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For African Asylum Seekers, No Way Out Of Israel


JERUSALEM – In May 2017, Israel effectively cut one-fifth of asylum seekers’ wages, hoping people such as Eden Tasfamariam would leave the country.

This single mother and asylum seeker from Eritrea fled to Israel almost 10 years ago with her children. She did so after the Eritrean government imprisoned them as retribution when her then husband, a conscripted soldier who had been imprisoned for arguing with a superior, fled the country. Under surveillance and fearing for their lives, they left Eritrea shortly after their release.

But in Israel, they’ve found a hostile government that views asylum seekers like Tasfamariam as economic migrants, officially refers to them as “infiltrators” and grants them few rights. Their dire financial straits have been worsened…

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Falana drags Cameroon to African Commission over trial of asylum seekers


Nigeria’s foremost human rights lawyer Femi Falana SAN has dragged the government of Cameroon to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia over the impending trial of 47 asylum seekers and naturalised Nigerians.

Nigerian officials of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) enumerating the Cameroonian refugees

The lawyer wants the commission’s urgent intervention to end “the ongoing human rights violations of the applicants who were forcibly returned to Cameroon by the Nigerian authorities.”

Falana is asking “the Chairperson and the Bureau to urgently hold an extra-ordinary session of the African Commission to address the illegal and unfair return of 47 refugees and asylum seekers, and the continuing violations of the rights of the…

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Border agents use private flight to deport African asylum seeker



Protesters stand by burning tires during clashes with Guinea’s police at the end of a demonstration on April 25, 2013 in Conakry.


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Canadian border agents roused an asylum seeker from his sleep last week, shackled his arms together and placed him on a chartered flight to Guinea.

The asylum seeker, 23, had resisted a previous attempt at deportation last month, telling the Montreal Gazette he struggled so much the agents beat his legs while trying to force him onto a commercial flight.

But the pilot refused to take him on and so the Canadian Border Services Agency decided to charter a flight for the 23-year-old on Dec. 18. He was the only passenger on board.

The practice of chartering aircraft to deport undocumented migrants is…

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Israel mulls plan to return African asylum seekers to Eritrea and Sudan


Israel’s Ministry of Interior is said to be exploring the possibility of deporting African asylum-seekers back to Eritrea and Sudan as lawmakers seek to generate an understanding of the situation in the two countries that have caused thousands to flee.

According to a letter drafted by Interior Minister Arye Dery addressed to Meretz MK Mossi Raz earlier this month, Dery referred to efforts by his department to forge a comprehensive policy on the asylum-seekers and said various options were on the table.

“We’re generating a picture of the general situation in Sudan and Eritrea and the implications thereof,” Dery wrote, Haaretz reported. Despite the exploration, he reiterated that the current policy of non-refoulement to Eritrea and Sudan remains unchanged.

The move “is being…

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EU plans African asylum camps to limit migrants



The European Union has hardened its asylum policy, unveiling plans to set up processing centres in African countries to try to cut off the flow of …
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Europe to judge asylum claims in African camps



Brussels is planning to set up migrant processing centres in Africa to reduce the number of asylum seekers arriving in Europe. A leaked European …
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