01 May 2017
Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe
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"EU was called upon also in the
past to strike a balance between the conflicting interests of
its Member States,
to reconcile often diametrically opposite priorities within a common, European narrative of development and progress for all its citizens...
EU was called upon also in the past to strike a balance between the conflicting interests of its Member States, to reconcile often diametrically opposite priorities within a common, European narrative of development and progress for all its citizens...
One of the most characteristic expressions of the common, European political structure giving way before the individual priorities and imperatives of the Member States is the so-called EU-Turkey Statement of 18 March 2016, which, without being a convention of the Union with a third country, from a legal aspect, introduced a host of derogations from the EU regulatory framework..."
GREECE: Ministry: 43 refugees arrived on Lesvos on Friday 9 June and 69 on Saturday 10 June.
Are You Syrious (10.6.17, link):
"Libyan Coast Guard rescued over 480 people today at sea off Azzawya, but at least eight people drowned and over 100 are still missing. Previously this week, only on Thursday and Friday, more than 900 people were rescued off Libya.
All the people who were rescued are taken to the detention center in Zawia, and probably they will be sent back to the countries they are coming from.
At the same time, over 1000 people were rescued closer to Italy in several operations. Sea-Watch crew at one point of time during a day had on board 220 people rescued from sinking inflatables, including one pregnant woman -Virtue from Nigeria - who as transferred to boat Pheonix for medical care. Unfortunately, two of the passengers did not make it....."
"Local media are reporting about two Bulgarians and one Afghan man who are charged with human trafficking after nine people died when a minibus crashed in southern Bulgaria weekend before. The driver was 16-years old Bulgarian, who did not even have a driving license. He also got killed in this accident. One of the Bulgarians was also charged with causing the deaths through negligence.
Bulgarian police continue arresting people who are trying to cross the border. This year, 2,054 people on their journey were intercepted and arrested after crossing the border. At the same time, fifty-two traffickers were arrested."
"People from Afghanistan are being more often arrested and taken to detention across the country, the local activists are reporting. This year, a number of Afghans in detention centers has risen to 80, and six of them are facing deportation to Kabul soon. Several flights has been booked for June, despite reports from Afghanistan about increased hostilities.
La Cimade group strongly denounces deportations and calls on France to stop immediately all deportations to Afghanistan."
Airbnb to help host 35,000 refugees in houses across Greece (ekathimerini.com, link):
"Short-term property rental platform Airbnb has announced that it will be helping to find housing for some 35,000 asylum seekers trapped in Greece, a representative for the company told the Concordia Europe Summit in Athens.
According to the representative, Airbnb is developing a special platform, airbnb.com/welcome, where property owners can offer their house or apartment to refugees for as long as desired or needed.
The company hopes that its campaign, which is Europe-wide, will help house a total of 100,000 people across the continent.
The initiative is run with the help of the nongovernmental organization Solidarity Now."
EU-CJEU: Croatia-Slovenia: In the exceptional circumstances of the refugee crisis, Advocate General Sharpston considers that the Member States in which applications for international protection were first lodged are responsible for examining those applications (pdf) Advocate-General Opinion:
"The words irregular crossing in the Dublin III Regulation do not cover a situation where, as a result of the mass inflow of people into border Member States, those countries allowed third-country nationals to enter and transit through their territory in order to reach other Member States."
See: Opinion (pdf)
See also: Countries have to examine all refugees applications: EU Court smashes the irregular crossing provision in the Dublin III Regulation (New Europe, link): "In the exceptional circumstances of the refugee crisis, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union, Eleanor Sharpston, decided today that the EU member states in which applications for international protection were first lodged are responsible for examining those applications The words irregular crossing in the Dublin III Regulation do not cover a situation where, as a result of the mass inflow of people into border Member States, those countries allowed third- country nationals to enter and transit through their territory in order to reach other Member States."
Refugees continue streaming into Slovenia as EU offers help (dalje.com, link):
"Thousands of refugees kept streaming into Slovenia on Thursday, straining the small countrys resources and its patience with other EU nations that have been passing on migrants who want to reach Western Europe....
Slovenia has said it is only able to process about 2,500 migrants a day before they can continue on to Austria.
But the country saw 12,600 migrants arrive over the past 24 hours and as many as 43,000 people in the last five days, Interior Minister Vesna Gyorkos Znidar said on Thursday afternoon after talks in Ljubljana with EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos."
Training the Libyans is not enough to stop migrants (Open Migration, link):
"On the night of May 23, 2017, the captain of the Iuventa, a ship from the German NGO Jugend Rettet, reported a new attack at sea by a Libyan motorboat: the crew had shot at some boats overloaded with refugees, then brought two of them back towards Libya. Was it the Libyan Coast Guard? How is Italy training them, and to what end? And how many Coast Guards actually exist in Libya? Francesco Floris takes us into the details of training in Libya and its historical precedents. "
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