Tag Archives: Europe

News Article: Migrant crisis confusion: how many are entering the EU?

News Story:

Migrant crisis confusion: how many are entering the EU?

Europe’s border agency is facing criticism, after admitting that it has doubled-counted migrants entering the EU this year.

It released data claiming 710,000 migrants had entered the bloc from January-September this year.

But it later admitted some migrants would have been counted coming in twice, at the Greek border and then again as they travelled north into Hungary or Croatia.

Nando Sigona, a researcher on migration at the University of Birmingham in England, said: “I’m still amazed how Frontex could release such sensitive figures so light-heartedly, considering the impact that numbers have on the moral panic regarding migration and the political debate.”

A spokeswoman for Frontex told euronews that the agency had admitted that it had double-counted a few hours after releasing the information on Tuesday (October 13).

“We did issue a clarification,” she said. “We just use the data provided to us by the member states.”

The spokeswoman added that the agency had published the number of migrants entering Hungary because it was the only way of capturing people from the Balkans, such as Kosovo, who were moving northwards to enter the EU.

Asked about whether the agency should have published an article with a headline claiming 710,000 had entered the EU, the spokeswoman said Frontex would continue to publish the data in the same way, alongside a clarification about the double-counting.

Read Full Article here:  www.euronews.com/2015/10/14/migrant-crisis-confusion-how-many-are-entering-the-eu/#.Vh5qYndMvsI.facebook

 

Last Chance to Book: Migration & Marginalities 10 September 2015 | University of Brighton

Migration & Marginalities
10 September 2015 | University of Brighton

Confirmed Plenary speakers:
Iain Chambers (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”)
Maja Malus (MKC Maribor; Bulkan Curtains)


This one day, interdisciplinary symposium will bring together scholars, postgraduate students, practitioners and activists, to explore current discourses of migration in Britain and Europe. Across Europe, the public discourses of migration continue to trade on anxiety and fear. Much of this debate seems wearying familiar: populist politicians rehearse familiar anti-immigration rhetoric, while EU states co-operate to target so-called “irregular” migrants and the figure of Sangatte resurfaces in the popular press like some reanimated pop-cultural remake. At the same time, European migration appears to display new contours and patterns that such repetitions seem unable to record. Figures suggest that 2014 has seen a dramatic spike in Mediterranean fatalities as ever-greater numbers of African migrants attempt the perilous passage to Europe. Migration within Europe has also changed, as the EU expansion has combined with the calamitous collapse of finance capital.

Is it possible to reconcile these continuities with the seeming novelty of Europe’s migration? Does the apparent familiarity of these debates reveal or mask the shifting realities of migration in contemporary Europe? Furthermore, what differences or similarities can we trace from state to state? And are the discourses surrounding migration in Europe particular to the continent or simply evidence of a planetary trend?

Registration: http://shop.brighton.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&prodid=457&catid=74 (£40/£20 including lunch and refreshments)

Conference webpage: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/c21/events/events-calendar2/migration-and-marginalities-c21-routes
Twitter: https://twitter.com/C21Centre21
Join the conversation #C21Migrations

We look forward to seeing you there!

**Apologies for any cross-posting; please circulate to your networks**

The FULL SCHEDULE is now available to view.

 

News: ECRE and UNHCR Concerned over the ending of Mare Nostrum without European rescue initiative to replace it.

Extract:

ECRE and UNHCR have warned that ending Italy’s rescue operation Mare Nostrum without replacing it by a well-resourced European search and rescue initiative would mean more deaths at sea.

One year ago, just a few days after more than 300 people drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy launched the Mare Nostrum operation to ensure search and rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean. Since then, Mare Nostrum has saved around 150,000 people.

“Everyone was horrified at the loss of lives off Lampedusa one year ago. Italy did something about it. Now this life-saving Mare Nostrum operation is at stake. Refugees, many fleeing war in Syria and oppression in Eritrea, cannot stay in lawless Libya and it is not possible for them to reach a safe place legally and safely. If Mare Nostrum ends without being replaced by a well-resourced operation whose priority is to save lives, more people will die in their attempt to reach our shores. A European effort is urgently needed, if the EU is really serious about putting an end to the deaths in the Mediterranean,” said ECRE’s Secretary General Michael Diedring.

Read the full article online via the ECRE website here: ECRE and UNHCR Concerned over the ending of Mare Nostrum without European rescue initiative to replace it.

Further news and social media coverage of this story are available via the following links:

BBC News – UK opposes future migrant rescues in Mediterranean

The Independent – UK axes support for Mediterranean migrant rescue operation

The Independent – Italy’s decision to end Mare Nostrum will put the lives of thousands of migrants and refugees at risk

Amnesty International – Is there ever a justification for leaving people to drown in the Med?

