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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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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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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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RETTUNG UNERWÜNSCHT - Italiens Versuche, die Seenotrettung Geflüchteter zu kriminalisieren

Seit vielen Jahren begeben sich Menschen in seeuntüchtigen Booten auf die gefährliche Überfahrt über das Mittelmeer nach Europa. Internationales Seerecht besagt, dass alle Menschen, die sich in Seenot befinden, gerettet werden müssen. Die nach nur einem Jahr eingestellte italienische militärische Rettungsmission Mare Nostrum und der Beginn der zivilen Seenotrettungsmissionen im Jahr 2014 zeugen von fehlenden staatlichen und europäischen Rettungsmissionen. In den letzten Jahren zeigte sich jedoch, dass die Pflicht, zu retten oftmals nicht „nur“ missachtet wurde, sondern staatlicherseits auch aktiv dagegen vorgegangen wird. Die Methoden sind vielfältig und reichen von der Kriminalisierung der Besatzung eines Seenotrettungsschiffs oder der verwaltungstechnischen Festlegung von Schiffen durch italienische Behörden bis hin zur Blockade eines Schiffes auf See mit Geretteten an Bord und der Verweigerung einer Zuweisung eines sogenannten „sicheren Hafens“. Seenotrettung von italienischer und europäischer Seite ist nicht erwünscht, dies lässt sich an unzähligen Beispielen fest machen. In diesem Bericht versuchen wir, einen Überblick über die Fälle von 2002-2020 zu geben und diese in den jeweiligen politischen Kontext einzuordnen. Er hat keinerlei Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit, sondern soll zeigen, wie sich die italienische und europäische Politik immer wieder neue Methoden zu Nutze macht, um Seenotrettung zu blockieren und so Menschen sterben zu lassen. borderline-europe zeigt in dem Bericht auf, dass nicht nur die zivilen Seenotrettungsvereine und Plattformen, sondern schon seit den frühen 2000er Jahren auch rettenden Fischer ein Opfer der europäischen Abschottungspolitik werden. Seenotrettung kann niemals eine kriminelle Handlung sein. Doch sie ist politisch unerwünscht.
Language(s): Deutsch / German

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