September 2017

Press review of september 2017 on migration in West Africa

Revue de presse de septembre 2017 sur la migration en Afrique de l’ouest

Revista de imprensa de setembro de 2017 sobre migraçao na África Ocidental


Ghana : GIS Training Academy to become international Centre of Excellence

Government has expressed its unwavering determination to develop the Assin Fosu Immigration Training Centre in the Central Region into an international Centre of Excellence to train immigratiogn personnel in the Sub-region. This is geared towards building the professional competencies of personnel in the Sub-region to effectively protect national borders, fight terrorism and other trans-national organised crimes. (Read more)

West Africa among largest contributors to irregular migration to Europe – ILO

The International Labour Organisation says West Africa is among the largest contributors to irregular migration into Europe and other western parts of the world. The ILO Country Director to Nigeria, Dennis Zulu, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. Zulu said: “West Africa is one of the largest contributors to irregular migration into Europe and many countries in the west. I think there is need for government to ensure that irregular immigration is stopped. We are losing a lot of young lives across the Mediterranean Sea that are out to seek greener pasture, which in most cases are not there.”” (Read more)

Ghana commits to ECOWAS Free Movement Protocol

Ghana is firmly committed to the implementation of the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, the Right of Residence and the Right of Establishment as well as the Protocol on Community Citizenship. Mr Charles Owiredu, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said the two Protocols together, aims to create a single ECOWAS Regional Community, devoid of obstacles and impediments to free movement of people, goods, services and capital. “Indeed, it is our steadfast conviction that free movement, constitute the cornerstone of our Regional Integration efforts, and serves as the basis for unlocking the dividends thereof, with an immense potential to advance the sustainable development of our Region.”” Mr Owiredu stated. The Deputy Minister said this at the inauguration of the National Steering Committee in Ghana of the Regional Monitoring Mechanisms for Free Movement of Inter-State Passenger Vehicles, Persons and Goods within ECOWAS. (Read more)

Nigeria Immigration Service creates 28 additional centres for resident permits

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has created 28 additional centres for the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC) from initial centres. Dr Benoy Berry, Chairman of CONTEC Global, the technical partner to NIS on CERPAC project said in Abuja that the new centres were to  reduce cases of issuance of fake residence permits and aliens cards to expatriates coming into the country. (Read more)

Nigeria: UK Cracks Down On Modern Slavery in Nigeria

The UK is cracking down on the barbaric crime of modern slavery, UK International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced from Nigeria, as she called for a world free from this abhorrent trade. During a visit to a safe house – home to child victims as young as seven – Ms Patel met survivors of modern slavery and announced increased support to provide alternative jobs and livelihoods for potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery, including support for those who become victims to help them reintegrate into society and to protect them from re-trafficking – reducing a crime that directly affects the UK. (Read more)

Ghana : Trade unions deliberate on fair recruitment of migrants

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has held a meeting in Accra to discuss fair recruitment issues in relation to labour migration. Organised with support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the two-day meeting deliberated on issues affecting African migrants and emerged with strategies to lobby governments to ensure that migration on the continent was undertaken on a voluntary basis. (Read more)

Rising spate of deportation of Nigerians

Though countries routinely deport illegal foreign nationals and migrants, news of the arrival of Nigerian deportees from various countries have become pervasive of late. In 2017, according to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, no fewer than 1,134 Nigerians illegally residing abroad have been deported from Libya, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Mali, the United States, some member-countries of the European Union and Asia. (Read more)

Niger’s Issoufou Is Everything the West Wants in an African Leader

Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou, is a central figure in two distinct but overlapping crises: the elevated flow of migrants from Africa to Europe and the insecurity in Africa’s Sahel region. In both crises, European leaders are increasingly looking to Issoufou to implement solutions. Issoufou has used his international prominence to play up his leadership at home, which may not be as secure as it seems. (Read more)

32,000 Nigerians Seek Asylum In Germany As 12,000 Await Deportation

The Chairwoman of the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Rita Orji, announced this in Lagos at a seminar organized by the Migration Enlightenment Project Nigeria (MEPN). According to Ms. Orji, Europe and Asia have recently experienced an increase in illegal immigrants from Nigeria. Many migrants from Nigeria, she explained, are women who are sexually abused by their sponsors and are compelled to engage in prostitution. Ms. Orji added that most of the Nigerians repatriated from foreign countries, especially Libya, are HIV/AIDS positive.(Read more)

Nigerian girls as young as 13 increasingly trafficked to Italy to work as street prostitutes

Nigerian girls as young as 13 are increasingly being trafficked to Italy to work as street prostitutes, experts have revealed. The girls are promised jobs as baby sitters and hairdressers once they arrive in Italy but instead end up on the streets selling themselves for as little as 10 euros (£8.90) a time, terrified into submission by gang rape and voodoo curses. (Read more)

