26 May-8 June 2020

  • EU-Libya collaboration - pull-backs by remote control
  • Hostility towards migrants and those working to support them continues as state policy on Lesvos
  • Immediate action needed to disembark migrants held on ships off Malta's coast
  • Analysis: Partial relief: migrant regularisations during the COVID-10 pandemic

 


08 June 2020

Spain/Portugal/Italy: Partial relief: migrant regularisations during the COVID-19 pandemic

The uncertainty that the Covid-19 outbreak has brought to every sphere of life has had a major impact on already vulnerable groups, such as undocumented migrants. People who, for whatever reason, lack official authorisation to stay, live and work in a particular state usually live with constant fear of being detained or receiving an expulsion order after a spontaneous stop by the police. Among the different measures approved by European countries under states of emergency, some have addressed the situation of migrant populations. This article looks at the cases of Portugal, Italy and Spain, which have been praised by the general public for appearing to offer regularisation, or an end to detention. However, the positive tone - probably exacerbated by the need for good news - has set aside details that suggest a less optimistic outcome.

08 June 2020

Viewpoint: Greece-Finland: Ambassador's condemnation of an academic study on the hotspots shows the link between migration policy and authoritarianism

A letter sent by the Greek ambassador in Finland to a group of academics studying the "hotspots" appears to herald governmental persecution of civil society actors beyond what is already the case and intimidation of researchers, by suggesting they should primarily rely on information from Greek authorities and be careful about voicing criticism.

08 June 2020

EU-Libya collaboration - pull-backs by remote control

German newspaper Taz is launching a new report looking at how the EU and Libya collaborate to 'pull-back' migrants in the Mediterranean from Libya.

08 June 2020

Immediate action needed to disembark migrants held on ships off Malta’s coast

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights says keeping more than 400 people detained on private ships outside of Malta's territorial waters is "unsustainable and requires immediate action".

05 June 2020

Europe’s COVID crisis does little to disparage Mediterranean migrants

"Having been expelled from Algeria, Alfa Jafo has spent the last few months working in the kitchen at a restaurant in the historic city of Agadez in Niger, a launchpad for irregular migration in the Sahel."

05 June 2020

Hostility towards migrants and those working to support them continues as state policy in Lesvos

Lesvos Legal Centre documents some of the ways in which hostility is embedded into everyday life on the island of Lesvos.

02 June 2020

Illegal floating prisons by Carla Camilleri

"We need to ask ourselves why Malta still operates migration through management-by-crisis, without long-term vision or contingency plans for emergencies and instead chooses to use human lives as pawns in a bid to find a solution to a global crisis"

26 May 2020

UN joint guidance on ensuring migrants' rights during the COVID-19 pandemic

A note from the UN Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW) and the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.

 

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