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EU migration policy is getting tougher: the 3 new tactics used to keep African migrants out

EU migration policy is getting tougher: the 3 new tactics used to keep African migrants out

NEARLY a decade has passed since migration to Europe from Africa and the Middle East reached a peak in 2015, referred to as the year of the “migrant crisis”. Over a million people from Africa and the Middle East applied for asylum in the European Union (EU). Since then, numbers have continued to be high. In 2023 the number of migrants who reached Europe’s shores through the Mediterranean Sea was 275,000, up from about 180,000 in 2022. To control the influx of migrants, the EU and several of its member states have introduced closed-door policies – strict control measures at…
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Death toll rises as rescue charity spots another body in sea off Libya

Death toll rises as rescue charity spots another body in sea off Libya

ANOTHER body was spotted off the coast of Libya, a day after a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) rescue ship recovered the bodies of 11 migrants in the same area of the Mediterranean Sea and said it had saved more than 160 people from boats. Non-profit organisation Sea Watch said on social media platform X that its plane had spotted the corpse on Saturday. "Yesterday our aircraft crew sighted 11 bodies, and so far one more has been discovered on today's flight. The flight and the search continue," the Germany-based non-profit group said. The United Nations has registered more than 20,000…
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Egypt starts $1.8 billion gas exploration wells programme

Egypt starts $1.8 billion gas exploration wells programme

EGYPT has begun a $1.8 billion programme to drill natural gas exploration wells in the Mediterranean Sea and Nile Delta, petroleum minister Tarek El Molla told UAE state news agency WAM. The programme is in cooperation with Eni, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and BP. The aim is to drill 35 exploration wells within two years, 21 in the current 2023/2024 financial year and 14 in the next year, El Molla told WAM on the sidelines of an OPEC seminar in Vienna. Thomson Reuters Foundation
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Egyptian startup turns millions of bags into tiles

Egyptian startup turns millions of bags into tiles

AN Egyptian startup is aiming to turn more than 5 billion plastic bags into tiles tougher than cement as it tackles the twin problems of tonnes of waste entering the Mediterranean Sea and high levels of building sector emissions. "So far, we have recycled more than 5 million plastic bags, but this is just the beginning," TileGreen co-founder Khaled Raafat told Reuters. "We aim that by 2025, we will have recycled more than 5 billion plastic bags." At the company's factory, on the outskirts of Cairo, workers carry large barrels loaded with mixed plastic waste to be melted down and…
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Hopes of sailing free of war and poverty dashed for Gazans as bodies return in coffins

Hopes of sailing free of war and poverty dashed for Gazans as bodies return in coffins

NIDAL AL-MUGHRABI MONTHS ago, Talal Al-Shaer bid his two sons safe travels as they set off from the Gaza Strip on a tortuous route that they prayed would bring them new lives in Europe, free of poverty and war. But the boat taking them across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya sank soon after leaving. One son drowned, and his body recovered. The other was lost. Rather than regaling friends about their successful migration, Al-Shaer received condolences on Sunday. "A whole generation is lost, suffering, blockade, scarce jobs, bad mental health. That is what pushes them to migrate," he told Reuters…
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