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Ghana: Young innovators push for reforms in visa processing

Young innovators in Ghana have called for reforms in visa processing at various foreign embassies in the country. Gathering under a program called “innovators and migration” the young people lamented the continuous struggle in securing visa for regular and legal travels to Europe. Many of these young people are students and some just starting their own businesses but often get opportunities to visit Europe to fulfill their aspirations. But many a time visa acquisition procedures mean that they are rejected visas to travel for fear of them not coming back…

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Australia denies African journalist visa for press freedom event

Australian authorities have denied a prominent Cameroonian journalist visa to attend a press freedom conference in Australia. Mimi Mefo Takambo had been invited to speak at the press freedom event but had her visa application rejected. Australia’s Department of Home Affairs had said in its rejection letter that they were “not satisified” that Mimi, had an “employment and financial situation [that would] provide an incentive to return following [their] stay in Australia or to abide by the conditions to which the visa would be subject”. The journalist who now works…

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Africa World 

Africans demand end to visa restrictions in online petition

A group of Africans has launched an online petition to have visa restrictions in Africa eliminated to ease movement across the continent. A new Visa Openness Report in Africa in June revealed that majority of African countries are still unwelcoming to Africans. In that report 51 percent of African countries still demand that Africans secure visas before visiting their territories. That policy means many Africans struggle to travel freely across borders on the continent. So far only 25 percent of African countries no longer require visas for African citizens. But 24…

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U.S. imposes visa restrictions on Nigerian officials

The United States government on Tuesday announced that it has imposed visa restrictions on some Nigerian officials. The U.S. Department of state said the visa restrictions affect Nigerians officials alleged to have been involved in attempts to rig the 2019 presidential and local elections. These individuals whose names were not mentioned were deemed according to the US to have undermined democracy in the elections. President Muhammadu Buhari won a second term in office in February this year, an election whose results are still being challenged in court by the losing…

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