17 December 2019-13 January 2020

  • How Forced Labor in Eritrea Is Linked to E.U.-Funded Projects
  • Libya militias rake in millions in European migration funds: AP
  • Complaint filed with UN body over Italy’s role in privatised push-backs to Libya resulting in migrant abuse
  • Migrant arrivals from Turkey to Europe nearly double in 2019
13 January 2020

12 migrants found dead after boat sinks off western Greece

"Greece's coast guard reports that 12 bodies of migrants have been collected from the Ionian Sea, southwest of the Greek island of Paxos in western Greece, after their boat took in water and sank."

13 January 2020

EU-ERITREA: How Forced Labor in Eritrea Is Linked to E.U.-Funded Projects

A fresh round of funding from the EU Trust Fund for Africa will provide 20 million euros to a road construction project in Eritrea that uses the labour of forced military conscripts.

11 January 2020

UK: The Hope Project Charity Auction

An auction to raise money for The Hope Project in Lesvos, to be held at Christie's in London, 6–17 January 2020.

09 January 2020

EU: Irregular migration into EU at lowest level since 2013

"The number of irregular border crossings detected on the European Union’s external borders last year fell to the lowest level since 2013 due to a drop in the number of people reaching European shores via the Central and Western Mediterranean routes."

09 January 2020

Malta: UNHCR concerned about fire at reception centre, calls for urgent action on detention conditions

"UNHCR is deeply concerned about the fire that broke out at the Initial Reception Centre in Marsa on Wednesday 8th January 2020."

09 January 2020

EU: EASO operations to double in size this year

"In December 2019, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) signed Operating Plans with the national asylum authorities of Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta, following needs-based discussions on the support which the Agency will provide throughout 2020."

08 January 2020

Spain-Morocco: Statement on the hot returns from the Chafarinas on 3 January: "a serious violation of human rights"

Yesterday morning, on 3 January 2020, a group of 42 migrant people, including 26 women and two children aged three and four, reached Congress Island in the Chafarinas archipelago. That same evening, the Guardia Civil enacted the summary return of the 42 migrants. On this occasion, the Spanish government allowed the hot return of vulnerable minors and women.

08 January 2020

Malta: MV Lifeline captain conviction overturned on appeal

"MV Lifeline captain Claus Peter Reisch is a free man, after the Court of Criminal Appeal overturned his conviction for ship registration irregularities."

08 January 2020

Migration-related deaths: open access book provides "first interdisciplinary overview" of causes, dynamics and consequences

A new book that is freely-available online claims to offer the "first interdisciplinary overview" of the causes, dynamics and consequences of migration-related deaths, with eight chapters examining issues such as the collection and use of data; the process of mourning missing migrants; and the causes of border deaths.

08 January 2020

Malta: 24 arrests made in Safi migrants' centre protest

"The police made 24 arrests late on Monday after a violent protest by migrants at Safi Detention Centre."

06 January 2020

Libya militias rake in millions in European migration funds: AP

An Associated Press investigation has founded that traffickers and militias are receiving millions of euros from EU funds.

06 January 2020

Italy Faces Complaint at UN Over ‘Abusive’ Libya Asylum Returns

"Campaigners filed a complaint with the United Nations on Wednesday against Italy over a teenage migrant who was sent back to Libya in 2018 along with other migrants, where he was shot, beaten, and subjected to forced labor."

06 January 2020

The ever-rising securitisation of mixed migration

"Over the last decade there has been a surge in the securitisation of different aspects of migration, especially in relation to mixed flows, including refugees, using irregular pathways. This essay outlines what securitised and criminalised mixed migration looks like and how security concerns are used to justify and normalise what were previously exceptional policies and practices around the world. It will also explore how these trends might change in the future."

23 December 2019

Brexit: Johnson condemned for dropping pledge to replace family reunion law

"Lawyers warn loss of reunion rights for unaccompanied refugee children will put them in danger."

20 December 2019

Greece: Unaccompanied Children at Risk - Arriving Alone in Island Camp, They Face Insecurity, Neglect

" Hundreds of unaccompanied children on the Greek island of Lesbos are exposed to inhuman and degrading living conditions, Human Rights Watch said today. Children, unable to secure a place in the overcrowded specialized accommodation for unaccompanied children, face unsanitary and insecure conditions sleeping rough, sometimes in the open, in other formal and informal parts of the camp on the island."

19 December 2019

Europe is home to a grave humanitarian crisis – but Brussels looks the other way

"In a Greek refugee camp, adults are being stabbed or raped, while children freeze. This suffering shames our continent."

18 December 2019

UN experts decry rise in migrant detentions in Greece

"UN experts on arbitrary detention have urged the Greek government to make urgent changes to the detention of migrants, stressing that the country was in continuing violation of various international standards.

18 December 2019

EU: The “reliable neighbour” must recognise the rights of migrants, at last!

A call from EuroMed Rights on International Migrants Day for the EU and its member states to ratify the 1990 International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.

18 December 2019

Greece-Turkey: Videos Show Apparent Illegal Pushback of Migrants

"The Greek government has repeatedly denied carrying out illegal "pushbacks" at its land border with Turkey. No asylum seekers, Athens insists, have been forced back across the Evros River into Turkey without a fair asylum process -- even if numerous refugees been claiming otherwise for years."

17 December 2019

Migrant arrivals from Turkey to Europe nearly double in 2019

"According to a confidential EU report, 70,000 migrants have crossed from Turkey to the EU this year. The numbers raise questions about whether a EU-Turkey refugee deal is unravelling."


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