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  • 20 refugees arrive in Italy with university scholarships

    Twenty refugees from Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in Italy on September 11 thanks to the project University Corridors for Refugees. They will be able to continue their studies at 10 Italian universities through a scholarship.

    Twenty refugees who arrived at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on September 11 will soon be able to continue their studies. They will attend one of 10 Italian universities that have joined the project #University_Corridors_for_Refugees (#UNICORE).
    According to a statement released by the UN refugee agency UNHCR, the students, including a woman, come from Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were selected according to their academic accomplishments and motivation by a commission appointed by all the universities participating in the project through a public competition.

    Once they have completed a mandatory quarantine period due to the COVID-19 emergency, the students will start attending courses at the universities of Cagliari, Florence, L’Aquila, Milan (Statale), Padua, Perugia, Pisa, Rome (Luiss), Sassari and Venice (Iuav).

    ’Extraordinary result’, UNHCR

    The project University Corridors for Refugees is promoted with the cooperation of the Italian foreign ministry, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Italian charity Caritas, the Diaconia Valdese. It was also organized thanks to the support of the University of Bologna (promoter of the first edition in 2019) and a wide network of partners in Ethiopia (Gandhi Charity) and in Italy, which will provide the necessary support to students for the entire duration of the specialization course.

    “We are extremely happy for this extraordinary result,” said Chiara Cardoletti, UNHCR representative for Italy, the Holy See and San Marino.

    “With this initiative Italy proves it is ahead in finding innovative solutions for the protection of refugees.”

    UN goals for the education of refugees

    According to the UNHCR report ’Coming Together for Refugee Education’ published two weeks ago, only 3% of refugees at a global level have access to higher education.

    By 2030, the UN agency has the goal of reaching a 15% enrolment rate in higher education programs for refugees in host countries and third countries also by increasing safe pathways that take into account specific needs and the legitimate aspirations of refugees.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/27244/20-refugees-arrive-in-italy-with-university-scholarships

    #réfugiés #asile #migrations #université #universités-refuge #villes-refuge #Italie #bourses_d'étude

    –—

    Ajouté à la métaliste des villes-refuge:
    https://seenthis.net/messages/759145

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • Des villes en première ligne

    Face à la proposition minimale d’accueil de la Confédération, plusieurs villes, dont #Zurich, #Genève, #Lausanne, #Delémont ou #Fribourg ont annoncé qu’elles étaient prêtes à recevoir des requérant.e.s en provenance de Lesbos après l’incendie qui a ravagé le camp de #Moria.

    Le 8 septembre, un incendie a complètement détruit le tristement célèbre camp de réfugié.e.s de Moria, à quelques encablures maritimes de la Turquie. Dans ce lieu inauguré en 2013, devenu en 2015 un centre d’enregistrement et de contrôle (hotspot), plus de 13’000 personnes, dont 4000 enfants essaient de survivre depuis des mois voire des années dans une infrastructure prévue à la base pour 2000 personnes. Depuis quelques mois, l’apparition du Covid avait encore rendu plus dures les conditions de vie des habitant.e.s. « Depuis mars, les couvre-feux liés à l’épidémie de coronavirus et les restrictions de mouvements des demandeurs d’asile à Moria ont été prolongés sept fois pour une période totale de plus de 150 jours », relève ainsi Aurélie Ponthieu, spécialiste des questions humanitaires chez Médecins sans frontières.

    Cet enfermement sans aucune perspective a sans doute conduit à ce que certains réfugiés incendient par désespoir leur prison d’infortune. Et ce n’est pas la construction d’un nouveau camp de tentes de l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR), bâties dans l’urgence par la Protection civile grecque, couplée à la volonté du ministre grec des migrations, Notis Mitarachi, de maintenir les requérants dans l’île qui rabattront la volonté de départ des requérants.

    Face à cette impasse, neuf villes suisses comme Zurich, Delémont, Fribourg, Genève ou Lausanne ont annoncé qu’elles seraient prêtes à accueillir rapidement des réfugiés en provenance de l’Île grecque. « Le chaos, d’une ampleur inédite, met en lumière le besoin immédiat de moyens et de soutien dans les régions en conflit, le long des voies d’exil et aux frontières de l’Europe. Les citoyennes et citoyens, ainsi que les responsables politiques de nombreuses villes de Suisse sont convaincus depuis longtemps que cette crise humanitaire nécessite un engage- ment plus important de notre pays pour l’accueil de réfugié.e.s », expliquent conjointement les deux villes lémaniques et leurs maires, Sami Kanaan et Grégoire Junod, tous deux du PS.

    « L’urgence de la situation n’a fait que s’aggraver entre la surcharge du camp, la gestion du Covid puis finalement cet incendie », argumente David Payot, municipal popiste de la Ville de Lausanne. « Notre objectif est que la Confédération organise dans les plus brefs délais une conférence nationale urgente sur le sujet. Cela permettrait de mettre tous les acteurs institutionnels – Confédération, cantons et villes – à une même table afin d’éviter de se renvoyer la balle. Il faut coordonner les acteurs plutôt que de diluer les responsabilités. Nous voulons aussi mettre la pression sur la Confédération et faire entendre notre voix, qui représente aussi celle de la population suisse », souligne-t-il.

    « L’accueil des migrants relève de la Confédération et l’hébergement des cantons. Par cet appel à la Confédération, nous indiquons que nous sommes prêts à collaborer étroitement avec les cantons pour accueillir des réfugiés dans nos villes », développe le Grégoire Junod. « Nous collaborons en permanence avec l’Etablissement vaudois d’accueil des migrants (EVAM) notamment lorsqu’il s’agit d’ouvrir de nouvelles structures ou de trouver des capacités supplémentaires d’accueil », explique-t-il encore.

    Il faut dire que la ministre PLR de la justice, Karin Keller-Sutter a décidé d’adopter une position minimaliste sur le sujet, déclarant que notre pays n’accueillerait que 20 jeunes migrants non-accompagnés. Très loin de l’Allemagne qui, par l’entremise de sa première ministre, Angela Merkel, vient de réviser sa position et se déclare favorable à l’accueil de 1’500 personnes, essentiellement des familles avec des enfants qui ont été reconnues comme réfugiés par les autorités grecques. A ce contingent s’ajouteront 100 à 150 mineurs isolés évacués du camp de Moria. La France fera de même.

    Rappelons aussi que l’Union européenne (UE) est en train de plancher sur un nouveau pacte européen sur la migration et l’asile, qui sera présenté à l’automne. Celui-ci vise à « créer un cadre global, durable et à l’épreuve des crises pour la gestion de la politique d’asile et de migration au sein de l’UE ». Du côté des organisations d’entraide comme l’Organisation suisse d’aide aux réfu- giés (OSAR), qui a participé à la consultation, on voudrait « un renforcement des voies d’accès sûres et légales vers l’Europe afin de ne pas rendre les personnes vulnérables dépendantes des passeurs et de ne pas les exposer à la violence, à l’exploitation et aux mauvais traitements ».

    La Suisse peut faire beaucoup plus

    « La Suisse peut prendre plus de personnes du fait qu’un article de la loi sur l’asile stipule qu’il est possible d’octroyer, sous certaines conditions, un permis humanitaire ou de faire bénéficier les requérants d’un programme de réinstallation selon les critères du HCR », explique #David_Payot. Dans la pratique, la réception d’un nombre plus élevé de réfugiés ne poserait pas de problèmes. « A Lausanne, si l’on parle de l’accueil d’enfants, nos écoles reçoivent 14’000 élèves. Scolariser quelques dizaines d’élèves supplémentaires est tout à fait possible, et représente un investissement pour leur avenir et le nôtre », explique le Municipal.

    A titre personnel, le magistrat popiste lausannois tient à dénoncer les carences politiques des accords Schengen/Dublin. « Ce système charge les pays de la Méditerranée du plus gros des efforts d’accueil des requérants, alors qu’ils n’en ont pas les moyens. Cette assignation empêche les requérants de postuler dans des Etats ou ils.elles auraient plus de liens. Ce système accroît les problèmes plutôt que de les résoudre. Il faut le changer », soutient David Payot.

