Background information

Report of the Commissioner for Human Rights of The Council of Europe following a visit of greek refugee camps

Commissioner Dunja Mijatović and her team visited Greece from 25 to 29 June 2018. During the visit, the Commissioner held discussions on issues pertaining to the reception and integration of migrants, including asylum seekers, and to the impact of austerity measures on the rights to health and education. The present report focuses on these major issues and documents the inadequate circumstances in the overcrowded camps, calling the European Union to act in order to ameliorate the situation of refugees at their external borders. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei, Europäische Union, Europa

Decriminalising solidarity by promoting the regularisation of migrants

The criminalisation of people and organisations that lend assistance to immigrants in Europe is an expression of the closure of legal or humanitarian entry routes and the growing difficulty of residing legally. The distinction between “economic migran
ts” and asylum seekers, the restriction of possibilities to enter to find employment and of the scope of the “European” right to asylum, and finally the agreements with third countries to externalise collective refoulement practices, produce a proliferation of cases resulting in illegality.
Translation of a speech given by Fulvio Vassallo Paleologo (Osservatorio Solidarietà Carta di Milano) at the session ‘Decriminalizing Solidarity: an ever more topical challenge’, Sabir Festival, Palermo, 13 October 2018
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Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Italien / Malta, Europa

Il naufragio della verità

A 5 anni dalla strage a largo delle coste di Lampedusa pensiamo sia giusto mantenere viva l’attenzione su alcuni punti quali il mancato soccorso e gli interessi economico-politici che stanno alla base di questo e di altri naufragi. read more

Language(s): Italienisch / Italiano
Region(s): Italien / Malta

The shrinking place for solidarity with migrants and refugees: how the European Union and Member States target and criminalize defenders of the rights of people on the move

Europe’s “refugee crisis” triggered a wave of solidarity actions by both civil society organisations and ordinary citizens. Their efforts were part of a wave of compassion, as people organised convoys to refugee reception centers, warmly greeted arrivals at train stations and lined highways to provide food and water to those making the journey from Syria and elsewhere. Just a few years later those same activists are treated as criminals and humanitarian search and rescue missions are criminalised. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europäische Union

Update zur Situatin von tschetschenischen Geflüchteten in Weißrussland

Im Oktober 2017 berichteten wir von unserer Recherchefahrt nach Polen und Weißrussland. Vorort untersuchten wir die Situation der tschetschenischen Geflüchteten, die versuchen oder versucht haben, die Grenze zu übertreten, um in der Europäischen Union Asyl zu beantragen.
In diesem Jahr variierte die Anzahl von Asylsuchenden aus Russland in der Europäischen Union zwischen 1362 Fällen im Januar 2018 und 1217 Fällen im Juni 2018. Nach Angaben des Europäischen Unterstützungsbüro für Asylfragen betrug der Rückstand von zu bearbeitenden Asylgesuchen aus
Russland 7407 Anträge (Stand: Juni 2018). Die Statistiken weisen darauf hin, dass die in unserem Bericht aufgeworfenen Probleme an der EU- Außengrenze in Polen bestehen bleiben. Über die aktuellen Entwicklungen der Situation für die tschetschenischen Geflüchteten im Grenzgebiet
sprachen wir mit der weißrussischen NGO Human Constanta. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Osteuropa

Refugee Rights Europe Press-Release (27/08/18)

New major research study finds EU-Turkey deal has pushed Lesvos to its breaking point. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

An island in despair: documenting the situation for refugees and displaced people in Lesvos

Refugee Rights Europe sent a field delegation to the island from 18-22 June 2018, to investigate and document the human rights situation. The study is based on surveys and interviews with 311 individuals in their native languages, or nearly 4% of the estimated 8,000 refugees and displaced people thought to be on the island at the time of the study. The research findings are outlined in this report and paint a harrowing picture of the current situation on the island. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

Bericht über eine Tour in der französisch-italienischen Grenzregion, Mai 2018

Im Mai 2018 besuchten drei Freund*innen, die mit Moving Europe vernetzt sind, die Grenzregion zwischen Italien und Frankreich und schrieben einen Bericht über die aktuelle Situation in Ventimiglia, in den Tälern der französisch-italienischen Grenzregion und in der Region PACA (Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur). read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Frankreich

Amnesty International: Between the devil and the deep blue sea: Europe fails refugees and migrants in the Central Mediterranean

This briefing reveals the devastating impact of policies which have resulted in the surge in deaths of refugees and migrants at sea during June and July 2018. It highlights new Italian policies which have left people stranded at sea for days and analyzes how European Union (EU) countries are conspiring to contain refugees and migrants in Libya, where they are exposed to torture and abuse. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Italien / Malta, Nordafrika, Europäische Union, Europa

Call to Action - Sarost 5


July 26, 2018
It has been two weeks now and the 40 people on board of Sarost 5 are still stranded at sea. The Tunisian Red Crescent visited the boat and reported that two pregnant women were in dire need of medical attention and would have to be disembarked immediately. Malta is stalling and still not stepping up to its duty mandated by international law to provide a safe harbour on its land when it fails to find a safe harbour elsewhere. Find the call: https://alarmphone.org/en/2018/07/26/call-to-action-sarost-5/ read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Nordafrika, Europa

Press Release on the Sarost 5 Disembarkation Announcement

Watch the Med Alarm Phone has been in regular contact with crew members as well as rescued people of the Sarost 5 since the first distress call that took place in the Maltese SAR zone on Friday 13.07.18. The 40 rescued people have been at sea for more than two weeks. The rescued people and the crew of the supply vessel Sarost 5 have been stationed off the port of Zarzis since Monday 16.07.18 and have endured unbearable living conditions on board. We are relieved that the Tunisian government will let the people disembark for ‘humanitarian reasons’. However, we remain extremely concerned about the following points. Find here the English Press release: https://alarmphone.org/en/2018/07/29/press-release-on-the-sarost-5-disembarkation-announcement/?post_type_release_type=post read more


