I write about money in Africa for the Wall Street Journal. Greek immigrant, migration geek matina.stevis@wsj.com

Lake Turkana Wind Farm Project in Kenya Battles Headwinds

wsj.com — NAIROBI-"Fly over Africa at night-there are no lights," laments Carlo Van Wanegingen, an energy executive who for two decades has worked on infrastructure projects in East Africa. Mr. Van Wanegingen's dream of lighting up the African night is starting to materialize: The biggest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa has broken ground on the east side of Kenya's glistening Lake Turkana and is scheduled for completion in 2017.

What’s Behind Europe’s Migrant Smuggling Crisis?

blogs.wsj.com — Argiris Mantikos/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The Short Answer About 170,600 people tried to cross to Europe from Libya last year according to Frontex, the EU border agency. That's more than four times the year before. The continued Syrian war is pushing ever more refugees out to Europe, where they seek asylum and safety.

Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

blogs.wsj.com — Hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy have drowned in recent weeks, highlighting the perilous journey they undertake but also the unprecedented flow of numbers to Europe. Armed groups-tribes and militias operating in and around Libya-are handling the trade and making millions from it, using the proceeds to buy weapons and fight each other in the country's vicious civil war.

Syrians Find No Refuge in Greece

wsj.com — LESVOS, Greece-On this Aegean island's shores, Syria's refugee crisis is crashing up against Greece's migrant-policy mess. Mohamed Simo, a 28-year-old Web designer from Aleppo, Syria, wanted to avoid the limbo of refugee camps of Turkey and Jordan, so he paid smugglers to bring him to Europe.

Rich Smuggling Trade Fuels Deadly Migration Across Mediterranean

wsj.com — The deaths of more than 1,000 Italy-bound migrants in the Mediterranean Sea in the last week are the product of a multi-million-dollar people-smuggling enterprise run by Libyan militias, tribesmen and bandits, law-enforcement officials and migrant-aid groups say.

Economic Hardship, Chaos Spur African Migrants To Make Deadly Sea Journey

wsj.com — African migrants are braving mounting perils in their quest for a better life, as the continent's economic ascent has left some of its poorest nations behind. Many of the 700 people believed to have drowned off the coast of Libya on Sunday were fleeing Eritrea and Somalia, two Horn of Africa nations beset by turmoil.

Sasol Evacuates South African Workers From Mozambique as Precautionary Measure

wsj.com — NAIROBI-Sasol, Africa's biggest oil and petrochemicals company, is evacuating 340 South African employees at its Mozambique operations to their home country, on concerns they may be attacked in retribution for widespread violence against foreign workers in South Africa, it said in a statement Friday.

Kenyan Money-Transfer Ban Puts Strain on Somalis

wsj.com — NAIROBI, Kenya-The country's latest bid to stamp out homegrown extremism stymied Idris Mohamed's attempt this month to send $100 to his parents in Somalia. "We are closed for business until further notice," read a sign on the door at a branch of Dahabshiil, the biggest of 13 money-transfer companies in Kenya that serve largely Muslim customers.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Economic Growth Rate to Stall in 2015

wsj.com — NAIROBI-Plunging oil prices, sluggish growth in the developed world and a slowdown in China's pace of industrialization will bring down sub-Saharan Africa's growth rate this year to its lowest in two decades, the World Bank said Monday.

Gunman in Kenya Attack Was Son of Government Official

wsj.com — GARISSA, Kenya-One of the four gunmen in the second-worst terrorist attack in Kenya's history was the son of a Kenyan government official, the country's Interior Ministry said Sunday, a development that spotlights the country's problem of homegrown extremists who turn violent.
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May 22, 2015

RT @LotteLeicht1: The cartoon that sums up the world's #refugee & #migrant crisis. What happened to our humanity?i100.independent.co.uk/article/the-ca… htt…

May 21, 2015

@acheron112 @axelpopaxel I was making a joke. Not fun. Different. Anyway......

May 21, 2015

I'm very pleased my tweet abt Greece's size & the NYT story has diverted attention to what really matters. My work here is done.

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