NADOR, 29 July 2015 (IRIN) - Morocco has become a choke point for sub-Saharan African migrants aiming to reach Europe, pinched by the Moroccan and Spanish governments working together to halt the flow across the Mediterranean.
Thousands of irregular migrants were unable or unwilling to take advantage of the Moroccan government’s limited “regularisation” process that granted less than 18,000 one-year residency permits.
They now play a cat-and-mouse game with the police in the northern Riff mountains overlooking the Spanish enclave of Melilla.
Vienna, Austria, July 22, 2015. Over 30 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 151st Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).
Grant funding totaling US$4.24m was also approved for the following:
The 2014 International Annual Report of SOS Children's Villages, published today, presents risk factors for family breakdown and positive impacts of family strengthening, along with programme statistics and financial results.
In 2014, SOS Children’s Villages International provided sustained care for more than 439,000 children, young people and adults through its Family Strengthening and Family Based Care programmes.
SOS kindergartens, schools, vocational training centres and social centres provided education and learning opportunities for over 206,000 people.
In recent weeks, the Turkey to Greece sea passage has surpassed the North Africa to Italy route in volume of migrants and asylum seekers attempting to reach Europe. Increasing numbers of refugees are fleeing extreme human security situations in Syria (ranked 1st and most at risk out of the 198 countries assessed in Verisk Maplecroft’s Human Rights Risk Index 2015), Iraq (3rd) and Afghanistan (5th), placing further pressures on a weakening Greek economy and struggling infrastructure.
During July to October 2015, Below average precipitation is very likely over coastal part of Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon.
Near to below average precipitation is very likely over South Sudan, Uganda Western Ethiopia, North-East of DRC, Northern-west Kenya from July to October 2015.
Above average precipitation is likely over Senegal, Southern half of Mali, Southern Mauritania, over Burkina Faso, Western Niger and around lake Chad, from July to October 2015.
Situation Générale en juin 2015, Prévision jusqu'à ’mi-août 2015
La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin est restée calme en juin. De bonnes pluies et au moins deux générations seront nécessaires pour que les effectifs augment cet été dans les aires de reproduction estivale traditionnelles du Sahel septentrional d'Afrique de l'ouest et du Soudan ainsi que de part et d'autre de la frontière indo-pakistanaise.
Despite the significant decrease in the number of people who die from easily preventable diseases, third world countries are still plagued by diseases which can be cured cost-effectively. Our organization focuses on three different highly efficient strategies to save lives and help communities escape from the vicious cycle they are in. The categories under which we operate are cataract surgeries, hospital construction & administration and health scan programs.
Since the beginning of the year some 153 000 migrants were detected at Europe’s external borders. This represents a 149% increase when compared to the same period in 2014 when 61 500 migrants entered Europe.
In May the total number of detections rose by 26% in relation to April and reached 50 500. Considering seasonal trends, it is expected that the migratory pressure will continue to increase during the summer period on all routes.
IOM Launches Study: “Migration Trends Across the Mediterranean: Connecting the Dots”
Egypt - Altai Consulting and IOM today launch “Migration Trends across the Mediterranean: Connecting the Dots”.
Based on unique and in-depth qualitative research in countries along the Western and Central Mediterranean routes, the study adds new insights to the ongoing debate over migration across the Mediterranean.
Hier, jeudi 14 mai, aux alentours de 9h, les équipes MSF ont reçu un appel du centre de sauvetage en mer de Rome les informant qu’un bateau de pêche en bois transportant 300 personnes était en détresse.
Vers 11h, l’équipe a commencé sa mission de sauvetage qui s'est terminée aux alentours de 18h. Au total, les équipes de sauvetage en mer de MSFSea et MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) ont porté assistance aux 561 personnes entassées sur ce bateau.
Country is first in Arab world to develop a legal migration policy, but integration is stymied by racism
May 13, 2015 5:00AM ET
by Maggy Donaldson @maggydonaldson & Thalia Beaty @tkbeaty
RABAT, Morocco — Christian Wetemwami doesn’t know his mobile phone number, and his aid worker is teasing him about it. He’s in on the joke, but the incident reveals how precarious his life in Morocco is.
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During June-July-August 2015, Below average precipitation is very likely over southern Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, extreme southern Mali, Western half of Côte d’Ivoire, coastal part of Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.
Below average precipitation is likely over Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, extreme Southern-West Ghana, lake chad region, extreme southern of South Sudan and Ethiopia, northern-east DCR, northern Uganda, and Kenyan from May to August
Rabat, Maroc | AFP | mardi 12/05/2015 - 13:42 GMT
Les garde-côtes marocains ont empêché mardi 22 migrants de traverser illégalement le détroit de Gibraltar vers l'Espagne à bord d'embarcations de fortune, selon un communiqué des autorités.
Les gardes-côtes ont avorté "une tentative collective d’émigration illégale d'un groupe de 22 ressortissants originaires de pays d'Afrique subsaharienne", selon un communiqué de la préfecture de Tanger (nord) cité par l'agence MAP.
Rabat, Maroc | AFP | vendredi 08/05/2015 - 15:43 GMT
La marine royale marocaine a empêché plus d'une centaine de migrants de traverser illégalement le détroit de Gibraltar vers l'Espagne à bord d'embarcations de fortune au cours des derniers jours, ont annoncé les autorités de Tanger.
Vendredi, la marine royale a "réussi à faire échouer une tentative d’émigration illégale d'un groupe de 40 ressortissants de pays d'Afrique subsaharienne", a indiqué la préfecture de Tanger, citée par l'agence MAP.
Rabat, Morocco | AFP | Friday 5/8/2015 - 15:29 GMT
Morocco's navy on Friday prevented a group of 40 illegal migrants from crossing the Strait of Gibraltar on makeshift boats headed for Spain, the authorities in Tangiers said.
The authorities "succeeded in foiling an illegal attempt to emigrate by a group of 40 people of sub-Saharan origin", the MAP news agency reported the prefecture in Tangiers as saying.
PRETORIA (ILO News) – HIV and AIDS workplace initiatives should be integrated into national AIDS programmes and a wide range of health approaches, including occupational safety and health, says a new report, "Effective Responses to HIV and AIDS at Work: A Multi-Country Study in Africa ", launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Sandton - Johannesburg, South Africa.
More resources and fresh policies needed to get children into school
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.
In the last decade, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have invested considerable resources and political capital to bring more children into the classroom.
Most impressively, out-of-school rates for primary school children have plummeted, often by as much as half, bringing hope and new opportunity to millions.