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24 February 2016

African migrants in Lisbon. Photo: Leonard Tatarinov / Flickr

Portugal Wants More Refugees to Help Revive Dwindling Population

Portugal - Traditionally a country of emigration, Portugal has offered to take up to 10,000 migrants from countries struggling to cope with the influx, to help maintain its own population, according to / AFP.

Portugal’s Socialist premier, Antonio Costa, last week sent letters to Austria, Greece, Italy and Sweden — countries that have seen refugees arrive in large numbers — offering to welcome up to 5,800 more refugees in addition to the 4,500 they already agreed to take as part of the European Union’s refugee quota system.

Costa recently told Brussels that Portugal should “set an example”, adding that he was against “a Europe that closes its borders to block access to refugees”.

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In part two of our look at Syrian refugees: adjusting to life in the U.S. Yes, that portion is intended for one person.

Syrian Refugees Part 2 | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Canadian-American comedian and former Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee offers her take on the Syrian refugee crisis and the negative reaction of some in the US to refugee resettlement.

In the second of a two-part series for her new  programme Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, she meets refugees taking part in an IOM cultural orientation class in Jordan before being resettled in the U.S.

While her contribution to their integration into American society includes useful tips on the appropriateness of wearing sweat pants (“anywhere, including your own wedding”), she highlights the tiny numbers of Syrians who are actually resettled in the U.S. out of the estimated 4.6 million who have fled the civil war and are now mostly sheltering in camps in neighboring countries.

The refugees she meets are ordinary people fleeing a war in search of normal lives – a far cry from the toxic myths  propagated by some xenophobic politicians and media.

Watch the video



Migration in the News

  • BBC, EFE, AFP, Reuters, Middle East Online, The Guardian, Express UK reported that over 100,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Greece and Italy in the first two months of 2016, according to IOM. Independent UK, International Business Times and Daily Express also covered the story.
  • BBC, DPA and Irish Times reported that the European Union (EU) is making plans to deal with a possible humanitarian crisis as new border restrictions are stopping migrants from traveling across the Balkans.
  • International Business Times reported that Greece has condemned the treatment of migrants by neighboring countries, saying it is shouldering a disproportionate burden of what is essentially a European refugee crisis.
  • Scotland’s The National and Prensa Latina reported that over 700 migrants have been rescued from six boats between Tunisia and Sicily, but four people died, according to the Italian navy.
  • AP reported that thousands of migrants are stranded at European borders after some Balkan countries closed their frontiers to Afghan asylum-seekers.
  • EU Observer reported that Nato ships will take migrants they rescue in the Aegean back to Turkey, instead of  Greece, according to Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
  • Daily Mail reported that British taxpayers could face a bill of millions of pounds under a plan to fund the EU’s response to the migrant crisis.
  • RSI reported on the political and migratory situation in Niger on the eve of elections.
  • Jeune Afrique reported on the EU-funded, IOM-managed Migrant Resource Centre in Agadez, Niger. Agadez is a hub for West African migrants trying to reach Europe.
  • Newsweek reported Amnesty International’s warning in its annual report that the UN is not doing enough to protect the human rights of migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe.
  • Sudan’s Radio Dabanga reported that IOM is providing aid to displaced families in Nierteti, Central Darfur, where people have fled due to fighting between government forces and rebels.

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  • Climate Home reported that islanders will start leaving Kiribati in 2020 as rising seas make life too difficult to stay, according to the country’s president, Anote Tong.

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