Background information

1,403 people died in the Mediterranean Sea from Mai 2014

From the beginning of 2014 officials count 800 dead in the Mediterranean Sea between North Africa and Italy in the Straits of Sicily. According to our counts only from May 2014 and today, 27th of July, 648 people have died (counting only the dead bodies and not all the people who have drowned and are missing.) When counting even the people who were never found, and most likely lie at the bottom of the sea, there are about 1,403 people who have died in the attempt to cross the sea and arrive in Italy.

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Gemeinsamer offener Brief zum "Einigungspapier Oranienplatz"

Wollen Sie Flüchtlinge schützen – oder wollen Sie es nicht? Die Flüchtlinge, die seit Oktober 2012 in Berlin für ihre Rechte demonstriert haben, räumten am 8. April 2014 freiwillig ihr Protestcamp am Oranienplatz. Ein Großteil der Flüchtlinge aus der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule zog unter massiver Polizeipräsenz Ende Juni 2014 aus der Schule aus. Die Orte des Protestes sind damit aufgegeben worden. Das ist eine Lösung: allerdings ausschließlich eine ordnungspolitische für den Berliner Senat. Eine Lösung für die Flüchtlinge, die das „Einigungspapier Oranienplatz“ betrifft, ist dagegen nicht in Sicht.

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Swimming to Europe

We are a group of 20 friends (18 girls and 2 guys) from Munich, Zurich, Berlin, and Lake Constance with the crazy idea to swim from Asia to Europe. Our 6.5 km swim across the Bosphorus will take place on the 20th of July as part of the 26th Bosphorus Cross Continental Race (bogazici. olimpiyat.org.tr). We are participating in this swim both for simple enjoyment and in order to raise awareness for the fact that ‚swimming‘ to Europe is not always that simple.

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Syrian Refugees in Europe

What Europe Can Do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity. The conflict in Syria has now entered its fourth year, and as the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, the number of people forcibly displaced has reached record levels. More than 2.8 million refugees are registered or awaiting registra- tion in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and over 6.5 million people are internally displaced in Syria. It is one of the largest humanitarian crises in recent history.

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Trapped in Europe’s Quagmire: The situation of asylum seekers and refugees in Bulgaria

Report from Bordermonitoring.eu about the situation of asylumseekers and refugees in Bulgaria. The making of the report was undertaken by four independent researchers and follows structural conditions in the country which place asylum-seekers and refugees in an extremely vulnerable position as well as their current precarious situation.

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Amnesty International: The human cost of Fortress Europe

Every year, thousands of migrants and refugees try to reach Europe. The response of the European Union (EU) and its member states has been to invest in surveillance technology, security forces and detention centres with one overriding aim: to construct an impenetrable fortress at Europe’s borders to keep people out. This report describes some of the key elements of the EU’s migration policy and how this policy plays out at the EU border where Bulgaria and Greece meet Turkey, one of the main routes used by Syrian refugees seeking safety in the EU.

Amnesty claims that between 2007 and 2013, the EU has spent nearly 2 Billion Euros on fences and walls, whereas only 700 Million have been spent on refugees. Only Italy would take over responsibility to save refugees at the Mediterranean. Furthermore, the EU would cooperate with neighbouring countries which detain or even torture refugees to prevent them from moving on to Europe. Amnesty is asking for safe escape routes to Europe for people in need of protection.

The report is available in English, Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish and Spanish (http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/EUR05/001/2014/en)

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Pressemitteilung der Romafamilien der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule

Bleiberecht, Selbstbestimmung und gleichberechtigte Teilhabe für Roma gewährleisten! „Wir fühlen uns hier wie im Gefängnis.“ „Wir sind hier mitten im Wald.“ „Wir fühlen uns absolut isoliert und verloren.“ „Wie sollen unsere Kinder von hier aus in ihre Schulen in Kreuzberg kommen?“
Statements der Romafamilien nachdem sie am 24.6.2014, dem Tag des Polizeieinsatzes zur „freiwilligen Räumung der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule“, per Bus in ein Erstaufnahmelager für Asylbewerber in Hohengatow gebracht wurden.

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Detention conditions and Juridical overview on detention & deportation mechanisms in Cyprus

Four detainees from Iran are on the roof of the Detention Center of Mennogeia since today morning, claiming that they are going to commit suicide if their long term detention will not end immediately (which is coming up to 25 and even 32 months). The issue of abusive and illegal long-term detention of undocumented migrants is one of the issues that are analyzed in the recent report of KISA, entitled "Detention Conditions and Juridical Overview on Detention and Deportation Mechanisms in Cyprus".

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Calais: Never again ?!

We thought that we had witnessed the worst in 2009 with the destruction of the Afghan jungle; the mass arrest of 278 of its inhabitants and their
coordinated detention across the whole of France. However, this Wednesday 2 July 2014 the state showed how much further it can go. At 6am the CRS, PAF, Gendarme, and the Police Nationale undertook massive coordinated evictions and raids against the migrant population of Calais.

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Hinterland Magazin: Asyl

Asylpolitik ist in EU-Europa heute de facto eine proaktive Asylverhinderungspolitik. Es geht um rücksichtslose Abwehr und Abschreckung von Asylsuchenden, ungeachtet der konkreten Gründe für ihre Flucht. Politikerinnen und Politiker mögen gelegentlich menschenrechtliche Sonntagsreden halten, doch im asylpolitischen Alltag ist von Empathie für die Opfer von Verfolgung wenig zu spüren. Unser Themenschwerpunkt will diese jahrzehntelange Entiwkclung genauer in den Blick nehmen und die fatalen Folgen für die Geflüchteten herausstellen.

