In the wake of the shipwreck that saw more than 300 people drown off the shores of Lampedusa on 3 October, the Migreurop network, together with several organisations based in the north and the south of the Mediterranean, has questioned the responsibility of European states and their partners in the implementation of the EU’s migration policy (see below the opinion column “ Murderous Europe” on 4 October 2013), and has also expressed its concern to the European Parliament on the role played by (...)
Lesvos/ Greece the new European cage for migrants
Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), Migreurop, Welcome to Europe, Youth without Borders (Jugendliche ohne Grenzen – JOG) and their afghan friends and members, who had been detained in the hell of Pagani in 2009 and before as minors and returned to Lesvos these days and Migreurop jointly wrote a press release on Lesvos Island and the newly centre opened on the Island.
The recent tragedies in Lampedusa have highlighted, once again, the prevailing indifference of the EU toward the (...)
Frontex : Controlling or Saving Lives?
Six days after the “tragedy of Lampedusa”, while the search for the shipwrecked continues and the number of recovered bodies rises daily, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, is sending out a misleading message: the solution to prevent the deaths at sea would be to speed up the installation of Eurosur so as to better detect the boats of refugees at sea, and invest additional resources to launch a large scale search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean, (...)
Campaign of parliamentary visits 2013
Analysis of the main findings and visits’ report
The campaign of parliamentary visits to migrant detention sites was launched on 24 April 2013 at the European Parliament .
Over three months, members of European and national parliaments took action, asserting their right – guaranteed by law - to visit detention sites, in order to strengthen citizen surveillance of these structures, to underline the need for transparency and to give greater visibility to problems related to the detention of migrants. These visits aimed to encourage reform (...)
Lampedusa: murderous Europe
The new shipwreck of a boat coming from Libya in which at least 300 out of the 500 passengers perished or disappeared very near to the island of Lampedusa, was not caused by fate. In 2010, in the same place, two simultaneous shipwrecks resulted in close to 400 victims. In 2009, 200 people drowned in the high seas off the Sicilian coast. Only during the first six months of 2011, UNHCR estimated that 1,500 boat people had come to their deaths while they tried to reach the coasts of the island (...)