19-25 November 2019

  • EU aid and development funding has provided €215 million for border security in Morocco since 2001
  • New Detention Centres Planned on Greek Islands Despite Ruling Against Island Conditions
  • EU countries warned of 'lost generation' of young refugees
  • Deportations: Council Presidency proposes systematic monitoring of readmission cooperation and sanctions for non-compliance

25 November 2019

'Roadmap' for implementing new Frontex Regulation: full steam ahead

A 'roadmap' sets out the actions needed for "rapid and full operationalisation of the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) 2.0 Regulation," described as a "top priority for the EU."

25 November 2019

Deportation of Legal Centre Lesvos client halted by intervention of the European Court of Human Rights

"On 21 November 2019, in the case of Z.B. vs. Greece, ECHR?LE2.2bR, the European Court of Human Rights granted an interim application preventing the Greek authorities from deporting an Afghan man, ‘Z.B’, to Turkey from Lesvos. Z.B, who is represented by Legal Centre Lesvos, was due to be deported the next morning had it not been for the intervention of the Court."

25 November 2019

Italian coast guard: migrant bodies washed ashore or in sea

"The bodies of five migrant women, two of them washed ashore, were recovered Sunday, the Italian coast guard said, as search efforts continued in rough seas near the tiny island of Lampedusa for around another dozen people feared missing in the capsizing of a fishing boat."

25 November 2019

New Detention Centres Planned on Greek Islands Despite Ruling Against Island Conditions

"While the European Court of Human Rights has informed the Greek Government that they are in breach of the Human Rights Act and that the hotspot of Samos poses an “imminent risk of irreparable harm” to pregnant people, they have decided to further contain people seeking asylum within closed detention facilities."

25 November 2019

Croatia: Border Violence Monitoring Network

"On Saturday 16th November 2019, a group of people-in-transit were fired upon by Croatian police with live rounds. The shooting occurred on Tuhobiæ mountain, Gorski Kotar ( HR ), an area close to the Slovenian border."

25 November 2019

#PrivacyWins: EU Border Guards Cancel Plans to Spy on Social Media (for now)

"As any data protection lawyer and privacy activist will attest, there’s nothing like a well-designed and enforced data protection law to keep the totalitarian tendencies of modern Big Brother in check."

25 November 2019

CoE: Commissioner publishes observations on alleged human rights violations of migrants returned from Italy to Libya

"Today, the Commissioner published her written observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the case of S.S. and others v. Italy. This case concerns the interception and rescue operation of a boat in distress in the Mediterranean Sea, carrying around 150 persons who had left Libya, and the alleged human rights violations resulting from this operation."

24 November 2019

EU aid and development funding has provided €215 million for border security in Morocco since 2001

Since 2001, almost €215 million has been provided to Morocco by the EU to finance border security projects. Human rights abuses against migrants and refugees committed by Moroccan authorities call into question whether financial support from the EU to Moroccan border security should continue.

22 November 2019

Greece: Hundreds of refugees, migrants rescued from the sea in past 24 hours

"Greece’s Coast Guard said Friday it rescued 400 refugees and migrants in the last 24 hours in 10 different incidents in the sea area near the city Alexandroupolis and the islands of Lesvos and Chios."

21 November 2019

Greece migrant crisis: 'Horrible' camps to shut amid influx

"Overcrowded, open camps that have become home to 33,000 asylum seekers on five Aegean islands are to be shut down and replaced with closed centres."

21 November 2019

Greece: Turkey needs to end ‘blackmail’ for migrant aid

"Greece’s migration minister said that Turkey needs to stop “blackmail” if it wants more EU aid, saying its loaded language had prompted a spike in movement toward Greek shores."

21 November 2019

Italian Air Force MQ-9A Predator B Drone Allegedly Shot Down In Libya. Images Surface on Social Media

"One of the Italian UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) has crashed in Libya. It’s not clear whether it was shot down (as claimed by some Libyan reports) or crashed for other reasons."

21 November 2019

The hostile environment confuses unlawful with undocumented, with disastrous consequences

"If a policy that deprives residents of jobs, homes and money is going to be introduced, one would hope it would be targeted using the best available data with strong failsafe mechanisms in place to reverse any errors. It would, you would have thought, be a disaster if innocent individuals ended up being forced into penury and out of the country as a result of incorrect information."

20 November 2019

Sea rescue NGOs : a pull factor of irregular migration?

"The argument that maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) operations act as a ‘pull factor’ of irregular seaborne migration has become commonplace during the Mediterranean ‘refugee crisis’. This claim has frequently been used to criticize humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) conducting SAR off the coast of Libya, which are considered to provide “an incentive for human smugglers to arrange departures” (Italian Senate 2017: 9)."

19 November 2019

Deportations: Council Presidency proposes systematic monitoring of readmission cooperation and sanctions for non-compliance

EU: Deportations: Council Presidency proposes systematic monitoring of readmission cooperation and sanctions for non-compliance

19 November 2019

New closed centres, 1,700 hirings to improve response to migration challenge

"As part of its plans to implement a stricter legal framework regarding asylum and border controls, the government aims to create between six and 10 closed pre-departure centers and is planning to recruit 400 border guards in the Evros region, 500 new asylum officers on the islands and mainland, as well 800 officers to guard sea borders and the centers."

19 November 2019

EU countries warned of 'lost generation' of young refugees

"Europe is in danger of creating a "lost generation" of young refugees who have fled war and persecution in their countries, the EU's rights agency says."

18 November 2019

Why return from Europe is causing problems for The Gambia

"The government is frequently suspected to play an active role in returns and is accused of witholding information about their dealings with the EU and member states like Germany. Incidentally, President Barrow is currently seeking to extend his rule beyond the three-year transition period originally agreed upon, ending in January 2020. Opposition to these plans is widespread."

18 November 2019

All but last resort: The last reform of detention of asylum seekers in Greece

"The Commission has directly encouraged Member States to widely resort to detention to effect returns by laying down lengthy detention periods in domestic law and by bringing “detention capacity in line with actual needs”."

18 November 2019

Balkan Region - Report October 2019

"The Border Violence Monitoring Network just published it's October report, covering pushbacks and police violence from Croatia (and Slovenia), into Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. Highlighted by the trend analysis of this."

 

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