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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 will produce the newsletter.

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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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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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Monitoring opaque EU-ad hoc relocation from the Sea to the Cities

As a consequence of the Italian Ministry of the Interior's measures to block the arrival of people rescued from distress at sea, an EU ad hoc distribution mechanism was adopted in Malta in September 2019. With our new project, we are monitoring and documenting the implementation of these measures together with Sea Watch, borderline Sicilia and the Refugee Council. We demand the stop of security checks by the German Intelligence Service in Italy and Malta. Relocation cannot take place without the people's consent to the country of destination and the guaranteed right to stay.

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Sahara: Externalisation of EU borders

The 9 million square kilometres of the Sahara now form an externalised border of the European Union. Push-backs, quarantine camps, military patrols and checkpoints in an area without infrastructure are supposed to ensure that the border becomes insurmountable. Who still dares to move can face easily death. We document human rights violations against people on the move in the Sahara.

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Our work on Lesvos

Since 2015 we have been actively supporting People on the Move on Levos in various fields like education, first reception and bureaucratic steps. Since 2009 we are involved in different reports on the situation in Greece and the Aegean. Overaching values and aims of our work are to fight for human rights without borders.

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Sentenced to 50 years in prison - freedom for Amir and Razuli

When Amir and Razuli tried to reach Greece on a rubber boat in March 2020, they were attacked by the Greek coast guard who tried to push them back to Turkey by force. The attack caused the boat to sink and the coast guard had to take them on board. Amir and Razuli were arbitrarily charged with "facilitating illegal entry" and "provoking a shipwreck", in addition to their own entry. On the 8th of September 2020 they were sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Language(s): Französisch / Français

Incarcerating the Marginalised - The Fight Against Alleged "Smugglers" on the Greek Hotspot Islands

On an almost daily basis, people in Greece are arrested and sentenced to life-long prison terms and fines under the pretext of "fighting smuggling". This report shows how the laws of the European Union and the Greek state target the very people they claim to protect: Those affected are often refugees themselves, steering a boat from Turkey to the Greek islands. The analysis follows the fate of 48 people from their arrest to the courtroom. Without exception, they were sentenced in court proceedings that undermine basic legal standards. In most cases, a life sentence is imposed. Those affected are locked up as scapegoats of a failed European migration policy. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Language(s): Deutsch / German

Push back Solidarity - How the European Union criminalizes solidarity with people seeking protection

All over Europe, organisations and individuals are being discredited, harassed, obstructed and prosecuted because they show solidarity with people on the move. This brochure provides an insight and overview of the increasing criminalization of solidarity within the European Union; its background, forms and effects and numerous cases. However, state repression is meeting with resistance. Those affected are not intimidated. Repression is followed by new waves of solidarity, fuelling the common struggle against the racist European border regime.
Language(s): Deutsch / German