    En juin dernier, 132 organisations et plus de 50’000 personnes avaient déjà déposé une pétition demandant au Conseil fédéral de participer à l’évacuation immédiate des camps de réfugiés grecs et d’accueillir un nombre important de personnes en Suisse.
    Huit villes suisses avaient déjà proposé des offres concrètes comme le financement des vols d’évacuation et des hébergements. « C’est une concertation que nous souhaitons développer entre les maires et syndics des grandes villes suisses. 70% de la population vit en zone urbaine et les villes sont aux premières loges de nombreux problèmes, sociaux, migratoires, climatiques. Nous devons êtes mieux entendus », assure #Grégoire_Junod.« Proposer l’accueil de 20 mineurs non accompagnés, comme l’a indiqué le Conseil fédéral, fait honte à notre tradition humanitaire », martèle-t-il.
    Le Conseil fédéral pourra-t-il plus longtemps faire la sourde oreille ?

    https://www.gauchebdo.ch/2020/09/18/des-villes-en-premiere-ligne
    #Lesbos #Grèce #incendie #villes-refuge #asile #migrations #réfugiés #MNA #mineurs_non_accompagnés

    –—

    Ajouté à la métaliste autour de l’incendie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/876123

    Et à la métaliste sur les villes-refuge :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/759145

  • Des villes allemandes proposent d’accueillir des migrants du camp de l’île de Lesbos ravagé par les flammes

    Cinq ans après l’accueil de centaines de milliers de réfugiés, ces appels de la gauche, des Verts mais aussi de certains responsables conservateurs font resurgir le débat qui avait agité le pays à l’époque.

    Cinq ans après avoir accueilli des centaines de milliers de réfugiés, des villes et des régions allemandes réclament de prendre en charge des migrants après l’incendie qui a ravagé mercredi le camp de Moria, en Grèce. Qualifié de « catastrophe humanitaire », par le ministre des affaires étrangères, Heiko Maas, l’incendie du camp insalubre et surpeuplé occupait la « une » de tous les grands titres de la presse allemande jeudi 10 septembre.

    Ces appels qui proviennent de la gauche, des Verts mais aussi de certains responsables conservateurs font ressurgir le débat ayant agité le pays en 2015. Des manifestations dans tout le pays, en particulier à Berlin, ont également rassemblé plusieurs milliers de personnes mercredi soir, assurant sur leurs banderoles : « Nous avons de la place ! » L’Allemagne compte actuellement quelque 1,8 million de personnes ayant obtenu ou demandé le statut de réfugié, toutes nationalités confondues.

    « Un impératif humanitaire »

    La Rhénanie du Nord-Westphalie, la région la plus peuplée d’Allemagne, s’est notamment dite prête à prendre en charge jusqu’à un millier de migrants coincés à Moria, sur l’île grecque de Lesbos. « Nous avons besoin de deux choses : une aide immédiate pour Moria et une aide européenne durable pour la prise en charge des enfants et des familles », a affirmé le dirigeant de la région, Armin Laschet, successeur potentiel d’Angela Merkel l’an prochain et qui brigue la tête de leur parti conservateur en décembre. Fait notable : Armin Laschet est un des rares responsables politiques à s’être rendus en août dans le camp qualifié de « honte pour l’Europe entière » par plusieurs ONG alors que son parti, l’Union chrétienne-démocrate (CDU), a mis la barre à droite sur les questions d’immigration depuis 2016.

    D’autres Länder comme la Basse-Saxe ou la Thuringe lui ont emboîté le pas. Le gouvernement fédéral leur a toutefois opposé à ce jour une fin de non-recevoir en réaffirmant privilégier un compromis européen sur la répartition des migrants sur le continent.

    Evacuer les milliers de migrants de l’île de Lesbos « est un impératif humanitaire », a de son côté alerté jeudi le président de la Fédération internationale de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (FICR), Francesco Rocca, lors d’une conférence de presse organisée par l’Association des correspondants accrédités auprès des Nations unies. La FICR a présenté un rapport sur les risques menaçant migrants et réfugiés avec la pandémie de Covid-19. Les migrants « sont maintenant dans une situation terrible. La population locale, les ONG, la Croix-Rouge… Tout le monde fait le maximum, mais pour combien de temps ? », s’interroge M. Rocca.

    « Les capacités d’accueil existent »

    « Les capacités d’accueil, la place existe, il y a la bonne volonté extrêmement grande de Länder et de communes », a insisté la coprésidente des Verts allemands, Annalena Baerbock. Depuis des mois, des maires enjoignent au gouvernement d’Angela Merkel d’agir. Dans les villes comme Berlin ou Hambourg, des banderoles fleurissent aux fenêtres depuis le printemps : « Evacuer Moria » ou « #LeaveNoOneBehind » (« ne laisser personne derrière »).

    Un collectif d’ONG a fait installer lundi 13 000 chaises devant le Reichstag, le bâtiment qui abrite la chambre des députés, pour réclamer l’évacuation des migrants de Lesbos. Plus de 170 communes, de Hambourg à Cologne en passant par Munich, se sont également regroupées pour réclamer la prise en charge des personnes sauvées en mer Méditerranée.

    Une décision qui contraste avec l’automne et l’hiver 2015 quand de nombreuses villes avaient été contraintes, faute de place, d’installer des réfugiés dans des casernes désaffectées, des gymnases et des containers. A l’époque, beaucoup avaient tiré la sonnette d’alarme, affirmant être débordés.

    Cinq ans plus tard, des élus locaux assurent disposer de nombreux lits vides dans des foyers de demandeurs d’asile. « Notre ville a les capacités en termes de personnel et d’organisation », a ainsi réaffirmé le responsable des affaires intérieures de la ville de Berlin, Andreas Geisel. La gestion de la « crise » par la capitale allemande avait pourtant été l’une des plus erratiques, avec des gens contraints d’attendre dehors des jours durant pour se faire enregistrer. « C’est pour moi incompréhensible que l’Etat fédéral ne permette pas aux communes qui y sont prêtes de fournir une aide rapide et solidaire », a déploré le maire de Berlin, Michael Müller. La municipalité veut présenter un programme d’accueil devant les représentants des Etats régionaux au Bundesrat.

    L’arrivée de centaines de milliers de réfugiés en 2015 avait dans un premier temps suscité un immense élan de solidarité parmi les Allemands. Mais le vent avait ensuite tourné, notamment à la lumière des agressions sexuelles du Nouvel An 2016 à Cologne attribuées à des migrants nord-africains, et de faits divers utilisés par l’extrême droite pour dénoncer la politique d’accueil.

    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/09/10/des-villes-allemandes-proposent-d-accueillir-des-migrants-du-camp-de-moria-r

    #réfugiés #asile #migrations #Allemagne #villes-refuge
    #incendie #Lesbos #Grèce

    –—

    Ajouté à la métaliste sur les villes-refuge :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/759145

    Ajouté à la métaliste sur l’incendie de Lesbos de septembre 2020 :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/876123

  • Libérez l’« Ocean Viking » et les autres navires humanitaires

    Les maires de #Montpellier et de #Palerme lancent un #appel pour que le navire de #SOS_Méditerranée détenu en Sicile soit libéré, et que les opérations en Méditerranée centrale puissent reprendre.

    Nous, maires des #villes_méditerranéennes jumelées de Montpellier et Palerme, confrontés à la #crise_humanitaire majeure qui a transformé la #mer_Méditerranée en cimetière ces dernières années, sommes indignés par la #détention_administrative du navire humanitaire #Ocean Viking de SOS Méditerranée depuis le 22 juillet en Sicile.

    Cette détention vient s’ajouter à celle de trois autres #navires_humanitaires depuis le mois d’avril. A chaque fois les autorités maritimes italiennes invoquent des « #irrégularités_techniques_et_opérationnelles » et de prétendus motifs de #sécurité à bord des navires. Pourtant, malgré le harcèlement exercé à l’encontre de leurs navires, ces #ONG de sauvetage en mer opèrent depuis plusieurs années en toute transparence et en coordination avec les autorités maritimes compétentes qui les soumettent très régulièrement au contrôle des autorités portuaires.

    Ces dernières années, les ONG civiles de sauvetage en mer ont secouru des dizaines de milliers d’hommes, de femmes et d’enfants en danger de mort imminente, comblant un #vide mortel laissé par les Etats européens en Méditerranée.

    Alors que les sauveteurs sont empêchés de mener leur mission vitale de sauvetage, de nouveaux naufrages, de nouveaux morts sont à prévoir aux portes de l’Europe.

    Est-ce là le prix à payer pour l’#irresponsabilité et la #défaillance des Etats européens ? En tant que #maires, #citoyens méditerranéens et européens, nous le refusons et dénonçons ces politiques délétères !

    Nous demandons la levée immédiate des mesures de détention qui touchent l’Ocean Viking et tous les navires de sauvetage, pour une reprise immédiate des opérations en Méditerranée centrale !

