CPLO Briefing Paper 363 : Labour and Asylum – Regional approaches to migration

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Introduction

All over the world, millions of people continue to move from one region to another, seeking sanctuary from violence and poverty. Almost monthly, a fresh horror emerges from the waters around southern Europe, where thousands of people risk the voyage from North Africa in leaky, unseaworthy boats. In one such incident in September 2014 approximately 500 migrants died when their boat sank near Malta. According to initial reports, traffickers deliberately sank the boat after the passengers refused to move to a smaller craft.

Within Africa, refugees continue to travel across borders in search of a safer life. However, in the broader international context the civil war in Syria has sent millions fleeing to neighbouring countries. This is putting a massive strain on the resources of international organizations that aid refugees, and limiting what they can accomplish within the continent.

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