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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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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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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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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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EU ad hoc relocation - A lottery from the sea to the hotspots and back to unsafety

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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35 organisations warn against turning away from refugee protection in Europe: Federal government must oppose instrumentalisation regulation!

On Thursday, 8 December, the EU interior ministers will vote in the Council of the European Union (EU) on a legislative proposal that would have serious consequences: Refugee protection and human rights are to be undermined by the so-called Instrumentalisation Regulation at the external borders. In the run-up to the vote, 35 organisations refer to the coalition agreement and urge the federal government in a joint statement to vote against the draft.
Language(s): Deutsch / German

Denmark-Rwanda deal: deporting people, outsourcing & offshoring asylum

In September 2022, Denmark and Rwanda signed an agreement on the possible transfer of asylum seekers to the East African country. The prospective ‘transfer-system’ resembles the one announced by the UK in April. About 1,000 people may be deported yearly to a country thousands of kilometres away where refugees are killed and forcibly recruited by militias. After fleeing their countries, crossing borders, and risking their lives to reach a safe place, people are pushed back into a state of imminent danger. Learn more about the prospective Denmark-Rwanda deal, as well as its possible implications, in this article.
Language(s): Englisch / English

Gatekeepers of the European Union: Sudan after El-Bashir

Five years ago, borderline-europe organized its first externalization conference in Berlin. We scrutinized the treaties, agreements and control mechanisms which were established to seal off the borders of the EU. In 2012, the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Ten years later, people are still drowning in the Mediterranean Sea and dying of thirst crossing the deserts – because there still are no safe escape routes. Under the rule of dictator Omar El-Bashir, Sudan has played a crucial role in securing the borders that have been outsourced to Africa. The country has become Europe’s gatekeeper for refugees and migrants from East Africa and other parts of the world. With the 2019 revolution, hope of a new democratic government emerged in Sudan. The 2021 coup shattered this hope. What is the situation today? This brochure is the result of a joint event with Bildungswerk Berlin of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Africa Center for Justice and Peace Studies in Karthoum. It discusses the status today and which consequences the countercoup has had for people on the move. You can also watch a recording of our fifth externalization conference, where the event took place, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u1MiUZVdAE&ab_channel=BorderlineEurope-MenschenrechteohneGrenzene.V.
Language(s): Englisch / English