In this week’s news highlights: Financial assistance provided by IOM for returning Ethiopian migrants; Eritrean Poet receives Writer of Courage award; Families arrested by Eritrean authorities in Afar Red Sea region; Crossings from Libya and Chad to Sudan seen as most risky by people attempting to reach Khartoum; New Special Rapporteur for Eritrea selected; Migrants deported from Algeria to Niger; Boat sinks off Tunisia coast leaving 8 women and 3 children dead; Heavy rains flood Moria camp; “Alan Kurdi” ship detained again at Italian port; Sudanese asylum seeker tells his story; Italian Lampedusa hotspot full after disembarkation of 11 refugees boats; Home Office considers nets to stop migrant boats; and Over 1000 migrants and refugees land at Spanish Canary Islands.
“[I]t is a partnership of equals, where both sides share opportunities and responsibilities. Africa will be a key partner in building the world we want to live in – whether on climate, digital or trade,” stated President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen, during her speech at the State of The Union conference on Monday 16 September in front of the European Parliament. This is the guideline that the Commission means to take forward this year with regard to relations between the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU).
In this week’s news highlights: Thousands of migrants and refugees arrive in Djibouti after suffering abuses trying to reach Saudi Arabia; At least 15 killed in an armed attack in Ethiopia; migrants drowned after boat capsized off the Libyan coast; NGO staff accused of smuggling in Greece; Tensions arise after first COVID-19 death at Malakasa camp in Greece; Alan Kurdi rescue boat docks in Sardinia, Italy; Lesbian refugee wins trial in the UK after unlawful deportation to Uganda; East German city to host asylum seekers in spite of rise of far-right movements; Remote Ascension Island considered among attempts by UK government to remotely host refugees; Italian warship, deployed to combat human smugglers, caught with contraband in 2018; Open letter to UK prime minister for changing family reunification law; “Anchor baby” argument devalues migrant womens’ journey; VODAN successfully achieves and stores patient data visit across continents.