Region(s): Nordafrika, Europäische Union

Carte | La loterie de l'asile en 2017

De 9% à 89%. La probabilité d’obtenir une protection internationale varie du tout au tout selon que l’examen des motifs de fuite est fait par la Tchèquie, la Pologne, la France, l’Espagne, l’Irlande ou la Suisse. Nous publions la carte actualisée de cette loterie de l’asile, réalisée par le cartographe Philippe Rekacewicz à partir des données Eurostat pour 2017.
Le pays d’origine est déterminant dans le taux de reconnaissance. Les Syriens obtiennent à 94 % un statut protecteur. Ils sont suivis des ressortissants d’Erythrée (92 %), de Somalie (69 %) et du Soudan (60 %). Les durcissements des politiques d’asile des États s’y reflètent également: alors que la situation sécuritaire en Afghanistan ne s’est de loin pas améliorée, le taux de protection accordé aux ressortissants afghans est passé de 67 % en 2015 à 46 % en 2017.
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Language(s): Französisch / Français
Region(s): Europa

Call for action to the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU - continuation of access to Asylum rights

Call for action to the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU for a continuation of access to Asylum rights. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europäische Union, Europa

“Without Education They Lose Their Future”

“Leila,” 11, and her sister “Magdoulin,” 12, have never been inside a classroom. Growing up in war-torn Syria, the only education the sisters, originally from Aleppo, had before fleeing their country six years ago was a private tutor during the two years they were displaced to Idlib province. “I want to become a doctor,” Leila told Human Rights Watch. “Other children can go to school while we don’t and that makes me sad.” read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

Vorgehen gegen deutsche Seenotretter

Ein offener Briefwechsel des Beauftragten für Flüchtlings-, Asyl- und Zuwanderungsfragen des Landtages Schleswig-Holstein und Gründungsmitglieds von borderline-europe, Kapitän Stefan Schmidt, mit dem deutschen Innenminister Horst Seehofer. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Deutschland, Europäische Union

Leak: Masterplan Migration Maßnahmen zur Ordnung, Steuerung und Begrenzung der Zuwanderung

Der 22-seitige "Masterplan Migration" des Bundesinnenministeriums wurde geleakt, nachdem sich das Ministerium wochenlang geweigert hatte, den Bericht freizugeben. Dabei werden sogenannte Maßnahmen zur "Ordnung, Steuerung und Begrenzung der Zuwanderung" in vier Handlungsfeldern beschrieben: Maßnahmen bezogen auf die Herkunftsländer, Transitländer, die Europäische Union und Deutschland. Im letzten Punkt werden auch Binngrenzkontrollen im Schengenraum diskutiert. Dabei sieht der Masterplan die umstrittene Zurückweisung von bestimmten Geflüchteten an der deutschen Grenze vor. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Deutschland, Europäische Union

Der Knast im Knast im Knast - Besuch im Hotspot Zentrum auf Lesobs

Der Artikel aus der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitug beschriebt die katastrophalen Zustände in dem sogenannten "Kontrollierten Zentrum" Moria auf Lesbos. Zentren dieser Art will die EU nun überall entlang ihrer Außengrenze errichten. Die Autorin begleitete zwei junge iranische Bürder und schildert anhand ihrer Geschichte die Willkür, die in diesen Hotspots herrscht sowie die unmenschlichen Lebensbedingungen, die zu Verzweifelung und Gewalt führen. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

MIGRATION FLOWS TO EUROPE -QUARTERLY OVERVIEW

According to the new monitoring data from IOM, there were 18,956 new arrivals to Italy, Spain,
Cyprus, Greece and Bulgaria in the first quarter of 2018. This represents almost a 50% decrease compared to the same period last
year when 34,531 arrivals were reported. The decrease is mainly related to the drop in arrivals in Italy. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europäische Union, Europa

Within and outside: Europe closes itself off

The observations and information present in this report originate from field missions conducted at the internal borders (France with its neighboring countries) and the external borders of the Schengen area (Hungary/Serbia and the Mediterranean) in 2017 and 2018. The contents of the report have also been supplied by monitoring work, documentary research, and analysis carried out since 2015 by La Cimade on the mechanisms and decisions relative to the surveillance of the internal and external borders of Europe. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Frankreich, Europäische Union

Libya: where thugs are funded by Europe to mistreat migrants

The deals cut between the European Union and Libya since the early 2000s demonstrate how the policy of externalisation of borders operates: all concessions, compromises and infringements of international conventions will be permitted for the sake of “exercising control over migratory flows”. Colonel Gaddafi was thus able to use migrants as bargaining chips with which to blackmail his counterparts, in order to carve out a place for himself amongst the community of nations. His downfall seems to have made orphans of European policy-makers. Eager to find new border guards, the latter are ready to fund the jailors of migrants detained in camps or thrown into the sea. In the autumn of 2017, the “modern slavery” that had long been condemned by human rights defenders was
revealed for the world to see in images broadcast on CNN. The French President, Emmanuel Macron, then decried these “Crimes against Humanity”. There is no doubt that crimes are being committed against individuals who are prevented from exercising their right to emigrate. First amongst these are the crimes perpetrated by the European authorities, which condemn thousands of would-be migrants to die at sea or pushes them back to Libya. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Nordafrika, Europäische Union

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