Criminalisation of migration and solidarity

Support for those affected

We work across Europe with people affected (e.g. iuventa10) and support them in networking with relevant actors, during their trial, fundraising and campaign work.

The focus of our work is on supporting people from third countries, often refugees themselves, who usually have no or very limited financial resources and support structures in Europe and receive little public attention. This is done in close cooperation with local NGOs such as Porco Rosso in Sicily, Legal Centre Lesvos and Equal Rights Beyond Borders in Greece.

Since November 2019, our work is supported by a solidarity fund established for this purpose especially, which was created thanks to the donation of the book proceeds of "Action not Hope" by Sea-Watch captain Carola Rackete & Anne Weiss.

See for example.: The case of Hamza Haddi & Mohamed Haddar


Research & documentation

We do research and document both political events and developments, as well as cases of criminalisation and prepare them in the form of reports, analyses and info materials.


Outreach and awareness campaigns

Through public events, actions and campaigns, we inform and sensitize a broad public about the increasing criminalization, the associated practices and their effects and organize resistance.


Current projects

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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 will produce 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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Monitoring opaque EU-ad hoc relocation from the Sea to the Cities

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 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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Our work on Lesvos

Since 2015 we have been actively supporting People on the Move on Levos in various fields like education, first reception and bureaucratic steps. Since 2009 we are involved in different reports on the situation in Greece and the Aegean. Overaching values and aims of our work are to fight for human rights without borders.

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