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Calais migrants ont besoin d'aide urgent

Il ya plus de 1000 personnes migrantes à Calais à l'heure actuelle et de nouvelles personnes continuent d'arriver . C'est le nombre le plus élevé depuis la destruction des jungles en 2009 . Plupart sont des réfugiés de guerre, de nombreuses femmes , dont certaines enceintes ou avec de petits enfants , beaucoup de mineurs, parfois très jeunes, 14 ou moins . Tout le monde dort dehors, y compris les mineurs , où ils manquent de tout. Le texte est également disponible en anglais.

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Schlussforderungen des Europäischen Rates zur Tagung am 26./27. Juni

Der Europäische Rat hat die strategischen Leitlinien für die gesetzgeberische und operative Programmplanung für die kommenden Jahre im Raum der Freiheit, der Sicherheit und des Rechts (siehe Abschnitt I) festgelegt und sich außerdem mit einigen damit zusammenhängenden Querschnittsthemen befasst. Alles wichtige zum Raum der Freiheit, der Sicherheit und des Rechts auf Seite 1 - 6.

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Handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration

After the success of the first edition, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) are today launching an update of their guide to European law on asylum, borders and immigration. As well as updating the material contained in the handbook published last year, the guide is being made available in a further languages. The Handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration, which builds on the experience of a previous joint project between the two institutions, was welcomed in particular by lawyers, judges and immigration practitioners, who work on such issues on an everyday basis.

Download in other languages other than german: http://fra.europa.eu/de/publication/2013/handbuch-zu-den-europarechtlichen-grundlagen-im-bereich-asyl-grenzen-und-migration?_cldee=ZWxpYXNiaWVyZGVsQGhvdG1haWwuY29t

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You can't evict a movement!

Statement from the Refugees on the roof of the former Gerhardt-Hauptman-Schule.

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Rapport "Frontex entre Grèce et Turquie : la frontière du déni"

À la frontière gréco-turque, l'agence européenne de surveillance des frontières, Frontex, participe à un dispositif qui empêche les refugiés de bénéficier de la protection internationale. Le dernier rapport de la campagne FRONTEXIT s'appuyant sur des dizaines de témoginages ainsi que de nombreux échanges avec Frontex documente des violations graves des droits humains. Les témoignages confirment la pratique d'expulsions collectives ("push back") : des bateaux de migrants sont incerceptés et remorqués par les gardes-côtes grecs vers la Turquie, souvent avec violence.

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World Refugee Day: Europe should help Syria’s refugees!

Brussels, 20 June 2014. UNHCR reveals, that in the last 5 years Syria has gone from the world’s second largest refugee-hosting country to one of the countries with the most own refugees. Now a petition has been submitted, signed by 100 NGOs and 20’000 citizens. They want to ensure, that Europe gives protection to the refugees fleeing the Syrian war. The #HelpSyriasRefugees petition calls Europe to give refugees a safe way into Europe, reunite families torn apart by the crisis and protect the refugees arriving at Europe’s borders.

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Invitation to the press for the March of Freedom

As witnesses and survivors of this injustice, we denounce the drastic and deadly policies implemented at the borders of the EU. We therefore invite you to listen to our direct and abolitionist demands that we will address to the European Parliament in our press conference tomorrow, Friday, the 20th of June 2014 at 3pm.

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Amnesty Stories: Aux frontières de l’Union Européenne, si loin des droits humains

Les frontières semblent être des lieux lointains pour celles et ceux qui vivent à l’intérieur de l’Union européenne (UE). Ce qui se passe là-bas n’est pas véritablement connu et reste le plus souvent dans l’ombre. Parfois, à l’occasion de naufrages dramatiques et effrayants, nous entrevoyons une réalité : des étrangers tentent de rejoindre l’Union européenne par la mer, à bords d’embarcations aussi frêles que leurs vies au milieu de la Méditerranée ; ils sont nombreux et viennent de pays lointains, parfois oubliés.

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Kein neues Asylverfahren bei ausländischer Flüchtlingsanerkennung

Laut des Pressemitteilung des Bundesverwaltungsgerichts kann ein Flüchtling, der bereits einen Schutzstatus in einem anderen Land hat, keinen Asylantrag mehr in Deutschland stellen. "Ein Ausländer, der in einem anderen Staat bereits als Flüchtling anerkannt worden ist, kann in Deutschland nicht erneut Flüchtlingsschutz oder den Status eines subsidiär Schutzberechtigten beanspruchen. Ein erneuter Asylantrag ist unzulässig. Das hat das Bundesverwaltungsgericht in Leipzig heute entschieden."

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Is the indiscriminate detention of irregular migrants a cost - effective policy tool?

Greece has adopted since 2010 a new policy to manage its irregular migrant population and reinforce
the EU external borders, which relies heavily on the use of detention. Under this new action plan all
migrants detected for irregular entry or residence in Greece, including asylum seekers, are
systematically placed in detention — a direct consequence of their irregular status. Combined with
wide-scale police operations this practice has led to the widespread detention of undocumented
migrants throughout the country. In support of this new policy, a recent advisory opinion
of the Greek Legal Council gave the green light to the authorities to prolong detention even beyond the maximum 18-month time-limit set by the EU Returns Directive; until the detainee has “consented” to be
returned.

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