Migrant Crisis: Thousands Arrive Greece

thousands of migrant arrive greeceThousands of migrants have arrived Greece’s mainland, as the government prepares for talks on how to tackle the huge number of people reaching its shores.

Two ships carrying more than 4,200 people travelled to Piraeus Port at night after leaving Lesbos island.

The whole EU is struggling to deal with an unprecedented influx of migrants.

Hundreds of people, mostly from the Middle East, remained stranded outside a railway station in Hungary after police stopped them from travelling through the EU.

The EU’s Border Control Agency, Frontex, said that 23,000 migrants arrived in Greece last week alone, an increase of 50% on the previous week.

More than 160,000 people have arrived in Greece so far this year which is already surpassing last year’s total.

The country’s government said it lacked the resources to look after that many arrivals, but aid groups said that authorities should be doing more.

On Tuesday, Greek President, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, called his French counterpart, Francois Hollande and asked that the situation facing Greece be discussed at a senior European level.

Greece’s caretaker cabinet is set to convene later on Wednesday.

German Federal Police have said that a record 3,500 migrant arrivals have been registered in a southern border region with Austria since Monday morning.

The arrivals have spiked, as passenger trains, each packed with hundreds of refugees, headed from Hungary through Austria into Germany’s southern Bavaria state, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

It was the highest number recorded by any of Germany’s 10 Federal Police Districts since the start of the migrant crisis that is expected to bring 800,000 newcomers to Europe’s top economy this year.

EU Leaders Agree To Relocate 40,000 Migrants

eu on migrantsEuropean Union (EU) leaders have agreed to relocate tens of thousands of migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece.

At a late-night meeting in Brussels, the summit Chairman, Donald Tusk, said 40,000 migrants will be relocated to other EU states over the next two years.

However, there will be no mandatory quotas for each country.

New figures from the United Nations (UN) refugee agency, UNHCR, show that 63,000 migrants have arrived in Greece by sea this year and 62,000 in Italy.

The summit Chairman had earlier called on EU member states to share the burden of the loads of illegal migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean.

Media reports says that leaders have agreed to resettle another 20,000 refugees who are currently outside the EU.

It is also reported that French President, Francois Hollande, said he expected most of the refugees to be Syrians and Iraqis.

Meanwhile, details of where the refugees will go is yet to be decided.

FG Announces Plans To Fashion Out National Migration Policy

KibativillagersThe rights of migrants and internally displace persons will no longer be taken lightly as the Federal Government has announced plans to fashion out a National Migration Policy.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Mrs Hadiza Kangiwa, said the concept of mainstreaming migration into national development planning has been recognized as an efficient policy that will maximize the benefit of migration.

She expressed concerns about the plight of over 700, 000 IDPs in Nigeria due to the activities of insurgents in the north east.

Ebola: Ogun State Places Two Guineans, One Nigerian Under Surveillance

EbolaThe Ogun State Government has said that two Guineans and one Nigerian are now on Ebola virus disease observation list at Imeko Afon border area of the state.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, said that the three travellers, who were coming from guinea last Friday, were in the process of crossing over to Nigeria from one of the border entry points when they were accosted by the Port Health Services officials.

Dr. Soyinka said that they could not give satisfactory answers to questions asked on whether they had had contact with patients who had contacted the virus.

He added that the Port Health Services later handed them over to the officials of Imeko Afon Local Government.

“They were basically turned back, because they could not convince the authorities that they have not been in close contact with patients who have contacted the virus. They were told that unless they could convince the authorities, they would have to go back or if they were to come to Nigeria, we will have to observe them for a while.

“So they are still under observation, they are not quarantined,” Soyinka said.

Soyinka, however, advised the residents to avoid unnecessary physical contacts and public gathering and travelling to areas where the Ebola epidemic is prevalent among others.

EBOLA: Jonathan Extols Medical Officers Infected With Virus

EbolaThe Nigerian President, on Tuesday, paid tribute to medical officers who recently treated the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, and in the process got infected with the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease.

While sympathising with the families of those who died in the process, the President promised that his administration would ensure that those still alive get the best medical attention.

President Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo, made the remarks at an event held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja to mark the World Humanitarian Day.

The event was organised by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and the National Emergency Management Agency.

I want to use this occasion to salute the courage of these medical personnel and condole with the families of those that lost their lives. Government is doing everything possible to ensure that those still alive get the best medical attention, while praying to God to save their lives,” the President said.

The President was also saddened by the fact that many humanitarian workers had become targets of violent attacks despite the passion with which they carry out their duties.

He said that in the last 10 years, the number of attacks on humanitarian workers had tripled, according to the statistics available to him.

He regretted that while those in need desperately require help, ability to reach out to them was sadly increasingly challenging and at risk.

44 Nigerians repatriated from Malta

A group of 44 Nigerians were on Tuesday deported from Malta on an Air Malta charter flight.

Malta, a member of the European Union, is a group of seven islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Only the three largest islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino – are inhabited.

The flight which conveyed the deported Nigerians was coordinated by the Malta Home Affairs Ministry and the police.

The 33 men and 11 women had requested asylum from the government of Malta based on the insecurity in Nigeria.

However, Malta’s Home Affairs Ministry said that the requests of the asylum seekers were inadmissible and their appeal was not accepted since Nigeria is considered a safe country.
Most of the migrants had arrived in Malta last year. They were housed in detention centres.

Each deported person was escorted by two police officers. The flight to Lagos also included a medical team.

The operation was carried out after Nigerian authorities sent the necessary travel documents. Most of the expenses involved were covered by the European Union.
Malta’s Home Affairs Minister, Carm Mifsud Bonnici thanked the police for the success of the operation.

He said Malta offered protection to those who deserved it. It also worked to relocate migrants to other countries where they could have a better future.

However, those who did not qualify for protection had to be repatriated.

15 million Nigerians want to go to America – survey

Around 13 per cent of the world’s adults – or over 640 million people -would like to emigrate with roughly 150 million, including ten million Indians wishing to settle in America.

So suggests a new Gallup survey giving the US an undisputed title as the globe’s most desired destination for would-be migrants since Gallup began tracking patterns in 2007.

Would-be migrants who express desires to relocate to the US most likely come from populous nations such as China (22 million), India (10 million), Brazil (7 million), Nigeria (15 million) or Bangladesh (8 million).

In addition to the almost 1 in 30 adults globally who would like to permanently settle in the US, vast numbers are attracted to the UK (45 million), to Canada (42 million), to France (32 million), and to Saudi Arabia (31 million).

Despite large numbers of people in China, Nigeria, and India who want to migrate permanently to the US, these countries are not necessarily the places where the US is the most desired destination.

Potential migrants aspire to move to countries all over the world for the simple reason that they are in search of opportunity, Gallup said.

Opportunity could mean the chance to join family members who are already in other countries, to start a new business, to express one’s views without fear, or to live where children are treated with respect.

The reason the US is such a highly desired destination for potential migrants, in addition to being the land of opportunity, could be that many Americans are accepting of migrants in their communities, Gallup said.

Gallup.com’s latest figures on adults’ aspirations to move to