The Telegraph – Drown an immigrant to save an immigrant: why is the Government borrowing policy from the BNP?

The Guardian – Italian navy says it will continue refugee rescue mission despite plan to scrap it

The Guardian – Migrants’ tales: ‘I feel for those who were with me. They got asylum in the sea’

The Independent – European governments must come to the rescue of asylum-seekers

ECRE – Mare Nostrum to end – New Frontex operation will not ensure rescue of migrants in international waters

UNHCR – UNHCR concerned over ending of rescue operation in the Mediterranean

 

New Regional Publications on MENA; Europe; and the Americas

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Regional Publications on MENA

“Discrimination Awaits Palestinians Fleeing the Syrian Conflict,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 39 (July 2013) [full-text]

Israel: New Pressure on Asylum Seekers to Leave (HRW, July 2013) [text]

Libya Country Report (Asylum Research Consultancy, July 2013) [text via Refworld]

Libya: Displaced People from Tawergha Barred from Return (HRW, June 2013) [text]

“Syrian Refugees: Living in Limbo,” The Economist, 15 July 2013 [text]

Under Pressure: The Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Host Communities in Lebanon (World Vision, July 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Regional Publications on Europe

Regional Focus: Europe

“ECtHR Blocks Pushback of Somali Migrants from Malta to Libya Following Outcry from Civil Society,” ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 12 July 2013 [text]
– See also joint NGO press release.

“Ensuring Protection in Europe”: UNHCR’s Recommendations to Lithuania for the EU Presidency, July-December 2013 (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

“The EU Asylum, Immigration and Border Control Regimes: Including and Excluding the ‘Deserving Migrant’,” European Journal of Social Security, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

Some 8,400 Migrants, Asylum-seekers Reach Italy and Malta by Sea in First Half of 2013 (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

Srebrenica’s Legacy: How the Lessons of the Balkans Animate Humanitarianism Today (U.S. Dept. of State, July 2013) [text]

New Regional Publications on The Americas

Caribbean Regional Conference on the Protection of Vulnerable Persons in Mixed Migration Flows: Promoting Cooperation and Identification of Good Practices,  Nassau, The Bahamas, 22-23 May 2013 [summary report]
– See also a summary of the conference conclusions.

Internal Displacement, Place Attachment and Post-conflict Trauma in Sucre, Colombia, Bachelor Thesis (Lund University, 2013) [text]

Refugee Status Determination in Canada and the Path to Radical Reform (SSRN, June 2013) [text]

Revisiting Haiti’s Gangs and Organized Violence (HASOW, June 2013) [text]

 

 

New Regional Publications on Europe and Thematic Publications on Health

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Regional Publications on Europe

“ECtHR Blocks Pushback of Somali Migrants from Malta to Libya Following Outcry from Civil Society,” ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 12 July 2013 [text]
– See also joint NGO press release.

“Ensuring Protection in Europe”: UNHCR’s Recommendations to Lithuania for the EU Presidency, July-December 2013 (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

“The EU Asylum, Immigration and Border Control Regimes: Including and Excluding the ‘Deserving Migrant’,” European Journal of Social Security, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

Some 8,400 Migrants, Asylum-seekers Reach Italy and Malta by Sea in First Half of 2013 (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

Srebrenica’s Legacy: How the Lessons of the Balkans Animate Humanitarianism Today (U.S. Dept. of State, July 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Health

“Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors Multimedia Training: A Mixed-methods Study of Effect on Healthcare Providers’ Attitudes, Knowledge, Confidence, and Practice in Humanitarian Settings,” Conflict and Health 7:14 (July 2013) [open access text]

“GP and Registrar Involvement in Refugee Health: A Needs Assessment,” Australian Family Physician, vol. 42, no. 6 (June 2013) [full-text]

“Health Behaviors Associated with Chronic Disease Development and Management among Iraqi Refugees,” Master of Public Health Thesis and Capstone Presentations, no. 76 (Thomas Jefferson University, June 2013) [text]

“HIV-related Risk Factors among Black African Migrants and Refugees in Christchurch, New Zealand: Results from the Mayisha-NZ Survey,” The New Zealand Medical Journal, vol. 126, no. 1376 (June 2013) [full-text]

“Piloting Community-based Medical Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault in Conflict-affected Karen State of Eastern Burma,” Conflict and Health 7:12 (May 2013) [open access text]

“Social Inequalities in Mental Health and Mortality among Refugees and Other Immigrants to Sweden – Epidemiological Studies of Register Data,” Global Action Health, vol. 6 (2013) [open access text]

“Subjective Quality of Life in War-affected Populations,” BMC Public Health 13:624 (July 2013) [open access text]

“Suicide and Suicidal Ideation among Bhutanese Refugees — United States, 2009–2012,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, vol. 62, no. 26 (July 2013) [public domain text]

