13 February 2019

EP civil liberties committee against proposal to give Frontex powers to assist non-EU states with deportations

The European Parliament's civil liberties committee (LIBE) has agreed its position for negotiations with the Council on the new Frontex Regulation, and amongst other things it hopes to deny the border agency the possibility of assisting non-EU states with deportations.

13 February 2019

World Health Organisation report: "No public health without refugee and migrant health"

"The Report on the Health of Refugees and Migrants in the WHO European Region is the first WHO report of its kind, creating an evidence base with the aim of supporting evidence-informed policy-making to meet the health needs of refugees and migrants and the health needs of the host populations."

12 February 2019

Council of Europe: Hungary should address many interconnected human rights protection challenges

"Challenges include civil society space, gender equality, refugee protection and independence of the judiciary."

12 February 2019

Study: Germany needs 260,000 immigrants a year to meet labor demand

"Germany needs at least 260,000 new migrant workers per year until 2060 in order to meet labor shortages caused by demographic decline, according to a study published on Tuesday."

12 February 2019

Libyan coast guard taking drifting migrants back to Libya - Salvini

"Some 150 migrants have been picked up by the Libyan Coastguard from a drifting boat and are being taken back to Libya, from where they had departed, Italian Home Affairs Minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday evening."

12 February 2019

German car toll and deportation law stokes EU criticism in Austria

"Interior minister Herbert Kickl from the populist Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) recently asked European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos for permission to deport criminal refugees found guilty of more basic offences."

12 February 2019

Italy: 'Migrant menace': Salvini accused of targeting refugees and ignoring mafia

"...last Thursday night, when 90 carabinieri paramilitary police officers surrounded several apartment buildings in Caserta, the provincial capital, many residents thought an anti-mafia blitz was under way. The targets were in fact immigrants, under scrutiny for sanitary inspections of their homes."

11 February 2019

Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (5-11.2.19)

Including: How EU Countries Undermine the Right to Liberty by Expanding the Use of Detention of Asylum Seekers upon Entry - Libya: Parallel forces under interior ministry dominating decision making in Tripoli - Spain: APDHA, EntreFronteras and the Andalusia Union of Journalists call for an end to the information blackout at the southern border

11 February 2019

Government permission to travel: “Authority to Carry”

"A white paper on the use of PNR and API data (airline reservations), published by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in January 2019, lays out more starkly than ever before the goal of governments around the world: a permission-based system of government control and prior restraint in which a common carrier must receive “Authority to Carry” with respect to each passenger, before allowing them to board any flight."

11 February 2019

Crossing a Red Line: How EU Countries Undermine the Right to Liberty by Expanding the Use of Detention of Asylum Seekers upon Entry

"This week the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, in conjunction with ECRE and a number of European project partners, launched their report “Crossing a Red Line: How EU Countries Undermine the Right to Liberty by Expanding the Use of Detention of Asylum Seekers upon Entry.” By examining four case studies; Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary and Italy, this research explores how asylum seekers’ rights to liberty are undermined upon entry, with a specific focus on de facto detention."

11 February 2019

Munich Security Report 2019: The great puzzle: who will pick up the pieces?

"Looking at the current state of international affairs it is difficult to escape the feeling that the world is not just witnessing a series of smaller and bigger crises. Rather, the entire liberal international order appears to be falling apart – nothing will we be as it once was."

11 February 2019

German rescue ship named after drowned toddler Alan Kurdi

"The photograph of three-year-old Alan Kurdi's lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach shocked the world in 2015. A German rescue organization has now named a ship after the toddler."

11 February 2019

European Parliament studies: EU enforcement of the rule of law; the "parliamentary" nature of the Council of the EU

Two recent studies undertaken for the European Parliament examine the EU's framework for enforcing the rule of law in its Member States; and "the parliamentary nature of the Council."

10 February 2019

EU: New criminal records database for non-EU nationals is "disproportionate and discriminatory"

A new EU database for holding information on convicted non-EU nationals is "disproportionate and discriminatory", says an analysis published today by Statewatch.

08 February 2019

Fusion Centres in Six European Countries: Emergence, Roles and Challenges

A study by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism on fusion centres, bodies "tasked with interagency coordination in the field of preventing and countering terrorism."

07 February 2019

EU: "Interoperable" databases or rather the creation of a centralised Justice and Home Affairs database

First two measures agreed between the Council and the European Parliament - full text of Regulations

07 February 2019

Interpol investigates war crimes in Syria and Iraq

"Many „foreign fighters“ return to their home countries, 40 Germans and 130 French citizens alone are to be transferred from Kurdish prisons. The authorities are collecting „battlefield evidence“ to bring them to court."


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