ECRE Weekly Bulletin. Boletín Semanal de ECRE: 2021.

Autor: ECRE
Editorial: ECRE
Fecha: 09/04/2021

ECRE Weekly Bulletin. El Boletín Semanal de ECRE ofrece información sobre los últimos acontecimientos europeos en el área de asilo.   Publicación desde  12.01.2007 en este enlace se recogen solamente los Boletines a partir del 1 de enero de 2019 hasta  el 12 de marzo de 2021.

Latest issues: 

  • 16/04/2021. Greece: “While Newly Arriving People Who Seek Protection Are Systematically Beaten Back to Turkey or Abandoned at Sea, Those Granted International Protection Status Are Left Destitute”. Med: Massive Loss of Life while Impunity for the Left-to-Die Boat Incident Continues Ten Years on Amid Ongoing Horrors in Libya. Atlantic Route: Spanish Deportation Efforts Facing Headwind - Death at Sea, Controversy Over Island Camps, Death and Attempt to Cross Border Fence in the Enclaves. UK: Home Office in Breach of Human Rights Law, Asylum Seekers moved to Napier Barracks with High Court and MP Scrutiny Looming, Return’s to France where Evictions Continue. AIDA 2020 Update: Hungary. AIDA 2020 Update: Poland. AIDA 2020 Update: Cyprus.
  • 16/04/2021. Greece: EU Seeks to Reconfirm Turkey Agreement while Cross-border Accusations Continue as Does Pushbacks and Deprivation in Camps. Balkan Route: Communicated Cases against Hungary, Submissions to the Universal Periodic Review on Hungary, Violent Pushbacks Reported in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Med: Wiretapping of Journalists in Crack-down on Civil Rescuers, 110 People Assumed Stranded Disembarked in Italy, Self-harm and Suicide Attempts in Maltese Detention Centres. Atlantic Route: Eight People Arrested after Brawl at Criticised Camp Amid Opposition to Inhumane Policies. Germany: Another Twenty Afghans Forcibly Returned to Least Peaceful Country in the World. AIDA 2020 Update: Austria.
  • 02/04/2021. Fronting up to Frontex. Greece: Millions of EU Euros for Fenced Structures in the Aegean, Preventable Deaths in Detention, and Pushbacks Dismissed as “Fake News” by Greece. Search and Rescue: IRINI Mandate Extended, First Meeting of European Search and Rescue Contact Group, Spain Expanding Migration Cooperation in Africa as Distress, Death, and Returns at Sea Continue. Balkan Route: Deterrence, Abuse and Illegality in the Forgotten Corner of Europe. The European Commission has Published its Proposal for a Child Guarantee. Slovenia: National Assembly Approves Legislation Eroding the Rights of Asylum Seekers. France: Pushbacks and Evictions Continue at the French-Italian Border, Cédric Herrou Acquitted in Final Judicial Victory, Calais Judge Rejects Request to Close Camp and Migrants Granted Shelter in Paris. AIDA 2020 Update: Belgium. AIDA 2020 Update: Slovenia. Syria Conference: Funds Pledged Fall Short of Humanitarian Needs - Syria is Not Safe for Returns.
  • 26/03/2021. Greece: Migrants Caught in the Middle of Border Showdown, Camp ‘Solutions’ Still A Long Way Off, Homelessness and Deprivation Follows Protection. Med: Prosecutor Calls for Trial of Salvini as Italian Crack-Down on Civil Search and Rescue Operators Continues Amid Tragedy and Rescues. Atlantic Route: Distress Cases, Deaths, and Transfers to Camps. UK: A Not So New Plan for Immigration Envisions to Crack Down People in Need of Protection. AIDA 2020 Update: Spain. AIDA 2020 Update: UK. #VoicesOfECRE: Interview with Petra Baeyens.
  • 19/03/2021.  EU-Turkey Deal 5 Years on: Fundamentals Remain Unchanged; Greece: Dysfunctional Business as Usual. Med: A Distress Call for Human Rights as More People Die at Sea. Atlantic Route: Misery Continues at Land and at Sea with Deaths, Detention, Deportations, and Poor Living Conditions. Malta: Detention Regime Under Legal Scrutiny and Reforms Demanded. AIDA Country Update: Serbia. AIDA 2020 Update: the Netherlands. AIDA 2020 Update: France.
  • 12/03/2021. Editorial: Displaced Responsibilities: Finding a Wider Approach to Displacement in EU External Policies; Op-ed: Danish Externalization Desires and the Drive Towards Zero Asylum Seekers, Op-ed: A European Paradox – Humanitarian Actors with Increased Responsibilities and Shrinking Space to Exercise their Mandate, ECRE Policy Note: Tightening the Screw: Use of EU External Policies and Funding for Asylum and Migration. ECRE Policy Note: the JDMC: Deporting People to the World’s Least Peaceful Country, Legal Note 8: ECRE/ELENA Legal Note on Asylum and the UN Treaty System. ECRE Working Paper: EU External Expenditure on Asylum, Forced Displacement and Migration 2014-2019.
  • 05/03/2021. Greece: Desperation in Moria 2.0, End of Housing Programmes, Continued Pushbacks, and Criminalisation of Solidarity. Frontex: One Investigation Closes as Another Begins and the Agency’s Role in Return and Ability to Purchase Firearms Under Scrutiny. Med: Italy Steps up Criminalisation of the Civil Fleet as Dozens Die at Sea. Atlantic Route: Conditions in the Canary Islands Remain Poor as Protests and Calls for Transfers Grow Louder. Denmark: Authorities Widen the Areas of Syria Considered Safe for Return to Include Greater Damascus. UK: Less Applications more Waiting - COVID Exposure, Sexual Harassment, Squalid Conditions, Unlawful Fees, Lack of Legal Aid for Detainees, and Deportation Raids. Legal Note 7: Cessation of International Protection and Review of Protection Statuses in Europe, February 2021.
  • 02/03/2021. Introduction to this Special Edition. ECRE Policy Note: The Regulation on asylum and migration management: giving with one hand, taking back with the other; ECRE Policy Note: Alleviating or Exacerbating Crises? The Regulation on Crisis and Force Majeure. ECRE Comments on the Commission Proposal for a Regulation on Asylum and Migration Management COM (2020) 610 2020/0279 (COD). ECRE Comments on the Commission Proposal for a Regulation Addressing Situations.
  • 19/02/2021. Matter of Pact: Speculating on the Fate of the Pact, Greece: Authorities Deny Problems in Moria 2.0 Amid Record Winter, Disregard Pushbacks as Fake News, and Continue to Violate Safe-guards of Vulnerable Asylum Seekers. Frontex Faces Another Investigation by the European Ombudsman and Legal Action for Not Suspending Operations on the Aegean. Med: Fight for Justice over Pushback Case amid Continuing Deaths, Rescues, and Pullbacks to Libya. Atlantic Route: Drop in Arrivals over Past Weeks but Root. Causes for Migration Remain, Supreme Court Reconfirms Free Movement. France: Reports on Pushbacks and Human Rights Violations . Continue, UK: Success in Asylum Seeker’s Fight for Justice Against Home Office, Army Barracks Used to House Asylum Seekers Under Scrutiny.
  • 12/02/2021. MEPs Vote for Respect for Human Rights at the EUs External Borders Amid Continued Revelations and Increased Scrutiny of Frontex. Greece: Growing Local Tensions and Hostility Towards Asylum Seekers and Refugees as Government Continues to Implement Permanent Camp Solutions. Med: The Cycle of Interceptions, Rescues and Arrivals Continues. Atlantic Route: Spain’s Blocking of Migrants in the Canary Islands Causes Suffering and Sparks Protests. European Commission Publishes Findings of the First Annual Assessment of Third Countries’ Cooperation on Readmission. France: Evictions Continue amid Winter Emergency while Council of State Allows Preventing Media Access. AIDA 2020 Update: Bulgaria. Colombia: 1.7 Million Displaced Venezuelans to Receive Ten-year Temporary Protection Status.
