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Voyage of Life or Death

Editor's note: Nextier SPD Policy Weekly provides an analysis of topical conflict, security, and development issues as well as proposes recommendations to address them.This edition examines the risks posed by such migration and makes recommendations on how the challenges can be addressed. The phenomenon of irregular migration has become a major global security

56,800 dead and missing: The hidden toll of migration

As migration rises worldwide, so has its toll: The tens of thousands of people who die or simply disappear during their journeys. Barely counted in life, these migrants rarely register in death — almost as if they never lived at all. A growing number of migrants have drowned, died in deserts

Merkel Looks to Africa to Cement A Legacy Shaped by Migration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Tuesday a new development fund to tackle unemployment in Africa, a problem spurring the mass migration that has shaped her long premiership as it nears its end. Merkel hosted a summit of African leaders a day after her announcement that she would retire from politics

Illicit Financial Flows Outpace Development in Africa-OECD

By Lisa Bryant Through medication and narcotics smuggling, ivory and people trafficking, oil theft and piracy, Africa is, by conservative estimates, losing about $50 billion a year in illicit financial flows — more, in fact, than it receives in official development assistance. A report by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

#Shithole: African countries and Haiti react to Trump’s remark

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Trump’s dismissal of Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries” whose inhabitants are not desirable for U.S. immigration shocked people around the world and provoked swift condemnation. The president made the remarks Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers and suggested that immigrants from Norway would be

DDRR Action Plan: Nigeria to strengthen justice system for victims, perpetrators of insurgency 

Babatunde Opalana   Nigeria has adopted an Action Plan for Demobilisation, Disassociation, Reintegration, and Reconciliation (DDRR) for treatment of victims and persons associated with Boko Haram and strengthen the justice system and promote respect for human rights and the rule of law. The Nigerian Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser,

Kidnappings, terrorism fuel irregular migration –HURIWA

•Tasks Buhari to stem insecurity  Jude Johnson   The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari and the hierarchy of the National Assembly to put practical measures in place to effectively combat, what it described as hydra-headed monsters of kidnappings for ransom (KFR) and terrorism. In a statement on Tuesday,

A Visit to ‘Africa’s North Korea’

After Syrians, refugees from Eritrea have the best chance of gaining asylum in Germany. But are conditions in the isolated one-party state really so brutal? The woman smiles as she looks out the window, happy to be returning home. She is about to arrive in the Eritrean capital Asmara, a city