Sicily - Tunisia: monitoring, research, identification

"Invisible: The unworthy treatment of refugees in Sicily"
Together with Arci Porco Rosso and the Sans Papiers Drop-In, we want to make visible the daily problems that refugees and migrants have to deal with. This monitoring is specifically aimed at the problems in Sicily and in particular in the western provinces of the island. In the next months we will regularly publish articles of Arci Porco Rosso on our homepage.
"Invisible" is supported by the Evangelical Church in Rhineland and Pro Asyl.

Arci Porco Rosso - ci prensentiamo, 15 febbraio 2023 (Italian)
Ufficio anagrafe: il Titanic in città, 15 marzo 2023 (Italian)
Il miraggio della protezione speciale, 12 aprile 2023 (Italian)
CPR: monitoraggio, lotte e resistenza, 11 maggio 2023

Mem.Med is an operative project arose on site, with the purpose of searching for and identifying migrants who died at sea and bearing witness to the violence of the Mediterranean Sea. In spring 2023, a volunteer for borderline-europe will be in Tunisia and will report on the situation in the country for us. What makes people flee from there and risk their lives? How do parents and friends live with the loss of their loved ones? What can Mem.Med do?

Mem.Med, un progetto per ricercare e identificare le persone disperse nel Mediterraneo, October 13, 2022 (only in Italian)
Diario della Tunisia -1: Cooperazione italo-tunisina - ma non per tutt* - Espulsioni e deportazioni dall'Italia
Tunsia Diary -1: Italian-Tunisian cooperation but not for all – Expulsion and deportation form Italy

Diario della Tunisia - 2: La segregazione razziale della comunità nera in Tunisia
Tunisia Diary - 2: The exclusion of the black community in Tunisia





Here you will find our monitoring project with Borderline Sicilia from 2011-2022.

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With our campaign we want to intervene in the dominant criminalizing discourse about smuggling, which is pushed by EU politicians, and largely internalized by society. As long as the border regime exists, smuggling is necessary. Let's take a critical look at the politican narrativ around smuggling, and shift the focus back to the actual problem: the EU border regime. Fight borders, not smugglers!

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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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Sicily - Tunisia: monitoring, research, identification

In 2023, borderline-europe is involved in two very different MONITORING projects: "Invisible" is about the situation of refugees in Sicily. Mem.Med, on the other hand, is a cooperation project between many entities that carefully focus on the people who have not made it through the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. borderline-europe supports the project through volunteers.

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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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Criminalization of Migration & Solidarity in Italy

In the course of the collective attempt to shut down its borders, the EU uses numerous means of deterrence to prevent people from seeking safety in Europe. The criminalisation of people on the move and those who are in solidarity with them has been a widespread strategy for years. In Italy, too, people are prosecuted under the charge of "aiding and abetting unauthorised entry".

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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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