Press Review


19 July 2019
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UNITED NATIONS: UNHCR: 10.5 million refugees received health care in 2018 – According to data published in UNHCR’s Annual Public Health Global Review some 10.5 million refugees received health care through public health programmes and through UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and other partners last year. The report highlights the state of health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene activities for refugees, asylum seekers and affected host communities across 51 refugee-host countries.

MIDDLE EAST: Al Jazeera: Lebanon's Palestinian refugees protest against labour crackdown – Palestinians refugees in Lebanon are protesting efforts of the Ministry of labours to crackdown on unlicensed labour - a campaign allegedly aimed at forcing Syrian refugees to return. Palestinian refugees have been living in Lebanon since 1948 without permission to work and are denouncing the "discriminatory" laws affecting them.
BORDER MANAGEMENT: EASO: EASO and Frontex sign updated Cooperation Plan – The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), strengthened their cooperation in their respective work on asylum, border control and migration management by signing their updated cooperation plan. The document will govern joint work in the areas of operational cooperation, information and analysis, capacity building and horizontal cooperation. The two agencies will work together on projects such as the set-up and implementation of the Migration Management Support Teams (MMST).

SEARCH & RESCUE: DW: EU interior ministers fail to find compromise on Mediterranean refugee rescue – A meeting of EU interior ministers in Finland on Thursday did not reach an agreement on disembarkation and relocation arrangements for people rescued at in the Mediterranean. While some Member States appeal for solidarity, others refuse to allow more refugees into their country, and many express concern about enticing more migrants to attempt the journey, reports Deutsche Welle.

See also: Estonian, Finnish stances on Mediterranean migrants completely at odds (1).

SEARCH & RESCUE: FA: Rackete muss vor Gericht aussagen [Rackete has to testify in front of the court] – Captain of the civilian rescue vessel Sea Watch 3, Carola Rackete, has to testify in court after a nine-day delay due to a strike. Rackete was charged with aiding illegal migration after she had entered the port of Lampedusa, Italy, to bring 40 people she had rescued in the Mediterranean to safety, against the orders of Italian authorities.
GERMANY: MZ: Ärger um Abschiebehaft Ausreisepflichtige Flüchtlinge sollen in reguläre Gefängnisse – Interior minister of the German federal state of Lower Saxony is reportedly preparing the detention in prisons of rejected asylum seekers obliged to leave the country.  The policy shift is in line with the recently passed Orderly-Return-law, which allows for this measure as interim solutions, as long as the group is physically separate from criminal convicts. European law prohibits detaining people awaiting deportation in general prisons.

GREECE: AnsaMed: Greece: labor minister criticized for 'racist' refugees move – Greece's newly-appointed Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis received criticism for revoking a law passed by the previous government in June, which granted National Health Care services to all foreigners from non-EU countries, refugees included. It provided additional guidelines that AMKA numbers (Greece's national insurance program) could be given to foreign nationals of third world countries, and meant that refugees would be treated the same as those residing in the country, as the Constitution states.

SPAIN: El Pais: How the streets of Barcelona have become a refuge for unaccompanied migrants – El Pais reports that an increasing number of unaccompanied young migrants are living in the streets of Barcelona. Relevant agencies are overwhelmed leading the government to activate an action plan to strengthen the numbers of social workers in the streets. Many of the youths reportedly turned to drugs to make a living and endure the harsh conditions.

TURKEY: Brookings: Syrian refugees in Turkey need better access to formal jobs – Brookings researchers analyse the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey, the country hosting the largest number of refugees worldwide.  They charts prospects for improving their integration and creating opportunities for formal and sustainable employment through the involvement of international governmental and non-governmental actors.

USA: Politico: Trump officials pressing to slash refugee admissions to zero next year – According to anonymous sources, during a key meeting of security officials on refugee admissions last week, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services representative who is closely aligned with White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller suggested setting a cap at zero. The possible move comes after the Trump administration cut refugee admissions by a third this year, to 30,000.
DW: World in Progress: Leros — a refugee haven with a difference – DW reports on the situation on the small Greek island of Leros, where conditions seem better compared to the overcrowded camps on other Greek islands. Refugee support organisations still face challenges.

The Guardian: Africans arriving here are all assumed to be fleeing – but it's the UK that risks losing out – Nesrine Malik inspects the Home Office’s hostile handling of visiting African professionals saying that the grounds for rejecting visa applications are often arbitrary and demeaning. Racial profiling and exclusion of an entire cohort of African professionals and academics damages the research networks and indeed credibility of “Global Britain”, she writes.

DW: Opinion: EU chooses self-interest over compassion for refugees – After a meeting of EU interior ministers failed to agree on a joint strategy for disembarkation and recue operations in the mediteranean, DW's Bernd Riegert writes that the far-right Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini can only win EU's game of "refugee bingo", having little reason to give in to states looking for lasting migration policy.
Thomas Reuters Foundation:  OPINION: Cities are key in addressing the refugee and migration challenges – In a joint opinion piece, the mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone and the mayor of Montreal, Canada reflect on achievements of inclusive urban politics towards refugees all over the world. They argue that cities often act as the laboratories which show how migrants and refugees add value and bring concrete solutions for inclusive, safe and sustainable urban space.
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