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UK: Police drop investigation into racist gang stabbing of refugee child and tell him 'don't go out alone at night' (Independent, link)

"Exclusive: Search for men who beat Eritrean boy in hate crime attack abandoned, in same week Britain First are accused of targeting asylum seekers in the area."

EU: Council of the European Union: SIS and the return of illegally staying third-country nationals

Proposal for a Regulation on the use of the Schengen Information System for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals - Revised compromise version of Articles 1 to 4 (LIMITE doc no: 8108-17, pdf):

"General scrutiny reservations on this instrument are pending from AT, BG, CZ, DE, EL, FI, HU, IT, LT, NL, PL, PT, SE, SI, SK and UK. Parliamentary reservations are pending from DE, PL, SE and UK. Reservations on specific provisions are indicated in footnotes.

Changes to the original Commission proposal are marked as follows: new or modified text is in bold underlined. Deletions are in strikethrough."

Greek MInistry reports on 13 May that 153 refugees landed on the Islands: Official figures (pdf)

Are You Syrious (13.5.17, link)


"more people are arriving in Greece every day. Late evening on Saturday, a boat arrived on Chios carrying 55 people, including 20 children. During a day, 10 people arrived on Rhodos. The day before, to Rhodos 26 people arrived. After the arrival, people were taken to the detention center that is, as witnesses report, unsuitable for children. There is 23 child inside, including some young as 1 or 2 years."

Italy: Attack on the potential accommodation place

"The situation in Italy is less presented in the mainstream European media but is in the same way warring as in Greece. The latest IOM figures are showing that 53,386 people entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 10 May, and nearly 85 percent arrived in Italy. Among those who arrived there is notable increase of people from Bangladesh and Morocco. (In 2016 a record high 8,131 Bangladeshi nationals were registered by the Italian authorities at the landing points in Italy. In 2017, already 4,645 Bangladeshi have been registered.)"

Spain: Increase in number of arrivals

"The UNHCR report that 5,499 persons arrived by sea and land since January 2017. Last year at the same period, 2,973 people arrived, which is 85 per cent increase.

People who are arriving to Spain are mainly from Guinea (23 per cent), Côte d’Ivoire (17 per cent), The Gambia (11 per cent), Cameroon (10 per cent), Syria (9 per cent) and Algeria (7 per cent)."

Cyprus: Increase of arrivals

"Since January 2017, according to the UNHCR, 302 people arrived to Cyprus compared to 43 during the same period last year."

Hungary Helsinki Committee: Key Asylum Figures as of 1 May 2017 (pdf)

Eric Kempson reports from Lesvos that: "Two boats landed in the south east coast of lesvos early in the morning, 109 people, as far as we know every ones ok"

See also: Greek Ministry:
12-5-17 (pdf)

Hungary, Slovakia in EU court to challenge refugee quota (Daily Sabah, link):

"Amid the continuing row over migration that has strained EU unity over the last two years, Hungary and Slovakia havy challenged the quota system in the EU's Court of Justice, accusing tha EU of legal violations in adopting the refugee quota."

Finland: Make EU funding conditional for members turning away refugees (euractiv, link):

"The European Union should attach more conditions to cohesion funds earmarked for some member states in its next budget framework, Finland’s finance minister said today (11 May), saying they should do more to share the cost of taking in migrants."

ECJ: A third-country national may, as the parent of a minor child who is an EU citizen, rely on a derived right of residence in the EU (Press release, pdf)

"The fact that the other parent, an EU citizen, could assume sole responsibility for the primary day-to-day care of the child is a relevant factor, but is not in itself a sufficient ground to refuse a residence permit. It must be determined that there is not, between the child and the third-country national parent, such a relationship of dependency that a decision to refuse a right of residence to that parent would compel the child to leave the EU."

See: Top court rules on residence rights for non-EU parents (New Europe, link)

Schengen area: Council recommends up to six month prolongation of internal border controls (Press release, pdf):

"On 11 May 2017, the Council adopted an implementing decision setting out a recommendation to prolong temporary internal border controls in exceptional circumstances.

As from this date, when the previous decision expires, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway may prolong proportionate temporary border controls for a maximum period of six months at the following internal borders:

Austria at the Austrian-Hungarian land border and Austrian-Slovenian land border
Germany at the German-Austrian land border

Denmark in the Danish ports with ferry connections to Germany and at the Danish-German land border

Sweden in the Swedish harbours in the Police Region South and West and at the Öresund bridge

Norway in the Norwegian ports with ferry connections to Denmark, Germany and Sweden."

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