This is according to an investigative report by France Inter radio, who interviewed several of the people who claim to have been refused holiday rentals on the online bookings site as a result of their North African surnames. "I wanted to book on Airbnb and Abritel, an apartment or a house in Marseille," French journalist Merwane Mehadji told the station. The booking and payment went through but then was quickly cancelled -- Mehadji tried once more but yet again the homeowner blocked the booking for no apparent reason. "Two or three days later, I saw the same listing and the dates I wanted to book were available again,” Mehadji recalls. “Something didn’t seem right to me but my friends around me said 'it's normal ... you left your name and surname'. “I wanted to be sure so I asked a friend to book it for me on the same dates. The owner replied within half an hour to let him know it was available, and then you realise that in fact it was all down to … [Read more...] about Airbnb scandal: North African users snubbed by French landlords
The North African nations of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria along with the former Soviet republic of Georgia should be safe countries of origin, the German government proposed last week. The bill is the initiative of German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, part of his “Migration Masterplan.” So-called “safe countries of origin” currently include all EU members, six Balkans nations, Ghana and Senegal. Seehofer argues adding four new countries to the safe list would lead to speedier decisions - and deportations - for asylum applicants from those nations, the majority of whom have no right to asylum in Germany. He also hopes to signal to people currently living in North Africa and Georgia that it would be pointless to travel to Germany to seek asylum. Germany received 8700 asylum applications from those four countries in 2017, according to DPA, though the total number of arrivals could be higher. This is the second time the German government has tried to … [Read more...] about Are North African countries ‘safe’ for deportees from Germany?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by The 52 Places Traveler This is a place where it feels like Black History Month every day, and I can’t wait to come back. ByJada Yuan June 29, 2018 Our columnist, Jada Yuan, is visiting each destination on our 52 Places to Go in 2018 list . This dispatch brings her to Baltimore ; it took the No. 15 spot on the list and is the 19th stop on Jada’s itinerary. “So, I’m in Baltimore for a few days, what should I do?” I asked eagerly, at an airport rental car counter. “Um, go to Washington, D. C.?” said the employee, laughing. I swear, the next four people I spoke to, even in the city proper, had the Bogotá, another city whose residents love where they live, but seem perplexed at its appeal to outsiders, especially, in Baltimore’s case, with the … [Read more...] about Place 19 of 52: A Celebration of African-American Culture in Baltimore
By Katherine Feser Published 7:00 am, Thursday, June 21, 2018 Photo: Stream Realty Partners Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Copeland Commercial and Hillwood will break ground on phase two Interstate Commerce Center near FM 1960 and Interstate 45. Phase II consists of two buildings with 333,600 square feet. Stream Realty Partners handles leasing. Phase I, consisting of two buildings totaling 414,016 square feet, is fully leased. less Copeland Commercial and Hillwood will break ground on phase two Interstate Commerce Center near FM 1960 and Interstate 45. Phase II consists of two buildings with 333,600 square feet. Stream Realty Partners ... more Photo: Stream Realty Partners Frameworks lease kicks off next phase north Houston industrial park 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Copeland Commercial and Hillwood have … [Read more...] about Frameworks lease kicks off next phase north Houston industrial park
The North American bid leader Carlos Cordeiro (centre) has urged FIFA voters not to let politics cloud their decision AFP/Anders Kjaerbye The choice is clear - between a slick bid based on gleaming stadiums in the United States, Mexico and Canada or an ambitious attempt from Morocco based on as-yet largely unbuilt facilities. On the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 207 FIFA member nations will cast their vote in a congress of world football's governing body. Morocco's bid for 2026 was only cleared to advance to the runoff vote earlier this month, despite a FIFA evaluation report which classified the north African nation's stadia, accommodation and transport as "high risk." The report left the US-Canada-Mexico bid as the clear front-runner after giving it a rating of four out of a possible five. Morocco received only 2.7 out of five, but advanced despite red flags being raised over several critical components of the bid. A FIFA summary of the bid task force's findings warned that … [Read more...] about FIFA to choose between North America or Morocco for 2026 World Cup