Press Review


01 August 2019
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SEARCH & RESCUE: DW: Migrants on Italian coastguard vessel Gregoretti to disembark following EU deal – According to the European Commission France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg and Portugal have agreed to relocate the 131 refugees from an Italian coastguard vessel, the Gregoretti, blocked in the Sicilian port of Augusta since last weekend. The Catholic Church in Italy will also take in some of the group rescued in the Central Mediterranean last Thursday. Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini had refused to let the passengers disembark unless other EU member states agreed to take them in.  Salvini reportedly blocked another civilian rescue vessel, the Sea Eye’s Alan Kurdi, which rescued 40 migrants off the Libyan coast yesterday.  He asked them to disembark in Tripoli, Libya.

See also: ANSA: Probe opened into Gregoretti coast guard-ship case.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Are You Syrious?: 4 million convertible marks to be used for building a police station – A part of the 4 million convertible marks earmarked for refugees in Vučjak by the Federal government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which were supposed to support the local Red Cross organization, are reportedly redirected to building a police station in the city of Bužim.

GERMANY: DW: Germany grants 9,000 family reunification permits - Since the government coalition of conservatives (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed on a monthly quota of 1000 permits for family reunification for people with subsidiary protection status in 2018, Germany granted 9000 such permits. Family reunification for people with subsidiary protection status, most of which have been fleeing civil war, had been suspended between 2016 and 2018. The reunification right applies to the spouse and children of adult refugees and to parents if the refugee is a minor.

DENMARK: 'We’ll take quota refugees': Denmark to UN – The Danish Minister for Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye informed the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, that Denmark will take in refugees protected under the UNHCR quota system from this year. The government decision on the issue was set out in the agreement reached between Tesfaye’s party, the Social Democrats, and three left-wing allied parties in the political agreement which followed the general election in June. Denmark had stopped taking in refugees through the UN’s quote system in 2016.

See also: PRO ASYL: Bittere Bilanz nach einem Jahr Familiennachzugsneuregelungsgesetz.

UK: Home Office rejects Human Rights Committee’s call for a time limit to immigration detention – In its response to the report on Immigration detention and Good Character Requirements by the UK Parliament Human Rights Committee, the Home Office has rejected the Committee’s recommendation to introduce a time limit on immigration detention. The Committee’s original report called for a 28 day time limit on immigration detention. The chair of the Committee commented “Home Office immigration detention is arbitrary, unfair and breaches human rights.”

UK: Vice: Anti-Deportation Activists Are Blocking Coaches to Charter Flights – UK grassroots activists blocked the Hallmark Connect coach depot, south of Heathrow airport, to demonstrate against the company's involvement in the controversial transportation of detainees due to be deported on charter flights. The activists were from Reclaim the Power (RtP), a grassroots network of people taking action for social, economic and environmental justice.
USA: ABCnews: Trump administration may end protected status for Syrians, leaving many fearing 'a death sentence': The administration is reportedly considering ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 7,000 people who have fled Syria for the U.S., which could entail deporting many of them back to Syria. Temporary Protected Status is a temporary legal status given to immigrants who entered the U.S. legally and remained there continuously granting them the right stay and work. The Trump administration has to make a decision by Thursday, 60 days before TPS for Syria is set to expire on Sept. 30.
The Guardian: How the media framed the way we see the migrant crisis – In this long read, the Guardian’s Danial Trilling examines how the media’s framing of a ‘migrant crisis’ impacted our perception of the situation in the EU since the summer 2015 and the people involved. The “disaster partly caused by European border policies, rather than simply the movement of refugees towards Europe, was one of the most heavily mediated world events of the past decade”, he writes. Efforts to humanise the crisis by focusing on individual stories would often reinforce predetermined ideas about what disasters look like, who needs protection, who is innocent and who is deserving of blame.

Research Repository: Not bound but Committed: operationalising the Global Compact on Refugees – This article addresses how the GCR cannot give rise to binding obligations in international law, yet provide for enhanced protection and assistance to refugees and hosting communities, and establish commitments for fairer and more predictable responsibility-sharing. It does this by reference to other non-legally binding international documents and rule of law.

Sociology: Necropolitics and the Slow Violence of the Everyday: Asylum Seeker Welfare in the Postcolonial Present – In this article, Lucy Mayblin responds to dual calls for researching and theorising everyday social phenomena in postcolonial studies on the one hand, and serious engagement with the postcolonial within the discipline of sociology on the other. It focuses on the everyday lives of asylum seekers living on asylum seeker welfare support in the UK.
The Guardian: 'We need freedom': Sehaq, the party space for Amsterdam's queer refugees –The Guardian reports on Sehaq, a network of LGBT refugees run entirely by volunteers and creating a space for them in Amsterdam’s male-dominated queer scene. Regularly meeting in members’ houses, they put on events specifically for queer refugees that range from dance parties to workshops. Beside racism, many of them face homophobia and transphobia, also from other refugees. Sehaq provdides a space for them to live outside the narrative of victimhood.
With kind regards,
Hannah Berwian

Hannah Berwian
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