10-16 March 2020

  • Little new on migration in Commission's plan for a "comprehensive strategy with Africa"
  • More calls for EU and Greece to uphold international law and refugee rights
  • Turkey steps back from confrontation at Greek border
  • Border externalisation: agreements on Frontex ops in Serbia and Montenegro head for approval
16 March 2020

Little new on migration in Commission's plan for a "comprehensive strategy with Africa"

Last week the European Commission published a communication setting out a plan for a "comprehensive strategy with Africa", which includes "migration and mobility" amongst its five key themes. The document is intended to frame talks between the EU and the AU as they move towards a summit in October this year.

16 March 2020

Xenophobia and racism are killing people on the Greek-Turkish border! The European Union is also!

"Over the past few days, people have been killed on the Greek-Turkish border! This is a direct consequence of political decisions by European leaders who would like to seal off European Union borders at all costs, notably by subcontracting the examination of asylum applications to non-European States and the encampment of undesirables. Everyday brings new unbearable images showing asylum seekers being pushed out or deliberately put in danger.

16 March 2020

Report ‘Follow the Money III’ - Solidarity: The use of AMIF funds to Incentivise Resettlement and Relocation in the EU

A new analysis by ECRE looks at the use of the EU's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) for the relocation and resettlement of refugees.

16 March 2020

ECRE on the situation for refugees in Greece: About Time Too

"At the EU-Turkey border the situation remains alarming, and ECRE continued to speak out against the actions of the Greek government and the apparent support from the EU’s political leadership, and to promote the alternative response set out in our statement and urged by Greek NGOs. It is a relief though to see some signs of a change in approach.

16 March 2020

Turkey Steps Back From Confrontation at Greek Border

"BRUSSELS — Turkey has signaled that it is winding down its two-week operation to aid the movement of tens of thousands of people toward Europe, following a tough on-the-ground response from Greek border guards and a tepid diplomatic reaction from European politicians.

16 March 2020

Migrants on Greek islands to be offered €2,000 to go home

"Migrants on the Greek islands are to be offered €2,000 (£1,764) per person to go home under a voluntary scheme launched by the European Union in an attempt to ease desperate conditions in camps.

16 March 2020

Returned to War and Torture: Malta and Frontex coordinate push-back to Libya

"On Saturday, 14 March 2020, RCC Malta coordinated a push-back operation from the Maltese Search and Rescue (SAR) zone to Libya in cooperation with the EU border agency Frontex and the so-called Libyan coastguards...

14 March 2020

New EU migration pact must dust off fundamental rights

"The EU's new Pact on Migration and Asylum is an opportunity to take a different approach. To take a breath, to remember the values that the European project was founded upon, and to dust off the good old fundamental rights and put them to use."

14 March 2020

Frontex launches new operations in Greece

"In two RABIT missions, the EU Border Agency is sending 100 additional officials to the Greek-Turkish land and sea border. Frontex currently have around 600 operational forces stationed in Greece."

13 March 2020

Revealed: the great European refugee scandal

A report in The Guardian reveals the "coordinated and unlawful assault" by EU institutions and members states on the rights of people trying to cross the Mediterranean sea.

13 March 2020

Erdogan says border will stay open until EU meets his demands

"Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Wednesday he would keep the border open for migrants until the European Union had met all his demands."

13 March 2020

Coronavirus: How are Middle East refugee camps prepared?

"With the Syrian health care system "on its knees," according to the World Health Organization, refugee camps across the region are also facing the potential threat of COVID-19. So far, no cases have been found."

11 March 2020

Frontex border operation in Greece 'lacks legal basis' after Greece suspends asylum law

"Experts have questioned the legality of EU border agency Frontex sending officers to the Greek-Turkish border."

11 March 2020

Are You Syrious? Daily Digest 06/03/20 — MEP Joins Far-Right Vigilantes in Greece

A Golden Dawn MEP has been seen with far-right vigilante groups operating on the Greek-Turkish border.

11 March 2020

Greek-Turkish border: MEPs reject Turkey’s pressure, demand common asylum rules

"The EU must help Greece manage its border with Turkey, while ensuring the right to asylum for those who need it, several MEPs said on Tuesday."

11 March 2020

Bulgaria is not changing its push-back policy at its border to Turkey

Will Frontex's presence at the Bulgarian-Turkish border help stop the Bulgarian authorities' practice of illegal push-backs?

11 March 2020

HRW denounces Greece over migrants held on warship

Greece must find adequate accommodation for the 450 people detained on a navy ship, says Human Rights Watch.


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