Why Europe’s Migrant Strategy Is an Illusion

Europe hopes that the fates of African migrants will soon be decided at facilities in Chad or Niger. It is a wonderful idea, but also a misleading illusion. In truth, Europe’s primary focus is on shutting down the Mediterranean route. (Read more)

Balinese migrant worker, spa therapist dies in Nigeria but family doesn’t have enough money to repatriate body

The body of a Balinese migrant worker is not be able to get sent home because the family does not have the money to cover the costs of repatriation. Ubud woman Ni Wayan Sriani, 38, died of a stroke in Nigeria, her husband, Gusti Nyoman Putra, 51, told reporters. Sriani had been working as a spa therapist in a hotel in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja. (Read more)

ECOWAS to partner UN Women to fight women migration

The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel de Souza has pledged to partner with UN Women to tame the tide of West African Women migrating to western countries on account breach of security in the sub-region. Mr. Marcel at a brief ceremony in his office in Abuja while receiving the credentials of the UN Women Nigeria Country Representative, Comfort Lamptey, regretted that some of the women die in the process of their journeys promised to forged a strong synergy with UN Women, adding that he will leverage on the expertise of UN Women to reverse the trend. (Read more)

Ghana government to engage Embassies to end exploitation of migrants

The Government would start engaging Gulf States missions in Ghana, to discuss the excessive abuse of Ghanaian migrants so as to streamline foreign migration procedures and sanitise the situation. Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, made this known when a 12-Member Inter-Agency Committee on the Management of Foreign Labour Migration presented a 24-page Report to him, in Accra.(Read more)

Sierra Leone: New technologies will aid effective border management

A total of 23,648 visitors were recorded by the National Tourist Board for the period January to June 2017. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) 74,400 visitors landed in Lungi in 2016 which was a significant increase compared to 24,000 in 2015. Sierra Leone has been described by UNTWO as one of the fastest growing travel destinations in recent years. This puts additional pressure on customs and border agencies who are responsible to facilitate the legitimate movement of people and goods into and out of the country. (Read more)

Dreams of Europe Life Spur Perilous Journey From West Africa

Kadi Bah saw people starving in the Sahara desert and drowning in the Mediterranean during her failed six-month odyssey to reach Europe. But as soon as the United Nations plane bringing her back home from Libya to Ivory Coast touched down, she was hatching plans to try again. (Read more)

Ghana : Training workshop for journalists on migration takes off

A three-day training Workshop for Investigative Journalists on Free Movement and Migration (FMM) commenced in Accra with a call on journalist to report accurately and fairly on issues. Mr Mustapha Hamid, the Minister of Information, who made the call during the opening ceremony urged journalists to avoid sensationalism in their reportage. The workshop is being organized by the Media Response, with funding from the European Union and the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission. (Read more)

NAPTIP plans regional training academy on Human Trafficking in Nigeria

A Regional Training Academy for the teaching and learning of counter trafficking issues is to be established in Nigeria by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). The Director-General of the Agency, Julie Okah-Donli disclosed this in Abuja while inaugurating a 27 member Steering Committee for the establishment of the Academy. (Read more)

Herders Against Farmers – Nigeria’s Expanding Deadly Conflict

Propelled by desertification, insecurity and the loss of grazing land to expanding settlements, the southward migration of Nigeria’s herders is causing violent competition over land with local farmers. To prevent the crisis from escalating, the government should strengthen security for herders and farmers, implement conflict resolution mechanisms and establish grazing reserves. (Read more)

Hajiya Sadiya Farouq Pushes For Safe, Dignified Return of Nigerian Migrants

Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), has called for the inclusion of safe and dignified return of Nigerian migrants as a critical element in the Global Compact for Migration (GCM). Farouq made the call in Abuja during the Technical Working Group meeting on Migration and Development in Nigeria, a preparatory meeting of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).(Read more)

Why we deported 50 foreigners from Nigeria – CG Immigration, Babandede

Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, recently fielded questions from PREMIUM TIMES editors. (Read more)

Gambia: DW, Paradise FM organise first public debate on migration

The stark realities of an imagined better life in Europe by “Going the back way” were on Thursday brought to the Gambia by Deutsche Welle  (DW) and their local partner, Paradise FM. At a public debate at Gambia’s only University Law Faculty dubbed “The Migration Dilemma”. Hundreds of young Gambians are participating in the debate, asking questions and searching for answers on the escalating rate of migration. (Read more)