    Nous appelons tous les citoyens à signer la pétition demandant aux autorités maritimes italiennes la libération du navire.

    https://www.liberation.fr/debats/2020/08/28/liberez-l-ocean-viking-et-les-autres-navires-humanitaires_1797888

    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #villes-refuge #Méditerranée #sauvetage #indignation #Michael_Delafosse #Leoluca_Orlando #géographie_du_vide #géographie_du_plein

    –—

    Ajouté à la métaliste sur les villes-refuge :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/759145

  • Sanctuary Cities : All You Need In An Infographic

    What are sanctuary cities?

    Sanctuary cities are local governments that refuse to help the federal government enforce immigration policy.
    The tug-of-war

    The federal government and sanctuary cities are in a tug-of-war power struggle.

    The federal government aims to get local government agents working to enforce immigration law, i.e. to have local police on the lookout for potential immigration violations. Sanctuary cities don’t want to participate. They believe enforcing immigration law will harm residents’ cooperation with local government.
    The laws relating to sanctuary cities

    The American legal structure sets the rules of the game. What are the elements of the federal government and sanctuary cities’ leverage?

    To explain how sanctuary city law works, we have produced an Infographic and a Legal Landscape.

    Legal Landscape

    Outlining the relevant laws by legal authority

    the constitution

    The Constitution gives Congress the general power to legislate (Article I). It specifically mentions that this power includes creating laws on “naturalization” (Section 8, clause 4), i.e. defining immigration categories and providing procedures on entry and on deportation. See Legislative column below for some of the laws Congress has made relating to immigration.

    The 10th Amendment says that the federal government cannot “commandeer” (boss around) the state governments. Basically, the federal government can create laws in certain categories (those listed in the Legislative Powers part of the Constitution), but it cannot force the states to help enforce them. This means states don’t have to use state or local resources (money or people that work for the state or local governments) to enforce federal policies.

    The Spending Clause of Article I, Section 8 gives Congress the power to control the federal budget. The federal government is tasked with providing for the welfare of the people, so it sets aside money for certain programs that it decides will provide a public benefit. Sometimes, Congress gives the money for a particular program to state governments, so that the states can “administer” (do the legwork for) the programs. Because of the 10th Amendment, the states always have the choice whether or not to participate. The Medicaid program is an example of a federal program administered by the states. A couple other examples relevant to immigration enforcement are discussed in the Legislative column below (left). Here is a useful general discussion of federal grants to states.

    federal courts

    This section outlines cases relevant to the 10th Amendment and Congress’s Spending Power. The last case listed here ruled on Trump’s executive order attempting to block local governments from getting funding if they do not help enforce immigration law.

    Courts Interpreting the 10th Amendment:

    In Printz v. United States (1997), the Supreme Court overturned part of a federal law for attempting to require state law enforcement officers to conduct background checks on potential gun purchasers. The background checks would be undertaken on behalf of the federal government because the policy was a federal policy (the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act). The court ruled that the 10th Amendment’s “dual sovereignty” principle (federal government does federal law; states do state law) barred the federal government from making states participate by doing the background checks.

    In New York v. United States (1992), the Supreme Court overturned part of a federal law that attempted to make states responsible for disposing of certain radioactive waste on behalf of the federal government. The court ruled the 10th Amendment separation between federal and state governing barred the federal government from “commandeering” the states like that.

    Courts Interpreting the Spending Power:

    In South Dakota v. Dole (1987), the Supreme Court upheld a federal law challenged by South Dakota. The law used a threat of revoking federal funds to get the state to raise its drinking age to 21. South Dakota argued that the law, which threatened to take 5% of the state’s highway funds if it did not comply, was an unconstitutional use of the Spending Power. The Court disagreed, saying the federal government is allowed to induce states into federal programs that “promote the general welfare,” as long as Congress made the requirement clear so that the states are aware of their choice (potential to forfeit federal funds). Further, the court said the 5% potential loss of highway funds is not coercive because it is not significant enough to cross the line into compulsion.

    In National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (2013) (the case challenging Obamacare), the Supreme Court ruled against the federal government’s power to use money as an incentive for states to participate in a federal program. In this case, the federal program was Medicaid. Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government threatened to take away states’ Medicaid funds if the states did not expand the group of people to which they offered Medicaid, to align with the goal of the federal program. Until this point, Medicaid had offered money to whatever degree the states wished to participate, and with the Affordable Care Act the federal government threatened to take that away and make states accept the whole deal (give Medicaid to anyone who qualified under the new federal standard). States, at the time, received a significant portion of their total budget through the Medicaid program (around 10%). The Court ruled that the amount of money involved, in addition to it being money the states already relied on, made the Affordable Care Act requirement to expand Medicaid coercive on states. The Court distinguished South Dakota v. Dole because in that case, the funds constituted only one half of one percent of the state’s budget. In this case, the much larger percentage made the federal pressure cross the line into coercion, which the Spending Power does not allow.

    The Spending Power and Immigration Enforcement:

    Like in the cases above, the current federal government (under President Trump) is attempting to use Congress’s Spending Power to encourage states and local governments to help enforce federal law. These following two cases were consolidated because they have the same issue, and they are in the same federal district court (Northern District of California).

    County of Santa Clara v. Trump (https://www.sccgov.org/sites/cco/overview/Pages/fedlawsuit.aspx)

    City and County of San Francisco. v. Trump (https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/17-17478/17-17478-2018-08-01.html)

    These two cases were filed in federal court in California (the Northern District of California) by San Francisco and Santa Clara’s local governments. They challenged President Trump’s Sanctuary Cities Executive Order (See Executive column) for violating the 10th Amendment and the Spending Power. The Executive Order threatened to cut federal funding from local governments that do not comply with 8 U.S.C. Section 1373. Section 1373 requires local governments to communicate with federal authorities on immigration enforcement (see Legislative column, left). San Francisco and Santa Clara have policies that they will not transmit information about an individual’s suspected immigration status to federal authorities, in apparent violation of Section 1373. The local governments have the right to do this under the 10th Amendment. In other words, Section 1373 has no teeth unless Congress attaches some funds to it.

    On April 25, 2017, the court (Northern District of California) ruled on a preliminary matter: is San Francisco and Santa Clara’s case strong enough to call for a temporary block on the Executive Order? The court said yes.

    The court said President Trump’s Executive Order tried to attach all federal funds to compliance with Section 1373. That includes not just the federal funds attached to Section 1373 through Congressional power (or through delegation as mentioned in the Executive column), but even potentially Medicaid and all other funds. The court ruled such a broad attachment of funds would be a violation of the Spending Power and the 10th Amendment. The preliminary ruling is valid until the case goes to trial (or if it gets a decision on appeal).

    Update: Trump appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and lost. The 9th Circuit agreed with the lower court that the executive order is likely unconstitutional and should continue to be placed on hold (August 2018).

    congress

    The following federal laws (a non-exhaustive list) relate specifically to immigration.

    The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 governs immigration to and citizenship in the United States. It was signed in the context of the Cold War and in the scare of the spread of Communism. The Act established a preference system which determined which ethnic groups were desirable immigrants and placed importance on labor qualifications.

    The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 revised several aspects of the 1952 law. Passed during the civil rights movement, it outlaws discrimination against people seeking immigration status (eliminated national origin, race, and ancestry as bases for immigration). Among its other provisions, it gave priority to relatives of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents and to professionals and other individuals with specialized skills, and it allowed U.S. organizations to employ foreign workers either temporarily or permanently to fulfill certain types of job requirements (on visas such as the H-1B Visa).

    The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 placed rules restricting the rights of people who stayed in the U.S. unlawfully for a period of time. Among its other provisions, it made people eligible for deportation based on minor criminal offenses (like shoplifting). The Act also includes a provision that is at issue in regards to Sanctuary Cities:

    8 U.S.C. Section 1373 (https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1373) requires state and local governments to communicate with federal authorities regarding immigration-related information of individuals.

    8 U.S.C. Section 1373 has limited power on its own. It cannot actually force the states to use their own resources (state law enforcement agents or state money) on federal priorities like immigration. The 10th Amendment does not allow it. However, in conjunction with a federal grant program, it can have more effect on state and local governments. This is the federal government’s Spending Power. It is also called “attaching strings” or the “power of the purse.” The federal government can offer money to states with the condition that the states follow certain rules. The conditions have to be clear; they cannot be coercive. States do not have to participate.

    Congressionally-Established Federal Grant Programs:

    Usually conditions on grants are set when Congress establishes the grant program. Sometimes Congress establishes grant programs and allows a federal agency to deal with the specifics. For example, Congress gave to the Department of Justice administration of the following programs:

    The Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program gives federal money to state and local governments to help in their criminal justice efforts. It was funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005.

