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At Least 107 migrants freed from captivity in southeast Libya

At Least 107 migrants freed from captivity in southeast Libya

AT least 107 migrants including women and children have been freed from captivity in a town in southeast Libya, a security force spokesman said. Walid Alorafi, spokesman for the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Benghazi, said according to some migrants, they were held in captivity for up to seven months and "they wanted to go to Europe." The migrants are from a variety of sub-Saharan countries but mainly from Somalia, Alorafi said. "We raided a hideout in the downtown of Kufra last night and we found illegal migrants including women, children and old men who some have marks of torture…
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UK begins detaining migrants set to be deported to Rwanda

UK begins detaining migrants set to be deported to Rwanda

BRITISH authorities have started to detain migrants in preparation for them to be sent to Rwanda in the next nine to 11 weeks, the government said, laying the groundwork for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's flagship immigration policy. Parliament last month approved a law that paves the way for sending asylum seekers to Rwanda if they arrive in Britain without permission. Sunak, who is expected to call an election later this year in which illegal migration is likely to feature prominently, wants the first flights to take off in July. More than 7,500 migrants have arrived in England on small boats from France…
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UK to deport migrants to Rwanda based on group agreed by Kigali, document shows

UK to deport migrants to Rwanda based on group agreed by Kigali, document shows

THE first asylum seekers to be deported from Britain to Rwanda will come from a group of 5,700 people that Kigali has agreed in principle to take, according to a British government document published. Under a scheme that has divided political opinion in Britain, anyone who has arrived illegally after Jan. 1, 2022, is eligible to be deported to Rwanda. More than 50,000 people have arrived since that date, official figures show. Last week, Britain passed legislation that aims to override a UK Supreme Court ruling that the policy was unlawful by declaring that Rwanda must be treated as safe…
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Ireland says UK’s Rwanda policy drives migrants over its border

Ireland says UK’s Rwanda policy drives migrants over its border

THE threat of deportation to Rwanda is causing migrants to head for Ireland instead of staying in Britain, Ireland's deputy prime minister told a British newspaper on Friday. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's flagship programme to send asylum seekers to Rwanda if they arrive in Britain illegally was approved by parliament earlier this week and the government wants the first flights to take off in 10-12 weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Micheal Martin told The Daily Telegraph that the policy was already affecting Ireland because people were "fearful" of staying in Britain. He said asylum seekers were seeking "to get sanctuary here and…
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UK’s Rwanda plan: Which other nations send asylum seekers abroad?

UK’s Rwanda plan: Which other nations send asylum seekers abroad?

THE British parliament has passed a divisive law to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promising that flights will take off by July, but legal hurdles could yet hold up or delay the policy. The "Safety of Rwanda" bill aims to cut immigration by deterring migrants from arriving without permission, but refugee rights groups say it criminalises genuine asylum seekers, and Britain's Supreme Court ruled last year that the East African nation was not a safe country to send people. Sunak has invested huge political capital in the Rwanda scheme, promising that it will stop tens of thousands of people arriving without…
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I thought I would be next – survivor of migrant sea disaster

I thought I would be next – survivor of migrant sea disaster

ADFIFT on the Atlantic Ocean, the migrants from West Africa resorted to drinking seawater to quench their unbearable thirst. Then they started dying one by one. Disposing of the bodies became a daily trial for those still alive on the brightly painted wooden fishing boat. “I thought I would be next, that one morning, I too would be dead and in the sea,” said Birane Mbaye, one of 101 men and boys who set off from a fishing village on a wild stretch of Senegal’s coastline last July hoping to reach Europe. They never made it. Back home in Fass Boye,…
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Twenty-one dead, 23 missing after boat capsizes off Djibouti coast, UN agency official says

Twenty-one dead, 23 missing after boat capsizes off Djibouti coast, UN agency official says

TWENTY-ONE migrants died and another 23 are missing after a boat carrying 77 people capsized off the coast of Djibouti, the second such incident in two weeks, the United Nations migration agency said. The boat's occupants included children, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a post on social media platform X. Tens of thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa, especially from Ethiopia and Somalia, leave the continent through Djibouti, aiming to reach Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations to find work, according to IOM. Many fail, and thousands are stranded in Yemen where they live in…
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UK’s Sunak says nothing will stop Rwanda policy; migrants die in channel

UK’s Sunak says nothing will stop Rwanda policy; migrants die in channel

BRITISH Prime Minister Rishi Sunak vowed that nothing would prevent him from sending asylum seekers to Rwanda after parliament finally approved the divisive policy that is designed to deter migrants from travelling in small boats to Britain. Hours after the bill passed, a French newspaper reported that at least five migrants had died in an attempt to cross the Channel. The French coast guard could not confirm the details but said there were several "lifeless bodies". Tens of thousands of migrants - many fleeing wars and poverty in Africa, the Middle East and Asia - have reached Britain in recent years by…
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‘No ifs, no buts’, UK’s Sunak promises to start Rwanda flights

‘No ifs, no buts’, UK’s Sunak promises to start Rwanda flights

BRITISH Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised to start sending asylum seekers to Rwanda within 10 to 12 weeks, telling the upper house of parliament he would force the new legislation through despite its opposition to the plan. Sunak said the government had booked commercial charter planes and trained staff to take migrants to Rwanda, a policy he hopes will boost his Conservative Party's flagging fortunes before an election later this year. After weeks of opposition in the House of Lords upper house which wants to introduce safeguards to the divisive legislation, Sunak said the government would force parliament to sit…
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At least 38 migrants die in shipwreck off Djibouti 

At least 38 migrants die in shipwreck off Djibouti 

AT least 38 migrants, including children, have died in a shipwreck off the Djibouti coast, the United Nations migration agency said. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said at least six other people were missing and presumed dead, and that 22 survivors were being assisted by the IOM and local authorities. Yvonne Ndege, regional spokesperson for the IOM, said the shipwreck happened about 200 metres off Djibouti and that the boat carrying the migrants had left Yemen around 2 a.m. local time on April 8. It sank about two hours later with around 66 people on board, predominantly from the…
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