HRW report on EU-Turkey migrant deal may raise red flags for Africa

HRW report on EU-Turkey migrant deal may raise red flags for Africa

The European Union’s dicey migration deal with Turkey is causing untold misery among migrants and refugees trapped on Greek islands, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Wednesday. The HRW organization conducted research in May and June on the island of Lesbos that “documented the deteriorating mental health…

Germany to use automated speech analysis for migration applicants

Within two weeks, German authorities plan to use automated software to analyze speech patterns of  asylum seekers to verify their claimed place of origin, according to a Deutsche Welle report. The software is based on similar authentication programs used in the finance and insurance industries to assess speech patterns when…

Djibouti overwhelmed by migrants from Yemen

Deported migrants arriving from Yemen are swelling the population of Djibouti camps, as officials with the International Organization for Migration warn that 3,000 more may arrive in the next few days. Djibouti has become “the epicenter,” says IOM official Jeffrey Labovitz, for complicated flows of migrant crossings over the Red…

Niger’s Issoufou calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ for African nation

President Mahamadou Issoufou, meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Niamey, said Monday that Niger needs a “Marshall Plan” to promote development. Issoufou said he believed Niger needed a sum of €1 billion just to fight illegal migration alone, reports Deutsche Welle. He added the €1.88 billion euros in the European…

Tunisia, the EU-Turkey migrant deal and Merkel’s Africa travels

German Chancellor Angela Merkel begins a trip to Africa Sunday, visiting the nations of Mali and Niger to discuss their security and counterterrorism strategies before heading to Ethiopia. She’ll arrive in Addis Ababa amid the nation’s escalating unrest and the international attention to its alleged human rights violations, issues that…