'Humanitarian distress' on the Mediterranean Sea - monitoring in Sicily

The democratic insurrections in the Maghreb region lead to important changes on both coasts of the Mediterrenean Sea. The african asylum seekers, which are now forced to cross the sea to reach Europe, are playing an important part in these changes.

'Emergency ordinances' were passed to face the increasing numbers of arrivals. The Italian reception system, which has never been well established nor functioning, was again shaken: basic rights, which are fixed in international conventions and laws, are violated to a large extent. The idea of this project is to establish 'first aid' in Sicily as an answer to this emergency migration policy of the Italian government.

Since 2011 the project work contains a monitoring part, which involves to check and to observe the situation of arriving asylum seekers in the camps and during the asylum procedure.

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A project by borderline-europe and Borderline Sicilia Onlus, supported by Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland.

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