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29 Jun 2018 description

The European Council agreed to explore the idea of “regional disembarkation platforms” with the aim to “break the business model of smugglers” by safely disembarking people rescued at sea in relevant third countries to be processed to distinguish between irregular migrants and those in need of international protection. One version of the idea has been proposed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

25 Jun 2018 description

Delegations will find attached the Council conclusions on the Horn of Africa/Red Sea as adopted at the 3628th meeting of the Council on 25 June 2018.

ANNEX

Council Conclusions on the Horn of Africa/Red Sea

[Red Sea]

08 Jun 2018 description

In the last two weeks, the French authorities have carried out evacuations of three unofficial camps on the streets of Paris, and rounded up almost 2,000 migrants who had been living there.

30 Mar 2018 description

The Israeli government’s controversial plan to initiate the forced deportation of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers has been delayed, while hundreds of those affected remain detained in Israeli prisons over the Passover holiday weekend.

The delay was announced after mass protests last week, during which 25,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv to denounce the policy of ordering asylum seekers to leave Israel for unnamed destination in Africa in exchange for €2,800 and a plane ticket. Those who refuse deportation are detained indefinitely in Saharonim prison.

16 Mar 2018 description

The updated AIDA Country Report on Spain tracks recent developments in the asylum procedure, reception conditions, detention of asylum seekers and content of international protection throughout 2017. Spain registered 31,738 asylum seekers, almost doubling the number of applicants in 2016.

12 Jan 2018 description

The current crisis in the Belgian government provoked by the alleged torture of undocumented migrants from Sudan returned from Belgium after being interviewed by a Sudanese government delegation is illustrative of the risks involved when EU and Member States apply a rigid focus on return at any cost and of the potential risk of increasing the involvement of third country officials.

15 Dec 2017 description

By Shani Bar-Tuvia, PhD student, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program “Human Rights under Pressure: Ethics, Law and Politics”, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

07 Sep 2009 description

ECRE's Recommendations for the Stockholm Programme

1. Introduction

With the publication of its Communication 'An area of freedom, security and justice serving the citizen', the Commission has presented its views on the EU's priorities in the field of justice and home affairs, including in the field of asylum, for the next five years. The Communication will be used as the basis for discussions between the various stakeholders at EU level that should result in the adoption in December 2009 by the Heads of State and Government of the so-called Stockholm Programme.

29 Jun 2009 description

Memorandum to the Swedish Presidency

Introduction

Sweden will take over the Presidency of the European Union (EU) at a pivotal time in the development of European refugee law and policy.

17 Jun 2009 description

When meeting this week in Brussels, EU leaders will discuss measures to tackle irregular migration in the Mediterranean, including recent proposals from the European Commission to set up asylum reception and processing centres in Libya.

ECRE is very concerned about any proposal which would allow EU States to evade their obligations to protect refugees by shifting the responsibility to countries with extremely dubious human rights records. "Refugees are the first victims of the 'fight against immigration' that our governments are undertaking.

16 Jun 2009 description

When EU Heads of State and Government meet in Brussels on 18/19 June they will discuss measures to tackle irregular migration in the Mediterranean. These discussions are expected to build on dialogue from the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council meeting of 4/5 June, including in relation to recent proposals from the European Commission contemplating the establishment of asylum and reception processing centres in Libya.

03 Jun 2009 description

Brussels 3 June 2009 - Justice and Home Affairs Ministers will meet tomorrow in Luxembourg at a time when the Italian authorities are breaching their human rights commitments by deporting migrants to Libya without an assessment of their need for protection.