Press Review


20 January 2020
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North/Western Africa: RFIEn Algérie, près de 11000 migrants subsahariens expulsés en 2019 [In Algeria, nearly 11,000 sub-Saharan migrants expelled in 2019] – RFI reports that Algeria continues to return hundreds of people every month to Niger. According to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which registers those returning upon arrival in northern Niger, almost 11,000 people were deported from January to November 2019, also including people who were not Nigerians. The monthly returns are based on a readmission agreement signed between Algiers and Niamey in 2014.
SEARCH & RESCUE: Ansa: 39 people rescued by Ocean Viking – MSF – On Friday, the rescue vessel Ocean Viking rescued 39 people from a boat in distress some 35 miles off the northern coast of Libya. The vessel is operated by the NGOs Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS MEDITERANEE and is waiting to be assigned a safe port to disembark those rescued.
See also: Wochenblatt: Rettungsschiff „Alan Kurdi“ hat den Hafen von Palermo Richtung zentrales Mittelmeer verlassen ["Alan Kurdi" rescue ship has left the port of Palermo in the direction of the central Mediterranean].

SEARCH & RESCUE: AnsaMed: Supreme Court rejects appeal against Rackete release – The Supreme Court of Cassation rejected the prosecutors’ appeal against a July ruling that released Sea-Watch3 captain Carola Rackete from house arrest. Rackete was arrested after allegedly hitting a finance police vessel as she defied a ban in order to disembark 40 people on the island of Lampedusa. They had been stranded at sea for seventeen days following a rescue off Libya.

AGENDA: Ekathemerini: EU migration deal foresees all members sharing burden – Margaritis Schinas, EU Commissioner responsible for promoting the European way of life, presented key points of a new EU migration and asylum agreement in the Greek parliament last week. The agreement foresees support programs for countries of origin and transit, more effective border management through the activation of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and a robust returns program for those who don’t merit asylum, Schinas told the House’s foreign affairs committee.

RELOCATION: Greek City Times : Greece to relocate some 100 unaccompanied refugee children to Serbia – Greece and Serbia agreed on the relocation of some 100 unaccompanied children to Serbia.  The selection process will be managed by the National Centre of Social Solidarity, while the implementation of the move will involve the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Migration Organisation (IOM). Serbia’s Ambassador Dusan Spasojevic clarified that the agreement was reached in December between Serbian President Aleksandar Bucic and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
AUSTRIA: RESPOND: Refugee Protection in Austria – This report deals with the protection of refugees in Austria between 2011 and 2018 by drawing from an analysis of the legal framework and its implementation and by building on extensive field research. While, after 2015, refugee protection remains intact as a constitutionally secured right, the Austrian government introduced a number of legal restrictions, including procedural hurdles, emergency provisions allowing for restricted access to federal territory and thus the asylum procedure, as well as restrictions for persons who obtain protection status.

GERMANY: KirchenAsyl: PM zur gewaltsamen Auflösung des Kirchenasyls in Gelsenkirchen-Buer – The protestant church of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany reported that last week German immigration authorities have taken a young man out of church asylum to deport him to Afghanistan the same day. The German tradition of church asylum designates the temporary sanctuary offered by religious institutions to people facing deportation to protect them from undue hardship. Regional authorities had agreed not to intervene with the protection offered by the church. The recent instance was the first official intervention with church asylum in four years.

GREECE: Ekathimerini: Young migrant stabbed to death at Moria camp – A 20-year-old man from Yemen was reportedly stabbed to death on Thursday night during a dispute at the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos. The police has launched an investigation. The camp hosts over three times its capacity of people.

See also: The National Herald: Chaos in Greek Island of Lesbos over Killing of a 20-Year-Old Man from Yemen.

ITALY: Pressenza: Cittadino georgiano morto in un CPR [Georgian citizen died in a CPR] – On Friday, a young man from Georgio died after riot police entered an immigration detention centre to intervene in a protest against the inhuman living condition at the facility. Encountering resistance, the police reportedly beat those detained and arrested a Georgian citizen who later died.
Border Criminologies Blog: The Landscapes of Border Control: Mapping border control and resistance – Border Criminologies announces the launch of a new interactive website, the Landscapes of Border Control, that will illuminate what goes on in detention centres in Italy and Greece. A map, and stories that accompany it, seek to contextualise and communicate the presence and function of these sites of confinement as well as the lived experiences of those within them. In doing so, this project seeks not only to present the violence of the border control regime but also to illuminate the struggles of those affected by it.

The New Humanitarian: Why Rohingya women and girls are risking dangerous smuggling routes – The New Humanitarian reports that, over the last two years, regional authorities have intercepted hundreds of Rohingya risking dangerous boat and overland journeys to leave Bangladesh and Myanmar. On migration trails once dominated by men, a significant proportion are now women, rights groups say. The New Humanitarian has spoken to some of them about their experience, the risk and challenges they face.
With kind regards,
Hannah Berwian

Hannah Berwian
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