Press Review


25 September 2019
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RESETTLEMENT: CGTN: Rwanda to receive first batch of refugees from Libya this week – Rwanda will later this week receive the first group of refugees stranded in Libya as part of an arrangement between President Paul Kagame's government and the UN refugee Agency, UNHCR to evacuate people suffering torture and abuse. The first group of 75 migrants are expected in Kigali on Thursday ahead of their transfer to a transit facility just outside the capital. UNHCR said, the refugees will mostly be resettled or returned to countries of asylum or origin.

See also: The New Times: Inside Gashora Transit Centre, the home for African refugees.

GLOBAL: IRC: Missing Persons: Refugees Left Out and Left Behind in the SDGs – IRC published a report that takes a close look at how refugees in particular are faring in relation to national populations regarding the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. They found that the 25.9 million refugees are largely excluded from SDG-related data collection, monitoring frameworks, national reporting, and national development plans. Less than a third of the Voluntary National Reviews mention refugees and where they are mentioned their situation shows little progress. IRC calls on all the actors involved to make refugees count.
SEARCH & RESCUE: DW: Key EU countries agree on sea migrant redistribution scheme – On Monday, interior ministers from Germany, France, Italy and Malta have agreed on a joint proposal to relocate people rescued at sea to prevent stand-offs between civilian rescue vessels and EU governments over disembarkation. The proposals were discussed at a meeting in Malta and will be presented to the other member states at a Council meeting on October 8, when they can decide to participate. States signing the agreement would commit to a fixed quota of people they would relocate each time a civilian vessel rescues a group in the Central Mediterranean.  

See also: DW: Opinion: Fortress Europe cracks open;  Amnesty international: Malta: Asylum-seeker disembarkation deal shows a more humane approach is possible.

SYRIA: The Guardian: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan proposes 'safe zone' for refugees in Syria – At his speech in front of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, reinfocred his propoasal of establishing an expanded “safe zone” in northern Syria for the return of Syrian refugees currenlty hosted in Turkey. The zone could include as many as 3 million people and stretch for 50 miles as far as Raqqa, Erdogan said. Kurds in northern Syria view the proposal as another form of Turkish land grab.
BOSNIA: The Irish Times: ‘Absurdistan’: Migrants face dangerous winter in Bosnia – The Irish Times reports on the conditions in a makeshift camp in northwestern Bosnia where hundreds of migrants are staying. The Vucjak camp is built on a former rubbish dump that may hold high levels of methane gas – prompting the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to declare it unfit for human habitation. After the tightening of border controls in the Balkans, Bosnia has become a major transit country for people fleeing conflict and poverty.

GREECE: Al Jazeera; Ten Syrians posing as volleyball team arrested at Athens airport – According to Greek police, ten Syrian refugees posing as a men's volleyball team have been arrested at the airport of Greece's capital after attempting to travel to Zurich, Switzerland. They were questioned and later arrested after police at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos airport determined that they did not belong to a sports club. They have been sent to an examining magistrate to face charges of trying to exit the country using stolen or lost travel documents.

GREECE: Ekathimerini: Commission ready to help Greece with migrant arrival spike, if requested – A commission spokesperson announced that the Commission is ready to support Greece operationally through its agencies, such as the European Asylum Office (EASO), Europol and the European border and coast guard, if the country submits a relevant request. They voice concern over the large number of arrivals but emphasize that numbers are still 91% lower than in 2015.

See also: EFSYN: Βήμα πίσω από το υπουργείο Προστασίας του Πολίτη για τον δεύτερο βαθμό ασύλου.

GREECE: Ekathimerini: Afghan boy aged 5 killed by truck near Moria migrant camp – A 5-year-old Afghan boy was accidentally run over by a truck near the migrant and refugee camp of Moria on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos on Tuesday. The boy was reportedly hiding inside a cardboard box that the truck driver ran over while turning into the parking lot. The truck driver has been arrested, while police are investigating the incident.

Ireland: Irish Examiner: Ireland has taken in 2,500 refugees in four years, report finds – Ireland reportedly accepted just over half of its target number of refugees in four years. Ireland pledged to accept 4,000 refugees through EU resettlement and relocation programmes, prioritising families, children and unaccompanied minors. By June this year, 2,519 people had been relocated or resettled as part of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP).
UK: Refugee Council: Lessons Not Learned: The failures of asylum decision-making in the UK – A report by the British Refugee Council and Freedom from Torture report examined 50 reports from 17 different organisations, including parliamentary committees, the United Nations, and nongovernmental organisations, documenting failures in the UK asylum system over the last 15 years. The analysis shows a convergence of views on the fundamental causes of poor decision-making, including the unrealistic and unlawful evidential burden placed on applicants and a starting point of disbelief, with a devastating impact on the individuals involved.
Al Jazeera: African refugees abandon busy Cypriot cities for sleepy villages – Al Jazeera reports on the situation of asylum seekers in Cyprus. Due to inadequate reception conditions many end up on the street and are increasingly moving away from cities to seek accommodation on the more affordable country side. Their arrival causes division in the tight-knit communities.

The Guardian: DETAINED: How the US built the world's largest immigrant detention system – In graphics, videos and pictures, the Guardian traces the emergence of the world’s largest Immigration Detention system in the US. A modest system holding fewer than 3,000 migrants a day at the end of the 1970s, detention has now morphed into a sprawling machinery ensnaring immigrants across the country, they write.

Lost at Border: Lostatborder: Massgrave, Memorials, Survivors, Rescuers – In an attempt to give back dignity to those who died along the European borders Lostatborders documents 10 years of collective experiences in building Memorials to commemorate the people who lost their lives trying to reach Europe. The report also features stories and pictures of those to be remembered.

BBC: Displaced people: Why are more fleeing home than ever before? – The BBC takes an in-depth look at some of the factors behind record levels of forced displacement, a figure that has doubled in the past 10 years, according to UNHCR. They show that four out of five displaced people stay in their country of origin and if they flee, they mostly stay close by.
Medium: 8 refugees fighting for the planet – UNHCR features the stories of eight refugees who are taking concrete actions to tackle the adverse effects of climate change from Brooklyn to Egypt, Lebanon and Uganda.
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