    The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program reimburses state and local governments for costs of incarcerating unauthorized immigrants. It was funded by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.

    See the Executive below for a discussion of Department of Justice potential to enforce federal law through administering a federal grant program.

    president and Executive agencies

    Federal Agencies Involved with Immigration Enforcement:

    The Department of Homeland Security includes the sub-agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE was established in 2003. It is responsible for enforcement of immigration law and removal of individuals in violation of immigration law. It investigates activities relating to the movement of people and goods to and from the country.

    The Department of Justice, the legal arm of the government, controls the immigration courts. It has other responsibilities relating to immigration, for example, as described below.

    Implementing the “Spending Power” through the Executive:

    Congress is the only federal authority that can use the federal government’s spending power (offer of money) to encourage states or local governments to enforce federal policies. However, Congress can give the authority to administer federal grant programs to executive agencies, like the Department of Justice.

    Because the Department of Justice administers the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, it can set rules on how states and local governments can get the funds. It can only determine rules within the boundaries defined by Congress.

    In July 2016, the Department of Justice issued “guidance” (a formal letter) relating to the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. The guidance said that any state or local government participating in these two of its programs related to state and local criminal justice would have to show that they cooperate with the federal government’s immigration enforcement efforts as stated in 8 U.S.C. Section 1373. The Department of Justice had the power to do this because it was granted the authority by Congress.

    Sanctuary Cities Executive Order

    In January 2017, President Trump wanted to “remind” states that the federal government has the power to give money to state and local governments. President Trump gave an Executive Order on January 25, 2017 threatening to cut federal funding to local governments that refuse to follow 8 U.S.C. Section 1373. Among the jurisdictions that could suffer from this order are those with “sanctuary policies,” cities and counties with policies that local officials should not seek immigration information from people and that refuse to turn over to the federal government people with questionable immigration status.

    If a particular federal program was attached through Congressional power (legislation or delegation) to a policy requirement (e.g. that a state or local government getting money must obey a certain law), then the funding threat is valid. If the requirement was not already there, an Executive Order cannot create it. That is why President Trump was sued by Santa Clara and San Francisco. The Executive Order purported to attach all federal grant programs to compliance with Section 1373. See Judicial column, County of Santa Clara v. Trump and City and County of San Francisco v. Trump.

    state governments

    In the immigration enforcement battle between the federal government and sanctuary cities or sanctuary counties, the state can be the deciding factor. The 10th Amendment does not allow the federal government to command cities and counties, but the state can command its own localities.

    First, see the two main camps of local governments:

    Local Government Policies on Immigration Enforcement:

    Pro-enforcement (non-sanctuary cities)

    Local governments that want to help enforce federal immigration law can participate through a type of agreement with the federal government authorized by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, provision 287(g). 287(g) Agreements give local officials the power to inquire about federal immigration offenses and to make related arrests. Another type of program called Secure Communities (a Department of Homeland Security program, not a Congressional program) works to share information between local jails and the federal government. Local governments can submit fingerprints of any arrestees to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) so the federal agency can check for potential immigration violations. If they want, the localities can hold individuals suspected of immigration violations for federal authorities.

    Against-enforcement (sanctuary cities or sanctuary counties)

    Alternatively, a local government can choose not to help the federal government enforce immigration law (unless there is a state law against it, see below). These local governments are called “Sanctuary Cities” and “Sanctuary Counties.” In these localities, the government agents (police and other public safety officials, for example) will not ask about immigration status when going about their activities. In other words, the cities/counties will not spend local funds to help the federal government enforce federal immigration law. Local governments with these policies cannot actively subvert federal enforcement efforts, but the federal government cannot command the states to perform federal responsibilities.

    State Laws on Immigration Enforcement:

    States can determine what their local governments are allowed to do. Some states have made it clear that they are on the federal enforcement team and that all their local governments must follow.

    For example, in May 2017, Texas passed a law requiring local police and other local government officials to help enforce federal immigration law. The law will probably face legal challenge from civil rights groups, who already claim it may cause 4th Amendment problems (causing unconstitutional stops and searches of individuals suspected of immigration violations).

    https://www.subscriptlaw.com/sanctuary-cities

    #villes-refuge #résistance #USA #Etats-Unis #sanctuary_cities #migrations #asile #réfugiés #infographie

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  • Map : Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and States

    The sanctuary jurisdictions are listed below. These cities, counties, and states have laws, ordinances, regulations, resolutions, policies, or other practices that obstruct immigration enforcement and shield criminals from ICE — either by refusing to or prohibiting agencies from complying with ICE detainers, imposing unreasonable conditions on detainer acceptance, denying ICE access to interview incarcerated aliens, or otherwise impeding communication or information exchanges between their personnel and federal immigration officers.

    A detainer is the primary tool used by ICE to gain custody of criminal aliens for deportation. It is a notice to another law enforcement agency that ICE intends to assume custody of an alien and includes information on the alien’s previous criminal history, immigration violations, and potential threat to public safety or security.

    https://cis.org/Map-Sanctuary-Cities-Counties-and-States
    #cartographie #visualisation #villes-refuge #résistance #USA #Etats-Unis #sanctuary_cities #migrations #asile #réfugiés #ICE #rétention #détention_administrative

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    ping @isskein @karine4

  • #Petaluma City Council unanimously adopts ‘It Won’t Happen Here’ resolution (article qui date de 2017)

    Petaluma became the latest North Coast jurisdiction to show solidarity with its immigrant community as the City Council on Monday night unanimously passed a resolution affirming the city’s commitment to shield undocumented residents from the deportation policies of the federal government.

    After a lengthy discussion in a packed council chambers, the board adopted the so-called “It Won’t Happen Here” declaration, which states the city’s refusal to work with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on actions leading to the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants.

    More than three dozen speakers, many of them immigrants and children of immigrants, addressed the council and the roughly 300 audience members that spilled into a hallway. Many in the audience held signs reading “No human is illegal,” and “We are better than this.”

    Christina Hernandez told the council her family brought her to the United States from Mexico when she was young in search of a better life. She said since President Trump’s executive orders on immigration enforcement, she has been afraid her family will be deported.

    “I really want my family to stay together,” she said through tears. “I don’t want my family to be separated.”

    The city’s resolution stopped short of declaring Petaluma a so-called “sanctuary city,” a politically-charged term that has drawn the ire of proponents of tougher immigration laws. President Trump has threatened to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities.

    The resolution states Petaluma Police officers will not hand over undocumented immigrants to federal authorities, unless they have been detained for certain serious offenses listed in the 2014 California Trust Act, such as rape and robbery.

    “We are upholding our constitutional obligation,” said Councilman Dave King, one of the authors of the resolution. “We are not allowing our police force to discriminate against certain protected categories.”

    Similar resolutions have been passed by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, and the city councils of Santa Rosa, Healdsburg and Sebastopol. A resolution is forthcoming in Sonoma, and a bill has been put forward in the state Senate to declare California a “sanctuary state.”

    Petaluma City Councilwoman Teresa Barrett acknowledged the fear many immigrants in the city have said they are experiencing. She said it is the responsibility of leaders to ease those concerns.

    “This is a time when fear is spread all over,” she said. “If we can come together as a community and alleviate some of that fear so children can sleep at night, I think that is incumbent upon us. This is an opportunity for all of us to come together and act as one.”

    Three speakers asked the council to vote against the resolution. John Cheney spoke of anecdotal instances of undocumented immigrants committing crimes.

    “We have got a few criminals among us,” he said. “To hand-tie our police is just wrong. This needs to change. No sanctuary city.”

    The overwhelming majority of audience members, however, supported the resolution.

    Just before taking the council vote, Mayor David Glass said the resolution was the first step in what he said would be a bruising battle to protect immigrant rights across the nation.

    “The work and the fight will go on,” he said. “This is not the end of the journey, it’s the beginning. It’s not going to be fought just in Petaluma. It’s going to be fought throughout the country.”

    https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/petaluma-city-council-unanimously-adopts-it-wont-happen-here-resoluti

    #villes-refuge #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Californie #USA #Etats-Unis

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  • Sorbonne nouvelle annonce son diplôme DU Passerelle

    L’université Sorbonne nouvelle ouvert les portes pour les étudiants exilés par son diplôme DU Passerelle.

    Le DU Passerelle est un diplôme d’université qui accueille des étudiants en exil titulaires d’un équivalent du bac, souhaitant commencer ou reprendre des études.

