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."


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