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Migration: EU money in exchange for border controls in Africa

Niamey (Niger) – European funds in exchange for greater border controls. Easier repatriations. Quicker expulsions. In a word: border externalisation. Read the field story written by Sara Prestianni for #DivertedAid, an investigative project on the management and the impact of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

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A Marshall plan to defeat Ebola

The over 5 billion euros pledged by the international community, and already partially delivered to the three most hit countries in West Africa, aren’t enough, according to the heads of state of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In order to beat Ebola, a Marshall plan is necessary.

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Lampedusa commemoration – Cecile Kyenge: ‘Europe may have blood on its hands, but so do governments in Africa’

Brussels – ‘Europe may have blood on its hands, but so do governments in Africa. The EU’s restrictive and security-based migration policies have failed, contributing to a tragic loss of lives in the Mediterranean Sea’, says Cecile Kyenge, Italian deputy at the European Parliament. ‘But African governments must also take responsibility and protect migrants from human rights abuses in order to avoid new tragedies’, she adds from the island of Lampedusa, where survivors and politicians gathered to commemorate the death of 368 migrants who drowned trying to reach Italy last year.

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Boat packed with African emigrants sinks off the Libyan coast

Libya – A boat packed with up to 250 African emigrants, including women, trying to reach European shores sank on Sunday off the Libyan coast and most are feared dead.

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Zimbabwe: deportations rob vulnerable of remittances

HARARE – Thousands of Zimbabwean households are feeling the effects of lost remittances from family members forcibly returned from neighbouring South Africa since that country resumed deportations of undocumented Zimbabwean migrants in October 2011.

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Kenya: insecurity undermines aid access in Dadaab

DADAAB – Humanitarian activities in the world’s largest refugee complex have been restricted to essential services amid worsening security exemplified by the 13 October abduction of two Spanish aid workers and the earlier abduction of a Kenyan NGO driver in the eastern Kenyan facility.

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