    La formation vise l’acquisition de compétences linguistiques, culturelles et méthodologiques relatives au niveau B2 du Cadre européen de référence, avec pour objectif l’insertion des étudiants dans une formation universitaire.

    https://uniondesetudiantsexiles.org/fr/archives/1401
    #université #réfugiés #asile #migrations #solidarité #France #Sorbonne

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  • ’We need people here’: the Spanish towns welcoming migrants

    Small towns look to bring back life and the sound of children after young Spaniards leave in search of work

    On the wall of a small flat in #Pareja, not far from the chemist, the plaza mayor and the 16th-century church, hangs a picture of a wooden farmhouse set among the palms and endless plains of western Venezuela.

    Were the painting bigger, it would show the mud-brick bread oven where Ángel Márquez and his family baked bread to sell, and the cows, the pigs and the horse they left behind when they finally decided enough was enough.

    In November last year, Márquez, his wife, Zaida Varillas, and three of the four children they have between them, abandoned their home in Venezuela’s Barinas province and came to Madrid. By then, their combined salaries as teachers had fallen to $10 a month and no longer covered the costs of food.

    After selling their pick-up truck, they joined the exodus in which more than 4 million Venezuelans have left their homeland as its economic and humanitarian crisis continues.

    Today, along with two other Venezuelan families, they live and work in Pareja, a hilltop town of 400 people in the central Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha.

    Like many towns in what has come to be known as La España vaciada – “the hollowed-out Spain” – Pareja is picturesque, rich in history – and succumbing to depopulation.

    Younger people move away in search of work and opportunities, taking with them their labour, their skills and, perhaps most importantly, their children.

    Their absence upsets traditional demographic balances, condemning many small towns and villages to an ineluctable decline as shops and services shut down, schools close their doors because of a lack of pupils, and only the older people stay on.

    The statistics speak for themselves: 90% of Spain’s population – about 42 million people – is packed into 1,500 towns and cities that occupy 30% of the land. The other 10% (4.6 million people) occupy the remaining 70%, giving a population density of barely 14 inhabitants per square kilometre.

    Over the past decade, 80% of Spanish municipalities have experienced population falls – a figure that rises to 90% for towns, such as Pareja, that have fewer than 1,000 inhabitants.

    Spain’s Socialist-led coalition government has responded by creating a ministry for what it terms “the demographic challenge”.

    But the Venezuelan families are in Pareja thanks to a small new NGO, the Towns with a Future Association, which is working to match depopulated areas with migrants in search of a new life in rural Castilla-La Mancha.

    Established in January, the association is working with eight migrant families with children and about 35 individual migrants. While many of the migrants it helps are from Venezuela, it is also assisting people from Colombia, Peru, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ukraine, Mali and Nigeria.

    Márquez and his family, who spent seven long and hard months in Madrid before settling in Pareja in June, are enchanted by their new home.

    Both have renounced any benefits while they wait for their asylum application to go through and are working in the town, Márquez as a handyman for the council, and Varillas as a carer for some of Pareja’s elderly residents.

    “Life here is so much calmer than in Madrid,” says Márquez. “The people here have been really welcoming. They’re giving us shelter here and we’re going to stay here to help bring life back to these towns.”

    When the local school reopens in September, Márquez and Varillas’ two young sons, Sebastián and Santiago, will begin classes.

    The Towns with a Future Association hopes that others will follow the lead of Pareja’s mayor, Javier del Río, and open themselves to newcomers. As one of the association’s founders points out, the benefits are myriad and mutual.

    “The situation for migrants in Madrid – whether they have the papers they need or not – is really difficult,” says Dorys Castillo.

    “The scheme helps them because they stop living on benefits and that’s fundamental: they become independent economically. And the project has quite a big impact socially because it’s something that helps the families and the towns.”

    But Castillo is careful to stress the needs for a careful and well-planned matching process.

    “You can’t start bringing in more people than a town or village can accommodate, even if they’re depopulated,” she says.

    “You have to think about the town and the people there. But, bit by bit, people in these towns get to know the new people and see them as people, not as people from a particular country. They rub along very naturally and work together.”

    So far, the reaction in Pareja has been encouraging.

    Antonio Ridruejo, a retired truck driver who has lived in the town all his life, is pleased to see the newcomers – especially the youngest ones.

    “We need people here – young people – because there are hardly any children here,” he says as he looks out over the main square.

    “If there were no children, we’d have to close the schools and it would be a dead town. If you don’t have any young people, you have nothing.”

    Márquez is recuperating from appendicitis and peritonitis. As well as looking after his sons, he passes the time painting, writing nostalgic songs on his four-stringed Venezuelan cuatro guitar, and thinking about the land he has left behind and the land he has found.

    “I miss my country a lot – and my farm – but the mayor has lent us a little allotment here,” he says.

    “We’re growing corn, beans, coriander, spring onions and tomatoes. But no chillies yet. There’s a tiny little piece of Venezuela in Pareja.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/10/the-spanish-towns-welcoming-in-migrants

    #Espagne #accueil #solidarité #population #démographie #asile #migrations #réfugiés

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  • Education : la Grèce octroie l’asile à un étudiant Guinéen admis à Sciences Po Paris

    Les autorités grecques vont octroyer l’asile à un jeune migrant guinéen, admis à Sciences Po Paris. Il était bloqué en Grèce car l’examen de sa demande d’asile a été retardé par l’épidémie de coronavirus.

    « C’est un pas positif, un pas dans la bonne direction », s’est félicitée Sofia Kouvelaki, directrice de l’ONG, The Home Project, qui s’était chargée du jeune migrant guinéen admis à Sciences Po à Paris mais bloqué en Grèce à cause du coronavirus.

    Les autorités grecques vont octroyer mardi l’asile à Amadou Diallo, 20 ans, réfugié sans-papiers. Après avoir terminé sa scolarité en Grèce, il a été accepté pour étudier à Sciences Po Paris sur dossier, après avoir passé un entretien en visioconférence.
    L’asile octroyé à trois jeunes migrants boursiers

    Le ministère grec des Migrations a indiqué ce lundi dans un communiqué que le ministre Notis Mitarakis allait octroyer mardi l’asile « à trois migrants qui ont réussi à obtenir des bourses d’études grâce aux possibilités que la Grèce leur a offertes ».

    Outre Amadou Diallo, deux autres jeunes migrants vont recevoir l’asile, respectivement de nationalité camerounaise et afghane. La responsable de l’ONG The Home Project a toutefois exprimé l’importance qu’Amadou Diallo reçoive « rapidement une carte de séjour et un passeport » pour qu’il puisse se rendre à temps à Paris pour commencer ses études.

    L’examen de sa demande d’asile a été retardé par l’épidémie de coronavirus, qui risquait en effet de l’empêcher de se rendre en France à temps pour la rentrée universitaire. C’est l’ambassade de France à Athènes qui s’est saisie de la question du jeune Guinéen, et avait travaillé à une solution avec le gouvernement grec.
    « La France est prête à l’accueillir ! »

    Le jeune homme, qui a perdu ses parents encore enfant, a fui son pays où il se sentait persécuté. Il est arrivé en 2016 sur l’île grecque de Lesbos. Il s’est enfui du camp de réfugié de Moria à Lesbos en se cachant dans un ferry pour Athènes où il a vécu un temps sans abri, jusqu’à ce qu’il rencontre des membres de l’ONG The Home Project.

    Grâce à un travail dans un hôtel l’été et au soutien de l’ONG, il a pu intégrer le lycée franco hellénique Eugène Delacroix à Athènes. Sur les réseaux sociaux, son histoire a été vivement commentée et a suscité l’émotion.

    La ministre française déléguée à la citoyenneté Marlène Schiappa a réagi sur Twitter : « Grâce à la mobilisation du Ministère de l’Intérieur et de la diplomatie française la Grèce va octroyer l’asile à Amadou Diallo, jeune réfugié admis à Sciences Po. Il pourra donc poursuivre sa scolarité en France ! ».

    https://twitter.com/MarleneSchiappa/status/1285310610629107714?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E12


    https://twitter.com/MarleneSchiappa/status/1285310610629107714

    https://www.leparisien.fr/societe/education-la-grece-octroie-l-asile-a-un-etudiant-guineen-admis-a-sciences
    #relocalisation #Grèce #France #études #université #études #réfugiés #asile #migrations

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    • #Torino, prima città rifugio in Italia di chi difende i diritti umani

      Decolla il progetto del Comune con #Amnesty_International. Anche un polo per formare sull’accoglienza.

