Immigration and asylum in Europe

21 July 2021

Norway puts a temporary halt to deportations to Afghanistan

The Norwegian authorities have put a temporary halt to deportations to Afghanistan due to the "the escalation in the conflict between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities". This follows a similar decision by the Finnish authorities. The Norweigan decision will be re-evaluated on 15 September.

14 July 2021

Finland halts deportations to Afghanistan after U.S. troops leave

The Finnish government has responded to the rapidly-deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan by temporarily halting deportations - something that the Afghan government has requested of all European states.

14 July 2021

UK: New research: ​"Every day is like torture": Solitary confinement & Immigration detention

A new report by Medical Justice and Bail for Immigration Detainees looks at the appalling conditions faced by migrants in solitary confinement, and the effects on their mental and physical health.

14 July 2021

Lithuanian parliament votes to allow mass detention of asylum seekers

In response to the increased number of people making irregular crossings from Belarus into Lithuania - which the Lithuanian government has referred to as a form of "hybrid warfare" waged by the Belarussian government in response to EU sanctions - the government in Vilnius has adopted a harsh array of repressive measures against migrants and refugees.

13 July 2021

Lithuanian FM: Belarus using refugees as 'hybrid weapon against EU'

The Lithuanian foreign minister has said that refugees crossing the border from Belarus are "a hybrid weapon being used against the European Union" to try to force the EU to drop sanctions against Belarus introduced after Lukashenko's election 'victory' last year, and the state's repression of protests that followed.

05 July 2021

Libyan police lieutenant: 'Coast guard are smugglers'

"An ex-Libyan lieutenant police officer says the Libyan coast guard actively works with smugglers, posing questions on the EU's continued cooperation with them."

03 July 2021

Lithuania Reports 116 More Border Arrests Of Migrants Crossing From Belarus

The Lithuanian government claims that the Belarussian authorities are weaponising migration in response to EU sanctions placed on Belarus.

28 June 2021

33 European cities sign 'alliance of safe harbours' declaration

A network of 'solidarity cities' that is willing and ready to welcome more refugees is growing in size and has adopted a statement setting out their demands.

14 June 2021

UK continuing operations against "illegal immigration" in Libya

A report by The Libya Observer looks at a meeting between UK and Libyan officials at which issues concerning immigration, terrorism and human trafficking were discussed. The UK's defence secretary reportedly said that the UK is working with Libya on "anti-terrorism and illegal immigration training programs".

14 June 2021

Decrypting ICMPD

A new report by the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights takes a critical look at the work of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, ICMPD.


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