  • 05/02/2021. Greece: Detainees on Hunger-strike Protesting Torture, Government to Pay Compensation for Inhumane Conditions, New Reports of Systematic Pushbacks. Balkan Route: Croatia Blocks MEPs from Visiting Border where Abuse and Pushbacks also Target Children. Atlantic Route: Ombudsman Demands Free Movement for Asylum Seekers, Investigations into Possible Hate Crimes, Covid Outbreak in Reception Centre. New EU Agreement with Afghanistan Amid Deteriorating Security Situation. Agreement on the European Social Fund+ for Social inclusion, Including Integration of Third Country Nationals. Malta: Detainees Report Torture, Health Personal Claims Detainees are Purposely Self-harming, Rights Gap for Children of Parents on Humanitarian Protection. UK: Court Urges Rehousing from Napier Barracks where Conditions Deteriorate After Fire, Home Office Fears Offering More “Generous” Housing, ‘Stansted 15’ Convictions Quashed.
  • 29/01/2021. Op-ed: The Pact’s Statelessness Blind Spot Must be Remedied: Here’s How. Greece: Unknown NGO to Receive Substantial EU Funds, Government Admits Lead Contamination in Moria 2.0, German Court Suspends Returns. Med: UN Human Rights Body Says Italy Violated Migrant’s Right to Life Amid More Deaths at Sea and Returns to Libya. Atlantic Route: Further Delay of Camps in Canary Islands as Local Tensions Grow, Huge Backlog Age-Assessment Cases, 80 People in Arguineguín Pier Were COVID Positiv. UK: Claims At Risk If Asylum Seekers ‘misbehave,’ Pleas For Help As Covid Sweeps Camp, Refugee Jailed After Being Spotted Steering Dinghies Cyprus: Protests in Locked-Down Camp Over Inhumane Living Conditions and Lengthy Procedures, Syrians Banned from Coastal Village. ECRE Policy Note: Moving on with the EU Asylum Agency. ECRE Working Paper: Transforming Eurodac from 2016 to the New Pact: From the Dublin System’s Sidekick to a Database in Support of EU Policies on Asylum, Resettlement and Irregular Migration. 
  • 22/01/2021. Atlantic Route: Arrivals Slowing as Death Toll Continue, Detainees Held Beyond Legal Limit, Government Under Fire for Slow Response. Med: Rescues, Returns, and Deaths – Tragic Business as Usual at the Mediterranean Sea. Greece: More Arrivals with One Death Reported, Conditions Worsening as Winter Hits Island Camps. Balkan Route: Dire Situation in BiH as Winter Sets in, Calls for Response Continue, Violent Pushbacks Across the Region. UK: Asylum Seekers Forced on Long Journeys to Home Office Appointments, COVID Outbreak at Third immigration Removal Centre, Legal Action Launched Against “Prison Style” Camp. Germany: Rules for Church Asylum Loosened While Family Reunification Lacks Behind Quota. C-441/19: CJEU delivers judgment concerning return decisions and the investigation into adequate reception facilities for unaccompanied minors in the State of return. EU-level Report on the status of refugee-led community organisations,
  • 15/01/2021. Balkan Route: Life-threatening Conditions for People trapped in Bosnia as Temperatures Fall, Greece: Significant Decrease of Arrivals – Chaos Continues. Med: Ocean Viking Resumes Rescue Mission Amid More Tragedies Unfolding at Sea. Atlantic Route: Arrivals and Loss Of Life Continue, Restrictions of Departures to Mainland. UK: Detention and Accommodation in Shambles During Third Wave, Home Office Using Untrained Staff in Detention Appeals, Former Minister Warns “Inhuman” Policies will Not Work. France: Calais Evictions Continue Despite Winter, Family Reunifications Continue to be Blocked. Germany: Deportation to Afghanistan amid Low Asylum Applications and Lengthy Procedures in Anchor Centres. 
  • 08/01/2021. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Thousands Remain Stuck in Freezing Temperatures on EU’s Doorstep over Political Dissent. Greece: Deaths and Push-backs Continue, Racist Attack on Hosting Centre for Unaccompanied Children, Camp Conditions Deteriorating. Med: 265 Survivors Disembarked in Italy, Loss of Lives at Sea Continues, Ongoing Fight for Freeing the Civil Fleet. Atlantic Route: Deadly Incidents and Concern over Conditions for Children. UK: Landmark Ruling on Non-Binary Identity, Home Office Fails to Compensate Windrush Victims and Refuses to Investigate Impact of Deportations on Children and Families.
  • 18/12/2020. Progress on the Pact: Not in our Name; ECRE Policy Note: Relying on a Fiction: New Amendments to the Asylum Procedures Regulation. ECRE Policy Note: Screening out rights? Delays, Detention, Data concerns and the EU’s Proposal for a Pre-entry Screening process. ECRE Comments: on the Commission Amended Proposal for an Asylum Procedures Regulation COM (2020) 611 Border Asylum Procedures and Border Return Procedures. ECRE Comments: on the Commission Proposal for a Screening Regulation COM (2020) 612.
  • 11/12/2020. Op-ed: The new Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion: Promising Elements, Rising Expectations, Op-ed: A Sense of Belonging in A Context of Exclusion. Greece: Authorities Block Scrutiny of Camp Conditions, Lead Poisoning adds to Risks in Moria 2.0, Concern over Remote Interviews. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Snowfall Increases Hardships of People Stuck in Europe’s Borderlands. EU Budget: Agreement Reached on the Regulation for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). Germany: Significant Success on Appeals by Afghans, Planned Deportation to Afghanistan, End of Deportation Ban to Syria under Scrutiny, Resettlement Delayed. France: Deal to Facilitate Deportations to Morocco, Situation in Calais Deteriorates. UK: Support of Community Sponsorship, Calls to End Accommodation in Army Barracks and Release of Immigration Detainees, Rush to Deport Continues. Spain: Supreme Court Supports Transfer from Greece to Spain Following a Request at the Embassy. The Impact of the Second Wave of Lockdowns on the Position of People on the Move. ECRE Working Paper: Civil Society Input to EU-AFRICA Cooperation on Migration: The Case of The Gambia. Bangladesh: International Concern over Relocation of Rohingya Refugees to Island in the Bay of Bengal.
  • 04/12/2020. Frontex: Critique and Scrutiny Continues. Greece: Migration Minister Praises Conditions in Moria 2.0, Pushbacks and Shipwrecks Continue. Two Assessments of the Schengen Evaluation and Monitoring Mechanism (SEMM) Published by the European Parliament and the European Commission Ahead of this Week’s Schengen Forum. Atlantic Route: Pier of Shame Dismantled after Ombudsman Denounces Human Rights Violations. Malta: Court Condemned Arbitrary Detention, Concern over Revisions of Policy on Humanitarian Protection, Minister of Foreign Affairs Praises Cooperation with Libya. UK: A New Deal to Curb Channel Crossings and a Deportation to Jamaica Despite Protests. ECRE Working Paper: Contribution de la Société Civile à la Coopération UE-Afrique en Matière de Retour, de Réadmission et de Réintégration: Le Cas du Maroc.. Ethiopia: UN Given Access to Deliver Aid as Conflict Continues, Eritrean Refugees Abducted in Tigray 
  • 26/11/2020. Op-ed: Detention in Malta Might be the Norm but it is no Solution. Greece: Frontex Denies Involvement in Pushbacks, Expert Council Critique of NGO Registration Rules. Atlantic Route: Containment, Return, and Deterrence – Spain’s Response to Increased Sea Arrivals. The European Commission releases its new Action Plan for Integration and Inclusion 2021 – 2027. France: Excessive Force by Police During Paris Evictions, Illegal Detention and Violations at the Border with Italy, Reduction of Protection of Afghans Amid Wave of Violence. UK: Home Office Cover-up at Barracks Housing Asylum Seekers, Incorrect Age Assessment Causes Harm, Inquiry into Windrush Compensation Scheme. Joint Statement: Last call: The Future Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.