      Trovano casa a Torino gli attivisti di Amnesty International, ma anche tutti quelli che ogni giorno sono minacciati per la loro battaglia per i diritti umani. L’assessore ai Giovani, Marco Giusta, ha siglato un accordo che la trasforma nella prima “#shelter_city” d’Italia, cioè luogo di rifugio e accoglienza per chi si batte per i diritti umani e per questo è minacciato nel proprio Paese. Il progetto prevede un periodo di ospitalità che va da tre mesi a un anno, a seconda delle necessità: “Si tratta della messa a punto di un lavoro di tre anni e mezzo – racconta Giusta - Torino è davvero diventata la Capitale dei Diritti. Le conoscenze sono fuori dal Palazzo, costruire ponti e collaborazioni con chi lavora ogni giorno sul tema è stato fondamentale. Servivano spazi di codecisione amministrativi e li abbiamo creati al fine di lanciare programmazioni concrete e permanenti per la Città”.
      Il patto prevede da un lato la creazione di una rete d’accoglienza, ma anche il rafforzamento di progetti come #Open_011, la Casa della mobilità giovanile di corso Venezia. Una realtà nato nel 2006 durante le Olimpiadi Invernali e che oggi punta a diventare un Training Centre di livello internazionale. Sarà qui infatti la sede operativa di #JHREP, il Programma di Educazione ai Diritti Umani che Amnesty International Italia, Cifa Onlus e la rete internazionale #Hreyn intendono sviluppare per promuovere l’organizzazione di momenti formativi, training e study session nazionali e internazionali sul territorio torinese. “Torino sui diritti non deve essere arroccata, deve passare all’attacco – chiarisce l’assessore - Attacco non violento, ma strategico: serve una strategia per aggredire il fenomeno di violenza di genere, l’antisemitismo, il razzismo, il fascismo. La nostra strategia è sempre la stessa: serve diffondere valori e temi nella cittadinanza. Una città dei diritti, per me, è una città in cui le persone scelgono di venire a vivere e in cui scelgono di rimanere. In cui i e le giovani mettono alla prova i propri talenti e ambizioni. In cui ogni persona ha la possibilità di lavorare e il diritto di sentirsi a casa. In cui tutti i quartieri beneficiano di nuove opportunità e si sviluppano”.
      Già da luglio è attiva la nuova convenzione ventennale per la gestione dello spazio che prevede un ulteriore innalzamento degli standard qualitativi e l’introduzione di tariffe calmierate riservate a progetti sostenuti dalla Città o finanziati dal programma “#Erasmus_plus” e dal Consiglio d’Europa.

      https://torino.repubblica.it/cronaca/2019/12/10/news/torino_prima_citta_rifugio_in_italia_di_chi_difende_i_diritti_uman
      #Turin #citoyenneté

    • Padova sarà presto la seconda città-rifugio per i difensori dei diritti umani

      L’Italia diventa sempre più sensibile al tema della protezione degli human rights defenders, i difensori dei diritti umani. Tanto che, dopo Trento, anche Padova sarà presto una pioniera delle città-rifugio.

      Grazie ad una campagna lanciata un anno e mezzo fa dalla rete In difesa di formata da oltre 40 associazioni italiane, anche il nostro Paese avrà le sue shelter-cities, luoghi protetti per avvocati, blogger, attivisti in pericolo. La provincia autonoma di Trento ha già approvato una mozione a riguardo, e presto seguirà la provincia di Padova.

      «Ma entro fine anno contiamo di arrivare a cinque enti locali trasformati in shelter cities italiane», anticipa a b-hop Francesco Martone, portavoce della rete «#In_difesa_di…» (www.indifesadi.org)

      Ma cosa sono esattamente le città-rifugio? Luoghi sicuri e protetti nei quali i perseguitati in patria per via del loro essere schierati per professione a difesa dei diritti dei più vulnerabili (pensiamo a chi protegge i popoli indigeni in America Latina o agli avvocati e blogger in Cina, o ancora agli attivisti per diritti degli omosessuali in Africa), potranno vivere tranquilli ma in attività per un periodo circoscritto della loro vita.

      E continuare a lavorare anche a distanza, per portare a compimento la loro missione.

      «Sono due le città italiane che iniziano a muoversi in questa direzione per esser accreditate come shelter city: una è Trento, che ha annunciato di recente il suo coinvolgimento in questo meccanismo – assicura Martone – e l’altra è Padova, che ancora non ha formalizzato l’impegno, ma presto lo farà».

      «Stiamo lavorando anche su Prato e poi con la Regione Lazio e il comune di Milano», dice.

      Ma come si fa a candidarsi per essere una città che protegge chi nel proprio Paese ha dei problemi a proseguire con il lavoro di attivista? Ricordiamo che solo nel 2017 sono morte 312 persone, assassinate perché combattevano per i diritti umani. Parliamo spesso di regimi, altre volte di democrazie a rischio, Stati come la Colombia, la Mauritania, l’Iraq, l’Eritrea.

      Intanto, per accogliere, bisogna avere una “vocazione” già avviata, spiega Martone. Ad esempio, una società civile che abbia già preso a cuore una causa specifica.

      Poi ci si deve collegare ad un protocollo d’intesa che nel frattempo va avanti a livello nazionale. Bisogna cioè manifestare l’interesse ad ospitare un “perseguitato” e prendersi anche dei rischi o la responsabilità di tutelare la sua identità. Certo, l’Italia rispetto ad altri Paesi è indietro ma comincia a muovere passi importanti.

      «Il tema human rights defenders in Italia è relativamente nuovo – spiega Martone– In Germania o Olanda, invece, già esistono gli shelter e funzionano bene. Per i nostri enti locali questo è un uovo di colombo, adesso ci dicono: “finalmente per la prima volta quando parliamo di diritti umani sappiamo esattamente cosa possiamo fare per tutelare le persone“».

      Si tratta di attivare anzitutto un sistema di relazioni diplomatiche abbastanza solido e multi-livello.

      «Necessariamente il nostro lavoro nella Campagna italiana coinvolge le ambasciate e il ministero degli esteri. Noi siamo da due anni in dialogo con la Farnesina su questo», spiega ancora l’attivista.

      E i risultati si vedono: nonostante l’incertezza politica l’Italia è ormai ingaggiata.

      «La Farnesina ha risposto per ora organizzando un mega convegno a Roma sulle buone pratiche.

      Il 18 giugno prossimo saranno presenti alla Farnesina, attivisti dall’area euro-mediterranea, l’Ong Frontline defenders, e Justice & Peace, una Ong olandese che gestisce il programma locale di protezione e molti altri.

      «Questa roba qui in Italia non è stata mai fatta. Intanto creiamo le premesse perché si possa iniziare a capire come fare: incontriamo soggetti che già fanno opera di protezione».

      In effetti ad Amsterdam, Groningen, l’Aja, Maastricht, Middelburg, in Olanda, esistono convenzioni e strutture dove le persone perseguitate possono riprendere fiato, cercare alleanze, ricaricare le energie. Lavorare da avvocati, giornalisti, blogger, attivisti.

      Un esempio? Amsterdam. Dove «puoi essere ciò che sei, amare chi vuoi e pensare e credere in ciò che desideri. Libertà e tolleranza sono parte integrante della città. Ed è questo che rende Amsterdam una shelter city per eccellenza». Così si legge sul sito olandese.

      Lookkaté, ad esempio, è un’attivista che viene dalla Thailandia dove promuove i diritti civili e politici del popolo Thai. Ora si trova in Olanda dove ha trovato momentanemente un po’ di pace. E di alleati.

      «L’altra grande sfida è in effetti quella di trovare terreno fertile: una società civile locale che non solo accolga ma che collabori con lo human rights defender», spiega ancora Martone.

      «Quando un attivista minacciato tende a lasciare il paese d’origine prima ci sono dei protocolli da seguire, dei visti da ottenere, uno status di protezione internazionale temporanea per esempio», spiega infine Martone.

      https://www.b-hop.it/primo-piano/anche-padova-le-citta-rifugio-difensori-dei-diritti-umani
      #Padoue

    • Il Comune di Montegrotto Terme diventa Città Rifugio per i difensori dei diritti umani

      Il Consiglio Comunale di #Montegrotto_Terme ha approvato una mozione per aderire al progetto “Città Rifugio”.

      Si tratta di un progetto pilota di accoglienza temporanea e supporto per difensori dei diritti umani minacciati, in grado di raccogliere le diverse disponibilità territoriali per la relocation degli Human Rights Defenders, da attivare di concerto con la rete "In Difesa Di - per i diritti umani e chi li difende”, con gli altri Enti locali italiani interessati, le organizzazioni della società civile presenti ed attive sul territorio, e il Centro di Ateneo per i Diritti Umani “Antonio Papisca” dell’Università di Padova.

