Fewer and fewer migrants are able to cross EU borders. Over the first six months of the year, arrivals by sea to Italy decreased by over 70% compared with 2017 . In spite of this, a few hundred migrants rescued at sea have been portrayed as the root cause of the most significant “crisis” ever faced by the EU. The European Council, which is meeting on 28-29 June, is once again placing at the top of its agenda the response to “migratory pressures”. However, the “solutions” that will be put forward (...)
Activity Report 2017
Although the country’s presidency of the EU does not begin until July 1st, Austria has already announced, through its Prime Minister, that it will seek to focus on borders. This is hardly surprising from the leader of a party on the far right, but this impulse is shared by a number of European heads of government and may even be the lowest common denominator between member states. According to the President of the European Council, in a statement made last January, “Protecting our territory, (...)
The serious risk caused by the italian government’s position in the Aquarius’ issue : spanish intervention does not raise Italy from its responsibilities
Press releases ASGI
ASGI LAUNCHES THE ALARM: POSSIBLE IMMINENT REPEAT OF SAME EPISODES
At the time of writing, the case of the vessel Aquarius has not yet come to an end which will hopefully be a positive one, thanks to the intervention of Spanish authorities and despite the conduct of the Italian Government.
The welcome decision of Spain to choose solidarity and to take in charge, materially and legally, the survivors rescued by the Aquarius shall not obfuscate the serious responsibility of the Italian (...)
Calais: 20 years of (in)hospitality
Atlas of Migration 2017
For 20 years, exiles transiting through the city of Calais and its vicinity have been confronted with police operations forcing them into areas with often inhuman and degrading living conditions. When these sites become too visible, they are systematically dismantled. This was the case with the Sangatte camp in December 2002, for a large part of the jungle in 2009, when squats and scattered settlements in Calais were closed in the winter of 2015, or when the slums surrounding the Jules (...)
The European Union cannot abolish winter: it must instead put an end to the criminal hotspot policy!
At what point does failing to assist a person in danger become a crime? How many deaths are necessary to constitute a crime against humanity? These questions have been raised for years in relation to the thousands of people who have died in the Mediterranean due to the lack of legal routes into the European Union (EU). Today, the increasingly serious situation of thousands of refugees, trapped by freezing temperatures in Greek camps and on the ‘Balkan routes’, directly challenges the choices (...)