Nigeria : Immigration Service to check migration of illegal aliens into Borno

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said that it had stepped up surveillance to check the migration of illegal aliens into Borno through land borders. The state’s Comptroller of NIS, Mr Bello Jahun, made this known at a news conference in Maiduguri. (Read more)

Nigeria’s housing deficit too high – Osinbajo

Nigeria’s housing deficit is too high to be acceptable, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said. Osinbajo who spoke at the 2017 Housing Summit in Abuja said, although, no nation had been able to provide all the housing needs of its citizens, the housing crisis in developing countries including Nigeria was very bad. (Read more)


Municipio de Braga celebra a interculturalidade

O Municipio de Braga promove, nos dias 8 e 9 de Setembro (Sexta-feira e Sàbado), a iniciativa “Celebrando a Interculturalidade”, que tem por finalidade promover a integraçao da populaçao imigrante no Concelho de Braga e o convivio intercultural. O evento insere-se no ‘Projecto Braga Integra’, financiado pelo FAMI – Fundo Asilo, Migraçao e Integrçao, em concertaçao com vàrios parceiros locais. (Leia mas)


CEDEAO – Migration : “Frontières», un film qui interpelle sur les réalités de l’intégration

Tracasseries, viols, racolages, corruption…C’est là le lot quotidien des femmes commerçantes aux différentes frontières qui séparent les pays composant la Communauté économique des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (Cedeao), tel que présenté dans le dernier film de la réalisatrice Burkinabè Appolline  Traoré. Dans « Frontières », le titre du film, la cinéaste raconte cette réalité de fort belle manière avec des détails poignants. (Lire la suite)

Mali : Démarcation et matérialisation de la frontière Mali – Niger : Le Ministre Tieman H. Coulibaly accélère le processus

Pour accélérer le processus de démarcation et de matérialisation de la ligne de frontière entre le Mali et le Niger, le ministre de l’Administration Territoriale, Tieman Hubert Coulibaly, a effectué une visite d’amitié et de travail à  Niamey, les 14 et 15 septembre. (Lire la suite)

Burkina : MIDAS, un nouvel outil pour la sécurité et la gestion des frontières

Fruit d’une collaboration de l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM) au Burkina Faso avec le gouvernement burkinabè grâce à  l’appui technique et financier du Japon, le projet « Renforcement de la sécurité des frontières au Burkina Faso » répond au besoin crucial de prise en charge efficace de la sécurité des personnes et des biens. Le projet qui est à  sa deuxième phase vise non seulement à  renforcer les capacités opérationnelles et techniques des structures et des acteurs en charge de la gestion des frontières, surtout les forces de sécurité à travers la police des frontières, mais aussi à consolider la collaboration entre les forces de sécurité et les populations frontalières. (Lire la suite)

Côte d’ivoire – Migration irrégulière : “Certains jeunes migrants disent avoir été oubliés par le Pouvoir” (FOSCAO-CI)

“Certains jeunes migrants en situation irrégulière disent avoir été oubliés par le Pouvoir politique actuel pour lequel ils se sont battus “, voici l’une des raisons principales qui poussent des jeunes ivoiriens à emprunter le chemin périlleux de la migration irrégulière. Ce fait est ressorti des résultats de l’étude partielle dont le thème : « migration irrégulière en Côte d’Ivoire : logiques sociales et stratégies des retournés (Anyama et Daloa) », menée par deux consultants du Forum de la Société Civile de l’Afrique de l’Ouest section Côte d’Ivoire. (Lire la suite)

La DW organise un débat sur la migration au Nigeria

La majorité des réfugiés qui tentent de rejoindre l’Europe en traversant la Méditerranée viennent du Nigeria. Pourquoi partent-ils et quelles sont les solutions proposées aux candidats à  l’exil ? La ville de Jos, dans le nord du pays a accueilli récemment un débat sur ces questions. Une manifestation organisée dans le cadre du projet “Dilemme Migration” de la Deutsche Welle. (Lire la suite)

Le quotidien des migrants au Sénégal, pays de transit

De part sa situation géographique, le Sénégal est sur le chemin de l’Europe. Beaucoup de candidats à la migration passent par ce pays avant de poursuivre leur route. Mais certains Africains de la sous-région ou du continent arrivent sans papiers. Une situation qui les expose à  des tracasseries administratives, comme l’explique Amadou Tall, magistrat et membre du comité des Nations unies pour la protection des droits des migrants. “Après avoir quitté leur pays, les migrants se débarrassent souvent de leur papiers,” explique-t-il. “Une fois arrivés dans le pays de transit ou le pays de destination, ils ont alors des problèmes d’accès à  l’Etat civil. Quand ils sont en famille, ils ont des problèmes d’accès à  l’éducation pour leurs enfants, ils ont des problèmes d’accès aux soins de santé confie le magistrat à la DW. (Lire la suite)

