Europe 

60,000 young refugees and migrants who arrived in Italy alone lack support

Between 2014 and 2018, around 60,000 of them arrived in Italy by sea, 90 per cent of whom were between the ages of 15 and 17, according to a new report issued by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The report, At the crossroad: Unaccompanied and separated children in the transition to adulthood in Italy, highlights the ‘triple transition’ young refugees and migrants face when they turn 18  – from adolescence to adulthood, from living in one country to another, and through the emotional pain and trauma experienced when leaving home and during dangerous journeys.   “Recognizing the complex nature of the…

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International community urged to deliver on promise for better future for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Valentin Inzko, the international community’s High Representative there, urged ambassadors not to forget about the country as it continues to work towards unity. “Bosnia and Herzegovina has proven to have serious problems related to its functionality, the rule of law and the fight against corruption, the freedom of media and in many other areas, which reflect the pervasiveness of separatism and divisive policies in the country, and the general lack of focus of the country’s political elite on issues of real importance to the citizens,” he reported. Despite general elections held…

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Migrants land journey to Mediterranean deadlier than on the sea

Traveling to Europe on the Mediterranean is considered deadly due to the many reports of deaths recorded on the sea. Thousands of young Africans have over the past decade drowned during boat disasters with many of them not lucky to be rescued. But it is not the journey on the sea itself that is deadlier, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The UN agency said while the Mediterranean Sea remains a deadly route for migrants attempting to reach Europe, the journey to reach the Mediterranean coast is deadlier.…

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Kosovo elections: ‘Most significant change’ in 12 years, Security Council hears

Zahir Tanin, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), told Council members that preliminary results pointed to an opposition victory, with coalition talks underway. Most voters had decided to “rally behind unconventional political candidates”, signifying a break with the past.  SRSG Zahir Tanin, head of #UNMIK at #UNSC session on #Kosovo: Momentum from an election that heralded the most “significant change” in Kosovo’s politics in years could trigger renewed efforts for rule of law, job creation and the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue. pic.twitter.com/ER1y7q3N6F — UN Mission in Kosovo (@UNMIKosovo) October 31,…

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African migrants would still travel to Europe despite dangers

A new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has revealed that African migrants who use illegal routes to travel to Europe would still do it again despite the dangers. There have been reports of many migrants dying in the Mediterranean and the desert as well as being sold into slavery in north Africa. But despite these dangers many of these irregular migrants say they would still make such journeys again without regretting. Almost all the 2,000 irregular migrants surveyed in the report had experienced danger on their journey…

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Surge in trafficking of Ivorian women, girls to Europe

The International Organization for Migration has said that a high number of women and girls from Ivory Coast are being trafficked to Northern Africa and Europe. In a note to mark European Anti-Trafficking Day the IOM said there was an emerging trend of a rise in the number of women and girls crossing the Mediterranean. It said some of the women and girls being trafficked often end up being forced into slavery or prostitution. Laurence Hart, head of the Mediterranean coordination office said “Many are recruited in their country with…

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Malta: Human rights experts call for justice in case of murdered journalist

In an appeal to the Maltese authorities to do more to find the ringleaders and masterminds responsible as their top political priority, Special Rapporteurs Agnes Callamard and David Kaye suggested that too little had been done to fully investigate her killing. “Two years have passed. No convictions, no trials of ringleaders and masterminds,” they said in a joint statement with monitors Dunja Mijatović from regional human rights body, the Council of Europe, and Harlem Désir from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). “On the contrary, posthumous libel…

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Athens urged to fast track asylum seekers amid island shelters crisis – UNHCR

In a call for asylum seekers to be moved urgently to the mainland by the central Government in Athens, UNHCR reported that sea arrivals in September rose to more than 10,000 – the highest monthly level since 2016. The development follows a fire on Sunday in a housing container at Moria reception centre in Lesvos in which a woman died, reportedly sparking a violent protest. Sea arrivals in September, mostly of Afghan and Syrian families, to Greek islands increased to 10,258 – the highest monthly level since 2016 – worsening…

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