  • 20/11/2020. Editorial: An Offer You Can’t Refuse: The External Dimension. Atlantic Route: Alarm over Inadequate Reception as Arrivals to the Canary Islands Continue to Increase. Greece: EU to Finance Camps on Islands, CPT Calls for Reforms of Detention System and end of Pushbacks, Whereabouts of Rejected Asylum Seekers Unknown. France: Dismantling of Makeshift Camp Home to 2,400 People Adds to “Endless and Destructive Cycle”. Austria: Chain Pushbacks to Bosnia Amid Growing Evidence of Widespread Abuse in the Balkans. UK: Asylum Seekers Jailed for ‘Steering’ Dinghies, Home Office Fails to Identify Victims of Trafficking, Migrant Children’s Welfare Side-lined, Surge in Self-harm. B and C v Switzerland: ECtHR condemns Switzerland for its (lack of) assessment in an LGBTI-case. Study on the Implementation of Border Procedures Reveals Major Flaws and Raises Human Rights Concerns. Ethiopia: “Full-scale Humanitarian Crisis” Unfolding in Ethiopia as Thousands Flee to Sudan Every Day
  • 13/11/2020. Greece: Father of Drowned Child Arrested, Thousands of Pushbacks Documented, Frontex Involvement in Pushbacks Under Scrutiny. Med: Constitutional Case Filed Over Pushback from Malta, Death-toll Climbing and Returns to Libya Continue. Atlantic Route: Arrivals Continue, Miserable Conditions at Arguineguín Pier, Ombudsman Investigating Lack of Legal Assistance. Balkans: Ombudsman Investigates Commission’s Possible Failures Regarding Abuse at Croatian Border, Absurdity within Hungary’s Asylum System, Bosnia and Herzegovina Signed Readmission Agreement with Pakistan. Italy Considers Patrols Off Tunisia to Halt Sea Arrivals, Use of Quarantine Ships Raises Human Rights Concerns. UK: Home Office in Breach of Court Order, Migrant NHS Workers Forced Out Amid Second Wave, Refugee Services Face Permanent Cuts. Joint Statement: Turning Rhetoric into Reality: New Monitoring Mechanism at European Borders Should Ensure Fundamental Rights and Accountability. Iraq: 100,000 Internally Displaced People Left in Limbo as Authorities Close Down Camps. 
  • 06/11/2020. Greece: Well-run PIKPA Camp Evicted while Situation on Islands and Mainland Continue to Deteriorate. Hungary: Facing Fifth Infringement Procedure Related to Asylum Since 2015. UK: Legal Interventions challenge Home Office’s Hard Line on Asylum Seekers. Belgium: ECtHR Condemns Belgium for the Unlawful Deportation of a Sudanese National. Alarm Phone: Ever-changing Travel Routes in the Western Med - the Move to the South and the East. New Spike in Mass Expulsion from Algeria to Niger.
  • 30/10/2020. A COVID Lockdown Should Not Mean Light is Not Shed on What is Happening in Europe. Frontex: Commission Calls for Urgent Meeting over Complicity in Pushbacks, Critique of 100 Million Euro Investment in Drone Surveillance. Balkans: New Brutal Pushbacks from Croatia to Bosnia, where a Humanitarian Crisis Unfolds. Atlantic Route: People Face Death at Sea and Miserable Conditions upon Arrival in the Canary Islands, High Prosecutor’s Office Prohibits Separation of Children. Med: Loss of Lives Continues - Rescue Capacity Urgently Needed. The Channel: From Bad to Worse for People Risking Their Lives to Reach the UK from France. Policy Paper: The Future EU Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion: Ensuring an Approach Inclusive of All.
  • 23/10/2020. RAMMing it Home: A New Low or the Climax of EU Law?. Greece: PIKPA Eviction Postponed, Shortages in New Lesvos Camp, COVID Outbreak Continues, New Pushback Incidents, Golden Dawn Leadership Straight to Jail. Atlantic Route: Arrivals in Canary Islands Continue to Rise, more than 1,000 People Cramped at Arguineguin Pier, Children Separated from their Parents for Months in Order to Prove Kinship. Italy: Foreigners Holding Resident Permit Transferred to Quarantine Ships, Reluctance to Rescue and Crackdown on NGOs Cost Lives at Sea, Commander of so-called Libyan Coastguard Arrested. UK: The Melt-down Continues - Home Office and Government Facing Political Opposition, Legal Interventions and Scrutiny. BVMN: Report on Illegal Pushbacks and Border Violence in the Balkan Region. #HardlyRocketScience - the People Who Made it Happen: Jesper Guhle.
  • 09/10/2020. Greece: Golden Dawn Declared Criminal Organisation, People Return from Mainland to Lesvos, Push-backs Continue. MED: Court Ends Blockade of Rescue Vessel, Italy Releases ’Open Arms’, Italy’s Crackdown on People Saving Lives at Sea Condemned by UN, Unimaginable Horrors in Libya. UK: Political and Legal Set Backs for Government and Home Office, Self-Harm Incident on Deportation Flight, Government’s Hostile Rhetoric Makes Lawyers Feel Threatened. Italy: ’Salvini Decrees’ Amended, Deportations to Tunisia to Increase, Confusion in Response to Arrivals in the North. Belgium: Electronic Registration System Blocking Access to Material Reception Declared Unlawful. Spain: Exponential Increase in Arrivals in the Canary Islands, Capacity Stretched, Intense Rescue Activity in Spanish Waters. Joint Statement: The Pact on Migration and Asylum: To Provide a Fresh Start and Avoid Past Mistakes, Risky Elements Need to be Addressed and Positive Aspects Need to be Expanded.
  • 02/10/2020. Balkan Route: Thousands Stuck at External EU Borders Face Destitution and Violence from Locals and Those Keeping the Gate Closed. Greece: Closure of Accommodation for Vulnerable Amid Deteriorating Conditions in Camps, Transfers to Mainland. Med: Death Toll Rising, Search and Rescue Capacities Low and the Pact Misses Opportunity to Decriminalise Saving Lives at Sea. UK: Plans to Outsource Asylum Interviews, Offshore Asylum Processing Centres, and Requirements to Sign on Amid Second Wave. France: Ban on Food Distribution in Calais City Centre Appealed to Council of State, Police Dismantles Makeshift Camp. ECRE Policy Note: AMIF: Incentivising Resettlement, Relocation and Integration, Not Dublin Returns. #HardlyRocketScience - the People who Made it Happen: Coco from Yalta Club and Kaleido Ray
  • 25/09/2020. The Pact on Migration and Asylum: it’s never enough, never, never. Greece: New Camp Filling Up, Conditions are Harsh and COVID on the Rise. Med: More Tragedies Unfolding at Sea while Italy Confines Sea-Watch 4 and EU Member States Remain Unwilling to Coordinate Disembarkation. Belgian Reception Agency has Faced 1,000 Convictions in 2020 Alone. UK: Plans to Evict Asylum Seekers Amid Second Wave, Weekly Deportation Flights, Home Office Under Scrutiny. Cyprus: Devastating Conditions Push People from Lebanon to a Hostile Cyprus. Balkan: Continued Pushbacks and the Formation of a Paramilitary Practice at the Southern Borders. Jordan: Syrian Refugees Deported to Informal Camp at the Border and Fear of a COVID Outbreak in Za’atari and Azraq.
  • 18/09/2020. No More Morias (Except this one that we’re Building). Greece: Transfers to Improvised Tent Camp has Begun, Thousands Sleeping Rough, EU to Co-manage New Reception Structure in Lesbos; Things Heating up along the Balkan Route Med: New Stand-off Developing as Survivors From the Etienne Have Finally Disembarked. Belgium: Belgium Withdraws Measures that Unlawfully Excluded Asylum Seekers from Reception. UK: Set to Opt-out of Europe’s Human Rights Guarantees to Speed Up Deportations, Reports Suggest the Strategy is Doubtful, and Local Court Cancels Deportation Flight. Afghanistan is Not Safe: The Joint Way Forward Means Two Steps Back - NGO Joint Statement
  • 11/09/2020. The Pact, Moria and Beyond: Five Reasons Why; Med: The Moonbird Grounded Amid Crisis on the Med, Etienne Stand-off Continues, Horrifying Conditions in Maltese Detention Centres; Greece: Moria Fire - Thousands Sleeping Rough, Chaos Prevails, Calls for Structural Solutions. UK: Proposal for System of Reunification for Unaccompanied Children Rejected by EU while Government Deploys Military Drones to Patrol the Canal. Germany: Secondary Arrivals from Greece, Return Flight to Iraq Spain: Surge in Arrivals via the Atlantic Route, Devastating Conditions in Melilla Continue, People Rescued South of Granada.
