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Situation of refugees and migrants in Italy

Here you will find information and a newsletter about the situation of refugees and migrants in Italy. We apologize - only in German language! This newsletter has been produced on behalf of PRO ASYL from 2009 -2017 by our Italian office and is published on the pages of Pro Asyl and borderline-europe. From 2017 December borderline-europe is producing the newsletter.

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Central Mediterranean Info 2.0

borderline-europe started in March 2019 to put together information about the situation in the Central Mediterranean Sea for internal research reasons. In 2021 we decided to publish parts of the data via Social Media and on our website.

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Migrants in Sicily - the monitoring project of Borderline Sicilia Onlus and borderline-europe

Since 2011, monitoring and observation of the situation, but also advocacy has been one of the core tasks of our sister association Borderline Sicilia Onlus. Arrivals, the situation of the centres, access to the asylum procedure are just some of the areas on which reports are published in three languages.

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EU-Pact on Migration

Since March 2021, borderline-europe has been coordinating a project on the New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum within the framework of the "Europe for Citizens" program. A total of six partner organizations are addressing the Pact regarding various focal topics.

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Sea rescue is not a crime

Recent attempts to criminalise sea rescuers show one thing above all: the entry of migrants should be prevented by all means. In 2020, the Alan Kurdi and the Aita Mari, two civil sea rescue vessels, were confiscated in Palermo, and when the Alan Kurdi was released, they were threatened that they would be arrested again next time. Italy, like Malta, has closed its ports because of the Corona crisis. But everyone has the right to life! Rescue at sea is not a crime!

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Criminalisation of migration and solidarity

Migration and solidarity with people on the move is being increasingly criminalised. Resisting this criminalisation is a central part of our work. We research and document socio-political developments and cases of criminalisation. In doing so, we provide concrete support for those affected and inform and sensitize a broad public in the form of information materials, public events and campaigns.

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From a Libyan football pitch to an Italian prison - Freedom for the four footballers!

With the European football championship in full swing, the fate of the four young Libyan footballers Joma, Ali, Abdelrahman and Muhannad will be decided in the Court of Cassation in Rome on Friday 2 July. Just like hundreds of others in Italian and Greek prisions, they are also accused of "aiding and abetting illegal immigration" and were sentenced to 30 years in prison. When the civil war in Libya erupted, they crossed the Mediterranean in 2015 on a wooden boat that carried more than 360 people. During the trip, 49 people that were forced to sit in the hull of the wooden boat asphyciated. The incident became known as the "Ferragosto Tragedy" named after the Italian holiday on which it happened. They were arrested as the "smugglers", accused of "aiding and abetting illegal immigration" with the aggravating circumstances of causing the death of 49 people and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Language(s): Italienisch / Italiano

Freedom for the Vial15

On Tuesday, 22 June, the trial against the Vial 15 will take place in the court of Mytilini, Lesvos Island. 15 people from different countries have been accused for riots and fire within the EU Hotspot Camp Vial on Chios Island on the night of 18-19 April 2020. The arrests followed protests against the inhumane conditions of Vial camp after a women died in an isolation container. The crime is not that Vial and Moria were burned, the crime is their existence!
Language(s): Englisch / English

Lesbos: Refugee faces two life sentences after surviving shipwreck and trying to save 33 lives

This Thursday, 13th May 2021, 27-year-old Mohamad H., father of four children, has to stand trial in Mytilene, Lesbos. Mohamad H., who tried to save his own life and that of the other 33 passengers on board during a shipwreck, is charged by Greek authorities with endangering the life of others and causing the death of two. For this, he is facing two life sentences and a further ten years imprisonment for each passenger.
Language(s): Griechisch / ελληνικά