The refugee crisis: a humanitarian emergency

14 July-3 August 2020


  • 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


  • 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

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


12-25 May 2020

  • New analysis: reinforcement of Frontex runs into legal problems
  • Greece: Tents at Sea: How Greek Officials Use Rescue Equipment for Illegal Deportations
  • EU-Turkey: 369 Syrians deported to Turkey through EU fund for refugees
  • Hungary: No more transit zones, now asylum seekers will have to apply abroad
  • Risk of repression: New rules on civil society supporting refugees and migrants in Greece


21 April-11 May 2020

  • Council considers action on "non-removable" irregular migrants
  • Analysis: Rights denied during Greek asylum procedure suspension
  • Refugees and European human rights law: Expelled from Humanity
  • Analysis: As the fiction of a Libyan search and rescue zone begins to crumble, EU states use the coronavirus pandemic to declare themselves unsafe
  • Leaving people behind - Proposals for the reorganisation of the Common European Asylum System

17-23 March 2020

  • Anti-migration cooperation between the EU, Italy and Libya: some truths
  • Erdogan in talks with European leaders over refugee cash for Turkey
  • COVID-19: No one is safe until All are protected!

10-16 March 2020

  • Little new on migration in Commission's plan for a "comprehensive strategy with Africa"
  • More calls for EU and Greece to uphold international law and refugee rights
  • Turkey steps back from confrontation at Greek border
  • Border externalisation: agreements on Frontex ops in Serbia and Montenegro head for approval

3-9 March 2020

  • Open letters, joint statements, responses to the situation at the Greek-Turkish border
  • Danish boat in Aegean refused order to push back rescued migrants
  • EU governments ‘harassing’ those who help migrants

25 February-2 March 2020

  • Greece: Situation for migrants and refugees goes from bad to worse
  • Frontex wants to disembark refugees in Senegal
  • Council Presidency and EU agencies want biometric databases for migrants and refugees in the Western Balkans


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