News Selection – Migration
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Migration.
Germany needs 260,000 immigrants a year to meet labor demand
12/2/2019: A study has found that migrant labor from within the European Union will fall short of the economy's needs. To plug the gap, Germany will need 146,000 workers per year from non-EU countries. Source: DW
Six people died each day attempting to cross Mediterranean in 2018
30/1/2019: Refugees and migrants attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea lost their lives at an alarming rate in 2018, as cuts in search and rescue operations reinforced its position as the world’s deadliest sea crossing. Source: The UN Refugee Agency
Human rights situation in Myanmar continues to deteriorate: UN expert
25/1/2019: The UN's Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar has accused the government of not working to create conditions suitable for the return of the Rohingya refugees. Source: UN News
First Person: Returning to Dadaab
24/1/2019: Even after living in Kenya's Dadaab complex for almost three decades, refugees are not allowed to work or live outside the camps. A Somali journalist who was brought up there recounts the recent history of Dadaab.
Canada’s resettlement of refugees highest in the world
23/1/2019: Canada resettled just under 30,000 refugees in 2018 — slightly exceeding the number of those resettled by countries in the European Union, and a few thousand more than those resettled by the United States, putting Canada in a historic lead. Source: The Star Edmonton
Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers
21/1/2019: Support for Libya's Coast Guard by the EU and Italy contributes significantly to the interception of migrants and asylum seekers and their subsequent detention in arbitrary, abusive detention in Libya, according to a Human Rights Watch report.
Source: Human Rights Watch
EU leaders must fix “broken system” that leaves people adrift at sea
18/1/2019: Amnesty has condemned the outsourcing of European border control to the Libyan authorities which, in combination with a system which fails to share responsibility for asylum-seekers fairly across Europe, has denied asylum-seekers their rights. Source: Amnesty International
Ethiopia allows almost 1 million refugees to leave camps and work
18/1/2019: A new law allows refugees in Ethiopia to attend regular schools and to travel and work across the country. This is a condition of the EU-funded “compact”, a $500 million aid programme which aims to prevent refugees from trying to reach Europe.
Source: The East African
Thailand signals more tolerant refugee policy after Rahaf al-Qunun
17/1/2019: Thailand's immigration chief has vowed not to force refugees to return home "involuntarily", after a Saudi woman's desperate plea for resettlement drew global attention to a country that does not recognise asylum seekers. Source: SBS News
Lessons from Jordan for Ethiopia's "compact" for refugees
14/1/2019: Jordan’s ‘jobs-for-refugees’ compact, rolled out in 2016, saw mixed results. Five researchers from the Overseas Development Institute draw on lessons learned to recommend five ways to ensure the Ethiopia compact succeeds.
Source: Refugees Deeply