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Africans Not in the Majority of Migrants Trying to Reach Europe

So far in 2016, the Italian coast guard has rescued more than 30,000 people from the Mediterranean Sea and the majority, 68%, were not African; rather they were migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. ECA's excecutive secretary Carlos Lopes, in an essay adapted from his speech to the 27th Ordinary Session of the African Union Executive Council, offered a more "hopeful view" of African migration. "In the era of Skype, Viber and WhatsApp", migrants once referred to as "the uprooted" acquire "cosmopolitan competences" and are now often called "transnationals," serving as "bridges or connectors, providing access to markets, sources of investment and expertise" Read more. More about the ECA in this BRIEFING

Prince Soniyiki – From Nigerian to 'Croatian' in Three Years. Prince has the same salary as his co-workers and is treated equally. The fact that he learned the local dialect quickly has gained him respect and popularity among the crew.


Prince Soniyiki – From Nigerian to 'Croatian' in Three Years. Prince reads a Croatian newspaper on the ship. He learned the language quickly at a course offered by the local Red Cross, but for others, failure to learn the language is a big obstacle to integration.

Prince Soniyiki – From Nigerian to 'Croatian' in Three Years. After a tough day’s work the fishermen – now real friends - relax in the kitchen on their way back to the port.

Prince Soniyiki – From Nigerian to 'Croatian' in Three Years. Prince learns how to play the most popular local card game – birškula. Little coastal communities are traditionally closed to foreigners, but Prince is well appreciated and accepted.

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