Every day, people make the difficult decision to leave their homes in search of a better future. Many risk their lives attempting to reach Europe. Are you thinking of migrating or have you already emigrated? Learn more about your legal options and the risks of irregular migration to help you make an informed decision about […]

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“Irregular migration brought me nothing but despair,” says Eritrean migrant

*Daniel, a young Eritrean refugee left his home country in 2014 in search of a better life. After a brief stay in Adi-Harush refugee camp, Daniel began searching for ways to fulfill his dream of going to Europe. In early 2015, Daniel along with others from the refugee camp decided to embark on the dangerous migration journey to Europe via the Sahara desert and Libya.  But the journey did not go as planned. Daniel and his friends were captured at the Sudan-Libya border by smugglers who sold them to a criminal gang and took them to Libya. Daniel recalled the traumatic and harrowing experience at the hands of criminal networks in Libya. “Everyone is prone to thirst, hunger, beating, and even rape,” said Daniel. Daniel was held for ransom in Libya and forced to call his family to plead for the ransom money. “As every abductee would be forced to do, I had to call my family in Asmara to raise the requested USD 1,800 ransom money,” said Daniel. Daniel’s family could not afford

Somali migrant returns after risking everything for a better life

Every year, many Somali migrants and refugees make the difficult decision to leave their families behind and embark on dangerous migration journeys in the hope of starting new lives in Europe. Yasmin*, a Somali refugee was just 26 years old when she left Ethiopia and made the decision to cross the Sahara Desert in an attempt to reach Europe. It was to be a harrowing journey fraught with danger. After Yasmin’s husband died, her friends persuaded her to go to Europe to give her 9-year-old daughter a better life.  Yasmin attempted to cross Sudan in order to reach Egypt and travel on to Europe. She was caught twice on the journey– the first time she managed to convince the authorities that she was visiting relatives in Sudan but the second time she was taken by smugglers. After crossing the Ethiopia-Sudan border, Yasmin was told by smugglers that they’d take her to Egypt for USD 250. Yasmin recalls waiting under the shade of a tree for a car to arrive to take them to

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Are you a secondary school teacher? Use our teaching resources to inform your students about migration and to help them make better informed decisions about their futures.

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