2019

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07 November 2019

EU-USA: Meeting on 6 November 2019 discussed agreement on exchange of electronic evidence

- including life imprisonment without review, death penalty and freedom of speech

07 November 2019

EU governments ignore Greek request to help 4,000 child refugees

"Greece’s migration minister Michalis Chrisochoidis sent a letter to his EU counterparts asking them to help share the burden of 4,000 unaccompanied minor refugees on Greek islands, but just one responded."

06 November 2019

Briefing: How will Greece’s new asylum law affect refugees? ‘There's no justification for what we're seeing.’

"Nearly 44,000 asylum seekers have crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey to the Greek islands so far this year, compared to fewer than 32,500 in all of 2018 – an annual increase of more than 30 percent, but still far below 2015 and 2016 levels."

06 November 2019

Greece: Pork 'barbecue protest' plan near refugee camp raises hackles

"A Greek nationalist group's plan to throw a pork barbecue near a refugee camp has led to a debate in the country's parliament. Critics want to do something, but some say that would mean attacking the Greek way of life."

06 November 2019

European Commission: Answer given by Mr Avramopouloson behalf of the European Commission

The objective of regional disembarkation arrangements is to establish predictable disembarkation and post-disembarkation procedures in line with international law

06 November 2019

France to set migrant worker quotas in bid to appeal to rightwing voters

"Policy seen as part of tougher stance by Emmanuel Macron as he prepares to take on Marie Le Pen"

06 November 2019

UK ignores warnings of digital election interference

"Despite repeated calls for new electoral rules, British politicians and regulators have dragged their feet"

06 November 2019

'Repatriation' of Syrians in Turkey needs EU action

""I was deported with about 35 Syrians on a large bus. They handcuffed us and…they beat some of the men on the bus with truncheons when they asked to go to the toilet or for water. We all spoke with each other [and] no one wanted to go back to Syria."

06 November 2019

EU: PNR: The Belgian Constitutional Court refers ten preliminary questions to the Court of Justice concerning the obligation to transfer passenger information

"The Belgian Constitutional Court refers ten preliminary questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union in light of the review of the law requiring transportation providers and travel operators to communicate passenger information."

06 November 2019

EU: Creation of centralised Justice and Home Affairs database key aim in security plans

The European Commission has published its Twentieth Progress Report towards an effective and genuine Security Union. One of the key sections concerns "Stronger and smarter information systems for security, border and migration management."

05 November 2019

Netherlands: Persisting delays in the procedure put strain on reception

"Asylum seekers in the Netherlands are confronted with a shortage of reception places, in addition to long delays in accessing the procedure."

05 November 2019

Land migration in Africa twice as deadly as Mediterranean, says UNHCR

"Even as a migrant rescue ship disembarks 88 asylum-seekers in an Italian port, a UN official says the Mediterranean isn't the most dangerous place for migrants. Many more die trying to reach the coast than in the sea."

05 November 2019

Call for Croatia to Be Kept out of Schengen Until it Improves Asylum Practices

"Croatia has received the green light from the European Commission to enter the border-free Schengen Area, but nine organisations and initiatives working with the victims of border violence have made their objections clear."

05 November 2019

Italy-Libya deal renewed without changes

"On Saturday 2nd of November the agreement between Italy and Libya which regulates the “cooperation in the fields of development, the fight against illegal immigration, human trafficking and fuel smuggling and on reinforcing the security of borders”, will be automatically renewed."

05 November 2019

European Parliament must push for safeguards for journalists in ‘e-evidence’ proposal

"The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today that a proposed European Union regulation on law enforcement access to electronic data lacks sufficient safeguards for journalists."

05 November 2019

GREECE: Residents of Chios block access to migrant camp in symbolic protest

"Residents of Chios early on Monday blocked the road leading to the island's Vial reception facility in a protest against the camp's growing migrant population."

 

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