Press Review


24 July 2019
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NORTH AFRICA: UNHCR: 131 refugees evacuated out of Libya to Niger, amidst ongoing conflict in Tripoli –The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, reports that they evacuated a group of 131 refugees out of Libya to the Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Niger last week. The evacuees from Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, included 65 children under the age of eighteen. Some of the group were previously held in detention centres for more than a year. UNHCR will provide assistance in the ETM and pursue further options.
SEARCH & RESCUE: StateWatch: Working Paper: Guidelines on temporary arrangements for disembarkation: The Council of the European Union has produced a new "Working Paper" for Guidelines on temporary arrangements for disembarkation. The Guidelines are based on best practices used in previous disembarkation cases, and rely on a coordinating role of the Commission and support by relevant agencies. The framework is non-binding, of a temporary nature and the participation of the Member States is on a voluntary basis.

SEARCH & RESCUE: 660 News: Spain reports nearly 300 migrants rescued at sea in 2 days – Spain’s maritime rescue service reports that it picked up 290 migrants over the weekend while they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea in small boats, a 153 migrants from four boats on Saturday, and another 137 from four more boats on Sunday. All the rescues took place in either the Strait of Gibraltar or in waters further east. Earlier last week, 22 people went missing from a boat before it could be reached.

SEARCH & RESCUE: Independent Malta: Updated (2): Malta, Libya, Spain intercept migrants at sea – The Armed Forces of Malta rescued a group of 37 migrants early on Sunday morning and brought them to Haywharf. In the afternoon. The Libyan coastguard reportedly intercepted five rubber boats carrying 199 migrants over the past days and returned them to Libya.

See also: Times of Malta: Rescued migrants arrive in Malta.

SEARCH & RESCUE: Euronews: Italy says Netherlands is responsible for fate of migrants stranded at sea – The Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says the Netherlands is responsible for what happens to migrants onboard a rescue ship flying under the Dutch flag. The Sea-Watch 3 has been stranded outside of the Italian island of Lampedusa and is waiting to be assigned a safe port for disembarkation after rescuing 53 people on June 12. Eleven people have been disembarked in international water for medical reasons.

See also: Alarmphone: From Palermo and Barcelona to Naples: For the Right to Mobility and the Right to Rescue!
GERMANY: The Guardian: German politicians' support for refugees prompts death threats – An email sent to politicians and media organisations across Germany last week warned that the murder of Walter Lübcke, a politician from the Christian Democratic Union,  was the first in a line of “upcoming purges” and called for terror attacks on left-leaning politicians, refugees and Jews in Germany. German police is currently investigating a man linked to the far right for the murder and suspects that it was linked to the refugee-supportive stands of the politician.

See also: IRR: Enforcing Belonging – Racial Violence And The Far Right.

FRANCE: Help Refugees: Forced Evictions in Calais and Grande-Synthe: The Calais-based organisation Human Rights Observers and French group L’Auberge des Migrants published a report that shows attempts to drive out refugees from northern France have significanlty increased in the course of the last year, with 803 forced evictions recorded between 1 August 2018 and 1 June 2019. The report details arbitrary arrests, abusive practices and an analysis of the applicable legal framework.

See also: The Guardian: Record refugee evictions at camps in France to halt Channel crossings.

UK: The Independent: 'He was trying to cobble the money together': Vulnerable people facing 'extortionate' fees to apply for immigration status – The Independent reports about the difficulties of disabled refugees in the UK to obtain their leave to remain. As the UK privatized and outsourced their visa system to a Spanish company at the end of last year, high fees and travel requirements present major obstacles to settle their status.

KENYA: BBC: Gay refugees sent back to 'homophobic Kenya camp' – According to a UN Agency Kenya's government has ordered a group of 76 refugees to return to a camp they had fled after some of them faced homophobic attacks. Police with guns escorted the group on to buses on Wednesday night, photos sent to the BBC by the refugees show. The group had been living in temporary accommodation in the capital, Nairobi, after fleeing the refugee camp.
MEE: The objectification of refugees: We must not lose our humanity in search of a headline- Tanya Goudsouzian reflects on the challenge for journalists to report from refugee camps with dignity and compassion. She warns that there is a fine line between raising awareness and treating war-scarred refugees as “if they were performers in a circus freak show”.

EU Law Analysis: Unfinished Business: The European Parliament in the negotiations for reform of the Common European Asylum System – Researcher Salvo Nicolosi considers the evolving role of the European Parliament in the past and current negotiations for the reform of the Common European Asylum System CEAS will be considered. He argues that the European Parliament made a significant contribution especially as regards the reform of the Dublin Regulation and that departing from such a position will be a misstep for the new European Parliament.

Al Jazeera: Tunisia asylum seekers face tough challenges – Al Jazeera reports on the situation of the sixteen survivors of a shipwreck, which left 60 people dead when a boat from Libya capsized off the Tunisian coast. The survivors are now accommodated in a refugee centre in the Tunisian city of Zarzis, and, like many others transiting the city, are still looking to go to Europe.
The Guardian: Refugee tales and migration – four books that help us understand a crisis – The Guardian reviews four book, both fiction and nonfiction, that seek to redress the narrative imbalance around the refugee crisis and immigration more broadly. While some stories display hopelessness, others celebrate the role of migrants in Western societies.
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