Press Review


17 July 2019
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POLICY: Council of the EU: Foreign Affairs Council, 15/07/2019 – In the Foreign Affairs Council held on July 15th the High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers of EU Member States also addressed external aspects of migration. The Ministers noted the need to increase financial resources, in particular for the EU Trust Fund for Africa, discussed accelerating resettlements of persons in need of international protection and highlighted the need to make progress on the issue of disembarkation of migrants rescued at sea.

EU BORDERS: Deportation Monitoring Aegean: Video: Incarcerating Refugees – The EU’s fight against human smuggling – The NGO Deportation Monitoring Aegan reports that hundreds of migrants seeking protection in Europe are immediately arrested after their arrival by boat on the Greek Islands and face truncated trials on charges of human smuggling. Many of them are either refugees who could not afford their journey in a rubber dinghy and accept to steer the boat or Turkish citizen not knowing the risks involved. According to the organisation CPT-Lesbos most are found guilty and receive average sentence of about 44 years in prison that is to be served for about 19 years. The average fines imposed are over 370.000 Euros.

Border Management: EuroMed Rights: EU-Egypt migration cooperation: At the expense of human rights – EuroMed Rights published a study that maps EU and Member State cooperation with Egypt in migration and border management. The study highlights the impact of this cooperation on the rights of refugees and migrants in Egypt and offers concrete recommendations for action. According to the President of EuroMed Rights EU support to Egypt on migration has served to reinforce Egypt’s policing capacities and harsh border management policies, legitimizing and strengthening the violence of the authoritarian Egyptian regime.
GERMANY: InfoMigrants: Long waiting list in Germany for traumatized migrants and refugees – The German government’s response to a parliamentary question by the German Left Party (Die Linke) revealed that traumatized refugees in need of psychological care have to wait over seven months in Germany before they are granted therapy. Statistics has not yet been released for 2018, nor did the government have any numbers recorded on how many traumatized refugees and migrants had made use of therapy in the past four years.

See more: Ulla Jelpke: Rassismus und Abschottung schaden psychischer Gesundheit.

GERMANY: FR: Bund hebelt Kirchenasyl aus – Frankfurter Rundschau reports on the overwhelming refusal of the German Office for Migration and Asylum (BAMF) to recognise cases of church asylum. Church asylum is the temporary sanctuary offered by religious institutions to people facing deportation to protect them from undue hardship and has a long tradition in Germany. Until May 2019, only 2 out of 147 cases have been recognized. Religious associations say, the BAMF does not give sufficient consideration to the individual circumstances of people affected.

GREECE: Ekathimerini: Athens vows to speed up migrant deportations – After a meeting with Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Greek EU commissioner for migration and home affairs, Greece’s new conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced plans to speed up the asylum process for migrants and refugees and restart deportations to neighboring Turkey. Greece and Turkey remain at odds over a drilling rights dispute around the divided island of Cyprus.

AUSTRALIA: ABC: Australian Human Rights Commission calls for action over 30,000 asylum seekers living in 'limbo' – The Australian Department of Home Affairs has rejected dozens of recommendations made by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), aimed at improving the lives of tens of thousands of asylum seekers living in Australia. Around 30 000 people living in Australia are not eligible for permanent residency, because they attempted to reach Australia by boat before 2014. The AHRC had urged the Federal Government to relax restrictions.
EU Migration Law Blog: Interoperability of European Centralised Databases: Another Nail in the Coffin of Third-Country Nationals’ Privacy? – In this blog post on the interoperability of European centralized Databases on Third-Country Nationals, researcher Niovi Vavoula critically evaluates the important legal development from a privacy and data protection standpoint. She concludes that “interoperability” has become the ‘Trojan Horse’ towards the silent disappearance of the boundaries between law enforcement and immigration control and the radical intensification of surveillance of all mobile non-EU nationals.

ASGI: The "Emergency Transit Mechanism" program and the resettlement from the Niger. Legal analysis, current and future concerns – This survey by Associazione per gli studi giuridici sull’immigrazione (ASGI) focuses on the mechanism of resettlement for people who submit the application for asylum in Niger. Taking into consideration that people stay in Niger for only a short time and considering the terrible situation in Libya, the study argues that a readjustment of the resettlement programme is necessary.

Independent: As a refugee in one of Libya’s dangerous detention centres, I know what it feels like when the world leaves you behind – The Independent features an account of a person detained on the front lines of Tripoli’s conflict detailing the miserable conditions and violence they face on a daily basis.
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