News archive: January 2017


Egypt: Parliament approved an anti-human smuggling law

The Egyptian Parliament has approved a new anti-human smuggling law safeguarding the rights and addressing the needs of smuggled migrants. On October 17, 2016, the Egyptian People’s Assembly passed an anti-human trafficking law and sent it to Egypt’s President for his signature. The law passed by a huge majority of 402 votes. Once the law […]


African hopes: Lagos, Nigeria, Bilikiss Adebiyi and her WeCyclers

Bilikiss Adebiyi is an inspiring Nigerian social entrepreneur and founder of  WeCyclers. Her company offers waste collection and recycling services to the Lagos informal settlements, where an estimated 66% of Lagosians live. As a part of the process, residents are offered an incentive for collecting their household waste which is picked up for free by Wecyclers using […]

Il Centro Polifunzionale della Croce Rossa 'Fenoglio' di Settimo Torinese per i richiedenti asilo e l'accoglienza dei migranti, Torino, 11 novembre 2016. ANSA/ ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

Italy: 175,000 migrants in regional centres

Foto ANSA/ ALESSANDRO DI MARCO (ANSA) – Rome, January 3 – Italy currently has 175,485 migrants in temporary accommodation, hot spots, first-reception centres and asylum seeker and refugee centres (SPRARs), according to the latest data from the interior ministry. There are 14,669 migrants in first-reception centre, which are present in only seven regions, the largest […]


African hopes: Accra, how making charcoal from human Waste can resolve two major problems

Sanitation and cooking fuels are two of Africa’s biggest problems. Many of Africa’s big cities have a bad reputation for poor waste management. Due to unregulated dumps and improper drainage and sewage systems, collected human waste is most often dumped into the sea. On the other hand, cooking fuels are also a major handicap for many Africans. Due […]


Germany: record of migrants leaving voluntarily

A flight from Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden takes Kosovo migrants home (AFP) A real record.  55,000 migrants left Germany voluntarily this year. This number is more than double of the number of those who where repatriated by force. Most of the migrants went back to Eastern Europe: Albania, Serbia, Kosovo… Countries for which the right to asylum is not guaranteed. […]