Africa: Going Cold Turkey – African Migrants in Istanbul See Hopes Turn Sour

In a nondescript cafe in one of Istanbul’s more rundown neighborhoods, migrants from Africa watch a Congolese soccer match as Afro-pop music blasts in the background. “We feel comfortable in here, everyone is from Cameroon or Congo,” Patrick, the leader of an informal Cameroonian community organization, told IRIN. “But outside of this restaurant, it’s a…

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Africa: Record-Breaking Year for Asylum Claims: 8 Key Trends

2014 was a year of records for asylum claims, according to an annual round-up released today by UNHCR, which noted that 866,000 claims were made in the world’s industrialized nations, double the figure for 2013. That figure will undoubtedly grab headlines, but the report reveals many other important trends. IRIN has highlighted a few of…

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Sound of Torture: Eritrean refugees, trapped and tortured in the Sinai desert, reach out to an activist radio host in Sweden.

Thousands of illegal migrants and asylum seekers are met with harsh situations as they flee their country and cross the Sinai desert to reach Israel, seeking refuge. One such group of people are Eritreans: over the past few years various news stories have emerged about the horrifying circumstances they have been met with. Devoted to…

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