Interactive: A perilous passage
Record numbers of migrants have made harrowing sea journeys to Italy and Greece this year.
Interactive: A perilous passage
Record numbers of migrants have made harrowing sea journeys to Italy and Greece this year.
What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?
August in southern Italy is known darkly as ’boating season’ - the peak period for migrants arriving in Sicily at the end of an often epic journey through Africa. Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
Exploited in the Southern Sun
After fleeing their homes and surviving a perilous Mediterranean crossing, African migrants in Italy are falling prey to labor gangs.
A surge from the sea
ANOTHER weekend, another two thousand-odd immigrants rescued by Italian sailors and coastguards in the Mediterranean. On August 11th the San Giusto, an amphibious transport vessel, landed 1,698 people in Reggio Calabria, a city in southern Italy. The day before, a naval patrol vessel and a frigate disembarked 364 people at ports in eastern Sicily.
#migration #asile #réfugiés #Méditerranée #Italie #sauvetage #Mare_Nostrum
100,000 Boat Migrants Arrive in Italy This Year
ROME (Reuters) - Two boat migrants died among almost 1,500 rescued by Italy in the last 24 hours, authorities said on Friday as the total number reaching Italian shores this year passed 100,000.
The national campaign against #IKEA in Italy
‘The warehouse worker has no fear’: this is the slogan that has been backing the national day against IKEA launched by the two grassroots unions S.I. Cobas and ADL Cobas for the 26th of July. The campaign against the well-known ready-to-assemble furniture company is inscribed in a longer round of struggles within the logistics sector, whose starting point can be traced back to the 2008 picket lines blocking the entrance of the warehouse of the large retail company Bennet in Origgio (VA). These struggles, involving several companies (like TNT, DHL, Esselunga, Granarolo), stemmed from the workers’ demands for better working conditions, fair wages and the protection of workers’ dignity, and have put under attack a twisted system of subcontracting used by firms to avoid compliance with the collective agreement and with the guarantees thereon provided to the workers.
#Italie #protestation #kill_billy
The detention of asylum seekers is always particularly controversial. The Saadi v UK decision of the Strasbourg Court was much criticised for condoning administrative detention of asylum seekers. It did, however, impose apparently strict legal constraints on such detention. Nevertheless, in that time, executive practice in Europe has evolved in ways that arguably further undermine these constraints. This seminar considers practices in the UK under the detained fast-track system and in Italy on the island of Lampedusa to assess the current state of detention and its compliance with the rule of law.
The Gate of Shadows
Italy, and other European countries, are at the center of serious violations of human rights with the detention and forced deportation of thousands of migrants. The Identification and Expulsion Centers (CIE) are deplorable examples of the contradictions of the Italian and European laws on migration.
It is extremely hard to explain the existence of CIEs. These are not regular prisons and detainees are not regular prisoners. Although foreign nationals are detained within CIEs under the status of “guests,” their stay in these poorly built structures corresponds to a de facto detention, as they are deprived of their freedom and subjected to a regime of abuse and coercion.
Despite not being actually labeled as prisons, the Centers very often resemble prisons, with distinctive features, from their impenetrable nature to barbed wire fences, barking dogs and militarized personnel; making them off limits to Italian civil society, journalists and families of the detainees, who are left alone and in deep distress. The typology of the individuals detained varies, and the length of the detention can extend up to eighteen months. Often the detainees are migrants who have been living in Italy for many years, along with their families, and whose children were born in the country. After losing their job, they cannot renew their residence permit, and if stopped by the police, they are detained in the CIEs and repatriated to their country of origin. The number of families divided by this mechanism is horribly high. Potential asylum seekers are also detained when they fail to ask for political asylum or if they make a mistake in their applications. On the other side of the spectrum, former prison inmates after serving a sentence are also sent to the Centers for what is in essence an illegal extension of their sentence.
It was very difficult to work on this project since journalists and activists could not access the Centers until two years ago. When I was finally granted access, I was under strict and constant supervision. It felt as if I had just stepped into a non-country, a painful limbo where human rights are suspended and violence rules. The CIEs disoriented me. The people held are lost in confusion, pain and fear. At the same time, it is very hard for the lawyers to work for the detained because Italian law on migration doesn’t give them juridical tools to defend the migrants and avoid their expulsion.
Some progress has been made recently, but journalists and activists still face major obstacles in promoting human rights and public awareness. The campaign “LasciateCIEntrare - Close down CIEs," involved, amongst others, legal experts, and associations who accused the Italian authorities of repeatedly violating human rights. Thanks to the good work of activists, accessing and interviewing detainees in the Centers is now a little easier, but the goal of closing them down and reviewing the legislation on immigration is still a mirage; in this sense the lack of reports and interest from the Italian mainstream media is unforgivable.
Italy pushes ’#Frontex_Plus' to tackle migration crisis
While tragedies at sea involving African and Arab refugees continue to shock Europeans, Italy intends to push the migratory issue up the political agenda during its presidency, as Rome feels alone in dealing with what it considers a European “emergency”.
