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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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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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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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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 Domestic 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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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

Annual report 2020: Resistance against the European border regime

Im Kontext der Corona-Pandemie wurden bestehende Gewaltverhältnisse 2020 besonders sichtbar und in vielerlei Hinsicht noch verstärkt. Keineswegs galt die ausgiebig beschworene „Solidarität" für alle gleichermaßen. Die Politik der Abschottung, Abschreckung und Abschiebung ließ auch während der Corona-Krise nicht nach, im Gegenteil. Vielfach wurden Maßnahmen zur Pandemiebekämpfung von Regierungen für weitere Ausgrenzung instrumentalisiert und damit gerechtfertigt. Wenngleich auch unsere Arbeit durch die Pandemie vor neue Herausforderungen gestellt wurde, haben wir auch 2020 die europäische Politik der Ausbeutung und Ausgrenzung nicht ohne Widerstand hingenommen und unser Bestes gegeben, sie zu unterlaufen und zu bekämpfen. Wie das konkret aussah, ist in diesem Jahresrückblick nachzulesen.
Language(s): Deutsch / German

Report on the Situation at the Border of Spain - The Canary Islands

After border closures have made it more and more difficult for some migrants to use other routes to Europe, the Canary Islands became the main entrance for people on the move to Spain in 2020. The Spanish archipelago, which lies off the coast of north-west Africa, has experienced a massive rise in arrivals compared with the previous years. 2020 was one of the worst and most tragic years in the migratory routes of access to Spain as a whole, because of the high mortality rate of the Canary route. This report documents the situation in the port of Arguineguín, where most disembarkations take place and conditions in Arguineguín camp, the role and response of the local government and the day by day situation.
Language(s): Englisch / English