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Situation of refugees and migrants in Italy

Here you can find our bi-weekly Update on the situation in Italy "Scirocco - News in Brief" and further information on the situation of refugees and migrants in Italy.

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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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With our campaign we want to intervene in the dominant criminalizing discourse about smuggling, which is pushed by EU politicians, and largely internalized by society. As long as the border regime exists, smuggling is necessary. Let's take a critical look at the politican narrativ around smuggling, and shift the focus back to the actual problem: the EU border regime. Fight borders, not smugglers!

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Sicily - Tunisia: monitoring, research, identification

In 2023, borderline-europe is involved in two very different MONITORING projects: "Invisible" is about the situation of refugees in Sicily. Mem.Med, on the other hand, is a cooperation project between many entities that carefully focus on the people who have not made it through the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. borderline-europe supports the project through volunteers.

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Criminalization of Migration & Solidarity in Italy

In the course of the collective attempt to shut down its borders, the EU uses numerous means of deterrence to prevent people from seeking safety in Europe. The criminalisation of people on the move and those who are in solidarity with them has been a widespread strategy for years. In Italy, too, people are prosecuted under the charge of "aiding and abetting unauthorised entry".

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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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Deconstruct Solidarity in the EU

The European Union prides itself on the concept of "solidarity." We want to look behind the scenes of this concept and ask in this article: What does solidarity actually mean in the context of the EU-ropean asylum system? In the following, we engage with the example of the EU ad hoc relocation mechanism, used as a blueprint for the so-called Voluntary Solidarity Mechanism (VSM), to illustrate that the concept of solidarity is not only experiencing a crisis but, in our understanding, must be deconstructed and completely rethought within the EU.
Language(s): Englisch / English

The fight continues: appeal trial of the #Paros3 scheduled for 08.06.23

On 08 June, the appeal trial against Abdallah, Kheiraldin and Mohamad, known as the #Paros3, will take place on the Greek island of Syros. Because they had steered the boat on which they and around 80 other people tried to reach EUrope, they were sentenced to a total of 439 years for smuggling on 05 June 2022. They have already spent 1.5 years in prison.
Language(s): Griechisch / ελληνικά

Election campaign on the toughest migration policy

On 14th May, Turkey is due to hold a parliamentary and presidential election that is attracting a lot of international attention as a “fateful election” because of its potential impact on domestic and foreign policy. This article focuses on the orientation of Turkish asylum and migration policy negotiated in the election programmes, which is particularly complex due to Turkey's geopolitical situation and its instrumentalisation as an EU buffer zone for refugee movements.
Language(s): Englisch / English