Background information

MEDMIG Report: migration flows, routes and trajectories across the Mediterranean

"In 2015 over one million people crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in search of safety and a better life. Thousands died along the way. The MEDMIG project seeks to better understand these unprecedented movements in the region by examining the journeys, motivations and aspirations of refugees and migrants in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Malta." read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Weltweit

Progress report of the European Commission on the implementation of the hotspot approach in Greece

As part of the immediate action to assist Member States facing intense migratory pressures at
the EU’s external borders, the European Agenda on Migration adopted in May 2015 set out a
new hotspot approach. Greece and Italy are the two Member States where this hotspot
approach is currently being implemented. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europäische Union

The EU’s Shifting Practices of (Non-) Assistance and Bordering in a Time of Crisis

Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani (co-founders of WatchTheMed)have been working on Forensic Oceanography, a project that critically investigates the militarized border regime and the politics of migration in the Mediterranean Sea. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Nordafrika, Europäische Union, Europa

Interview with Bloggers from Migrants Matter

The blog regroups former students from more than 40 different countries who came together during the Master’s programme in Human Rights and Democratisation. They are deeply concerned by the treatment of migrants in Europe today, and have decided to take action on this by pulling together and launching a campaign for better protection of their rights. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europa

Interview with Bloggers from The Migrationist

The Migrationist is an international, collaborative academic/professional blog designed to promote public discourse informed by academics and professionals who focus on issues surrounding migration and refugees. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Weltweit

Interview with Blogger Philippe Wannesson from Passeurs d’Hospitalités

The blog “Passeurs d’Hospitalités” documents the situation of exiles in Calais on a daily basis. It delivers information about current incidents, and aims at providing a better understanding of the situation in all its complexity, deconstructing preconceived ideas and clichés spread by the media. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europa

Survive and advance: The economics of smuggling refugees and migrants into Europe

Violent conflicts, terrorism, long-standing repressive regimes, chronic poverty and inequality have driven an unprecedented number of refugees and migrants to Europe. Those making the journey are assisted by an increasingly violent and opportunistic smuggling industry. Sustainable profits made by this industry have allowed transnational networks to develop where they previously did not exist, with serious implications for human security and state stability. Effective responses will require an understanding of the drivers and dynamics of the crisis. This understanding should be sufficiently nuanced to recognise that each journey of migration is defined by the ethnicity, income level and country of origin of the migrants, as well as by a highly responsive smuggling industry.
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Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Naher Osten, Europa, Afrika

Photo Essay: Libya’s Highway of Smuggling

The flow of smuggled goods and people along Libya’s southern border illustrates the lawlessness and insecurity across that stretch of land.

See the full essay: http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/?fa=62852&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRovva3IZKXonjHpfsX66ewrWaKg38431UFwdcjKPmjr1YoFTMR0aPyQAgobGp5I5FEIQ7XYTLB2t60MWA%3D%3D read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Nordafrika

Pressemitteilung der Neuen Deutschen Organisationen (NDO)

Die NEUEN DEUTSCHEN ORGANISATIONEN (NDO):
Die knüpfen an die jahrzehntelange Arbeit von Migrantenselbstorganisationen, Ausländer- und Integrationsbeiräten an, doch sie unterscheiden sich in folgenden Punkten:
1. Sie betonen ihre Zugehörigkeit zur Gesellschaft bereits im Namen.
2. Sie definieren sich nicht ethnisch und engagieren sich gemeinsam mit allen, die ihre Anliegen teilen – egal, wie lange oder kurz die Vorfahren auf dem Gebiet der Bundesrepublik leben.
3. Sie wollen nicht mehr über „Integrationsmaßnahmen“ reden, sondern über gleiche Rechte und Chancen sowie über Rassismus in der Gesellschaft.
4. Sie wollen in den Debatten über das Einwanderunsland Deutschland als „Aufnahmegesellschaft“ verstanden werden, nicht als Einwanderer. Sie sind Teil der Lösung. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Deutschland

