Press Review


17 October 2019
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UNITED NATIONS: UNHCR: UN refugee chief visits South Africa to show support for government and refugees – During a two-day visit the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi pledges continued support and cooperation with the South African government to ensure refugee protection. He also met with a group of refugees and asylum seekers who raised various concerns, following a recent spate of violence against foreigners in different parts of the country.

See also: EWN: Refugees Won't Leave Pretoria UN Offices, Fearing Attacks On Foreign Nationals.
AGENDA: EU Commission: European Agenda on Migration four years on: Marked progress needs consolidating in face of volatile situation – Ahead of the European Council meeting, the Commission is reporting on developments under the European Agenda on Migration since 2015, with focus on steps taken by the EU since the last progress report in March 2019. The Commission also set out areas of work to address current and future migration challenges.

SEARCH & RESCUE: Times of Malta: 76 rescued migrants brought to Malta, as Italy rescues 180 more – According to Maltese authorities, The Armed Forces of Malta rescued a total of 76 people on Tuesday and brought them to shore. The rescue came after the NGO Alarm Phone, which runs a hotline for migrants in distress at sea, stated in a tweet that it had informed the Maltese authorities on Monday night about the boat but received no response.

SEARCH & RESCUE: WP:  Libya’s coast guard intercepts 90 Europe-bound migrants – A Spokesman of the so-called Libyan coast guard (LGC) stated that they intercepted a rubber boat with 90 people off the Libyan coast, east of Tripoli, on Tuesday. Those intercepted were reportedly brought to shore on Wednesday and will be taken to a Tripoli detention center, where abuse and torture has been well-documented. The EU continues to provide support to the LGC.

EU-TURKEY: The Guardian: Turkish Syria offensive raises Greek fears of new refugee influx – In light of Turkey’s military operation in northeastern Syria potentially sparking an increase in the number of refugees trying to reach Europe, Greece has insisted on putting the topic on the agenda for this week’s meeting of the European Council in Brussels. Calls for solidarity with Greece from some Member States have repeatedly been rejected by rightwing governments in Hungary and other EU states.

See also: ANSAMed: Migrants: Avramopoulos, Turkey remains key partner; UNHCR: UNHCR increases aid in north-east Syria.
GREECE: Ekathimerini: Moria migrant camp on Lesvos breaks new record with nearly 14,000 residents – The population of the overcrowded migrant and refugee processing center on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, Moria, reached more than 13,800 people, the highest number ever held. The Moria camp's population has risen steadily over the past few months as a result of an increase in arrivals from Turkey.

See also: Ekathimerini: EU urges Greece to improve conditions in migrant camps, speed up asylum; Keep Talking Greece: Police empties another squat in Exarchia, removes 35 foreigners with children.

ITALY: The Guardian: Italian coastguard finds bodies of migrants who drowned at sea –
Italian authorities have retrieved the bodies of at least 12 people who drowned last week after a boat capsized in rough seas off the island of Lampedusa. Italian authorities rescued 22 survivors from the boat, which was carrying about 50 people.
AIDA: Asylum Authorities: An Overview Of Internal Structures And Available Resources – A comparative report published by AIDA, managed by ECRE, provides an overview of the structure, composition and functioning of asylum authorities at first instance. It aims to offer a better understanding of their operation and demonstrates that their ability to conduct a rigorous and fair examination of applications for international protection is inherent to their internal organisation and resources.

Refugee Rights: Returning to Stability? Refugee returns in the Great Lakes region – Studies on return reviewed by researchers for this project on the returns of refugees in the Great Lakes region show that contrary to previous assumptions, returnees rarely come home to political stability and security, and return migration can itself complicate security and stability in the areas to which they return.

Atavist Magazine: The Rescue: A flimsy raft, more than 100 souls, and three teenage heroesor are they pirates? – Writer Zach Campbell traces the events of March 26, when the tanker El Hiblu 1 rescued 100 people from a rubber dinghy. With the analysis of radio traffic between different authorities and interviews with those involved, Campbell tries to shed light on the destiny of six people who stayed on the dinghy and seem to have never been rescued.

The New Humanitarian: Why Tanzania shouldn’t force Burundian refugees to return – At the end of August, the Burundian and Tanzanian governments jointly announced that 183,000 Burundian refugees would be repatriated. The authors of this article argue that forcing Burundian refugees in Tanzania to leave the country is not only problematic legally, it could also sow the seeds for renewed conflict and displacement in Burundi.
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