Press Review


09 October 2019
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UNITED NATIONS: UNHCR: UNHCR and AFAD agree emergency preparedness and response cooperation – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Turkey’s Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, AFAD, signed a memorandum of understanding to mutually strengthen their global emergency preparedness and humanitarian responses. The agreement will facilitate UNHCR’s and AFAD’s sharing of technical expertise and support in humanitarian and refugee response situations, collaboration in capacity building and emergency response training and more.
BORDER MANAGEMENT: Council: Border management: EU signs agreement with Montenegro on European Border and Coast Guard cooperation – The EU has signed an agreement with Montenegro on border management cooperation between Montenegro and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). The agreement allows Frontex to assist Montenegro in border management, carry out joint operations and deploy teams in the regions of Montenegro that border the EU, subject to Montenegro's agreement. The status agreement is the second such agreement after a similar agreement was signed with Albania in October 2018 followed by the launch of the first joint operation on the territory of a neighbouring non-EU country in Tirana in May 2019.

BORDER MANAGEMENT: Ekathimerini: Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus call for EU support – As Turkey’s planned invasion of northern Syria is feared to cause many more people to flee, Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria at a meeting of EU interior minister, presented the Eastern Mediterranean Migration Route Initiative (EMMI). The joint initiative calls upon the EU to make further resources available to countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, including Turkey and to implement an effective mechanism for relocation and resettlement.

Euractiv: EU concerned at migrant wave triggered by Turkey’s planned Syria invasion.
SEARCH & RESCUE: Times of Malta: 44 migrants brought to Malta after Open Arms sea rescue – Forty-four people rescued by the NGO vessel Open Arms on Sunday were allowed to disembark in Malta on Tuesday morning. The group was transferred from the Open Arms to a patrol boat of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). In an earlier tweet, the founder of the operating NGO Open Arms, Oskar Camps, stated that Malta's Armed Forces encouraged leaving people adrift at sea if they were not acutely in distress.

SEARCH & RESCUE: Al Jazeera: Several EU countries refuse to back migrant boat plan – At a meeting of EU interior ministers in Luxemburg on Tuesday, seven Member states declared their willingness to commit to a plan for disembarking and relocating people rescued by NGO vessels in the Central Mediterranean. The proposal was launched by Malta, Italy, France and Germany at a meeting in September and foresees that participating parties take in a fixed quote of those rescued at each incident for a period of six months. Luxemburg, Portugal and Ireland are ready to join the coalition of the willing.

See also: DW: EU fails to cement agreement on migrants rescued at sea.

SEARCH & RESCUE: Alarm Phone: Western Mediterranean Regional Analysis – The NGO Alarm Phone, which runs a hotline for migrants in distress in the Mediterranean, in the last 2 weeks, has dealt with five distress cases in that region. Two boats were intercepted and brought back to Morocco & 3 boats made it to #Spain, rescued by Salvamento Maritimo.

SEARCH & RESCUE: The Guardian: 13 women dead and eight children missing after boat capsizes off Italy – At least 13 women have died and eight children are missing after a boat capsized in rough seas off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Sunday night. Italian authorities have rescued 22 people from the boat, which was carrying about 50. According to an initial reconstruction of events, all the people onboard moved to one end of the vessel as the patrol boat arrived to transfer them, causing it to overturn.

EU AGENCIES: EASO: Over 900 EASO personnel deployed in operations in four EU Member States – The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) reports that it reached unprecedented levels of operational activity in supporting the asylum authorities of Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta. At the end of September 2019, 926 personnel were operating under the EASO banner in these Member States, including EASO staff, deployed Member State experts, locally contracted personnel and interpreters.
GERMANY: Pro Asyl: Studie zur Situation abgeschobener Afghanen: Bedrohungen, Gewalt, Chancenlosigkeit [Study on the situation of deported Afghans: Threaths, Violence, lack of Opportunities] – On the date of the arrival of a further chartered flight deporting people from Germany to Afghanistan, ECRE member Pro Asyl published a study by Friederike Stahlmann, which documented the experience of 55 people after their deportation from Germany back to Afghanistan. A majority report violence, threats, dire living conditions, and very little prospect of finding employment.

FRANCE: Ouest France: Nantes. Les migrants les plus fragiles évacués ce matin du gymnase Jeanne-Bernard – French police partially evacuated the sports hall Jeanne-Bernand, in Saint-Herblain, where 800 refugees have been living for a year. They evacuated 48 people, including 16 children, who were considered particularly vulnerable. The group was transferred to shelter where their individual circumstances will be examined.

UK: The Guardian: Hostile environment ruled not a factor in death of Windrush man – A coroner has ruled that the UK Home Office’s “hostile environment” did not contribute to the death of a Windrush citizen who lost his life after collapsing on the street due to heart problems. Dexter Bristol feared being deported after he was told he had no right to live and work in the UK. Two medical experts differed on the impact of stress in relation to his death.
Springer: Geographies of Asylum in Europe and the Role of European Localities – This open access book describes how the numerous arrivals of asylum seekers since 2015 shaped reception and integration processes in Europe. It addresses the structuration of asylum and reception systems, and spaces and places of reception on European, national, regional and local level and analyses perceptions and discourses on asylum and refugees, their evolvement and the consequences for policy development.

BorderCriminologiesBlog: The Flores Settlement Agreement and Detention as Deterrence – Researcher Sumona Gupta traces the history of detention of children and families in the U.S. immigration system and its use as deterrent. The Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA), intended to protect the wellbeing of detained undocumented children faces termination at the hands of the Trump Administration in 2019.  Despite recent, small victories, the road to a “truly humane system” is still long, she concludes.

Independent: After Trump’s go-ahead for Turkey to invade Syria, the Kurdish population is in for even more upheaval – A journalist from the Independent talked to residents of the area Turkey plans to turn into a ‘safe zone’ for the return of Syrian refugees in northeast Syria. Under Turkey’s plans, many towns and villages along the border would be taken over by its armed forces and allied Syrian rebel groups. As well as a return to Syria’s policy of Arabisation, many fear a repeat of Turkey’s invasion of Afrin last year.
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Hannah Berwian

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