Author: RACHAEL ADEEGBE

The French Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and North Sea has reported a troubling rise in migrant deaths at sea since the start of the year. As of July 20, 2024, there have been seventeen deaths, including two missing persons. This is a stark increase from the twelve fatalities recorded throughout all of 2023. The latest tragedy occurred on the night of July 18, when a Sudanese man died aboard a boat carrying 85 other passengers from Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Sudan. French patrols managed to rescue the remaining migrants. Despite a stabilization in the number of boats setting sail over…

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The National Unity Government (NUG) has appealed to the Thai Government to take action to support and protect undocumented Myanmar workers in Thailand. In a statement released on July 18, 2024, the NUG Ministry of Labour outlined several key measures they believe are necessary to improve the conditions for these workers. The NUG has urged the Thai Government to begin issuing Non-Thai Identification Cards, commonly known as Pink Cards, to undocumented Myanmar migrants without delay. These cards would enable workers to obtain legal recognition, allowing them to work, stay, and travel freely within Thailand. Additionally, the NUG has called for…

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Thousands of migrants have been making their way through Mexico to reach the United States, driven by fears of potential border closures if Donald Trump wins the upcoming presidential election. Close to 3,000 migrants have crossed directly from Mexico to the US, according to a report by the Associated Press. For the past week, a significant number of migrants have been departing from the remote Mexican city of Ciudad Hidalgo, located near the Guatemala border. Many of these migrants have reportedly managed to travel further into Mexico, often using buses and trains, with the Mexican government easing restrictions for those…

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Labour plans to prioritize asylum claims from migrants coming from “safe” countries like India, Vietnam, and Albania as part of its efforts to manage the high volume of cases after scrapping the Rwanda deportation plan. Home Secretary Yvette Cooper is set to propose a change in the law that will allow the processing of asylum claims for those who have entered the UK illegally over the past 18 months. This new policy will overturn a section of the Tories’ Illegal Migration Act, which had prevented anyone arriving illegally since March 2023 from being granted asylum. Under the previous administration, these…

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The recent unrest in Bangladesh has sparked concerns about the safety of Sri Lankan migrant workers residing there. Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment, Manusha Nanayakkara, addressed these concerns in Parliament, confirming that none of the Sri Lankan workers have been harmed amid the chaos. Since 2019, a total of 2,835 Sri Lankans have been living in Bangladesh. Among them, 2,690 were sent as trainees, including 107 women and 2,583 men. Additionally, 145 Sri Lankans were sent as low-skilled workers, comprising 6 women and 139 men. Minister Nanayakkara emphasized that the Sri Lankan Embassy in Bangladesh is closely monitoring the…

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Three community projects in Kerry have been awarded substantial funding, each receiving approximately €5,000 to support the integration of migrants. This funding comes from the Communities Integration Fund provided by the Department of Integration, which aims to assist local projects across Ireland in fostering the inclusion and integration of migrants and refugees into their communities. The Communities Integration Fund, totaling around half a million euros, has been distributed among 113 projects nationwide. These community-based initiatives are designed to play a significant role in welcoming and integrating migrants, ensuring that they feel part of the local society and can contribute positively.…

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The Home Secretary has announced a robust plan to increase the deportation of migrants in the UK who have no legal right to remain. In a piece for The Sun, Yvette Cooper criticized the previous Tory government’s focus on the Rwanda Partnership, describing the asylum system as chaotic. She revealed that over 1000 civil servants had been working on the Rwanda project, but these resources will now be redirected to a new Returns and Enforcement program aimed at accelerating the deportation process. Cooper expressed her frustration with the current state of the asylum system, citing a significant backlog and a…

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Two men lost their lives, and a third is in critical condition after two shootings occurred minutes apart near a migrant shelter in Brooklyn, police and law enforcement sources reported. The incidents unfolded late Sunday night, causing significant alarm and prompting a swift investigation by authorities. The first shooting took place around 10:44 p.m. in a park near Flushing Avenue and Steuben Street, outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A man in his 30s was shot in the chest and arm. He was immediately transported to Methodist Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Just seven minutes later, a second shooting…

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Recently, a woman sparked a significant online debate by criticizing Indian migrants in Canada, accusing them of damaging the country’s reputation. Canada has long been a preferred destination for Indians seeking new opportunities, and the number of Indian immigrants has steadily increased over the years. The controversy began when Megha Verma, an X user, posted a long tweet expressing her and her family’s disdain for the influx of Indian migrants. Megha’s post claimed that earlier Indian immigrants were educated, well-mannered, and came from respectable backgrounds. She contrasted this with newer migrants, whom she described as illiterate, lacking civic sense, and…

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France has recently implemented tougher regulations concerning the employment of undocumented migrants as part of a broader effort to enhance immigration control and combat illegal labour. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced these new measures, which include stricter conditions for issuing residence permits and the introduction of fines for companies that employ unauthorized foreign workers. This move, reported by Schengen.News, marks a significant shift in France’s approach to managing undocumented labour. The new decree mandates that employers in France who hire undocumented migrants without proper work permits will now face financial penalties. These fines are intended to replace the previously…

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