NGO's and volunteers helping refugees in Greece to be placed under state control

The General Secretariat of Aegean and Island Coordinating Committee have finally produced two forms that all NGOs working on the Greek islands to help refugees will have to complete and register with the police in order to carry on their work. NGOs and volunteers have been helping arriving refugees for more than a year - when for most of the time the EU and international agencies were conspicuously absent. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei, Europäische Union

Tagung des Europäischen Rates - Schlussfolgerungen zur Migration

Nach dem ersten Tag des EU-Gipfels in Brüssel vom 18. bis 19.Februar 2016 wurde eine Pressemitteilung veröffentlicht, in der u.a. "Schlussfolgerungen zur Migration" festgehalten werden. Ziel der EU ist weiterhin der Außengrenzschutz, die Wahrung des Schengenraums und das Eindämmen von Migration. Es wird zu enger Zusammenarbeit von EU und Frontex mit der Nato aufgefordert, sowie auf die Umsetzung des Aktionsplans mit der Türkei gedrängt. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Europäische Union

"EUNAVFOR MED - Operation SOPHIA" - Six Monthly Report

The report, dated 29 January 2016, is written by the Operation Commander, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino of the Italian Navy, for the European Union Military Committee and the Political and Security Committee of the EU. It gives refugee flow statistics and outlines the performed and planned operation phases (1, 2A, 2B and 3), the corresponding activities of the joint EU forces operating in the Mediterranean and the future strategies for the operation. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Italien / Malta, Europäische Union, Europa

“Europe must do more...” Hasn’t it done enough?

"The greatest mistake would be to analyse the current situation and try to resolve it by following the same policy principles and approaches which produced it, as the EU is currently doing, by
intensifying and militarising them. The current model has been based on restricting “illegal” or “irregular” immigration as absolute policy goals, by portraying the figure of the irregular and illegal migrant, or “clandestine”, who would be better termed “irregularised” or “illegalised”, as a security threat." read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europäische Union

Why Turkey is Not a "Safe Country"

According to the Statewatch report "Why Turkey is Not a 'Safe Country'" Turkey should not be categorized as a "safe country of origin" or as a "safe third country", since these categorizations could lead to infringements of the safety and rights of refugees and the Turkish people in Turkey. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

Ferries for all

For the Freedom of Movement and Equal Rights for All! Campaign Newspaper from the transnational Project Alarmphone.
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Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europäische Union, Europa

Zur Situation von Geflüchteten in der Region Sizilien 2016

Der im Februar 2016 aktualisierte Bericht von borderline-europe skizziert die aktuelle Situation von Geflüchteten in Italien und Sizilien. Neben der Aufnahme- und Abschiebungseinrichtungen der Region, wird außerdem noch die gegenwärtigen Lage zur Rettung von Migrant*innen auf See abgezeichnet. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Italien / Malta

Migrants in the Mediterranean: Protecting human rights

This study focuses on the existing and planned EU policies and actions to protect the human rights of migrants before entering the EU by sea or after they have left the territory of the EU. The picture that emerges from the evaluation of EU policies and actions is a mixed one.
The study in English language here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2015/535005/EXPO_STU%282015%29535005_EN.pdf read more

Language(s): Sonstige
Region(s): Italien / Malta, Spanien, Griechenland / Türkei, Nordafrika, Europäische Union, Europa

Reception of female refugees and asyulm seekers in the EU - Case Study Germany

Upon request by the FEMM Committee, the reception of female asylum seekers in Germany is examined. The research is provided for the delegation of FEMM Members to a refugee camp in Munich/Germany. It presents both the EU and the German legal framework concerning the reception of (female) refugees. Attention has been paid whether gender-sensitive asylum application procedures and reception conditions are provided in practice in Germany. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Deutschland, Europa

Wenn das die Regierung wüsste

Griechenland: Auf der Insel Lesbos haben die Bewohner gelernt, sich selbst zu helfen, indem sie den Flüchtlingen helfen. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

Case Law Fact Sheet – Prevention of Dublin Transfers to Hungary

This fact sheet is devoted to jurisprudence preventing transfers under Regulation 604/2013 (Dublin III Regulation) to Hungary. Its scope is limited to case law from European Union Member States supported by policy and non-governmental material to illustrate the grounds on which the judiciary are suspending transfers to Hungary. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Osteuropa, Europäische Union, Europa

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