  • 04/09/2020. MED: 353 People Disembarked in Italy, 27 Remain Stranded off Malta, Increase of Arrivals in Lampedusa; Greece: 10,000 People Prevented Access, Lockdown Extended, Recognition Rate Increases. Hungary: Closing in On Itself; Italy: Eritreans Granted Entry Visas to Apply for Protection 11 Years After Being Illegally Returned. AG Opinion: inadmissibility grounds under Directive 2005/85 where the Member State is bound by DR III Regulation. UK: Transfers under Dublin Turn Increasingly Violent as legal Assistance and Representation is Branded as Activism.
  • 28/08/2020. Op-ed: Are Most Asylum Seekers Really Not Credible?; Med: Series of Deadly Shipwrecks While Civilian Search and Rescue Fleet is Blocked; The implementation of the Dublin III Regulation in 2019 and During COVID-19: Different figures, Same Conclusions; Asylum in Europe 2019: human rights under pressure. Greece: Border Fence Extension, Denial of Push-backs, Anti-migrant Violence, Continued Destitution, Drop in Protection Rate; Spain: One Dead and Several Injured Following Attempt to Cross the Border of the Melilla Enclave; Belgium: Legal Challenge of Prolonged COVID Measures Leaving Asylum Seekers Destitute. Balkans: New Report Details Illegal Pushbacks and Border. Violence.
  • 17/07/2020. Wishful Waiting: Four Reasons to Curb Our Impatience for the Pact; Med: 65 Lives at Risk, Inaction Continues, Evidence Culminates, NGOs Blocked; Greece: No Accountability for Deadly Shooting, Continued Push-backs and Evictions, Critique of Crack-down on NGOs, German States Willing to Relocate; France: Brutal Evictions Followed by Brutal Demands; France: Council of State Found the Ministry of the Interior Responsible for Violation of the Right to Seek Asylum at the Border; The Netherlands: Asylum Agency Violates Privacy by Sharing Data on Residents with Police; Policy Note: Ensuring an Inclusive Recovery for All: ECRE and PICUM Comments on the Next Generation EU Package and REACT-EU; Joint Recommendations for the Best Use of EU Funds for Integration in Greece.
  • 26/06/2020. EU Agenda: Asylum Reform Falls behind Corona and Brexit. Greece: Camp Lockdown Extended, Children in Detention, Cuts in Housing, Red-tape on NGOs and Continued Push-backs2. Med: 118 Rescued, 211 into Quarantine while Italy Faces Legal Action for Pull-backs. AIDA 2019 Update: Greece. ECtHR: Moustahi v France: Multiple violations in the Collective Expulsion of Unaccompanied Children to the Comoros. ELENA: Legal Note on Derogations from Asylum Procedures as a Result of Emergency Measures. Council of Europe: GRETA Guidance Note on International Protection in the Context of Human Trafficking.
  • 19/06/2020. WRD in COVID Times: No Time for Panic - High Time for Cool Heads. NGOs Resume Rescues amid Mounting Death Toll and Continued Pull-Backs. Greece: Pushbacks Continue, Eviction of Makeshift Camp in Athens. EU Parliament Adopts Proposal on the Reform of the Migration Statistics Regulation. Croatia: Escalation of Violence at the Borders Lack of Oversight Covered Up. Hungary: New Law on the Lodging of Asylum Applications at Embassies. ECRE Analysis of Asylum Statistics in Europe. Policy Note ‘No reason for returns to Afghanistan’ Translated into Dari.
  • 05/06/2020. Malta Under-Fire for Continued Rights Violations but PM Dodges Homicide Charges. Greece: 500 to Escape Greece – Thousands Facing Destitution, Detention and Push-backs. Germany: Covid-19 impacts Family Reunification Procedures. Croatia: Further Evidence of Systemic Push-Backs at the Border with Bosnia. AIDA 2019 Update: Ireland. ECRE Policy Note: Return as “Non-Essential Travel” in the Time of Pandemic 
  • 29/05/2020. The EU Recovery Plan for Europe – Potential for Inclusion but on a Tied Deadline. Med: Continued Violations Topped with Dodgy Deals. Greece: France to Relocate 750 People, Government Deny Responsibility for Deadly Border Shooting, Lock-down Extended, and Violations Continue. AIDA 2019 Update: Italy. Joint Guidance Note by UN Experts on the Respect of Migrants’ Human Rights in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic. Financial Support for Venezuelan Refugees.
  • 22/05/2020. Med: New Evidence of Malta’s Deadly Strategies. Greece: Chaotic Resumption of Procedures, Hundreds of Children Detained, Crack-Down on NGOs, New Evidence of Push-backs to Turkey. Germany: Asylum-Seekers Tested Positive for COVID-19 in Reception Facility. Hungary: Abolishment of Transit Zone Following CJEU Ruling. AIDA 2019 Update: Serbia. Spain: Release of People in Immigration Detention but Rights still at Risk.
  • 15/05/2020. Dublin on COVID-19 Hold: Structural Solutions are Needed; EMed: 78 to quarantine on Italian Ship, 163 still Stranded amid Spike in Departures and Depleted Rescue Capacities. Greece: New Relocations the only Positive Development amid Continued Violations. AIDA 2019 Update: Portugal. AIDA 2019 Update: Sweden. CJEU Classifies Accommodation of Asylum Seekers in Hungarian Transit Zone to Detention. BVMN: Special Report on Violence along the Balkan Route during COVID-19. FRA: Guidance on the Relocation of Unaccompanied Children in Europe.
  • 08/05/2020. A Pact for an Inclusive Recovery?. Med: Hundreds Remain Stranded at Sea as Ports are Still Closed, Solidarity Remains Lacking and Interceptions Continue. Greece: Deadly Shot Fired from Greece, Continued Push-backs, Transfers to Mainland Met with. Attacks, Parliament Votes New Controversial Bill. France: Court of Auditors Urges Modernisation of Migration and Asylum System. M.N. and Others v. Belgium: Grand Chamber Finds Case to Be Inadmissible. Expert Council on NGO Law: Guidelines on Protecting NGO Work in Support of Refugees and Other Migrants. 
  • 30/04/2020. Med: Former Maltese Official Admits Push-Back while another 62 People are Left Stranded. Greece: Fires in Samos Camp, Evacuations on Hold, European Cities Offer Relocation. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Security Minister Plans to Deport Thousands of People Amid Corona Crisis. AIDA 2019 Update: Romania. AIDA 2019 Update: Turkey. CJEU: Advocate General: Detention in Röszke Transit Zone at the Hungarian-Serbian border Unlawful. Report: Number of IDPs Worldwide at All Time High Due to Conflict and Disasters. A Dutch Paradox: Rejecting Structural Solutions Awaiting Structural Solutions.
  • 24/04/2020. Med: 180 Quarantined on Italian Ship while NGO takes Legal Actions against Maltese Decision-Makers. EU Member States Face Criticism and Legal Action for Compromising Rights of Asylum Seekers Through COVID-19 Measures Greece: Unrest Amid Intensifying Corona Threat, ECtHR Orders Measures for Vulnerable Groups. AIDA 2019 Update: Croatia. AIDA 2019 Update: Malta. Portugal: 138 Asylum-Seekers in Hostel Infected by Coronavirus. CJEU: Advocate General: Detention in Röszke Transit Zone at the Hungarian-Serbian border Unlawful.
  • 17/04/2020Asylum in times of Corona. Progress and Concerns. Med: 12 Left to Die and 182 Stranded as EU States Refuse Rescue. Greece: 1000 Vulnerable People Evacuated, Relocation of Children Started, Asylum Procedures Suspended, Renewed Tensions at Turkish Border. AIDA 2019 Update: Poland. AIDA 2019 Update: Spain. AIDA 2019 Update: Switzerland. UNHCR Update: Recommendations and Good Practice in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Slovenia Plans New Barriers at the Border while Pushbacks and Violence Continue Across the Balkans.
