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South Africa urban violence outbreak

South African police  have arrested dozens of people in Johannesburg on September 2 after rioters looted shops, burned tyres and blocked road junctions – the second outbreak of urban rioting in a week. (Image: Johannesburg).

Police had no answer what exactly had triggered the violence, however it is generally considered that the social context has deteriorated: unemployment at close to 30%, widespread poverty and income disparities have all been blamed for recent outbreaks and attacks on immigrants.

Last week, hundreds of protesters in the administrative capital Pretoria set fire to buildings, looted mostly foreign-owned businesses and clashed with police, who started to fire rubber bullets at the crowds in attempt to stop further devastation.

Taxi drivers issued an alert to commuters asking them to avoid Pretoria downtown.

However, Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said Nigerian shops had been targeted by “mindless criminals” and promised to take “definitive measures“.

#EDD: “Inequality is not sustainable”

Illegal migration and people smuggling from Africa to Europe demonstrate a joint interest in tackling the causes of that migration at source by providing new opportunities in the migrants’ home countries. ‘Inequality is the source of nationalisms and populisms,’ warned Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament. ‘If we want to tackle the issue of migration from Africa, we have to see it through African eyes.’ He suggested that African transformation of African raw materials could be promoted, so creating new industries and jobs.

Inequality can not be sustainable. It can only generate significant migratory flows, particularly to the richest countries, including Europe. Reducing them is a shared responsibility, we must commit ourselves to themTajani concluded.

EU asylum reform imminent

According to French President Emmanuel Macron, the EU lacks solidarity and efficiency concerning migration. He underlined that the European borders must have better protection, whereas the mechanism of granting asylum must be unified. French president further pointed out that Europe’s response to migration crisis was outdated and reform was needed.

The meeting between the new Italian Prime minister Giuseppe Conte and the French president was jeopardized by a war of words following Rome’s decision to repel vessel #Aquarius carrying some 600 illegal migrants rescued in the Mediterranean.

During the press conference after the meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, French President Emmanuel Macron noted that talks of “axis” countries on migration are a reminder of “Europe’s unfortunate past history,” referring to the earlier remarks of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz that German, Austrian and Italian interior ministers form “axis” against illegal immigration.

As a possibility Macron and Conte offered to establish asylum processing centres in Africa, to prevent people risking their lives when crossing Mediterranean.

Kenya attempts to deport an opposition politician

Kenyan authorities have detained and are attempted to deport an opposition politician Miguna Miguna, who also holds Canadian nationality, in defiance of a court order letting him enter the country, his lawyer  said on Tuesday (27.03.2018).

A statement, the Immigration department issued on the occasion, said Miguna automatically lost his Kenyan citizenship when he received a Canadian passport, as the country does not allow dual citizenship.

“To enable Miguna regularise his citizenship status, the department has this morning dispatched the requisite application forms to the JKIA for [him] to fill [them]  for processing,” the department said on Tuesday (27.03.2018).

Miguna spent his night at the Airport departure lounge  after refusing to fly to Dubai.

Expulsion of Miguna Miguna was followed by many on TV, and raised a whirlwind of emotions.

Miguna Miguna has to reapply for the Kenyan citizenship relinquished in 1998, the immigration department now says.

The self-proclaimed NRM General was denied entry into Kenya after returning from Canada to where he was deported on February 6.

 

Tajani promotes Marshall plan for Africa

The president of the European Parliament  Antonio Tajani stressed the need for an EU strategy of migration management at the start of a European Council (22-23 March) summit.

 ”If we fail to come up with an EU strategy, we will continue to play into the hands of the populists” – Tajani said.

President Tajani informed EU heads of government that citizens have been waiting “for too long” answers to the problem of  migration management.. He suggested that the efforts used to close the Balkan route should also be applied to other Mediterranean routes.

The tragedy of the 18-year old girl murdered by a gang of Nigerians aggravated the issue of migrants in Italy, and, according to Tajani, dominated the headlines, influencing the outcome of the general elections.  ”If we fail to come up with an EU strategy, we will continue to play into the hands of the populists” – Tajani added.

Putting forward the asylum reform proposal, adopted in November 2017 by the European Parliament,  Tajani requested the EU leaders to act without delay, even with qualified majority, in case the consensus can not be reached.

The European Parliament calls for Marshall Plan for Africa to give hope to millions of Africans to create new opportunities.

The President called on the Council to act on plans for asylum reform, more resources for Frontex, more reception centres, as well as more investment in Tunisia, Morocco, Niger, Mali, Chad and Libya to improve border controls and combat people traffickers.

Tajani called for closer cooperation with the UN in issues of asylum seekers and returns.