrate…

Doctors’ brain drain saps $2b from Africa – report

A new report on good governance released by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has revealed that Africa loses about $2 billion a year due to doctors and health practitioners leaving the continent.Only three countries in Africa, namely Libya, Mauritius and Tunisia, have at least one doctor per thousand people, says the document entitled ‘Ibrahim Forum Report 2018: The Public Service in Africa’ seen by APA on Sunday. The report presented on Sunday in the Rwandan capital Kigali on the sidelines of the ‘Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend’, indicates that in sub-Saharan Africa…

Libya, US sign security cooperation agreement

The Libyan deputy foreign minister of Presidential Council government Lutfi Al-Maghrabi signed with the US Charge d’Affaires to Libya, Stephanie Williams, a security cooperation agreement in Tunisia. Media office of the foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday that the signing included a memorandum of intent for airport security and a letter of agreement to support Libyan policing, corrections and justice sector development. “The signing opens the door for training Libyan cadres in the aforementioned fields with the funding and assistance of the US.” The foreign ministry’s statement reads.…

Algeria frets over rise in migrants as Europe tightens controls

Algeria warned that it could face housing ‘hundreds of thousands’ of migrants if Europe closed its doors. Algeria expects to have to accommodate more illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa after the European Union made it more difficult to reach Europe by boat, a senior official in the country’s interior ministry said on Thursday. A 2016 EU agreement with Turkey all but closed the sea route to the Greek islands that almost a million people took in 2015. Departures have also fallen from the latest main departure point, Libya, because of  EU…

Migrant rights’ caravan sets off in Tunisia

The refugee activist migrant caravan — CarovaneMigranti — is setting off on its fourth annual journey through Italy to meet relatives of migrants and discuss common migration policies. CarovaneMigranti and the Tunisian association “La Terre pour Tous” will travel to cities across Italy from April 28 to May 6, to meet the relatives of migrants who have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean and discuss future actions. From Tunisia to the border  The journey will continue along the border between Italy and France, stopping in Bardonecchia, Ventimiglia, in the…

More illegal migrants come cross boundary river into Slovenia from Croatia

Slovenian police patrolling the area along the Kolpa boundary river with Croatia in the south of Slovenia apprehended 14 illegal migrants at the weekend, the national media reported. The Novo Mesto Police Department police report from the region said on Sunday an as yet unidentified body was recovered from the river, according to the Slovenian Press Agency STA. The 14 migrants apprehended in the areas along the Kolpa river have applied for asylum and will be taken to the asylum centre once police procedures have been completed. Nine of them…