Migration : La CEDEAO propose des solutions

Inauguré par la CEDEAO, en décembre 2000, avec le soutien de l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM) et le Gouvernement suisse, le Dialogue sur les migrations pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest (MIDWA) a pour but initial de contribuer à la gestion efficace et efficiente des questions d’immigration clandestine. Le Ministre des Maliens de l’Extérieur et de l’Intégration Africaine, Dr Abdramane Sylla, a participé à  la conférence ministérielle du MIDWA du 12 au 15 septembre 2017, à Accra, au Ghana.(Lire la suite)

Petites mains à  Bamako

Reportage à Bamako, qui accueille beaucoup d’enfants non-accompagnés et migrants. Des réseaux de solidarité participent à leur prise en charge. (Lire la suite)

Politiques migratoires du Sahel, repensons à Franz Fanon

«Nous ne sommes rien sur cette terre si nous ne sommes d’abord les esclaves d’une cause, de la cause des peuples, la cause de la justice et de la liberté» Il existe au Niger et ailleurs en Afrique et Europe une partie de la société civile qui se reconnait dans les derniers mots que Franz Fanon a écrit avant de mourir de maladie en exil. (Lire la suite)

Migrations internationales et Droits de l’homme : Dakar abrite la 8ème session de formation.

«Migrations internationales et droits de l’homme», c’est le thème retenu pour la 8e session de formation en droit international des droits de l’homme, ouverte le lundi 18 septembre 2017 à  Dakar. Initiées depuis 2003, les sessions d’enseignement en droit international et droits de l’homme sont organisées depuis cette date conjointement à Dakar, par la fondation René Cassin et la fondation Friedrick Nauman, avec 337 professionnels formés entre 2011 et 2016 et 902 dossiers de candidatures reçus en 2017. Elles sont, depuis lors, devenues un rendez-vous annuel incontournable permettant de réunir les acteurs et défenseurs des droits de l’homme d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre. (Lire la suite)

Mali : Persécution et rétention des immigrés maliens dans des camps de concentration en Algérie : Le CSDM dénonce le silence des autorités maliennes face à ce désastre humain

Afin d’alerter l’opinion publique malienne sur les conditions scrabbles des Maliens refoulés d’Algérie, le président du Conseil supérieur de la Diaspora malienne (CSDM), Mohamed Chérif Haïdara a animé, le samedi 30 septembre, à son siège aux 300 logements, une conférence de presse. Au cours de laquelle, il a exprimé son indignation et son incompréhension face aux graves atteintes aux droits de l’homme perpétrées en Algérie contre nos compatriotes maliens. Pour la circonstance, il était entouré de son secrétaire administratif, Mahamoud Farka Maïga ainsi que plusieurs de son organisation. (Lire la suite)

Migrations, défense et sécurité : Le général Paul Ndiaye regrette le non-respect de la libre circulation des personnes

Le Centre des hautes études de défense et de sécurité (Cheds) a organisé, en partenariat avec la Fondation Konrad Adenauer (Fka), un séminaire national sur le thème « Migrations, Défense et Sécurité». Pour le général Paul Ndiaye, le principe de libre circulation des personnes et de leurs biens prôné par l’Union Africaine, lors du Traité d’Abuja en 1991, est très peu respecté par les pays. (Lire la suite)

Signature d’une convention pour des actions d’urgence contre la migration irrégulière

L’Union européenne et CTB Sénégal, l’antenne de l’Agence belge de développement au Sénégal, ont signé, lundi, une convention de financement pour des actions d’urgence, destinées à répondre aux défis de la migration irrégulière à travers le Projet d’appui à la réduction de l’émigration rurale et à la réintégration dans le bassin arachidier (PARERBA). (Lire la suite)

Un expert prône une utilisation des fonds des migrants pour des économies résilientes

Le coordonnateur du projet “Promouvoir la résilience des économies en zones semi-arides” (PRESA), Cheikh Tidiane Wade, préconise d’examiner les voies et moyens d’utiliser les fonds des migrants pour bâtir des économies résilientes dans le cadre d’un secteur privé très fort.(Lire la suite)

Emploi jeune : Un projet lancé à plus de 13 milliards de FCFA

L’hôtel Radisson Blu de Bamako a servi de cadre le mercredi 20 septembre 2017 à la cérémonie de lancement du projet « l’emploi des jeunes crée des opportunités, ici au Mali». Financé à  13 732 486 689 FCFA durant 4 ans, ce projet est exécuté par le consortium d’Agences composé de la SNV, d’ICCO, de WASTE (toutes des agences néerlandaises) et de l’APEJ. (Lire la suite)


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