Press Review


29 July 2019
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ROHINGYA: Al Jazeera: Myanmar officials hold repatriation talks with Rohingya leaders Hyperlink: Headline – A high-level delegation from Myanmar is in Bangladesh's southern Cox's Bazar district to hold repatriation talks with Rohingya refugees. The 15-member delegation from Nay Pyi Taw, held a four-hour meeting with leaders from the refugee community in order to convince them to go back to their home country. A report published last week concluded the conditions for return of Rohingya nowhere near met.

DADAAB: Daily Nation: UN: Fewer refugees willing to leave Dadaab for Somalia – According to the UN, insecurity in Somalia is diminishing the numbers of refugees willing to return home from the Dadaab camps in Kenya. The Kenyan government is seeking to close the nearly 30-year-old Dadaab refugee complex for security reasons, but the total population has been decreasing only slightly in recent months.
SEARCH & RESCUE: Euroactiv: Dozens of migrants still stuck on coastguard vessel in Italy port – Over 130 people are stuck on an Italian coastguard vessel in the Italian port of Augusta. They were picked up off the Libyan coast by Italian patrols on Thursday night and transferred to the coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti. The vessel was allowed to dock in the port but Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini refuses disembarkation until EU member states agree on the redistribution of those rescued.

See also: UNHCR: New Mediterranean boat tragedy is worst this year: UNHCR.

SEARCH & RESCUE: DW: Morocco rescues 242 migrants in Mediterranean – One day after the deadliest shipwreck in the Mediterranean in 2019, the Moroccan navy rescued 242 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Spain in dinghies. The group reportedly experienced difficulties in the Strait of Gibraltar. The Moroccan navy provided them with medical care onboard and took them back to Morocco.
GERMANY: PRO ASYL: Politik ohne Flugscham – Charterabschiebung Nr. 26 nach Kabul – On Wednesday, 30 July, the 24th chartered flight deporting people from Germany to Afghanistan is set to leave, warns the NGO PRO ASYL. NGOs demands the immediate suspension of deportations to Afghanistan, that, ridden by on-going conflict and terrorist attacks, counts as one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

GERMANY : PRO ASYL: Factsheet: 1 Jahr Familiennachzugsneuregelungsgesetz – One year ago the German government implemented new regulations for family reunifications that limit the number of family reunifications for people with subsidiary protection status to 1000 per months. At this occasion, the NGO Pro Asyl publishes a comprehensive review of the law and its implications for those affected.

TURKEY: Turkish Minute: 6 Turkish asylum seekers detained after Greek police push them back to Turkey: Headline – According to Turkish media sources, Six Turkish asylum seekers who crossed the Evros River into Greece were pushed back to Turkey by Greek police and subsequently detained by Turkish police in the area. Of the nine individuals who were detained, five were reportedly arrested later. The Evros was one of the main routes used by Turkish asylum seekers fleeing government persecution as well as migrants of other nationalities until a series of violent pushback operations a few months ago prevented people from seeking protection in the EU.

AUSTRALIA: Refugees rally against temporary visas – Hundreds of asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat up to eight years ago have rallied outside of the Australian parliament to demand an end to their insecure status based on temporary visas. The asylum seekers delivered a petition to parliament demanding a bipartisan agreement to end the "harsh and inhumane" treatment of people seeking protection who now called Australia home.

EL SALVADOR: UNHCR: El Salvador joins regional effort to address forced displacement in Central America – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes El Salvador’s decision to join a regional initiative that aims to better address forced displacement in and from Central America, and to help those affected by it. It brings together different national and regional stakeholders to help displaced people and host communities across a range of sectors. The next step for El Salvador is to develop and implement a national action plan, in close consultation with people who have been forcibly displaced, national and local institutions, civil society and international organizations.
Opiniojuris: Carrot and Stick: How Western States Lure and Pressure Third States into Cooperating in Migration Control and What This Means for Migrants’ Rights- Researcher Lena Reimer examines the cooperation on migration between the US and Mexico and the EU and Libya as paradigmatic examples for the politics of externalization of Northern states. She argues that, while the long-term effectiveness of these measures is questionable, this development comes at a high cost for these countries reputation, the rule of law, human rights, the lives and well-being of the migrants and asylum seekers. She calls for a shift to a more human and effective migration control policy on the basis and in accordance with international and domestic law.

The Guardian: Don’t let the UK’s love of Australia stretch to our barbaric treatment of refugees –After Boris Johnson has taken up his position as UK prime minister, Writer Brydie Lee-Kennedy warns, he should not endorse the Australian immigration system while ignoring its horrific detention centres. Australia’s off-shore immigration detention centres have been repeatedly condemned by the United Nations and other rights organisations.

NPR: In Paris, This Refugee Radio Station Is A Lifeline — In 5 Different Languages – NPR reports on a radio programme called Stalingrad Connection named after the informal migrant camp at Stalingrad in Paris. After one of its dismantling by the police, the programme was meant to allow people affected to communicate with each other and make others aware about the situation for migrants in Paris. It’s a 60-minute show broadcast in five languages — French, English, Arabic, Dari and Urdu.
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