On 23 September 2020, the European Commission proposed a "New Pact on Migration and Asylum" which was supposed to renew European migration policies. Far from representing a new deal, the orientation and the measures advocated in this Pact are in reality a continuation of the repressive and security-oriented policies implemented by European institutions and their member states since the late 1990s. More than thirty years later, the objective remains the same: to see as few exiles as possible (...)
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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 (...)
From the « war against the virus » to the war against exiles: security responses to Covid-19 exacerbate violence at borders
The Greek hotspots in which exiles are crammed without any protection of their rights or from the pandemic are an example of the precarization of their trajectories by the security policies of States. Migreurop denounces the violence inflicted onto exiles in the name of the “war against the virus”, their unequal treatment with regard to the pandemic, and demands the immediate closure of all spaces of migrant detention in order to ensure their right to be protected.
Today, Migreurop publishes (...)
Behind the word ‘camp’
English translation (June 2019) of migreurop press release published on Nov. 14, 2004, with the original title Derrière le mot camp
In solidarity with Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Democratic Rep. of the 14th New York District in the US House of Representatives, violently attacked for stating that detention centres for foreigners are concentration camps, yet never calling them extermination camps. In 2004, the Migreurop network has been similarly attacked when it used the word "camp" to designate the places where, in and around Europe, foreigners are locked up. We have decided to translate this text to affirm our solidarity with Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and all those who, opposing the war on migrants, are prosecuted and often convicted and above all with migrants. Free movement for all!
Trial of the ‘Moria 35’ – some initial first observations
First report from the hearings, which are taking place in Chios (Greece)
Friday 20th April – First day
Of the 35 defendants, 30 have been held in preventive detention since last July. They arrive in the courtroom handcuffed, two by two. Outside and inside, the police presence is impressive (about 40 armed policemen). In the courtroom, the defendants, mainly Africans, are located in the centre in rows. The atmosphere is tense.
Opposite the defendants, are the president, the two assessor (...)