  • 10/04/2020. Business as Usual for the EU Causes the Suffering of Migrants and Refugees in Libya. Greece: Still no Access to Asylum, Second Camp Quarantined, First Relocations Ahead, Push Backs to Turkey. Med: 150 Stranded at Sea as Malta and Italy Declare Ports “unsafe”. AIDA 2019 Update: Belgium. Spain: 55 Jump Fence to Melilla. Germany: Protests in Reception Centre with Residents Exposed to COVID-19 During Lockdown. CJEU: Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic failed to fulfil obligations under Council Relocations Decisions. Niger: 250 People Abandoned in Desert at Libyan Border. 
  • 03/04/2020. Europe COVID 19: Reaching the Bottom or Rising Above. Med: IRINI Ships will Not Search but Rescue – Civilian Search and Rescue Vessel Back at Sea. Hungary: Parliament Approves indefinite Rule by Decree Despite Widespread Protests. Portugal: COVID-19 MeasureServices Ensured for People with Pending Applications for Asylum or Regularisation. AIDA 2019 Update: Cyprus. AIDA 2019 Update: France. AIDA 2019 Update: Netherlands. ECRE. PICUM Policy Note: Partnership in practice –including civil society in EU funded actions for the inclusion of migrants and refugees.
  • 27/03/2020. Greece: Parliament Ratifies Emergency Decree Amid Intensifying Critique. Med: EU Naval Arms Embargo Mission Jeopardised Over Migration Concerns, Cyprus Turns Away Syrian Nationals. AIDA 2019 Update: Austria. AIDA 2019 update: Slovenia. France: Ngos Urged Sanitary Measure to Protect Those Stuck in Calais and Grand-Synthe Germany: Temporary Suspension of Dublin Returns Due to COVID-19. Hungary: Proposed Law to Extend the State of Emergency Indefinitely.
  • 20/03/2020. Lessons from Turkey for a wannabe geopolitical player; Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Pushes for Visionary Pact on Asylum and Migration. Med: Search and Rescue Operations Under Pressure from COVID-19, Interceptions and Return to Libya Continue. Spain to Release Unreturnable Detainees – NGOs Urges UK to Do the Same. AIDA 2019 Update: United Kingdom. Belgium and The Netherlands: Suspension of the Right to Asylum Due to Coronavirus. Greece: Fire and Virus Fear in Moria, 450 People Detained on Vessel Moved to Closed Camp. UNHCR and IOM Temporarily Suspend Resettlement Travel for Refugees.
  • 13/03/2020. About Time Too. Joint Communication on EU Strategy with Africa. Violations Continue in Greece, EU Says Asylum Procedures Cannot be Suspended. AIDA 2019 Update: Hungary. Spain: Inhuman Reception Conditions for Children in Melilla. #VoicesOfECRE: Izabella Majcher.
  • 06/03/2020. EU is Crossing the Red Line by Preventing Refugees from Crossing its Borders. MFF Resources for Asylum and Migration Risk Sharp Reduction in the Negotiating Process. AIDA 2019 Update: Bulgaria. Serbia: Report on the Right to Asylum in 2019. N.D. and N.T. v. Spain: do hot returns require cold decision-making?. Joint Statement: “Protect our laws and humanity!”. Report ‘Follow the Money III’ Solidarity: The use of AMIF funds to Incentivise Resettlement and Relocation in the EU. 
  • 28/02/2020. From Imposing to Engaging: African Civil Society Perspectives on EU Africa Cooperation; EU-AU Relations: The Case of Morocco. The Case of Senegal. The Case of Niger. The Case of Ethiopia. The Case of Kenya. The Inclusion of Refugees in Kenya. 
  • 21/02/2020. Trapped in Dublin. Med: Death Toll Mounting, NGOs Rescue, Returns to Libya Continue. Balkans: New Protests Along the EU Borders. Spain: New Proposal Restricting Rights of Asylum Seekers. Denmark: No Forced Returns to Syria. Greece: Fast Track Procedures Cutting the Line – Turmoil Over Closed Centres and Transfers to Mainland. Study: Outsourcing Does Not Exempt EU from Responsibility. Australia’s Offshore Detention Regime in Breach of International Law.
  • 14/02/2020. Border Prisons Are Go. Or Not. Med: People Returned, Rescued and Gone Missing. Austria: Arrivals Plummet - Detention Rockets. Hungary: Continued Starvation Tactics Continued Interim Measures. UK: Court Prevents Deportations to Jamaica due to the Lack of Access to Legal Assistance. N.D and N.T v Spain: Return to Morocco Did Not Breach Convention. The New Pact on Asylum and Migration: An Opportunity Seized or Squandered?. 60 People Feared to be Dead after Boat Capsized off Southern Bangladesh. WatchTheMed Alarm Phone: A Response for Rescue and a Call for Change.
  • 07/02/2020. Council’s Five-Year Strategic Guidelines Reinforce Focus on Return. Med: Disembarkations in Italy, Rescues by Malta, Court release NGO Vessel. Spain: Authorities Denounced for Indirect Returns to Mali. Latest AIDA Country Update on Turkey Translated into Arabic and Turkish. Greece: Situation in Lesvos Intensifies after Police Crackdown on Protesters. Suspension of UNHCR Work at Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in War Torn Tripoli.
  • 31/01/2020. Med: NGOs Rescue Almost 1000 people – Pull-backs to Libya continue; Shots Fired, Arrests and Violent Push Back Reported at the Serbian Hungarian Border. Belgium Unlawfully Limits Access to Reception for Certain Asylum Seekers; Greece: Nationality-based Detention in the Moria Refugee Camp; Croatia: New Report on Torture of Asylum Seekers by Authorities. OXFAM Report: Migration Control Objectives Threaten Development Cooperation.
  • 23/01/2020. Op-Ed: Refugee Mental Health - Normal Reactions to Abnormal Situations; Mediterranean: Rescue Operation and Hope for Sophia’s Ships. Serbia Shows European Solidarity in Greece - France Follows up on Mixed Promises. Italy: Updated Report on the Reception System with a Focus on the Situation for Dublin Returnees. Spain: Two Persons Pushed Back to Morocco after 300 attempt to Cross Border Fence in Ceuta. Germany: Dublin Transfer to Denmark despite Church Asylum. Human Rights Committee: Effects of Climate Change Can Trigger Non-Refoulement Obligations.
  • 16/01/2020. Safe Ports in Italy for 237 People but 1000 Returned to Detention in Libya. Denmark: Council of Europe Shocked over Conditions in Danish Detention Centres and Threatens Legal Action. New (Old) Ministry on Migration to face Resistance against New Centres. Italy: Death of a Young Man Stirs Protests in Detention Centre. D and Others v Romania: Lack of Access to an Effective Remedy in Case Concerning Expulsion to Iraq. #VoicesOfECRE: Francesca Zalambani.
  • 10/01/2020. Appeal Court Clears Lifeline Captain of all Charges – NGOs Continue to Rescue; Spain: Summary Expulsion of 42 People to Morocco. Austria: New Coalition Government Continues Hard-line Stance on Migration. Greece: Government Hit with Interim Measures and Introducing New List of Safe Country of Origin. Italy: Report on Effects of the “Security Decrees” on Migrants and Refugees in Sicily. ECRE Policy Note: Migration Control Conditionality: A Flawed Model. Peaceful Refugee Protest in Agadez Brought to Violent End.
  • 20/12/2019. Global Refugee Forum: EU MS Pledge 30,000 Resettlement for 2020, MEPs Urges More Ambition. France to Assist Greece Where Situation Continues to Worsen. Denmark: Appeal Board Confirms Rejection of Protection for Three Syrian Nationals. Belgium: Challenges for Young Refugees Living in Reception and Accommodation Centres in Brussels. Widespread Pushbacks and Violence Along Borders in the Balkans Continues. Refugees in Niger Protest Against Delay of Resettlement and Dire Conditions.
