Africa Visa Openness Index notes that Africans were able to travel more freely across the continent in 2016 compared to 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 19, 2017/APO/ –The African Development Bank in collaboration with the African Union Commission and the World Economic Forum has launched the second edition of the Africa Visa Openness Index.The Index analyses the visa regime in Africa and how open countries are in terms of relaxation or elimination of visa requirements for … Lire la suite Africa Visa Openness Index notes that Africans were able to travel more freely across the continent in 2016 compared to 2015

The European Court of Justice on Humanitarian Visas: Legal integrity vs. political opportunism? | Centre for European Policy Studies

Even before the outcome of the case between Syrian asylum-seekers vs. the Belgian state (X and X vs. Belgium) was known, a Dutch newspaper printed the headline: “Decision of the European Court today could lay a bomb under the European asylum system”. Well, it did not. In X and X vs. Belgium, the Court of Justice … Lire la suite The European Court of Justice on Humanitarian Visas: Legal integrity vs. political opportunism? | Centre for European Policy Studies

Errements de la politique migratoire de Bruxelles

L’arrivée de migrants (0,2 % de la population européenne) a créé une « crise des réfugiés », qui n’est pas autre chose qu’une crise de l’Europe elle-même et de sa capacité à fédérer les États autour des droits fondamentaux. Face à l’arrivée de migrants et de réfugiés, la réaction des États et de l’Union européenne consiste uniquement à … Lire la suite Errements de la politique migratoire de Bruxelles

Money makes the EU-Turkey deal go round

Despite increasingly hostile politics, last year’s 3 billion euro EU-Turkey agreement to assist refugees in Turkey and improve border controls is having an impact. Diego Cupolo reports from Ankara. Diplomatic insults may be crossing borders at an alarming rate, but irregular migration has plummeted after the EU-Turkey agreement was signed one year ago on March … Lire la suite Money makes the EU-Turkey deal go round

Passeport africain, visas à l’arrivée, la libre circulation bientôt une réalité?

La libre circulation des biens et des personnes au sein des pays membres de l’Union Africaine était l’un des sujets phares lors de la 661e réunion du Conseil de Paix et de Sécurité. Le communiqué de la 661e réunion du Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’UA fait longuement état de la libre circulation des personnes … Lire la suite Passeport africain, visas à l’arrivée, la libre circulation bientôt une réalité?

Press Release on the Russian-South African protocol on reciprocal abolition of visa requirements

Under the Protocol’s provisions, citizens of Russia and South Africa travelling without the intention of working, studying or living in the other country’s territory, are free from visa requirements MOSCOW, Russia, March 6, 2017/APO/ — The Protocol between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of South Africa on the reciprocal … Lire la suite Press Release on the Russian-South African protocol on reciprocal abolition of visa requirements

Europe’s migration ‘partnerships’ with Africa need a new direction in 2017

Dans la logique du dernier billet publié, Europe’s African ‘wall’ now almost complete, un nouveau billet qui insiste également, à raison, sur le fait que la politique européenne (mais c’est également le cas des politiques étatiques) ne s’attaquent qu’aux symptômes et non aux causes profondes des migrations, ce qui les conduit inéluctablement à l’échec (en … Lire la suite Europe’s migration ‘partnerships’ with Africa need a new direction in 2017

UN Report Shows Refugee System Needs Changes

At a time when refugee protection is addressed on a global scale, the report, “UNHCR Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2017”, provides us with insightful information about submission categories and acceptance rates, top resettlement countries of origin and destination, and more. It also suggests how badly in need of reform the entire refugee system is. The … Lire la suite UN Report Shows Refugee System Needs Changes

The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants: a mirror of the current EU Migration Policy?

Widely anticipated in times of rising numbers of people on the move, the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016 offered an opportunity to evaluate the current scenario of migration worldwide and to frame the discussion for future negotiations on a global migration policy. The UN pitched the summit as a ‘historic … Lire la suite The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants: a mirror of the current EU Migration Policy?

Migrants and Smugglers Get Creative to Circumvent Immigration Enforcement

In 2016, smugglers, migrants, and asylum seekers responded to policies and measures aimed at managing spontaneous migration flows, including the building of walls and closure of borders, by shifting routes and getting more creative in their attempts to reach their destinations. Migrant and smuggler perceptions of looming policy changes also played an important role in … Lire la suite Migrants and Smugglers Get Creative to Circumvent Immigration Enforcement

Rêves d’Europe et cauchemar sécuritaire – Les murs de la mer

Moins exposé médiatiquement que les routes migratoires de Méditerranée centrale ou de mer Égée, le détroit de Gibraltar est resté un lieu de passage où les soldats marocains jouent le rôle de supplétifs des politiques européennes. Les voyageurs sans visa y vivent de longues périodes d’attente, de violence et de misère. Reportage à Tanger, Ceuta … Lire la suite Rêves d’Europe et cauchemar sécuritaire – Les murs de la mer

Development Aid to Deter Migration Will Do Nothing of the Kind

A wave of new migration-linked aid deals ignore evidence that development assistance cannot reduce overall emigration from poor countries within our lifetimes, argues development economist Michael Clemens. The U.K., E.U. and World Bank are targeting development aid in an effort to deter mass migraiton. Ton Koene/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images IN RESPONSE TO the migrant crisis, wealthy countries are preparing huge … Lire la suite Development Aid to Deter Migration Will Do Nothing of the Kind

Traveling while African and trying to appease the visa gods

Airline officials assured me that all I needed to do was get my one-day transit visa for Turkey from a little machine. The first question on the screen read “Are you a citizen of the USA, UK, Germany, France… Chile, South Africa?”  I am a Kenyan citizen.  “Are you holding a valid visa for USA, … Lire la suite Traveling while African and trying to appease the visa gods

When world leaders thought you shouldn’t need passports or visas

In the age of heavily restricted migration, passport control seems a natural prerogative of the state. The idea of abolishing passports is almost unthinkable. But in the 20th century, governments considered their “total abolition” as an important goal, and even discussed the issue at several international conferences. (…) Source : When world leaders thought you shouldn’t need … Lire la suite When world leaders thought you shouldn’t need passports or visas