immigration

African migrant in Israel: “I’m a refugee, and they want to lock me up”

 
For a second day in a row, tens of thousands of African migrants protested in Tel Aviv to ask the government to process their asylum requests rather than detain them without trial at controversial detention centres. As part of a new crackdown on migrants, more than one hundred have been arrested over the past few weeks, while many others have been summoned to report to a detention facility. Read our Observers’ stories…
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African migrants flee desert detention camp to march towards Jerusalem

 
About 150 undocumented African migrants have fled the camp where they were being detained in Israel’s Negev desert and are now marching toward Jerusalem, where they plan to ask the government to grant them asylum. Most of them had been locked up for over a year and a half, without trial. We spoke to one of them, who explained why they’re taking this risk. Read more...
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Sub-Saharan Africans in Tangiers revolt after migrant’s death

 
A migrant from Cameroon died after falling from the fourth floor of his residential building Wednesday during a police operation in the Boukhalef neighbourhood in Tangiers, Morocco. Other residents, most of them sub-Saharan migrants, immediately took to the street to claiming police brutality. Read more ...
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Israeli stages one-man protest to highlight migrants’ plight

 
He’s already been arrested five times in the past three months, and hopes to be arrested again. Ido Naveh is a young Israeli man who has made it his goal to attract attention to the African asylum seekers that are currently locked up in a detention centre in the Negev desert, where many of them have been held for years. Read more…
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Foreign worker beating: "Saudis think they can get away with anything"

 
A new video showing a Saudi man beating up a foreign worker has surfaced online. The footage was relayed by several Arabic TV stations this weekend, prompting the kingdom’s human rights commission to launch an investigation. Our Saudi Observers, however, are skeptical that justice will be served…

Saudi official whips migrant worker with belt

 
A video filmed in Saudi Arabia has thrown the authorities’ treatment of migrant workers back into the spotlight. The footage shows an official in the coastal city of Jeddah chasing Africans out of a passport office and beating one of them with a belt, shouting: "Out!" Read more...
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Being black in Morocco: 'I get called a slave'

The latest cover of Maroc Hebdo magazine—seen as racist by some, defended by others—has launched a national debate on the struggles faced by sub-Saharan Africans living in Morocco. Read more...

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Algerian immigrants deported from Italy bound and gagged

 
Following their expulsion from Italy, two Algerian immigrants were bound and gagged on an Alitalia flight deporting them to Tunisia. Outraged not only by the situation but also by the apparent apathy of his fellow travellers, one passenger decided to snap photos of the two men and post the images on the Internet. Read more…
 
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Tunisian revolution unleashes wave of illegal migrants

 
The recent wave of political unrest in the Middle East has had a direct impact on North African immigration into Europe. In the past week alone, over 5,000 Tunisians have left their homes to set foot on the Italian island of Lampedusa — a traditional Mediterranean gateway to Europe. Read more...
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