Migrants and Refugees 2011
Global Analysis & Status, 2011
- Number of displaced people hits global high (Reuters Canada)
- People uprooted in own country up by 3 million: internally displaced grows from 17 million (1997) to 27.5 million (2009). Total refugees fluctuates between 13 and 16 million.
Attitudes in receiving countries
- Migrants Settle Into Permanent Struggle
- Europe’s influx of refugees
- Super-rich migrants offered quicker UK settlement: wealthy migrants from outside the EU who invest 5 million pounds will be allowed to settle more quickly in Britain to help stimulate inward investment and attract entrepreneurs.
- ‘Arrival City,’ by Doug Saunders: review: compelling first-hand narratives describing the challenges and triumphs of migrant families from across the globe.
- Dadaab refugee camps: 20 years of living in crisis
- YEMEN-SOMALIA: Deadly Red Sea migrant route now flows both ways
About internal migrants
- Chinese Migrant Workers Tend to Flow to Western Regions
- Accepting migrant workers as urban residents key to China’s urbanization …
- Young migrants changing the face of China’s cities
- Average monthly income of migrant workers reaches 1690 yuan: Total number of migrant workers in China, 242.2 million; average monthly income has grown 273 yuan (19%).
About external foreigners
- China is cracking down on foreigners in the Pearl River Delta around Guangdong: where many foreign-run factories are found, and foreigners are overstaying visas, entering illegally and working without permits.
- Migrant workers´ database in making: of Nepali migrant workers. See also: keeping Tabs on migrants in force
- Halting polio among migrants is of crucial importance: Bill Gates, especially among high-risk migrant populations in India.
In the North African & Libyan Unrest: 250,000
Migrant workers in the midst of the Libyan unrest
- UN: Fearful migrant workers on the move in Libya
- Libya: Left behind in Tripoli: “Migrant workers are continuing to flee Libya but for some they cannot even leave their homes”
- Concern mounts for migrants unable to escape Libya unrest: many are trying to evacuate migrant workers but many can’t get out.
- Libya crisis: Thousands of migrant workers ‘trapped’ (BBC): hundreds of thousands are afraid to leave after reports of attacks on them.
- Libyan War Traps Poor Immigrants at Tripoli’s Edge (NYT): thousands on the edge of Tripoli have scant food and water and no way out.
- Sudden drop in refugees from Libya worries UK (Reuters Africa): why would the numbers trying to get across the border suddenly stop?
- Attacks On African Migrants and Refugees in Libya (Human Rights First): condemns attacks on migrants & refugees by Libya.
Refugees from North African unrest
- Africa on the move: why Italy fears migrant flood: could see 1.5 million trying to seek refuge in Europe.
- Tunisia Struggles With Migrant Influx: Egyptians, Vietnamese, Bangladeshis, Malians wait for days to enter Tunisia.
- Libya Tunisia Refugee Pictures (Monsters & Critics)
- Officials: Quarter million people have fled Libya (Washington Post): aid agencies are strained.
- Many Refugees From Libya Don’t Want to Go Home (NYT): they’d rather head toward Europe.
- PHOTOS: Inside The 250000-Person Libyan Refugee Crisis: photos inside refugee camps.
Refugees find themselves unwelcome in Europe
- The tiny island of Lampedusa, on the southernmost edge of Europe, is the entry point from North Africa to Europe. It is 100 km from the Tunisian coastline. Migrants frequently attempt to cross from North Africa to Europe via this tiny scrap of land: a record of 36,000 in 2008. And now it is bracing for a possible migrant influx: hundreds are fleeing Libya for Europe.
- Europe is not to keen on this idea. Italy’s Frattini says that If Ghadafi Falls, Refugees Will Overwhelm Europe (The New American)—perhaps as many as 800,000 of them. ‘Biblical Exodus’ From Africa Feeds Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric (Bloomberg): “They cannot be allowed on the shore.” From Arab Refugees Finding Harsh Welcome In Europe (NPR): “Europe is being invaded.” And, EU on Libyan Refugees (Voice of America) says “Prepare for the worst.”
- At the end of March, as more refugees arrive in Lampedusa, residents occupied the town hall and threatened to close off supplies and services unless illegal migrants were moved off in the next day. They demand ships from the government to move the migrants, who now outnumber by thousands the normal population of 5,000. And in a show of solidarity, Italian fishermen have barricaded the entrance to the harbor with boats seized from the illegal immigrants themselves. Further, there are health issues, as those in the tiny island are struggling with toilets, showers and sinks in the temporary holding center all blocked by rubbish.
Refugee Border Towns
- Refugee Crisis Grows At Tunisian-Libyan Border Town: what refugees have endured.
- Israel’s African refugees and their fight for acceptance: wide swathes of the public view them as “infiltrators.”
- UAE-built camp to aid 7000 Libyan refugees: the UAE is one of the world’s top donors
- TUNISIA: Migrant workers from Libya face long wait in border transit camp: thousands in the camps
- Tense on the Libyan border: Tunisia is troubled by the numbers of refugees coming in.
- In Refugee Shelters, Misery and Uncertainty (NYT): pictures of crowded gymnasium floors.
- UN: Not Enough Planes to Transport People Fleeing Libyan Crisis (Voice of America)
- US government mobilizes 47 million dollars to aid refugees on Tunisian- Libyan … (People’s Daily)
- Plea for cash to aid refugees (7dayse.ae)
Aid Agency Response
- Aid agencies brace for refugee outflow from Libya (Reuters Africa): 300,000 fled by 3/18.
- Aid Groups Struggle with Rising Tide of Refugees (IPS)
- Russia delivers humanitarian aid for Libyan refugees in Tunisia (RiaNovosti)
In Ivory Coast / Liberia: 1 million
- Nearly one million flee Abidjan amid fears of war, UN says
- ‘Humanitarian Tragedy’ Unfolding in Ivory Coast
- Liberians fear spillover of violence as Ivorians seek refuge
- Côte d’Ivoire: UN scaling up aid delivery as post-election unrest worsens
- West Africa: World Food Programme Scales Up Operations in Response to …
- Mercenaries ‘loot, rape, kill’ in I.Coast
Cross-Border Migrations due to Hunger
- Horn of Africa: tens of thousands of pastoralists have migrated from Somalia into Kenya, and from Kenya into Uganda. These cross-border migrations are leading to increased competition for scarce resources and could potentially create local conflicts along racial lines and national lines.