Migreurop organised on 19 April 2023 a public webinar to analyse the ongoing EU reforms on migration and asylum, and their impacts along the exile routes. This webinar was organised in collaboration with La Cimade, Ciré, CNCD-11.11.11 and Statewatch. The first part of the webinar aims to update information on current EU reforms, including the European Pact on Asylum and Migration (see here Migreurop’s position paper on the subject) and the reform of the Schengen Borders Code. The second part (...)
Joint statement on last week’s deaths in the Channel
One week after 4 people seeking to reach the UK from France died in a shipwreck, Migreurop joins civil society organisations and activists from the UK, France, Belgium, and beyond to remember those who died and denounce the murderous policies faced by people on the move on both sides of the Channel.
A week ago, news broke that a major rescue operation was underway in the Channel to rescue people from a small boat who were trying to reach safety in the UK. Reports later confirmed that four (...)
Deadly policies in the Mediterranean: stop the shipwrecks caused off the coast of Tunisia
For two years now, the number of shipwrecks and disappearances of boats of people on the move trying to reach Italy happening close to the Tunisian coast has been increasing. According to figures from the FTDES (Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights), between the beginning of the year and the end of November 2022, more than 575 people have died during this crossing. These figures do not take into account countless other invisible shipwrecks - those boats that disappear without (...)
The Channel, Europe’s other graveyard
In the Channel, as elsewhere, European migration policies are killing and hindering the right of every person to move freely
On 24 November 2021, yet another shipwreck claimed the lives of at least 27 people trying to reach the UK from France, adding to the list of more than 300 people who have died since 1999 at this border. Like the Mediterranean, where more than 38,000 migrants have died or gone missing since the early 2000s, the English Channel has been turned into a graveyard by murderous European migration policies.
The horror of this tragedy is compounded by the authorities’ unbearable hypocrisy, and the (...)
Blackmail in the Balkans: how the EU is externalising its asylum policies
Sophie-Anne Bisiaux (Migreurop) and Lorenz Naegeli (independent researcher)
The development of a system for collecting data on people on the move in the Balkans highlights the overall orientation of the EU’s migration policies: outsourcing migration management at all costs, to the detriment of provisions for reception. In order to keep those considered as "undesirable" at a distance, would the European Union go so far as to extend beyond its borders the ‘Dublin’ mechanism for allocating state responsibility for asylum claims, at the risk of further aggravating the (...)