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26 July 2018

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Central American migrants, atop the freight train known as 'La Bestia' (The Beast), make their way through Mexico headed for the US. Photo: IOM 2014

Half of the Young People from Poor Central American Neighbourhoods Want to Migrate

San Jose (IPS) – La Carpio is an island of poverty on the outskirts of Costa Rica’s capital, surrounded by the country’s most polluted waters – the Torres River – on one side and a massive garbage dump on the other.

A sewage treatment plant that processes wastewater from 11 cities is also next to the slum, where nearly 25,000 people live in unpainted houses and shacks, interspersed with street markets, more than seventy bars and a hundred or so churches of different faiths, about 10 km from downtown San José.

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Three-quarters of the 120,000 African migrants who reached Italy in 2017 transited through Niger. Photo: Giacomo Zandonini

Migration: Niger at a Crossroads

Niamey (Africa Report) –  Abdourahmane Alfa’s claustrophobic office captures the changing times in Niger’s capital, Niamey. The poky little room is an indication of the importance his own government used to attach to the border and customs police. A plaque from his Italian counterparts and a flat-screen TV playing clips from joint operations with Italian and French counter-trafficking police show how much Europe cares.

The long-serving border and customs chief talks with evident pride of the new status that Europe’s migration obsession has brought him. “There’s a flourishing of meetings, international summits on migration and we’re at the core of all this,” says Alfa.

Niger’s elevation to this new status is reflected in the rapidly changing panor­ama of Niamey. Italy, whose commercial interests in Niger did not stretch much beyond a landmark restaurant, now has a marble-clad embassy, opened in January. 

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  • Bangladesh’s The Independent reported that there are 1,118,578 Rohingya living in Cox’s Bazar based on the government’s first official population count.

  • WHO announced the end of the ninth outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Nigeria’s Daily Trust reported that the Nigerian government has commended the contributions of the diaspora to national development.
  • Nigeria’s The Punch reported that according to IOM, there is a need for stakeholders including the media, parents, communities and the government to create more awareness of the dangers of irregular migration.
  • Hurriyet Daily News published an op-ed which noted that refugees and migrants will continue to die in the Mediterranean until and unless the EU tries to deal with the root causes of the problem in the countries of origin.
  • Miami Herald reported about an 84-year-old Venezuelan psychiatrist who has decided to stay in Venezuela to help feed hundreds daily, using his own money and donations from others.

  • Equal Times reported that across Europe, cities of sanctuary and supportive citizens are building a more humane migration policy.
  • Huffington Post reported about a viral video of an activist on a flight from Sweden to Turkey who successfully blocked the deportation of an Afghan migrant by refusing to sit down until he was taken off the plane.
  • The Washington Times reported that Gallup has conducted a massive global poll to determine the rate of “migrant acceptance” among the nations of the world.