  • 13/12/2019. Making a Positive ImPACT: a Functioning European Asylum Policy Must Start with... Europe. EU – Africa Relations: New Commission, Same Toolbox. Humanitarian Corridors: An Italian Model for the European Union?. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Authorities Remove Hundreds from Notorious Vucjak Camp. Greece: Six People Found Dead in Evros Region while Authorities Prop Up Border Security. Germany: Conservatives Keep Pushing for Return to Syria.
  • 06/12/2019. JHA Council: New Proposals, Old Problems. Med: Deaths, Returns, Rescues and Hope for Justice. Council Gives Green Light for Migration Statistics Regulation Reform. France Cancels the Delivery of Six Boats to Libya. Turkish Authorities Confiscate Personal Data of Hundreds of Turkish Asylum-Seekers. France: Another Round of Evacuations – Still Shortage of Sustainable Solutions. Human Rights Watch: Denial of Education for Rohingya Refugee Children. #VoicesOfECRE: Yagoub Kibeida.
  • 29/11/2019. Security in Our Homes Does Not Begin at Our Borders!. Med: Mounting Death Toll while NGOs Struggle to Keep up with Rescues. Finnish Presidency Pushes For Widening Leverage on Returns. UK: Pre-Removal Detention of Asylum Seekers Confirmed Unlawful. Turkey: Proposed Reform of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection. ECRE Policy Note: Schengen – A Club where Fundamental Rights (Do Not) Matter?. The Role of EASO Operations in National Asylum Systems: ECRE Report.
  • 22/11/2019. Containment instead of Protection: EU Politics in Greece and the Balkans. Med: NGOs Defying “Complete Disregard for Potential Loss of life”. Greece: Return to Plans for Detention Centres on the Islands. Belgium: New Reception Shortages Prevent People from Seeking Asylum. Netherlands: An End to Legal Aid at First Instance. ECtHR : Confinement to Airport Transit Zone Amounts to Violation of ECHR. ECtHR: Failure to Assess Risk of Return Violated Article 3 ECHR. CJEU: Withdrawal of Material Reception Conditions not a Lawful Sanction for Violation of House Rules. New Research Demonstrates that Search and Rescue is Not a Pull Factor. Policy Note: Time to Commit: Using the Global Refugee Forum. Joint Letter: Calling on Nordic and Baltic Involvement in European Disembarkation and Relocation Arrangements. #VoicesOfECRE: Bellinda Bartolucci.
  • 08/11/2019. Med: At Least Nine People Dead after Shipwreck off Lanzarote; UN: Huge Risks at Land and Sea Routes. Resettlement Places in Dire Need. Germany: Constitutional Court Strengthens Rights of Asylum Seekers Subject to Dublin. Serbia: Report Denounces Poor Quality of Asylum Decisions and Obstacles to Integration. Greece: New Strasbourg Interim Measures to Halt “Protective Custody” of Unaccompanied Children. Netherlands: Persisting Delays in the Procedure Put Strain on Reception. Advocate General: Refusal to Relocate Asylum Seekers “Breached EU Law”. The Future of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund: Our Call for More Humane, Transparent and Effective Resources for Asylum and Migration in the Union. The IRC Calls for a Renewed and Improved EU Action Plan on Integration. #VoicesOfECRE: Eero Janson.
  • 31/10/2019. Refugees Shouldn’t Be Used as Props to Alert to the Dangers of Climate Change. Med: Armed Intervention against Rescue Ship and Pull-Back to Libya. Series of Incidents of People Risking Their Life on Refrigerated Trucks to Reach UK. Malta in the ‘Imperfect Storm’: Illegal Detention, Crack Down on Protests, Abuse and Overcrowding in Centres. Greece: New Restrictions on Rights and Procedural Guarantees in International Protection Bill. Amnesty Reports Documents Forced Returns from Turkey to Syria UNDP Report: Stark Personal and Socio-economic Implications of Lack of Legal Pathways. Joint Statement: NGOs Call on the EU and its Member States to Demonstrate Leadership on Resettlement at the Global Refugee Forum 2019. #VoicesOfECRE: Herbert Langthaler.
  • 18/10/2019Croatia’s Schengen Accession: Reinforcing Legal Red Lines Not Borders; Commission 4-year-Progress Report Lists Fall in Arrivals as Key Achievement. Med: Alarming Numbers of Interceptions. Systemic Pushbacks and Border Violence Continue in the Balkans; Greece: Legislation Reform and Chaos on the Islands amid Expected Surge in Arrivals. Italy: Rescued Asylum Seekers Left in “Extremely Critical” Conditions in Messina Hotspot. Hungary: Commission Takes Next Step Regarding Non-provision of Food in Transit Zones. Slovenia: Constitutional Court Annuls Provision on Suspension of Asylum Procedure. Asylum Authorities: an Overview of Internal Structures and Available Resources.
  • 11/10/2019. Disembarkation – Are We Nearly There Yet?. Launch of Initiative on Eastern Mediterranean Route as further Displacements Looms; Med: More than 20 Feared Dead after Shipwreck off Lampedusa; Second EU Agreement on Border Cooperation in the Balkans with More to Follow. Italy: List of 13 Safe Countries of Origin to Boost Return Policies. ECtHR: Freedom of the Press to Report on the Living Conditions in Reception Centres. ECRE Policy Note: Making the CEAS Work, Starting Today.
  • 04/10/2019. European Agendas on Migration: Risk and Dilemma for EU Foreign Policy. Med: At 6th Anniversary of Lampedusa Shipwreck Death Toll Reaches 1000. Renewed Critical Focus on Frontex Internal Reporting. Spain: Rights of Asylum Seekers Deteriorating at Border with Morocco. Germany: “Sickening Living Conditions” in AnKER Centres. Greece: Overhaul of Asylum Legislation in the Aftermath of Tragic Incident in Moria. France: Constitutional Court Deems Administrative Court Competence over Legality of Detention Orders for Asylum Seekers Lawful. UNHCR: Less People Fleeing via more Risky Routes in South East Asia. Thousands Forced to Niger Escaping Violence in Northern Nigeria.
  • 27/09/2019Keeping it Simple in the Med. Detention by Default – a Maltese Betrayal. Operation Sophia: Ships Remain Suspended while Support of Libyan ‘Coast Guard’ Continues. Commission Express Commitment to Turkey Agreement as Situation Continues to Worsen in Greece. Sweden: Deportations on the Rise and Self-harm Widespread. UK: Report Catalogues Fifteen Years of Home Office Failures. Italy: Decree Sets Out Areas for Application of Border Procedure. Guidance to Respect Children’s Rights in Return Policies and Practices.
  • 20/09/2019Libya: Humanitarian Solutions Won’t Solve Political Problems. The Birth Defect of EU Migration Diplomacy. EU Praise of Libyan Coast Guard out of Touch with Reality. Mediterranean: Over 400 Rescued while Deaths Continue. Slight Increase of Arrivals to Greece Adds to Humanitarian Crisis. France: Police Evicts Hundreds from Camp in Grande-Synthe. Italy: Officials of the Italian Coast Guard Persecuted for Shipwreck in 2013. Botswana Begins Deportations of Refugees from Namibia.
  • 13/09/2019The College of Commissioners: What’s in a Name?. Stand-offs Continue at the Mediterranean Despite New Government in Italy. Ankara and Berlin at Odds over Turkey Agreement Implementation. Hungary: Government Extends the “State of Crisis due to Mass Migration”. Germany: Integration of Refugees into Labour Market Deemed Success – with Limitations. Asylum Decisions in the First Half of 2019: Unlocking Statistics. UNHCR Agrees with Rwanda on Transit Evacuation Mechanism for Refugees Detained in Libya. U.S. Supreme Court Lifts Ban on Trump’s Safe Third Country Policy while Legal Battle Continues.
