The refugee crisis: a humanitarian emergency

8 December 2020 - 18 January 2021

Including:

  • EU: Renewed deportation agreement with Afghanistan close to approval
  • Greece: Legal actors express serious concerns regarding the lack of state free legal aid for asylum applicants in Lesvos
  • Death on the Central Mediterranean: 2013-2020
  • EU: The 'Black Book of Pushbacks': testimonies of pushbacks affecting over 12,000 people
  • Mediterranean: Nine new legal proceedings against civil search and rescue ships since June 2020

17 November - 7 December 2020

Including:

  • Frontex: Billion-euro border agency sues transparency activists
  • Locked up and excluded: Informal and illegal detention in Spain, Greece, Italy and Germany
  • European Parliament: compliance with migration control measures should be a condition for receiving EU development aid
  • UK: Deadly crossings: nearly 300 border-related deaths in and around the English Channel since 1999
  • Addicted to denial: Greek government dismisses official report documenting pushbacks to Turkey

27 October - 16 November 2020

Including:

  • History repeats itself again as hundreds of people die in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic
  • Greek authorities arrest father of 6-year-old who drowned off the coast of Samos
  • EU: Tracking the Pact: European Commission presentation on "solidarity mechanisms"
  • EU: Tracking the Pact: Presidency placing heavy emphasis on externalisation, deportations, border controls
  • Pullback to Turkey organised by Greek official on German boat as part of Frontex operation

13-26 October 2020

Including:

  • UK: Channel asylum seekers face "a Dover to Deportation pipeline" with no legal advice or support
  • EU: Greece draws up requirements for member state militaries' role in border control
  • EU: Tracking the Pact: Reinforced cooperation against migrant smuggling with Balkan and African "partners"
  • EU: Frontex on cooperation with Libya: nothing to see here

29 September - 12 October 2020

Including:

  • Greece: On Lesvos, migrants and their supporters continue to suffer at the hands of the authorities
  • EU: Deportations to Afghanistan: member states want to simplify expulsion of "vulnerable groups"
  • UK considers imitating Australia's brutal off-shoring of asylum seekers
  • EU: Advice of Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights still falls on deaf ears
  • EU: Tracking the Pact: Secret documents on reception conditions and qualification for international protection

25 August-28 September 2020

Including:

  • Frontex: No human rights monitoring of 20% of flights; "standing corps" recruitment continues; revamped complaints mechanism shrouded in secrecy
  • The new "pact" on migration and asylum - documentation, context and reactions
  • Moria: Lack of support for those left without shelter; call for immediate evacuation
  • EU: German Presidency: how can Frontex help deport unaccompanied children?

4-24 August 2020

Including:

  • German naval deployments sit back and watch illegal deportations by the Greek authorities
  • EU’s planned ‘deportation machine’: expensive, dangerous and lacking in transparency and accountability measures
  • Spain introduces new Guardia Civil unit, reinforcing the militarisation of the southern border
  • The legal battle to hold the EU to account for Libya migrant abuses
  • After six long years, no justice for border deaths and pushbacks to Morocco from Spain

14 July-3 August 2020

Including:

  • Court judgment confirms that Slovenia and Croatia committed "chain pushbacks"
  • Pull-backs by the Libyan Coast Guard: complaint filed with UN Human Rights Committee
  • Borders, budgets and beyond: LIBE report sheds light on Frontex’s priorities for implementing its new mandate
  • EU support for "migration management" in the Western Balkans squarely focused on control measures
  • Greece: New Legal Centre Lesvos report details collective expulsions in the Aegean Sea

30 June-13 July 2020

Including:

  • Greece: Criminal charges pressed against the asylum seekers who arrived in Lesvos in March 2020
  • State of emergency declared on Mediterranean rescue ship
  • Denmark may return Syria refugees as Damascus area deemed 'safe'

9-29 June 2020

  • Hundreds of NGOs and individuals call for the revocation of Libya's maritime search and rescue zone
  • Remote control: the EU-Libya collaboration in mass interceptions of migrants in the Central Mediterranean
  • Greece: Only 18 of 40 NGOs working in migrant and refugee centres apply for registration
  • Digital technologies and borders: Joint submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism
  • EU 'covered up' Croatia's failure to protect migrants from border brutality

 

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