      Il Comune di Montegrotto Terme va ad aggiungersi ai Comuni di #Trento, Padova, #Cadoneghe, #Ponte_San_Nicolò, #Rubano, #Noventa_Padovana, #Asiago, Torino e alla Provincia Autonoma di Trento che hanno già aderito all’iniziativa.

      Con l’approvazione della mozione il Comune di Montegrotto Terme si impegna inoltre a:

      promuovere occasioni di studio, formazione e scambio di esperienze tra amministrazioni territoriali, organizzazioni della società civile e università sul ruolo degli enti locali nella protezione dei difensori dei diritti umani e le Città-Rifugio;
      promuovere nelle scuole di ogni ordine e grado iniziative di sensibilizzazione sui difensori dei diritti umani intese come educazione all’assunzione di responsabilità per lo svolgimento di ruoli di cittadinanza attiva e democratica;
      sollecitare il Governo nazionale affinché attivi programmi di protezione per i difensori dei diritti umani, rafforzando l’iniziativa del corpo diplomatico italiano nell’attuazione delle linee-guida UE ed OSCE, ed aderendo alla Temporary Relocation Platform dell’Unione Europea;
      prevedere attraverso gli strumenti della cooperazione decentrata iniziative di supporto a programmi e progetti di sostegno e protezione dei difensori dei diritti umani in paesi terzi, centrale per il perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile;
      inviare la rispettiva mozione all’ANCI ed alla Conferenza Stato-Regioni al fine di diffonderla presso altri Enti locali sollecitandone l’impegno per la protezione dei difensori dei diritti umani e la creazione di opportunità di rifugio temporaneo per attivisti a rischio e di programmi di cooperazione decentrata nei paesi terzi.

      L’iniziativa intende dare attuazione alla Dichiarazione “sul diritto e la responsabilità degli individui, dei gruppi e degli organi della società di promuovere e proteggere le libertà fondamentali e i diritti umani universalmente riconosciuti” (Dichiarazione sui Difensori dei diritti umani), adottata dall’Assemblea generale delle Nazioni Unite il 9 dicembre 1998; alle Linee Guida sui Difensori dei diritti umani, adottate dal Consiglio dell’Unione Europea nel 2004 e aggiornate nel 2008, volte ad orientare il lavoro delle rappresentanze diplomatiche dell’Unione e degli Stati Membri e la “Piattaforma UE di coordinamento per l’asilo temporaneo dei difensori dei diritti umani”; nonché alle Linee Guida sulla protezione dei Difensori dei diritti umani, adottate dall’Organizzazione per la Sicurezza e la Cooperazione in Europa (OSCE) nel 2014.

      L’art. 1 della Dichiarazione sui Difensori dei diritti umani stabilisce che “tutti hanno il diritto, individualmente ed in associazione con altri, di promuovere e lottare per la protezione e la realizzazione dei diritti umani e delle libertà fondamentali a livello nazionale ed internazionale”.

      L’Unione Europea nell’ambito della “Piattaforma di coordinamento per l’asilo temporaneo dei difensori dei diritti umani” (European Union Human Rights Defenders RE location Platform, EUTRP), ha implementato dei programmi di training in modo da garantire la necessaria sicurezza del Difensore; l’obiettivo è dunque un approccio di sviluppo e potenziamento delle capacità (capacity building), affinché i difensori dei diritti umani acquisiscano gli strumenti per mitigare i rischi che corrono e che risultano determinanti affinché possano elevare il loro livello di sicurezza e la qualità del loro lavoro.

      Nel Rapporto presentato quest’anno dal Relatore Speciale delle Nazioni Unite sui difensori dei diritti umani è stata riaffermata la centralità degli Enti locali in un sistema integrato di protezione e sostegno ai difensori dei diritti umani che preveda anche un maggior impegno da parte della diplomazia, attraverso le ambasciate in paesi terzi e nei consessi internazionali quali il Consiglio Diritti Umani delle Nazioni Unite.
      Nel medesimo Rapporto sono indicati i principi che devono informare le iniziative a sostegno dei programmi di ricollocamento temporaneo dei difensori dei diritti umani: che siano fondate sui diritti umani, che includano difensori e difensore di differenti background, integrino la dimensione di genere, siano fondate su un approccio olistico alla sicurezza, siano orientate alla protezione di individui e collettivi, prevedano la partecipazione dei difensori e difensore nella scelta delle misure di protezione e siano flessibili al fine di soddisfare i bisogni specifici dei difensori e delle difensore.

      L’iniziativa “Città Rifugio-Shelter City” fu lanciata per la prima volta nel 2012 dai Paesi Bassi. Essa prevede che, quando i difensori dei diritti umani sono seriamente minacciati a causa del loro operato da attivisti, possono richiedere un alloggio temporaneo alle città olandesi di: Amsterdam, Groningen, L’Aja, Maastricht, Middelburg, Nijmegen, Tilburg, Utrecht. Il periodo di permanenza di un difensore dei diritti umani è ridotto (dai 3 ai 6 mesi), questo perché la ratio è di fornirgli un periodo di “rest and respite” (riposo e tregua) al di fuori del suo paese, per poi poter affrontare nuovamente la lotta nonviolenta per i diritti umani quando le minacce saranno cessate.
      L’iniziativa olandese è stata in grado di amplificare un forte segnale al governo dei paesi di origine, all’opinione pubblica e agli eventuali responsabili delle minacce al difensore dei diritti umani: sostenendo pubblicamente il difensore, l’iniziativa dimostra che le violazioni sui diritti umani denunciate dall’attivista minacciato, sono prese seriamente in considerazione da parte della comunità internazionale. A tal riguardo, particolarmente vulnerabili, risultano essere le cosiddette Women Human rights Defenders, donne attiviste minacciate, e le loro famiglie.

      In Italia, sotto impulso della rete “In Difesa Di - per i diritti umani e chi li difende” alcuni Enti locali italiani stanno lavorando alla creazione di programmi di accoglienza temporanea e rifugio per difensori e difensore dei diritti umani a rischio.

      La mozione approvata dal Comune di Montegrotto Terme è disponibile al link sottostante.

      https://unipd-centrodirittiumani.it/it/news/Il-Comune-di-Montegrotto-Terme-diventa-Citta-Rifugio-per-i-difensori-dei-diritti-umani/4969

  • Création de l’association des maires « #ma_commune_sans_migrants »

    Communiqué de presse de #Steeve_Briois, Maire d’#Hénin_Beaumont et Président de l’#association des maires « ma commune sans migrants »

    Steeve Briois, maire d’Hénin Beaumont, annonce la création d’une association de maires refusant l’#accueil des migrants. Cette association, intitulée « ma ville sans migrants », fait suite à l’annonce par le ministre de l’intérieur Bernard Cazeneuve, d’un plan de dissémination de 12 000 migrants dans les villages et villes de France à la suite du démantèlement de la jungle de calais. Cette politique folle aurait pour conséquence de multiplier les #mini_Calais sur l’ensemble du territoire national, sans consulter préalablement les populations et les élus locaux. Ce passage en force du gouvernement socialiste est tout simplement inacceptable car il menace gravement l’#ordre_public et la #sécurité de nos administrés.

    C’est pourquoi les maires membres de cette association s’engagent à faire voter par le conseil municipal, une #charte intitulée « ma commune sans migrants ». Cette charte énonce huit points attestant devant les Français, que tous les moyens légaux en la possession des maires, seront mis en œuvre pour s’opposer à l’accueil des migrants.

    Cette association s’adresse aux 36 0000 maires de France sans préjuger de leur appartenance politique. L’opposition à l’#invasion migratoire dans nos communes doit devenir une cause nationale de #salut_public qui dépasse les clivages partisans.

    https://rassemblementnational.fr/communiques/creation-de-lassociation-des-maires-ma-commune-sans-migrants
    #réseau #France #anti-migrants #anti-réfugiés #RN #Rassemblement_national #non-accueil #opposition

    Ajouté en contre-exemple à la métaliste sur les #villes-refuge :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/759145

    ping @isskein @karine4 @thomas_lacroix

  • #University_corridors and the role of academia in opening safe and legal pathways for refugees to Europe

    In this blog I discuss the potential contribution of EU universities to opening safe and legal pathways for refugees to Europe. I describe the example of a recent project in Italy called ‘University Corridors for Refugees’ and argue that the expansion and scaling up of this initiative can save lives and partially remedy the inequality of opportunity that many refugees face.

