4-24 February 2020

  • European court under fire for backing Spain's express deportations
  • Frontex’s History of Handling Abuse Evidence Dogs Balkan Expansion
  • Italy’s Failed Migration Fix Has Led to Chaos in Libya
24 February 2020

Back to Mauritania: Frontex repatriates migrants arriving on Canary Islands

Frontex deportation flights are heading from Spain to Mauritania. But many of the people on board are not Mauritanian citizens.

24 February 2020

EU stops Operation Sophia and sends warships to stop Libya weapons trafficking

Operation Sophia is to be halted and replaced by a new military mission in the Mediterranean that will focus on enforcing the UN arms embargo on Libya.

17 February 2020

EU diplomats call for changes to Operation Sophia so "chances to conduct rescue operations are lower"

The European External Action Service (EEAS) has called on EU governments to limit the saving of lives at sea by Operation Sophia. A note sent to the member states' permanent representatives in Brussels says the mission should prioritise the enforcement of a UN arms embargo on Libya, rather than monitoring migrant smuggling activities, and suggests that ships could be placed "at least 100km off the Libyan coast, where chances to conduct rescue operations are lower."

17 February 2020

EU: Joint statement: The new Pact on Asylum and Migration: An Opportunity Seized or Squandered?

Will the new Commission's 'Pact on Asylum and Migration' support the fundamental rights of migrants and refugees?

17 February 2020

Germany is not implementing its promise to accept refugees

An article in Tagesspiel outlines that despite promising to relocate a quarter of the people who were dismebarked in southern Europe since September 2019, Germany has failed to do so.

12 February 2020

Refugee Camps at EU External Borders, the Question of the Union’s Responsibility, and the Potential of EU Public Liability Law

Catharina Ziebritzki argues that public liability law could prove useful in trying to hold EU agencies legally accountable for human rights violations in the 'hotspots' in Italy and Greece.

12 February 2020

UK: Psychological coercion in the hostile environment

An event at the IRR in London on 27 February 2020.

12 February 2020

Frontex’s History of Handling Abuse Evidence Dogs Balkan Expansion

An exposé of Frontex´s refusal to end its participation in operations at the Hungarian-Serbian border, despite credible allegations of frequent abuse by border guards.

12 February 2020

Italy’s Failed Migration Fix Has Led to Chaos in Libya

An in-depth look at the Italian government's attempts to co-opt tribal leaders in southern Libya and the adoption of the securitised Italian approach to migration by EU institutions.


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