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Migrant Slave Trade Is Booming in Libya

Migrant Slave Trade Is Booming in Libya

It’s a mass grave that we don’t need the United Nations to verify. Every day an average of 14 migrants, the vast majority from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, die crossing the Mediterranean. Many more see their European dream turn into a nightmare long before they’re corralled on to flimsy rubber dinghies on Libya’s beaches. They’re the victims of a silent massacre in the Sahara desert – a journey more deadly than the crossing from the coast, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

Refugees Search Jobs and Companies Search Employees

Refugees Search Jobs and Companies Search Employees

GERMANY – The large number of refugees arrived to Germany over the past few years has raised crucial questions of how to successfully integrate these hundreds of thousands of new arrivals into German society and workplace and how to offer them a long-term perspective. In response to these questions, several governmental and nongovernmental bodies in Germany have organised job fairs to enhance direct communication between refugees on one-hand and companies’ representatives on the other. As soon as a refugee receives his/her work permission in Germany, the first job becomes a big step for his/her integration. In order to allow the…
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Refugees Selling Sex on Athens Streets

In the heart of Athens, sidewalks teem with passersby, restaurants are packed with people and crowds flow from the metro. But take a few steps into nearby Victoria Square, and you’ll find a shocking world of survival sex and exploitation. The sex trade has always existed here, but it’s now exacerbated by a swelling number of refugees arriving from the Middle East. Caught in that web of desperation are unaccompanied minors — many of them teenage boys. Young men gather in Victoria Square, central Athens. How It Works It starts with eye contact, a seemingly benign hello, or a request…
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Syria’s Refugee Children Have Lost All Hope

Syria’s Refugee Children Have Lost All Hope

Young Syrians living in Lebanon are attempting suicide in ever greater numbers TRIPOLI, Lebanon — At a makeshift refugee camp just south of this northern city, a 12-year-old Syrian girl named Khowla sits on a dirty mattress in her tent. The roof is made of blue plastic tarp that does little to protect her from the intense sunlight. Though there hasn’t been rain in a few days, the concrete floor is damp and covered in a slimy film. Khowla is strikingly beautiful, with delicate features, nut-brown skin and large, dark eyes. She’s wearing her favorite dress, black with white stripes.

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Europe’s Refugee Crisis: Grapple With Complexity We Must

There is much to understand – but one way of approaching the refugee crisis is to think through the historical precedents, to consider whether they offer us pointers as to what the space is for political and public action.  This is not easy, as historical precedents are never quite the same as what is going on now.  But surely this is an area for analysis and debate that is currently lacking. Some have gone down this route. A recent excellent posting by Becky Taylor draws parallels between the public reaction to the Hungarian refugee crisis of 1956 and emerging signs…
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Seven Different Opinions in Germany About Refugees

As the refugee crises in Germany reached its heights in September 2015, I went to help both Germans and refugees. I had been in a similar situation 31 years earlier as a refugee in Germany. I, too, had escaped war and political unrest. Although I landed in Germany by a plane and not by crossing the dangerous seas or walking for days by foot, I, too, sought refuge in search for hope, a future, and a better life. Because of my experience, I could understand the fear and emotional and psychological distress of the refugees. But I was also able…
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