Italy’s disappearing migrants
After arriving in massive numbers, most of the migrants from Syria and Eritrea abscond from refugee centres.
#Italy arrests five over migrant boat massacre
Italian police have arrested five #migrants accused of the grisly murder of dozens of fellow would-be refugees when fighting broke out on a boat making the treacherous crossing to Europe, local media reported. Italian and Maltese naval crews last Saturday discovered 30 bodies — including that of a baby — of passengers who had apparently been overcome by heat and engine fumes after being locked in the hold of a boat carrying over 560 mostly-Syrian migrants, according to the reports. read more
Italy migrants: Nineteen ’suffocate’ aboard boat from Africa
Nineteen migrants have died, reportedly by suffocating, aboard a crowded boat travelling from North Africa to Italy.
Migrants found suffocated in crowded vessel, as 400 are saved near Italy
Engine fume inhalation thought to be to blame for nineteen deaths, with vessel intercepted by Italian and Maltese navies
Swiss ready to help Italy with migrant influx
Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga says Switzerland is ready to help Italy in coping with the influx of migrants to its shores. So far this year, more than 63,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).
Mais entre temps elle laisse mourir un bébé pas encore né...
Catania mayor calls for EU help with migrants
A Sicilian mayor is calling for more help from the European Union to deal with the rising number of migrants arriving on Italy’s shores.
Catania’s mayor says the city is a struggle to deal with so many migrants - and he believes this is not Italy’s problem alone.
Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane reports from Catania, Italy.
Child migrants head to Italy in the thousands
Boatloads of unaccompanied minors are rescued at a Sicilian port, where they hope to start a new life.
Italy, and other European countries, are at the center of serious violations of human rights with the detention and forced deportation of thousands of migrants. The Identification and Expulsion Centers (#CIE) are deplorable examples of the contradictions of the Italian and European laws on migration.
The gruesome truth behind an idyllic scene
More than 66,000 migrants and refugees have arrived on Italy’s shores this year. But many don’t survive the journey - and when the Italian navy went to help migrants crammed on to a boat near Sicily, they were shocked by what they found.
AP analysis: Italy fails to fingerprint thousands of migrants, despite EU law
MILAN — Every day, boatloads of refugees arrive on Italian shores. European Union law requires Italy to fingerprint them, so that if they apply for asylum in another country they can be sent back to their port of entry. Instead, Italy is letting thousands of migrants slip quietly into northern Europe, with no record of their time in Italy.
A Sicilian mayor is calling for more help from the European Union to deal with the rising number of migrants arriving on Italy’s shores. Catania’s mayor says it’s a struggle to deal with so many migrants
Policy Briefing: Addressing Migrant Bodies on Europe’s Southern Frontier. An agenda for research and practice
In recent years thousands of undocumented migrants have died in shipwrecks at the coasts of Greece, Spain and Italy in their effort to enter the EU. This brief draws on field research on the Greek island of Lesbos, one of the key entry points of migrants to the EU that has seen repeated incidents of deadly shipwrecks. The note underlines the gaps and flaws in the policies pursued by local, national and EU authorities. Research shows that although several local agencies engage with the problem, none assumes responsibility. It reveals the absence of any provision for identification of victims or to inform families of deaths, and limited efforts to dignify the bodies with a decent burial. The needs of families of dead migrants are excluded from the official management of the issue.
Building on international experience in the management of the problem of missing persons in post-conflict settings, the brief offers concrete policy recommendations with regards to both ensuring that bodies are buried with dignity, and developing effective practices to enable identification of bodies. Ultimately, we seek to aid policymakers to find routes to informing families of the fate of missing migrants. Whilst the note is based on research findings from fieldwork in the Greek island of Lesbos, recommendations are likely to also be of relevance in Spain and Italy.
Last of Syrian #chemical_weapons arrives in #Italy
A Danish freighter carrying Syrian chemical weapons arrived at a port in southern Italy on Wednesday ahead of their destruction at sea. The weapons are to be transferred to a US military ship and then destroyed in international waters in the final phase of a program to rid #syria of its chemical arms stockpile. The port of Gioia Tauro has stepped up security for the shipment’s arrival, sealing off access roads and barring entry to any non-authorized people, while a military helicopter flew overhead. read more
Immigration clandestine : 30 corps retrouvés asphyxiés dans un bateau
Au cours du weekend passé, la marine est venue au secours de 1.654 migrants et réfugiés répartis sur sept embarcations, bateaux de pêche et canots de fortune.
#migration #mourir_en_mer #décès #asile #réfugiés #Méditerranée #Italie
Italy finds 30 bodies in migrant boat
The Italian Navy has found about 30 bodies in a fishing boat with hundreds of migrants between Sicily and the North African coast, Italy’s media say.
Une trentaine de migrants découverts morts au large de l’Italie
Une trentaine de cadavres ont été trouvés, lundi 30 juin, sur un bateau de migrants secouru dans le canal de Sicile, entre l’Italie et les côtes nord-africaines.
