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Central Mediterranean Info

borderline-europe started in March 2019 to put together information about the situation in the Central Mediterranean Sea for internal research reasons. In 2020 we decided to publish these info-letters.

Only available in English.

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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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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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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. After the confiscation of the ship Iuventa owned by Jugend rettet, the ship Open Arms of the NGO Proactiva Open Arms has now also been confiscated and members of the crew are accused of "facilitating illegal migration". We demand a human response to migratory movements! As long as there are no safe escape routes, death in the Mediterranean will not stop either.

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Bridges instead of walls – strategies against the stigmatisation of refugees

The aim of the project 'Bridges instead of walls – strategies against the stigmatisation of refugees' is to engage against discrimination based on origin and to stand together in solidarity. The project is realised in the period from October 2017 to March 2019 in cooperation of the partners Borderline Sicilia in Italy, Asyl in Not in Austria and borderline-europe e.V. in Germany.

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Proti Stassi

Since 2015, Proti Stassi is the first station for newly arrived refugees that land on the beaches from Korakas to Lagada in North-eastern Lesvos. From these beaches we organise, in cooperation with other volunteer groups, initial treatment and transport of refugees.

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borderline-lesvos: "That is the worst - the political normality to lock people up"

In this interview, our colleagues from borderline-lesvos introduce their work on Lesvos; e.g. the "Welcome Office", where refugees are supported with bureaucratic and administrative hurdles and the "welcome lessons" for children. They also report on the negative impact of the change of government in Greece on the fundamental rights of refugees and asylum seekers. The current catastrophic situation on Lesvos in which the law has been simply suspended completely and in which human rights violations and racist attacks occur on a daily basis, leaves a deep mark on all those involved and casts a more than uncertain light on the future in Greece and throughout Europe.
Language(s): Englisch / English

Ceuta, the Mediterranean, Greece - Illegal push-backs, death and systematic violence by European authorities. A comment.

Wo man auch hinsieht: Es werden Rechtsbrüche durch EU-Behörden in einem Ausmaß bekannt, die keine Ausnahmen oder auf das Fehlverhalten Einzelner zurückzuführen sind, sondern systematisch, absichtlich und ungeahndet durchgeführt werden - sei es etwa bei der aktiven Koordination illegaler pull-backs vonseiten der so genannten "libyschen Küstenwache" durch Europäische Rettungsleitstellen und FRONTEX, dem temporären Aussetzen des Grundrechts auf Asyls durch den griechischen Staat oder bei gewaltvollen, illegalen push-backs in Ceuta durch die spanische Grenzpolizei. Ein Kommentar.
Language(s): Deutsch / German

Push-backs and police violence against refugees in Serbia and Bosnia

Hunderte Berichte brutaler, folterähnlicher Übergriffe von Polizei und Grenzschutztruppen im Zusammenhang mit Push-backs haben NGOs in den vergangenen Jahren unter anderem an den EU-Außengrenzen Kroatiens und Ungarns dokumentiert. Neben Schlägen und Diebstahl berichten Menschen, dass sie sich entkleiden müssen und in eisigen Temperaturen zurück über die Grenze geschickt werden. Auch schwere Verletzungen durch Hundebisse hat das Netzwerk Border Violence Monitoring dokumentiert. Push-backs verletzen damit grundlegende Rechte, die in der Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention festgeschrieben sind, sind aber dennoch gängige Praxis an den Grenzen.
Language(s): Deutsch / German