GREECE – ITALY : JOINT CONDEMNATION BY THE ECHR

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Les condamnations de la Grèce pour traitement inhumain et dégradant s’additionnent.

Celles d’autres pays pour renvoyer en Grèce aussi. Après la Belgique, l’Italie. Cette fois pour le refoulement d’exilés à la frontière maritime avec la Grèce.

Cet arrêt de la Cour Européenne des Droits de l’Homme s’additionne à d’autres pour remettre en cause la présomption de respect des droits de l’homme par les pays de l’Union européenne. Ce qui questionne à la fois les réadmissions dans le cadre du règlement Dublin III et celles dans le cadre de Schengen et d’autres accords européens.

En français, l’arrêt de la CEDH :

http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx?i=001-147287#{%22itemid%22:[%22001-147287%22]}

et son communiqué :

http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx#{%22itemid%22:[%22003-4910682-6007008%22]}

Le communiqué en anglais :

http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx#{%22itemid%22:[%22003-4910702-6007035%22]}

et sur le site de ECRE :

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=8e3ebd297b1510becc6d6d690&id=f9a6650abc

 

GREECE: INTEGRATION BACK AWAY

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During the period of economic growth in turn of the 1990s and 2000, Greece was a country of immigration. Several regularization of undocumented migrants were conducted. Integration programs have also been established – this is evident today when they disappear. The two hundred teachers who taught Greek and to foreign children have so lost their jobs.

In French on La Courrier des Balkans website :

http://balkans.courriers.info/article25774.html

 

KOSOVO: EMIGRATION CONTINUE TO THE EUROPEAN UNION

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Faced with the economic situation in kosovo, part of the population leaves in the Diaspora, especially to the European Union. Other possibilities to obtain a residence permit and work being considerably reduced, the asylum appears to be one of the only ways to access legal status. But it also reflects the reality of discrimination, which may be the case for the Roma and Ashkali communities.

Article in French on Le Courrier des Balkans website :

http://balkans.courriers.info/article25791.html

 

GREECE: NEW CONDEMNATION BY THE ECHR

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Greece has again been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights to inhuman and degrading treatment. An Iranian exile was placed and held in detention for six months in inhumane conditions, although he said he wanted to seek asylum, which resulted in psychological problems which led to several suicide attempts.

The judgement (in French):

http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/Pages/search.aspx#{%22fulltext%22:[%22H.H%20v%20Greece%22],%22languageisocode%22:[%22FRA%22],%22respondent%22:[%22GRC%22],%22itemid%22:[%22001-146777%22]}

A presentation (in English) in the ECRE weekly Bulletin:

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=8e3ebd297b1510becc6d6d690&id=1758f394bc

 

EUROPEAN UNION: INCREASE IN ASYLUM SEEKERS FROM THE BALKANS

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The European Union is confronted to the contradictions of its policy vis-à-vis the countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia). On the one hand a very restrictive immigration policy that significantly limits the possibilities of going on diaspora. The other a policy of rapprochement and a concept of stability in the region that leads to condone violations of human rights. Asylum seekers from these countries are considered as bogus asylum seekers and their countries of origin are supposed to prevent them from coming out and seek asylum in the European Union.

In fact, the number of asylum seekers from these countries is increasing according to the last Eurostats’ paper.

In French on Le Courrier des Balkans website :

http://balkans.courriers.info/article25757.html

The Eurostats paper in English :

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_OFFPUB/KS-QA-14-011/EN/KS-QA-14-011-EN.PDF

 

CYPRUS: THOSE SYRIANS WHO DO NOT WANT TO LET BEING ENCLOSED

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Cyprus shares with Greece being the worst European countries in terms of non-hospitality and violation of the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. And be separated from the rest of the EU by sea like Greece is from Schengen by the Adriatic Sea and the Balkans (see here).

A group of three hundred forty-five Syrian exiles did not make the mistake. Rescued at sea by a luxury liner that leads them to Cyprus, the majority of them refuse to come down and demands to be brought to Italy.

They finally agree to disembark but very few of them claim asylum in Cyprus, the other wanting to continue their journey towards a more hospitable land.

In English:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29358265

http://cyprus-mail.com/2014/10/13/only-six-of-339-rescued-refugees-have-applied-for-asylum-in-cyprus/

 

 

GREECE: THE DETENTION SYSTEM CHALLENGED AGAIN

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A report under the MIDAS project advanced illegality and ineffectiveness of detention extended beyond 18 months, while another of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman Treatments reveals that these worsen in prisons and detention centers.

On the MIDAS project’s website (in English):

http://www.eliamep.gr/en/category/migration/midas/

On Okeanews website (in French):

http://www.okeanews.fr/20141013-detention-prolongee-dimmigrants-inhumaine-illegale-inefficace

http://www.okeanews.fr/20141015-cas-de-torture-dans-des-centres-de-detention-pour-migrants-en-grece

 

 

SERBIA: THE FATE OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

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Consequence of its place on the path of exiles on their way to central and northern Europe, but also the number of crises in the Middle East (after Syria, Iraq), Serbia sees the number of asylum seekers increase. Most do not want to stay and continue their journey. But many questions are being debated, such as the reception capacity at the approach of winter, the proportion of minors, with in the background the issue of Serbian asylum-seekers in the European Union. Also, rejection reactions of the population, as in Mladenovac.

About the reception of asylum seekers, on the site of Le Courrier des Balkans:

http://balkans.courriers.info/article25671.html

and on the blog Serbie Droits Humains:

http://serbie-droitshumains.blogspot.fr/2014/10/hausse-du-nombre-de-demandeurs-dasile.html

About minors:

http://serbie-droitshumains.blogspot.fr/2014/10/mineurs-demandeurs-dasile-en-serbie.html

and opposition to the home of asylum seekers in Mladenovac, on the blog Serbie Droits Humains:

http://serbie-droitshumains.blogspot.fr/2014/10/manifestation-contre-un-centre-pour.html

(Article in French)

 

BALKAN ROAD

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After “Beyond Evros Wall” in 2012, the photographer Alberto Campi and the geographer Christina del Biaggio just published “Balkan Road”, a documentary made ​​of portraits of exiles on their way through the Western Balkans.

Beyond Evros Wall (in English) :

http://www.albertocampiphoto.com/beyond-evros-wall-2/

Balkan Road (in French) :

http://visionscarto.net/balkan-road

 

WESTERN BALKANS: SAFE COUNTRIES ACCORDING TO GERMANY

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The German parliament decided to add Bosnia, Macedonia and Serbia to the list of safe countries of origin. This list varies from one country to another, and included so far in Germany the other countries of the European Union, Ghana and Senegal. This effectively means that asylum seekers should bring immediately clear evidence of persecution for their claims examined. This measure is intended mainly Roma, who are also the majority of deportees by Germany to the Balkans.

See in English in the European Council on Refugees and exiles :

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=8e3ebd297b1510becc6d6d690&id=9642a55e9e&e=56fa2dd50e

 

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