Press Review


16 October 2019
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UNITED NATIONS: OCHA: OCHA Syria Update – OCHA reports that Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria has led to the displacement of an estimated 150,000-160,000 people, mostly from Ras Al Ain and Tell Abiad. OCHA also provides details on the situation at Ein Issa and Mabruka camps for internally displaced people, the impact on civilian infrastructure and humanitarian response.
RESETTLEMENT: DW: EU breaks promise of safe passage for 50,000 refugees – European governments have failed to deliver on a pledge to admit 50,000 refugees by October 31 2019. The EU launched the resettlement program two years ago, but only 37,520 people have arrived in Europe under the program so far. Germany pledged to take 10,200 people and only 4,800 arrived.  Among those affected are thousands of refugees detained in migrant camps in Libya.

SEARCH & RESCUE: Malta Independent: 176 migrants rescued off Libya, 110 others turned back– Tunisian authorities reported blocking a smuggling boat carrying 110 people from setting off for Italy. Tunisia's Interior Ministry said three coast guard boats pursued the alleged human smuggling vessel after it left Friday night from the city of Sfax, Tunisia, and eventually forced the boat back toward Tunisia  picked up 25 people who had jumped into the sea.

See also: Morning Star: EU-funded Libyan Coastguard has returned over half the refugees who tried to flee the country by sea.

SEARCH & RESCUE: Euractive: Italy lets French migrant ship dock to anger of far right – The rescue vessel Ocean Viking, operated jointly by the NGOs SOS MEDITERANEE and Doctors without Borders (MSF), received permission to disembark in the Italian port of Taranto. The ship under Norwegian flag picked up 74 people off the coast of Libya on Sunday and a further 102 people in a separate operation later the same day.

EU BORDERS: Border Violence: ILLEGAL PUSH-BACKS & BORDER VIOLENCE REPORTS BALKAN REGION SEPTEMBER 2019 – The Border Violence Monitoring Network published its report on the Balkan region for September 2019. The movement of people amongst these borders was indicative of the autumn season and was met with a range of violent border practices. The policing of the EU’s external border remains consistently violent, the report states.

CHANNEL: Ouest France: Pas-de-Calais. Deux migrants de 17 et 22 ans retrouvés morts sur une plage du Touquet – The bodies of a 17-year old and a 23 year old washed up on a beach of Touquet-Paris-Plage, in the North of France. The two Kurdish Iraqis were found close to a boat without engine presumably trying to reach the UK.

ASYLUM TRENDS: Reuters: EU sees spike in Afghan migrants as many leave sanctions-stricken Iran – According to data from Frontex, Afghans represent the largest national group fleeing to the European Union so far in 2019. Many were hosted in Iran and are reportedly relocating due to the hardship caused by U.S. sanctions. Nearly 17,000 Afghans crossed the Aegean Sea to reach EU shores in 2019.
GREECE: Ekathimerini: Samos migrant camp fire leaves hundreds in the street – A fire in an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Samos forced hundreds of people into the streets. The fire flared outside the camp on Monday night before spreading inside. Several tents and housing containers were destroyed and 600 people were given shelter by aid groups according to MSF.

ITALY: Hurriya: Caltanissetta – Rivolta e resistenze continue contro le deportazioni nel CPR di Pian del Lago – People held in an immigration detention centre of Pian del Lago in Caltanissetta have protested the deportation of one of their fellow detainees to Tunisia. Around 70 people were involved in the protest starting around 1am in the morning. Italian riot police intervened with tear gas.

SLOVENIA: AIDA: Slovenia: Constitutional Court Annuls Provision On Suspension Of Asylum Procedure – The Slovenian Constitutional Court ruled that Article 10b of the Aliens Act, setting out measures of temporary suspension of the right to asylum, was contrary to the principle of non-refoulement. The provision allowed for the suspension of the right to asylum upon parliamentary order in cases where migration poses “a threat to public order and internal safety in the Republic of Slovenia”.

UK: Parliament UK: Implications of Brexit for asylum policy highlighted in new report – A new report by the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Committee highlights the implications of Brexit for asylum policy and for vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in Europe. It warns that UK withdrawal from the EU’s Dublin System would mean the loss of a safe, legal route for the reunion of separated refugee families in Europe leaving refugees in limbo until a new framework is negotiated. The committee calls for the Dublin System to be the starting point for future UK-EU asylum cooperation.

ZAMBIA: The Pie News: Zambia to launch Qualifications Passport – A pre-pilot UNESCO Refugee Qualifications Passport aiming to help displaced people with missing qualification documents will be launched in Zambia this month. It is based on the Council of Europe’s European Qualification Passport for Refugee, launched in 2017 as a response to an increasing number of arrivals of refugees to the continent. The project may be introduced on a greater scale subsequently.
Forced Migration Review: Towards understanding and addressing the root causes of displacement – Forced Migration Review prepared a mini-feature to inform discussions at the first Global Refugee Forum in December 2019, with a thematic focus on understanding and addressing the root causes of displacement. It features seven articles by representatives of UN agencies and international NGOs each focusing on particular regions, concepts and practices.

Border Criminologies Blog: At Europe’s Edge: Migration and Crisis in the Mediterranean – In this blogpost, researcher Cetta Mainwaring introduces her book Europe’s Edge: Migration and Crisis in the Mediterranean First. Critically analysing the erasures and constructions necessary to maintain the ‘migration crisis’, the book takes Malta, the EU’s smallest member state, as a case study and moves the experiences of migrants to the centre of its analysis.
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