Dead migrants from Libya ’crammed in boat like animals for slaughter’
Italian police begin interviewing survivors of fishing vessel containing bodies of at least 30 men thought to have suffocated
EU envoy: European governments losing patience with Israel over settlements
Haaretz, By Barak Ravid | Jun. 27, 2014
The EU envoy to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen said on Friday that the warnings issued by Spain, Italy and France against doing business with Israeli settlements in the West Bank, in East Jerusalem, and in the Golan Heights point towards the fact that EU member states “are losing their patience with concerns not being treated” by Israel."
Speaking at a seminar organized by the Geneva Initiative of Friday morning, Fabourg-Andersen said the warnings “should not come as a surprise.” He added that the precise wording of European Commission’s general warning regarding private bodies’ economic activity in the settlements is still being hashed out.
“The EU is more consistently implementing existing policy, and taking further steps to disengage from the settlements,” said Andersen, adding that if settlement construction continues, additional EU member states will publish similar warnings.
Spain and Italy issued the warnings to their citizens earlier on Friday. The foreign ministries of both countries announced that companies engaging in economic activity in the settlements would be making themselves vulnerable to a series of risks.
According to the announcements made by Spain and Italy, the European Union and its member states do not recognize Israeli rule in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, which were conquered in 1967, and regard the settlements as illegal in international law.
For this reason, the announcements stated, private companies doing business, transferring funds, investing money, signing contracts, buying land or receiving tourist services from companies in the settlements would be taking legal and financial risks.
“The current situation could lead to disputes over land, water, quarries or natural resources that were acquired or in which money was invested,” read the statement from the Spanish Foreign Ministry. “Companies must take into account that [financial activity in the settlements] is liable to lead to their involvement in breaking international law and violating human rights.”
Spanish Foreign Ministry officials told the Spanish news agency EFE that the warning was not a sanction or boycott of Israel — actions that the Spanish government opposes. They said that the warning was the implementation of a decision by the European Union and alignment with actions taken by Germany, France and the United Kingdom. “We have no intention of harming commerce or cooperation with Israel inside its internationally-recognized borders,” they said, referring to the 1967 lines.
EU institutions consider general warninig
On Tuesday, the French government issued a similar warning, in which it warned against engaging in financial activity or investments in the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and in the Golan Heights. A French diplomat said the warning was part of a joint act by the five largest countries in the European Union — Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain.
The United Kingdom and Germany issued such warnings several months ago, and now, in light of the failure of the talks between Israel and the Palestinians and the European protests over the recent wave of construction in the settlements, three more countries joined them.
The French warning and the coordination among the five largest countries in the European Union has taken place against the backdrop of discussions that have been held in recent weeks in EU institutions in Brussels about issuing a general warning of the European Commission to businesspeople throughout the EU not to engage in economic activity in the settlements.
The new warning from the French Foreign Ministry against financial activity in the settlements is non-binding. A French person who conducts financial activity in the settlements will not be breaking the law in France. But similar cases over the past year, similar warnings have led to an increase in boycotts by members of Europe’s private sector of the settlements and of Israeli businesses that operate in the settlements.
Italy has advised its citizens not to invest in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land, just days after #France issued the same warning, Italian media reported Friday. Foreign Minister Federico Mogherini cautioned Italians “not to get involved in financial activity and investments” in settlements in the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, according to La Stampa daily. The warning, given “in accord with other European countries”, comes as Italy “implements a political decision taken earlier,” Mogherini was quoted as saying. read more
Survivors, corpses from latest migrant disaster arrive
Palermo, June 15 - The survivors of the latest migrant-boat disaster south of Italy were among 767 rescued people aboard a Navy ship that docked in Palermo on Sunday. The ship was also carrying 10 dead bodies, including the corpses of seven women, recovered after a boat carrying 90 migrants ran into trouble on Saturday. The Navy rescued 39 people which means another 41 are missing. On Saturday Interior Minister Angelino Alfano threatened to close the Mare Nostrum sea rescue operation unless the European Union takes charge of it, as Italy struggles to cope with a massive increase this year in the already big flow of migrants who attempt the hazardous crossing from North Africa to Italy. Rome launched Mare Nostrum after around 400 people were killed in two migrant-boat disasters in October. Alfano has said almost 40,000 migrants landed on Italy’s shores in the first five months of this year - almost as many as the total for all of last year. Many thousands more have arrived so far in June. The Navy said on Sunday that 1,812 migrants were rescued on Saturday alone. Premier Matteo Renzi accused the European Union of looking the other way and not doing enough to help Italy after dozens of people were killed in two other migrant disasters in May. “Europe explains everything about how to catch swordfish, but it turns its head when we go to rescue people in trouble,” he said. The government has come under fire over the Mare Nostrum Operation, which some opposition parties say is encouraging people traffickers to increase illegal crossings.
A Palermo la nave di sopravvissuti. Letti in chiesa per gli immigrati
Arrivata la nave con a bordo 653 migranti recuperati nel Canale di Sicilia. Tra loro 15 feriti gravi. Ieri dieci morti e 40 dispersi al largo delle coste libiche