At dawn on 23 December 2006, between two and four hundred migrants were rounded up in several neighbourhoods in Rabat (Morocco), placed in minibuses and taken by force to the Algerian border. On 25 December, round-ups also took place in Nador (in the east of the country). Little over a year after the events in Ceuta and Melilla in autumn 2005, large-scale round-ups and deportations in the name of the protection of Europe borders are again on the agenda in a country where, on a daily basis, the rights of migrants and of people in need of international protection are scorned.
Tough time for asylum seekers
Intending Pakistani asylum seekers eying the UK would be better advised to read the latest Amnesty International and Refugee Action study published here on Tuesday before they take the plunge.
New reports show government policy forcing refused asylum seekers into abject poverty
Refused asylum seekers eat out of bins and sleep in parks, public toilets and phone-boxes because of government policy.
Failed asylum seekers forced to sleep rough, says report
Thousands of rejected asylum seekers have been abandoned by the government and are sleeping rough in parks, public toilets and churches, leading to record levels of destitution across the country, according a report published today.
The Black Book of Ceuta and Melilla
Migreurop network has published a "black book" to document the situation in the two Spanish north African enclaves, which features analysis, photographs and extensive testimonies from migrants themselves, who are thus given the opportunity to describe their experiences of what EU institutions euphemistically refer to as an "integrated system to fight illegal immigration", which is repeatedly, and annoyingly, considering that migrants have been shot, abandoned to die in the desert, hunted down and detained in inhumane conditions, followed by the phrase "while respecting human rights".