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The Valetta Summit: Everyone Lost

The Strathink Editorial Team The recent Valetta Summit on Migration has taken on a new meaning in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attack on Paris. We cannot dismiss the fears of Europeans and North Americans that some immigrants may bring with them an agenda of wanton murder and destruction as demonstrated by the attack […]

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The tattoos Eritreans get before they leave for Europe

From BBC Image copyrightRicci Shryock When photographer Ricci Shryock met up with a group of Eritrean migrants in Milan, she noticed they had one thing in common – most had tattoos. They have asked to remain anonymous because most have fled compulsory military service to go to Italy. Image copyrightRicci ShryockImage captionThis 24 year old […]

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Ethiopia working to extradite 80 suspected human smugglers

Addis Ababa, 25 June 2015 (WIC) – The Ethiopian government says it is working with the International Criminal Police Organization, Interpol, to repatriate 80 suspected human smugglers as the country struggles to stem the wave of migrants leaving the country. The chief of the Illegal Human Trafficking Crime Investigation Division of Ethiopia’s federal police, Wondimu Chama, […]

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Is There a Military Solution to Europe’s Migrant Crisis? Spoiler Alert: Probably Not.

Foreign Policy BY ALICIA P.Q. WITTMEYER The threat from Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti sounded imminent and ominous: “We know where the smugglers keep their boats, where they gather,” she told reporters on Wednesday. “The plans for military intervention are there.” But just what those plans will look like is not so clear, despite Pinotti’s confident tone. EU […]

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Ethiopia Considers Harsher Penalties for Human Smuggling

From Israel National News Ethiopian legislators are drawing up a new law to provide harsher penalties for criminals convicted of human trafficking. The current law stipulates a fine of up to $2,500 US and a prison sentence from five to 20 years. The Ministry of Justice stated that it is concerned because incidents of human smuggling are rapidly increasing, and […]

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Europe’s asylum seekers and the global refugee challenge

  From The Brookings Institution Omer Karasapan | April 23, 2015 12:30pm The human tragedy of thousands of asylum seekers floundering—and dying—in the Mediterranean highlights an unprecedented global challenge for the 21st century. “In terms of migrants and refugees, nothing has been seen like this since World War Two“, says Leonard Doyle, spokesman for the International Organization for […]

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“Yemen is Going Completely Down the Drain,”says UN Refugees Chief

BY LARA JAKES APRIL 23, 2015 – 10:10 AM Thousands of refugees are fleeing Yemen every day to escape a country that the United Nations says is on “the brink of total disaster” as Saudi Arabian airstrikes continue to pound Houthi rebels who have seized control of Sanaa and other swaths of Yemen. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees […]

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When Migrants Flee Progress, Not War

Nearly one-fifth of people crossing the Mediterranean are leaving a country touted for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Turns out, a better life requires more than a U.N. checklist. BY MICHELA WRONG APRIL 22, 2015 Each migrant trying to cross the Mediterranean in a rickety boat has his or her own reason for risking the journey. […]

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Escaping Eritrea: ‘If I die at sea, it’s not a problem – at least I won’t be tortured’

From The Guardian Like many of her fellow Eritrean refugees, Sofia, who managed to escape northwards to Cairo, has a very simple reason for fleeing her homeland. “In Eritrea you’re even afraid to talk to your family,” she says. “The person next to me [in a cafe] could be a spy, and they are looking at what […]

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Is the life of an African of no value in this day and age? From Rwanda’s New Times

By: ALLAN BRIAN SSENYONGA PUBLISHED: April 19, 2015 A decade ago, The Economist described Africa as a hopeless continent. As expected we spent nearly a decade denouncing the description as unfair and inaccurate. Then a decade later the same magazine declared that Africa was indeed rising. Like the biblical story of Saul turning into Paul, […]

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