Press Review


13 January 2020
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LIBYA: UNHCR:  UNHCR is deeply saddened by the deaths of two Eritrean asylum-seekers in Tripoli, Libya – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, expresses that it is“deeply saddened” by the deaths of two Eritrean asylum-seekers, who are reported to have been shot inside their accommodation in Tripoli on Thursday, 9 January. The two asylum-seekers were among the 4,000 Eritrean asylum-seekers and refugees who have been registered by UNHCR and live in urban areas in Libya. These two deaths are a terrible reminder of the worsening security situation in Libya since April, UNHCR writes.
SEARCH & RESCUE: The Guardian: Twelve people die after migrant boat sinks off Greek island of Paxos – In two shipwrecks between Turkey and Greece at least 23 people died at the end of last week.  Twelve people have been found dead in the Ionian Sea and 21 others have been rescued after their boat took in water and sank. Eleven died and eight were rescued after a shipwreck off Turkey’s western coast. Coast guard teams are still searching for more people missing.

SEARCH & RESCUE: DW: Open Arms y Sea Watch 3 esperan un puerto para 237 personas rescatadas [Open Arms and Sea Watch 3 are waiting for a port for 237 rescued people]- The civilian rescue vessels Open Arms and Sea Watch 3, are waiting to be assigned a safe port for a total of 237 people they rescued in the course of last week. At the Central Mediterranean, the Open Arms had rescued 119 people in two operations and the Sea Watch 3 rescued a total of 118 people in three operations, while Maltese authorities did not intervene.  

See also: Yahoo: NGO Open Arms rescues over 100 migrants in Mediterranean Sea.
GERMANY: Pro Asyl: Vor dem nächsten Abschiebeflug nach Afghanistan: Kabul laut UNHCR nicht sicher [Before impending deportation flight to Afghanistan: Kabul not safe according to UNHCR] – A day before the 31st deportation flight of asylum seekers to Afghanistan, the NGO PRO ASYL warns that according to UNHCR guidelines its capital Kabul cannot be considered an internal flight alternative. German federal and regional authorities enforce deportation orders in spite the precarious human rights and security situation.

GREECE: Ekathimerini: Government banking on new law to expedite asylum process – The government expects that the implementation of new legislation in force since the beginning of the year will expedite the asylum processing procedure and thus help to decongest shelters and camps hosting refugees across the country, particularly on the islands. On Lesvos in 2019, 18,800 asylum applications were registered out of total of 54,000 throughout Greece.

MALTA: UNHCR: UNHCR concerned about fire at reception centre, calls for urgent action on detention conditions – The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, declares deep concern about the fire that broke out at the Initial Reception Centre in Marsa on Wednesday 8th January 2020. While relieved that there were no serious injuries, UNHCR reiterate that detaining people, including children, for prolonged periods has a detrimental effect on their mental and physical wellbeing. The substandard conditions in the centres contribute to the feeling of frustration among asylum-seekers, many of whom arrived in Malta after having experienced inhumane treatment when fleeing their country and on their journey.
The Guardian: ‘Treated like trash’: the project trying to identify the bodies of migrants – The Guardian reports on the project Operation Identification (OpID) that works with governmental and non-governmental organizations to identify migrant bodies found near the Texas-Mexico border. They hope to repatriate their remains to their relatives and friends who only know that they headed north mainly from South or Central America or Mexico before disappearing.

Statewatch: Border Deaths: Cuttitta & Last (eds) Border Deaths Causes, Dynamics and Consequences of Migration-related Mortality – This open source volume offers the “first interdisciplinary overview” of the causes, dynamics and consequences of migration-related deaths, i.e. premature deaths of persons whose movement or presence has been unauthorized and irregularized as they navigate or interact with state-made boundaries. It examines issues such as the collection and use of data; the process of mourning missing migrants; and the causes of border deaths.
The Guardian: The cynical recasting of refugees as raconteurs can't mask the grim reality -  Reflecting on the recent TEDX talk held at Karkuma Refugee camp in Kenya, this comment criticizes the tendency to portray refugees in terms of resilience and entrepreneurship. It warns that humanitarian organizations like the UNHCR embracing these neoliberal narratives is likely to lead to making false promises and diverts attention away from structural inequalities, discrimination and policies of containment that exacerbate the situation of refugees.
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Hannah Berwian

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