Daily Archives: Friday, February 26, 2016

A Cartoon Guide to Immigration (National Institute of Economic and Social Research)

Beyond the ‘asylum-seeking market’: Podcast by Jonathan Darling

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Jonathan Darling, University of Manchester, gives a talk for the University of Oxford’s COMPAS seminar series.
He draws on my current research looking at how dispersal has worked across four UK cities historically, and how changes with the privatisation of provision has affected relations between asylum seekers and cities, between private providers and local authorities, and between local authorities and the Home Office.

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EUNAVFOR MED-Six Month Report: No Indication of Refugee Protection Plan for EU Operations within Libyan Territorial Waters and No Reports of Human Trafficking


There is a lot of information in the EUNAVFOR MED Operation SOPHIA Six Month Report   (also here: EEAS-2016-126) that was released last week by WikiLeaks, but there are two subjects not discussed which jumped out at me.

No Discussion of Refugee Protection Plan

First, the Report does not contain information regarding what the EU military force intends to do with migrants who are intercepted or rescued by EU vessels if and when EUNAVFOR MED patrols begin to operate within Libyan territorial waters.

The Report’s ‘Next Steps and Key Challenges’ section [pp 19-21] discusses different EU contingency plans for Phase 2B of the operation and specifically discusses how suspected smugglers arrested by EU forces within Libyan territorial waters would be handled. The Report says suspected smugglers should not be turned over by EU forces to Libyan officials for criminal prosecution unless it can be ensured ‘that they [will be] treated…

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Why are unaccompanied migrant children disappearing in the thousands?

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Until the EU recognises the specific needs of child migrants and makes it a priority to swiftly reunite them with family members, Jenny Allsopp and I argue in an op-ed published in OpenDemocracy, many will likely continue to abscond from the reception system.

The ‘disappearance’ of 10,000 migrant children after arriving in the EU made recently headlines in British newspapers and across the world. The Observer reported data from Europol, the EU’s criminal intelligence agency, drawing an explicit link between the fact that thousands of young migrants had vanished after registering with EU state authorities and the alleged intervention of a ‘sophisticated pan-European criminal infrastructure’ that is ‘targeting minors for sex abuse and slavery’. But does this speak to the reality? In the OpenDemocracy piece we explain why the answer may not be so straightforward.

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Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 02/26/2016

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Daily News and Updates from ReliefWeb 02/26/2016

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