“A Systematic Review of Naturalistic Interventions in Refugee Populations,” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, forthcoming (2013) [preprint]

UNHCR Lebanon Operational Guidance (UNHCR, May 2013) [text]

 

New Regional Publications on Europe; Syria; and Australia & New Zealand

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Regional Publications on Europe

Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union 2012 (EASO, 2013) [text via Refworld]

Brief Information Note on the Main Asylum-Related Legal Changes in Hungary as of 1 July 2013 (Hungarian Helsinki Committee, July 2013) [text via Refworld]

An EU-Turkey Readmission Agreement: Undermining the Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers? (Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, June 2013) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

Frontier Europe: Human Rights Abuses on Greece’s Border with Turkey (Amnesty International, July 2013) [text]

Pope Francis Visits Lampedusa in Solidarity with Migrants and Residents (ICMC, July 2013) [text]

Sweden and Immigration: From Economic Migrants to Humanitarians (SSRN, Nov. 2012) [text]

UNHCR Comments and Recommendations on the Proposed Act Amending the International Protection Act (EVA 2013-1711-00240) (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

UNHCR Comments and Recommendations on the Proposed Amendments to the Aliens Act in Slovenia (UNHCR, 2013?) [text]

New Regional Publications on Syria

Failing Syrian Refugees in Iraq’s Kurdish Region: International Actors Can Do More (Norwegian Refugee Council, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Iraq/Jordan/Turkey: Syrians Blocked from Fleeing War (Human Rights Watch, July 2013) [text]

Lebanese Contradictory Responses to Syrian Refugees Include Stress, Hospitality, Resentment, Policy Brief (Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs & Fafo, June 2013) [text]
– See also other materials related to this project.

Nowhere People: The Refugees of Syria by Moises Saman (Time Magazine LightBox, July 2013) [access]
– Photo essay.

Syria’s Spinoff Crisis (Brown Political Review, June 2013) [text]

Syrian Refugee Crisis: Can the Breaking Point Be Prevented? (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, June 2013) [text]

Syrian Refugees in Turkey: The Limits of an Open Door Policy (UpFront Blog, June 2013) [text]

New Regional Publications on Australia & New Zealand

Opportunity:

Refugees & Australia, 1972-2012 [info]
– Special exhibit that runs until 12 May 2014 at the Migration Museum in Adelaide, Australia.

Publications:

A Better Way: Regional Cooperation, Policy Brief (Refugee Council of Australia, June 2013) [text]

Bob Carr and the Ghost of Philip Ruddock (Inside Story, July 2013) [text]

FactCheck: Are Asylum Seekers Really Economic Migrants? (The Conversation, July 2013) [text]

Just Hook around Tasmania and Pop across the Tasman (Inside Story, June 2013) [text]

No Country is an Island (Inside Story, June 2013) [text]

“Pragmatic Answers to the Asylum Seeker Question,” Eureka Street Extra (June 2013) [text]

Pushed to the Margins: Building Pathways towards Greater Social Inclusion for Refugee Women in Australia (Australian Centre for Leadership for Women, June 2013) [text via BroCAP]

“Why Bob Carr is Kidding Himself about Refugees,” Eureka Street, vol. 23, no. 13 (July 2013) [text]

World Refugee Day: New Zealand at Risk of Abusing Human Rights in the Name of Border Control (Amnesty International, June 2013) [text]

World Refugee Day 2013: Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre (NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, June 2013) [text]

 

 

New Regional Publication on Europe and the United Kingdom

New Regional Publications on Europe

FRA Annual Activity Report 2012.
Published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

The founding regulation envisages that every year an annual report on activities has to be prepared and published.

[Download Full Report]

Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2012.
Published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Against a backdrop of rising unemployment and increased deprivation, this FRA Annual report closely examines the situation of those, such as children, who are vulnerable to budget cuts, impacting important fields such as education, healthcare and social services. It looks at the discrimination that Roma continue to face and the mainstreaming of elements of extremist ideology in political and public discourse. It considers the impact the crises have had on the basic principle of the rule of law, as well as stepped up EU Member State efforts to ensure trust in justice systems.

[Download Full Report]

Fundamental rights at Europe’s southern sea borders.
Published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

This FRA report examines the conditions at Europe’s southern sea borders with respect to the most fundamental rights of a person, the right to life and the right not to be sent back to torture, persecution or inhuman treatment. It looks at sea border surveillance and disembarkation procedures, as well as training and Frontex-coordinated operations. It examines practices across the EU Member States researched – Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain.

[Download Full Report]

 

New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom

Report on an unannounced inspection of
HMP Lindholme
11–15 February 2013
by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
[Download Full Report]

Secularism, Racism and the Politics of Belonging.
Edited by Nira Yuval-Davis and Phil Marfleet for The Runnymede Trust.
[Download Full Report]