  • 06/09/2019. A Fork in the Road; MED: Silver Lining Looms on the Horizon while NGOs Endure Salvini’s ‘Final Blow’. Greece: Transfers to Mainland Camps and Reform Plans Following Surge in Arrivals. Sweden: Migration Agency Declares Parts of Syria Safe; France: Report Documents Continued Denial of Rights to Migrant Children; UNHCR: Despite Progress Less than Half of Refugee Children in Education. Lebanon: Deportations of Syrian Refugees Despite Warnings.
  • 30/08/2019. A Fork in the Road. Deaths and Standoffs on the Med Reinforce Calls for State-led SAR; Germany: Corte Finds German-Greek Bilateral Agreement Violates European Law; Spain Curbs Last State-Run Rescue Operation in EU; Greece: Death of 15-year-old Following Failure to Implement Safeguards for Children; Turkey: Mass Detention Following Istanbul Push for Return of Refugees to “Satellite Cities”; The Dublin System in the First Half of 2019; Report on Illegal Pushback and Border Violence; Rohingya Gather for Mass Protest at Second Anniversary of Their Forced Displacement.
  • 28/06/2019. The EU at the Dock for Crimes against Humanity?. Sea Watch-3. Defies Salvini But Kept from Entering Port. Denmark: Appeal Board Overturns Withdrawals of Protection Status for Syrians. The French Council of State Orders Sanitary Measures for Migrants in Grande-Synthe. The Committee on the Rights Condemns Spain’s Treatment of Unaccompanied Children. Report: Decrease in Applications and Negative Public Attitudes in Visegrád Four. Tunisia: Controversy over Return of Stranded Bangladeshi Nationals. Regime Change and Migration Cooperation in the “New Gambia”. Combattre la violence sous toutes ses formes à l’égard des enfants migrants.
  • 21/06/2019.  Mediterranean: Deaths, Rescues and Political Manoeuvres Continue. UNHCR’s Recommendations to the Finnish Presidency of the Council. Austria: Increasing Use of Detention According to Latest Statistics. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Local Authorities Relocate People to “Middle of Nowhere”. Sweden: Parliament Extends the Temporary Law. Germany: Conservatives Push for Deportations to Afghanistan and Syria. Cyprus: International Protection Administrative Court Starts Operations. Hungary: New Police Department Takes Over Responsibility for Asylum. RSA Report on Greece’s Failure to Implement Long-term Solutions for Reception Conditions. U.S.: Cuts of Aid to Prevent Migration More Likely to Increase it. Stranded at Sea – Observations from the Deck of the Sea-Watch.
  • 14/06/2019. Just When You Thought It Was Safe...; Rescue Meltdown on the Med. UN Agencies Raise Alarm over Libya on Land and Sea; German Parliament Passes “Orderly-Return-Law”. Germany: End of Church Asylum?; New Reports on Detention in the Baltics; Over Four Million Refugees have Fled the Deepening Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela.
  • 07/06/2019. After the European Parliament Elections. Back and Forth on the Med: Rescues, Deaths, Interceptions, Resistance. Germany Rejects 75% of Greek Requests for Family Reunification; France: Systematic Immigration Detention further Undermines Rights; SJME Denounces Discrimination in Spanish Migrant Detention System. ICC Submission Seeks to Hold the EU Accountable for Creation of “World’s Deadliest Migration Route”. Greece: European Committee on Social Rights Decision on Immediate Measures for Migrant Children Requires Urgent Action; Situation Worsens for Migrants on Western Mediterranean Route.
  • 31/05/2019. 12 Worlds within Our Island; Interceptions and Reluctant Rescues on the Mediterranean. Turkey: Lawyers Arbitrarily Detained in Izmir Removal Centre UK: Interim Guidance on Age Assessment Following Latest Judgment. AIDA Comparative Report: The Reception of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe. Dispute over Deportations from Lebanon amid New Displacement in Syria. Ruben Anderson: We Need to Snap Out of the Crisis Mode and Take a Step Back.
  • 24/05/2019. EP Elections: Every Vote Counts–Make Sure It’s Yours!. Pushing EU Borders: First Joint Operation of Frontex in Third Country; Growing Trend of Criminalising Support for Migrants Across Europe; Italy: Salvini Faces Headwind from Two Fronts; UK: Scheme to Transfer Unaccompanied Children from Camps in France Ending; France: Hundreds of People Occupy Airport to Protest Airline’s Role in Deportations. ECRE Report on the Airport Procedure in Germany; ECRE Policy Note on Outspending on Migration. UNHCR: Majority of People Fleeing Venezuela in Need of International Protection. Overlooked Challenges–Tackling Statelessness in Europe’s Refugee Response
  • 17/05/2019. 52 People Jump Fence into Melilla while 40 Arrested. Tragedy and Chaos Continues on the Mediterrenean; 100 Asylum Seekers Acquitted in Greece after Protest; CJEU: Refugees who Committed Crimes Cannot Be Automatically Returned. Rights at Risk: The Implications of a Closer Asylum-Return Nexus. Thousands of People Displaced as Conflict Flares Up in North Western Syria. Ready to Rescue – Caught up in Politics.
  • 10/05/2019. Interception and Return of 170 Refugees to Libya. Sweden: Case against the State on Medical Age Assessment Before Chancellor of Justice. German Pilots Prevent 506 Deportations Amid Concerns over Rights Violations in Removal Procedures. Spain: Human Rights Violations in the Detention Centre of Aluche. Hungary Gives Afghan Families ‘an Offer You Can’t Refuse’. PRO ASYL Makes Recommendations for Improving Decision-Making and Asylum Procedures. Displacement and Ebola Outbreak in the Conflict Ridden North Kivu Province of Congo. The European Summit of Refugees and Migrants: “We Thought that Europeans Should Hear from Us”.
  • 03/05/2019. A Qualification, an Assumption and a Contradiction - Positions of the Commission Candidates. From Bad to Worse for Migrants Trapped in Detention in Libya. EU Report Links Drop in Arrivals to Spanish Moroccan Cooperation. Germany: BAMF Stops Processing Syrian Asylum Applications while Reassessing Security Situation. Greece: Detention Remains a Systematic and Arbitrary Practice. UK: Whistleblowers Allege Violations of the Rights of Asylum Seekers in UK Home Office. La Cimade Reports Increasing Resort to House Arrest, Withdrawal of Reception, and Detention in Dublin Practice. Sri Lanka: Assaults Force Refugees into Hiding.
  • 26/04/2019. Austria: New Agency for Asylum Support - “The End of Independent Legal Assistance”. AIDA 2018 Update: Sweden. AIDA 2018 Update: Portugal. ECtHR: Submission of Case against Greece and the Persecution of Humanitarians. Hungarian Helsinki Committee Update Reveals Continued Violations in Transit Zones. The AnkER Centres: ECRE Publishes Report of Visit to Germany. Panic and Detention as Mexico Cracks Down on Migrants. Haunted by the Past and Insecure about the Future. Detention and Harms of Asylum Seekers in Northern European Countries.
  • 19/04/2019. Countering the Far Right has to Continue in Election Countdown. Detention, Insecurity, Rights Deprivation - The Legal Crackdown on Asylum Seekers in Germany; European Commission Publishes Latest Report on Turkey Refugee Facility. Refugees Caught in the Crossfire of Latest Clashes in Libya. Continued Stand Off over Rescued Migrants Unfolds in European Waters. AIDA 2018 Update: Germany. AIDA 2018 Update: Italy. France: Nearly 90% of Calls to Paris Phone Registration Platform Missed. Costa Rica Struggles with over 60,000 Fleeing from Nicaragua.
  • 05/04/2019.  Here We Go Again. An EU Agreement on Reform of Frontex. Malta Charges Five Rescued Migrants with ‘Terrorist Activities’ while Facts Remain Unclear. Germany: Data on Decision-Making Reveals BAMF Shortcomings. UK: Excessive Delays in Family Reunion Leave Unaccompanied Children in Limbo. ECRE Report: The Implementation of the Dublin III Regulation in 2018. Mainstreamed or Overlooked: a Study on Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees in the European Social Fund. Rohingya Students Expelled from School in Bangladesh.
