Press Review


25 July 2019
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ROHINGYA: ASPI: Mapping conditions in Rakhine State – The Australian Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre has combined open-source data with the collection and analysis of new satellite imagery to assess the current status of settlements in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, which were burned, damaged or destroyed in 2017. Their research does not confirm assertions that conditions are in place to support a safe, dignified and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine State.
SEARCH & RESCUE: Al Jazeera: Libya: Europe-bound migrants sent to bombed detention centre – A spokesperson from the Libyan coastguard confirmed that on Tuesday they intercepted a Europe-bound boat off the Libyan coast and took all 38 migrants on board to a Tajoura detention centre.  Two air attacks on the facility earlier in July had killed at least 60 people and caused an international outcry with rights groups demanding the centres closed.
GERMANY: SZ: "Unerträgliche Zustände": Helfer für Ende der Ankerzentren – NGOs and refugee support services have denounced the conditions in AnkER centers, German pilots for centralised refugee reception facilities, as “unbearable”. According to the Bavarian Refugee Council, the conditions do not conform to EU minimum standards. NGOs have only limited access, restricting the provision of independent legal assistance.  The internet forum “Anker-Watch” was etasblished to document the experience of inhabitants following several reports of abuse by staff.   

See also: Deutschlandfunk: BAMF muss McKinsey-Report veröffentlichen.
GERMANY: SZ: Ein kurzer Blick soll genügen – The German government’s response to the parliamentary question of the Left party, Die Linke, revealed that increasing amount of undocumented people are being subject to truncated summary hearings to identify their country of origin. The Bavarian Refugee Council criticized the procedures for not being transparent and too short. MPs demand abolishing the procedure as it mainly served to provide papers for deportations.

HUNGARY: orf: Ungarn: 16 Geflüchtete in Lieferwagen entdeckt – fast erstickt – Hungarian police found sixteen refugees locked in the trunk of a transporter van at the Austrian border. The people almost suffocated after being driven for several hours from the Serbian border without access to fresh air. The driver was put under remand.

ITALY: Reuters: Italy's government wins confidence vote on decree targeting migrant rescue ships –The Italian government won a parliamentary confidence vote on a security and immigration decree that toughens the sanctions on charity ships that seek to bring migrants rescued in the Mediterranean to Italy. The bill, which hikes maximum fines for charity ships that enter Italian waters without authorisation to 1 million euro (£892,039) from a previous 50,000 euros, now moves to the upper house Senate for final approval which is expected to come before mid-August.
SERBIA: UNHCR: Between Closed Borders 2018: joint agency paper on refugees and migrants in Serbia 2018 – The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, published a joint agency paper on the situation of refugees and migrants in Serbia. Accordingly, the situation in 2018 moved from emergency and transit to a more stable situation. Refugees and migrants were staying in Serbia for longer periods of time, requiring a more systematic protection approach.
EU Migration Law Blog: Return Directive or Criminal Law? The next episode of the series is called Arib – Researcher Silvia Bartolini argues that in its judgement in the Arib case concerning the detention of an irregularly staying third country national apprehended during an internal border control between France and Spain, the Court of Justice of the EU safeguarded the effectiveness of the Return Directive and the coherence of a system that sets out specific procedural and substantive safeguards for the use of detention throughout the removal process. 

Politico: Italy receives more asylum seekers from Germany than from Libya – Matteo Villa writes that, though Italian interior minister Matteo Salivni focuses his attention on migrants arriving to Italy by sea, Italy receives more asylum seekers from Germany than from Libya. Under the Dublin III regulation, Germany returned 2, 292 asylum seekers to Italy because it was the country they first entered the EU and which is thus responsible for processing the asylum claim.

TAZ: Migrationskontrolle [Migration Control]: The newspaper TAZ provides an overview of the EU’s  efforts to curb migration from the African continent compiling relevant agreements, flows of funds and implications for those who benefit and those who are negatively affected in their daily lives.
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