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26 April 2018

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Shugri Elmi and Mariam Cheick, immigrants from Somalia at an Immigrants’ Day event at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Sub-Saharan African Immigrants in the US Are Often More Educated Than Those in Top European Destinations

Washington DC (Pew Research Center) – As the annual number of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa to both the United States and Europe has grown for most years this decade, a Pew Research Center analysis of 2015 US Census Bureau and Eurostat data finds that sub-Saharan immigrants in the US tend to be more highly educated than those living in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Portugal – Europe’s historically leading destinations among sub-Saharan immigrants.

In the US, 69 per cent of sub-Saharan immigrants ages 25 and older in 2015 said they had at least some college experience. In the same year, the share in the UK who reported some college experience was 49 per cent, while it was lower still in France (30%), Portugal (27%) and Italy (10%).

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The people of Kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea-level rise. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Climate Change to Drive Migration from Island Homes Sooner than Thought

The Guardian  – Hundreds of thousands of people will be forced from their homes on low-lying islands in the next few decades by sea-level rises and the contamination of fresh drinking water sources, scientists have warned.

A study by researchers at the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Deltares Institute in the Netherlands and Hawaii University has found that many small islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans will be uninhabitable for humans by the middle of this century. That is much earlier than previously thought.

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  • IPS reported about Rohingya refugees who have made it to India. Most of these refugees had landed in Delhi after failed stints in Rohingya camps in Bangladesh or Jammu (a northern Indian city), where they were repeatedly targeted by radical Hindu groups.
  • The Jakarta Post reported that the Indonesian Vice President guaranteed that the government will accommodate the Rohingya stranded in Aceh last week.
  • Radio Canada International reported that Canada had announced $19.5 million in funding to UN agencies and NGOs working to address humanitarian needs in Syria and Lebanon.
  • The Slovak Spectator reported that foreigners living in Slovakia will be offered free consultations on residence, work and life in the country once a month in Bratislava by IOM’s Migration Information Centre.
  • Bangladesh’s The Daily Observer reported that 171 Bangladeshi migrants were arrested at the Mexican border this year while entering the USA irregularly.


  • Danish Institute for International Studies reported that diaspora groups – migrants, refugees and their descendants – are important development actors in countries affected by protracted conflict and poverty.
  • The Independent reported the story of a Windrush generation grandmother who has paid taxes in the UK for nearly 40 years but lost her job at a charity which helps migrants because she could not prove her right to work in the country.