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“Guinea does not attract but retains”, confided Sylla, one of these young people met in the commune of Ratoma in Conakry. Unlike Dakar, the cornice of beaches at Conakry does not attract tourists who wander in the region. However, the hospitality of the Guinean population and the enchantment offered by the diversity of cultures that coexist in the country, come to offset this forgetfulness of Mother Nature. Like all young people in the world, these young Guineans are overflowing with questions about the injustices they experience on a daily basis, sometimes at the risk of becoming radicalized in violent actions against their government. Citizen mobilizations on the streets of Conakry and the interior of the country on the transparency of electoral processes, the non-cumulation of mandates, corruption, expensive living, housing problems, unemployment, often repressed by the authorities, serve more and more forum for the expression of a desperate youth on his future in Guinea. A youth that has found salvation for several decades by settling in various other African countries or by migrating to other continents farthest from Guinea. (suite…)
SOS for Subharian migrants
By Samir ABI
They are from Nigeria, Cameroon, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Togo, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea in short just the sons and daughters of the African continent. They are masons, painters, merchants, teachers, fishermen, mechanics, launderers, domestic workers working every day to earn their bread by the sweat of their brow. They live in Mauritania since three years, since fifteen, or since any other time. Fate led them where they could find a job and develop personally while helping their parents back home. They ask only one thing, to live and work legally in Mauritania. Their wishes do not seem to meet the interests of the Mauritanian authorities who made the regularization of the situation the migrants find themselves in, particularly the sub-Saharans, an obstacle-strewn path. A few days spent with them allows us to share their fears and their hopes while at the same time stressing the magnitude and urgency of support needed. (suite…)
THE 2015 REPORT ON MIGRANTS RIGHTS IN TOGO
The year 2015 saw the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the rights of all migrant workers and their family members. For this occasion, and seeking to secure an increased consideration of migrant rights and to motivate a migration policy that will bring development to the Togolese state, the association Visions Solidaires publishes a second report on migrants rights in Togo which follows from the previous one issued in 2013. This fifty page inventory of migration law in Togo offers a concise approach to the whole of legal norms pertaining to migration as well as their practical enforcement. For comprehension purposes, it classifies migrants into 10 categories based on:
- The content of the legal norms
- Their practical reach
- The recommendations that Visions Solidaires drew from its analysis.