  • 29/03/2019. Operation Sophia is Given Six More Months Without Ships; UK: Home Office Detention Melt-down; France: Bone Tests to Determine Migrant Age Ruled Compliant with Constitution: a “Disgraceful” Decision according to NGOs. AIDA 2018 Update: Hungary. AIDA 2018 Update: Belgium & the Netherlands. AIDA 2018 Update: Austria. AIDA 2018 Update: Turkey. AIDA 2018 Update: Greece. Study Seeks to Fill Knowledge Gap on Sexual Abuse of Male Migrants.
  • 22/03/2019. Refugee Inclusion - From Capacity Building to a Working Relationship; Mare Jonio Seized by Italian Authorities while Loss of Lives on the Med Continues; Germany Steps Up Dublin Transfers Putting Asylum Seekers at Risk; Scotland Leading the Way on UK Resettlement Scheme; AIDA 2018 Update: Malta. AIDA 2018 Update: Spain & France. AIDA 2018 Update: Cyprus. AIDA 2018 Update: Croatia. Kenya: LGBTI Refugees Detained after Delay of Ruling on Decriminalising Homosexuality.
  • 15/03/2019. ECRE’s Work Goes On in the Calm Before the Storm. Pull Factors – The Myth That Never Dies…Third Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region. EASO Publishes Country Guidance on Nigeria. AIDA 2018 Update: United Kingdom. AIDA 2018 Update: Romania and Serbia. AIDA 2018 Update: Poland. Most People Drowned at Moroccan Maritime Border Never Identified. International Concern over the Relocation of Rohingya Refugees to a Remote Island. To Be or Not To Be LGBTI Asylum Seeker in the Netherlands.
  • 08/03/2019. Strategic Destitution and the Politics of Migration; UNHCR’s Uncourageous Vision; EU-Turkey Deal: Reception Conditions Trigger Voluntary Returns; Operation ‘Sophia’: EU Officials Aware Naval Military Mission Made Crossing the Med More Dangerous;  Scotland: Report Reveals Destitution of Rejected Asylum Seekers. Hungary: Constitutional Court fails to give sufficient protection to people and organisations working to protect the rights of asylum seekers; Serbia: Report on the Right to Asylum in 2018; AIDA 2018 Update: Slovenia; AIDA 2018 Update: Ireland; The crises is national politics – the solution is local engagement.
  • 01/03/2019. How to Design Fair and Efficient Asylum Procedures in Populist Times?. The Rights of Minors: UN Condemns Spain’s Push-Backs and Demands Legal Amendments. European Parliament LIBE Committee Vote on EP Report on the Proposed Asylum and Migration Fund. EU-ALS Summit Overshadowed by AU Document Thwarting EU Plans for ‘Disembarkation Platforms’. Denmark: ‘Paradigm Shift’ Takes Race to the Bottom to a New Low. Germany Supported the Return of 437 People to Syria – Reports on Disappearance of Returnees Raise Concern. AIDA 2018  Update: Switzerland. AIDA 2018 Update: Bulgaria. France Fails to Fulfill its Duty to Protect an Unaccompanied Child Breached Article 3 of the Convention. Greece violated Convention by Placing Unaccompanied Minors in Protective Custody in Police Stations and not Addressing ill-treatment Complaints. ECRE/PICUM Policy Paper: Promoting Socio-economic Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees in the next EU Budget (2021–2027). MSF: The Insecure and Unsafe Situation of Migrants in Europe Increases their Psychological Pain and Suffering. ICJ Ruling gives Exiled Chagos Islanders Hope of Return.
  • 22/02/2019. Afghanistan: Return Policies Should not Be Guided by Oversimplifications. Sea Watch 3 Remains in Port amid Continued Loss of Life’s on the Med. Spain: The UN Condemns Spain for Push-back Policy Violating Children’s Rights. Germany: Draft Bill to Expand Detention and Target Civil Society, Deportations to Afghanistan Continue. German “AnKER Centres” Drawing Increasing Critique. Greece: CPT Repeats Condemnation of Inhuman Detention Conditions in Latest Report. ECRE Policy Note: No Reason for Returns to Afghanistan. UNHCR Urges States to Create Safe Passages. Less than 5 % of Resettlement Needs Met in 2018. Ethiopia Passes New Law Improving Reception and Integration Standards for Refugees.
  • 15/02/2019. Asylum in 2018: Decision-making Must Improve; Germany: Violence in Deportation Procedures. UK: Vulnerable Adults still being Detained Despite Legislation. France: Court Orders OFII to Improve Platform for Asylum Registration. Global Detention Project Slovakia: Punitive Conditions Paid for by the Detainees- Return Counselling: Supporting informed decision-making through impartial, independent and non-directive counselling. Australia: Landmark “Medevac” Bill Passed in Parliament, But not without Backlash. Thousands Displaced by Newly Erupted Violence in South Sudan.
  • 08/02/2019. EP Election 2019: Voter Turnout is the Key to an Open Europe. Sea Watch 3 Still Held in Catania Port after Being Cleared of Criminal Charges. Dutch to Re-examine 700 Children’s Pardon Cases, but Scheme will be Scrapped for Future Applicants. Stansted 15: Freedom for Peaceful Deportation Activists, but Deportations Still on Agenda. Greece: Destitution and makeshift accommodation continue in Thessaloniki. Crossing a Red Line: How EU Countries Undermine the Right to Liberty by Expanding the Use of Detention of Asylum Seekers upon Entry. Stakeholders Encouraged to “Live Up to Commitments” of Break-Through CAR Peace Agreement. 
  • . EP Election 2019: Voter Turnout is the Key to an Open Europe. Sea Watch 3 Still Held in Catania Port after Being Cleared of Criminal Charges. Dutch to Re-examine 700 Children’s Pardon Cases, but Scheme will be Scrapped for Future Applicants. Stansted 15: Freedom for Peaceful Deportation Activists, but Deportations Still on Agenda. Greece: Destitution and makeshift accommodation continue in Thessaloniki. Crossing a Red Line: How EU Countries Undermine the Right to Liberty by Expanding the Use of Detention of Asylum Seekers upon Entry. Stakeholders Encouraged to “Live Up to Commitments” of Break-Through CAR Peace Agreement. 
  • 25/01/2019. Will European Politicians Catch Up with their Future Voters on Climate March?. A Multiple Hazard Area: Refugees and Their Lawyers in Danger. Deaths and Disputes Continue in the Mediterranean, as Refugees and Migrants are Returned to Abuse. Asylum Statistics 2018: Changing Arrivals, Same Concerns. Forced Evictions Underway, Italy’s Closure of Refugee Centre Meets Widespread Criticism. Spain: Court Orders Access to Reception for Dublin Returnees. Iceland: Equal Reception Conditions for Resettled Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Spain Proposes Increase in Deportations and Detention. Relying on Relocation: ECRE Proposal for a Predictable and Fair Relocation following Disembarkation. WHO Finds Migrants and Refugees at Good General Health but at Greater Risk. Cameroon Forces Nigerian Refugees back to Violence.
  • 18/01/2019. Immigration: Derails the Brexit Train. Op-ed: Parliament Approves its Position on ESF+ and Calls for Enhancing Social Inclusion. Greece’s treatment of migrant children subject to legal challenge before the European Committee on Social Rights. Spain: Open Arms Search and Rescue Vessel Denied Permission to Conduct Mission. Severe Winter Storms Devastate Syrian Refugees in Temporary Lebanese Camps. Immigration Delays Increase Amid US Government Shutdown. Algeria Deports 25000 Migrants to Niger. 
  • 11/01/2019. Editorial: A Contingency Plan for Disembarkation and Relocation. OPed: Channel Crossings: If Anything has Come to Crisis Point it’s the Language Used by our Home Secretary. France: Lottery-Based Access to Migrants’ Day Centre a Reminder of Reception Shortages. Spain Plans the Expulsion of UASCs, Receives Fierce Opposition from NGOs. Italian Mayors Refuse to Apply Latest Immigration Legislation Limiting Asylum-Seekers’ Rights. DRC Outline their Guiding Principles for Engagement with Return Procedures. DR Congo: Electoral Tensions High Amid Inter-communal Violence and Ebola Outbreak.

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