The Ombudsman of Ireland has released the first report on the Irish Direct Provision system for those awaiting asylum decisions, highlighting the inadequacy of the living conditions where asylum seekers are left waiting for months or even years as the government struggles to cope with processing applications.
This week marked the fourth anniversary of the “Tarajal tragedy”, when a group of Sub-Saharan nationals who attempted to reach the Spanish territory by swimming towards the Tarajal beach in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta was violently repelled by the Spanish Civil Guard. The guards used rubber bullets and tear gas to push them back, resulting in at least 14 deaths. 4 years later, civil societies organisations such as ECRE’s member CEAR and Amnesty International still call for a proper investigation in that case and for the end of push backs in the Spanish enclaves.
The Italian government has announced an additional 80 million euro investment in its African Fund to fight illegal migration and the deployment of troops in Libya “to combat illegal immigration and counter terrorism threats.” The deployment of troops is condemned as a violation of Libyan sovereignty and a report by ISS Institute for Security Studies and The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime describes the tight link between security and migrant management in Libya as …
Difficulties in securing adequate reception for unaccompanied children seeking protection have persisted in Italy and Greece throughout 2017.
2,275 unaccompanied children applied for asylum in Greece in 2017, adding to 2,146 lone children who arrived the year before. By the end of the year, 2,290 were waiting to be placed in a dedicated shelter due to a shortage in capacity, as the network of shelters managed by the National Centre for Social Solidarity (EKKA) had a maximum capacity of 1,101 places at that time.
A series of new attacks in the capital, Kabul, illustrates the volatile situation in Afghanistan, a BBC report reveals the Taliban controls or operates openly in 70% of the country and the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Factsheet describes the intensifying conflict Yet, EU Member States continue to deport Afghan …