    What can universities do for refugees?

    Since the ‘long summer of migration’ in 2015, universities across the EU started various refugee-related initiatives. Many contributed in the conventional way through research on topics like reception and integration. Some developed more practice-oriented solutions and opened their doors to forced migrants. Recognized refugees were given access to full-time study programs and asylum seekers were allowed to enroll in single university courses. In the majority of cases this was accompanied by softening rigorous intake procedures and removing financial barriers. One example here is the Incluusion program of Utrecht University, which in the last years has provided free access to a wide range of courses for hundreds of students with a refugee background. While attempts for large-scale and coordinated cross-national initiatives were not absent, solutions usually emerged bottom-up, driven by the active engagement of university management, academic staff and student communities.

    These attempts, however, have an important limitation – they have been focused on the access to higher education for forced migrants who have already made their journey to the EU. A recent estimation by Amnesty International showed that about 80% of all refugees live in developing regions, while one third of the global refugee population resides in the world’s poorest countries. Even the most brilliant refugee students among these approximately 20 million people face disproportionate and unjustified burdens in their attempts to pursue higher education at EU universities. Rather than limited to lack of finances, as many would correctly suggest, these burdens often involve bureaucratic issues, which eventually deprive refugees from the equality of opportunity they deserve based on their own efforts, knowledge and skills.

    How could EU universities, or at least those who have already demonstrated their commitment to assisting refugees, provide a remedy to this problem? My argument is that they can do so by extending their engagement beyond the EU borders and by opening university corridors for refugee students residing in third countries. Initially, universities can be the protagonists in creating coalitions of local civil society and private sector actors ready to provide material and social support to refugee students who want to continue their education in Europe. Subsequently, they can collaborate with international organizations and national authorities for the removal of bureaucratic obstacles that disproportionately affect refugees.

    The evidence upon which I build my argument comes from a recent initiative called University Corridors for Refugees. It started as a small pilot project at the University of Bologna in 2019, and within just a year expanded to ten other higher education institutions across Italy. In brief, it is a wide partnership between public institutions, civil society and private sector actors that supports refugees to pursue a post-graduate degree in Italy in the following way. Each of the participating universities prepares a call for applications for a range of Master’s programmes for refugees residing in Ethiopia. UNHCR, with the assistance of NGOs, helps disseminate the calls among refugees who have recently graduated at Ethiopian universities and who live either in camps or in urban areas across the country. After a merit-based selection procedure conducted by the host universities, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issues a study visa to the successful applicants. Once they have arrived on campus, the refugee students are welcomed and supported by a network of local partners. NGOs, regional/local authorities and churches provide study equipment, a public transport subscription, language classes and integration assistance. Universities award a tuition fee waiver and support the beneficiaries of the project with accommodation, while tutors selected among the local students help the newcomers adapt to the new environment. Finally, private sector partners facilitate the access to internships and training programs during their studies, with the potential for permanent employment after graduation. While the University of Bologna has already welcomed its first refugee students arriving through the University Corridors, the rest of the Italian universities participating in the project expect their successful candidates to join them in the following months.

    Opening university corridors for refugees is not a novel idea. In fact, the Student Refugee Program in Canada has been operating for more than 40 years and has helped more than 2000 refugee students pursue higher education in nearly 100 Canadian universities. The Canadian model, however, makes part of the country’s private-sponsorship-program, which means that the arriving refugee students are at the same time permanently resettled. On the contrary, the Italian model described above allows refugees to continue their education in Italy on a study visa. In any case, and especially given the participation of private sector actors in the University Corridors project, it is very likely that the fresh refugee graduates will be able to transfer their visas into work permits and therefore remain in the country after their studies. In this way, the participating universities de facto contribute to opening safe and legal pathways for refugees to Europe.
    The birth of University Corridors for Refugees

    Why is the University Corridors for Refugees project so important and why should it be expanded and scaled up? My answer here is twofold. Firstly, because university corridors can potentially save lives. Secondly, because they can also, at least partially, remedy the inequality of opportunity that even the most devoted, hardworking and gifted refugee students face. The best way to demonstrate the added value of opening more university corridors to Europe is by sharing the little-known story behind the birth of the project in Italy.

    In 2004, a young Italian PhD student named Stefania visited Ethiopia for a course in tropical medicine. One day, while traveling to the Blue Nile Falls, she met a twelve year old local Ethiopian boy, who eventually helped her cross the river. The two exchanged contacts and stayed in touch, while the family of Stefania decided to start sponsoring the education of the boy. This helped him complete high school and then enroll into a graduate program at the University of Addis Ababa.

    At the university the Ethiopian boy met his two best friends. Both of them were refugees, who had recently fled the dictatorship in nearby Eritrea in quest for realizing their dream – to study journalism. Ethiopia’s open policy towards refugees allowed the two young men to follow courses along with their new Ethiopian friend. All three of them excelled in their studies and graduated together in 2014.

    By that time, the young Italian PhD student had become an assistant professor at the University of Bologna. With her support, her Ethiopian friend prepared his documents and applied for a Master’s programme at the same institution. Eventually, he got accepted. Despite all bureaucratic obstacles faced, he received his study visa and arrived on time for the start of the semester. Exactly ten years after the boy had helped Stefania cross the Blue Nile, she returned the favor by helping him to safely and legally cross the Mediterranean and continue his education.

    His two Eritrean refugee friends, however, were not so fortunate. They did not lag behind in terms of knowledge or skills and they were perfectly qualified for enrolling into a post-graduate program at an Italian university too. What they lacked was a valid passport. The only travel document they could obtain by the Ethiopian authorities was the Geneva passport, which is issued to recognized refugees. However, the Italian authorities repeatedly refused granting them study visas in these circumstances. It should be noted, that the Geneva passport is a valid travel document issued by all countries that have signed the Refugee Convention. In theory, therefore, there is no legal obstacle preventing refugees who have such passports to apply for and eventually obtain a visa to travel to Europe. After a long period of negotiations and with the immense efforts of Stefania and the intervention of UNHCR, one of the two Eritrean refugees was issued a study visa and flew to Italy where he started his Masters. By that time, the other refugee graduate had already chosen to take an alternative journey. He had already moved to Sudan on his way to Libya and then Italy. Fortunately, and again with the assistance of UNHCR, the Italian embassy in Khartoum provided him the necessary study visa and in September 2016 he arrived in Bologna. Following the steps of his two friends he obtained a merit-based scholarship, passed all his exams and graduated exactly two years later.

    In the meanwhile, the persistence and personal engagement of Stefania had created the foundations of a wide network that supported the two Eritrean refugee students all the way from Ethiopia to their graduation at the University of Bologna. Local NGOs and individuals provided financial, material and social support. A crowdfunding campaign and a small concert helped cover the tuition fees. UNHCR, as already noted, took care of the legal issues and the communication with the Italian authorities.

    Inspired by the positive experience, the university management decided to build upon this personal initiative and launched the UNI-CO-RE (University Corridors for Refugees) pilot project. The already existing partnership was further expanded and strengthened. The Catholic church and an international NGO supported the selected students during the preparation of their documents in Ethiopia, covering also the cost of their flight to Italy. The University of Bologna provided full tuition fee waivers and scholarships (again with the support of the Catholic church), while the Regional Agency for the Right to Higher Education in Emilia-Romagna offered accommodation in a student house. Local civil society organizations took over the integration of the beneficiaries, providing also psychological support. In addition, two associations of managers operating in the industrial, trade and service sectors agreed to provide internships and eventually employment to prospective refugee students. Ultimately, after a selection procedure with merit-based criteria, five more Eritrean refugees arrived in 2019 in Bologna to pursue their Master’s degrees in Engineering and Economics, while one more joined LUISS University in Rome. Few months later, with the support of UNHCR and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation the project was extended to 10 more universities and 20 new refugee students are expected to arrive in Italy in the autumn semester of 2020.
    No need to passively wait

    Returning to the question on the importance of expanding the university corridors, one can now ask what would have happened if Stefania’s efforts had not resulted in removing the barriers that the two refugee students faced in their attempts to continue their education in Europe? It would be a speculation to claim that the Eritrean refugee who had started his journey to Libya would end up in the depths of the sea. It is a fact though that since 2014 more than 20,000 migrants died trying to cross the Mediterranean. Some probably remember the boy from Mali, who drowned on April 18, 2015 with his school report card sewn into his pocket. His story became widely known when an Italian newspaper published a cartoon depicting the boy under water, showing his report to fish and mollusks who replied “Wow…All tens! What a rare pearl!”. Few years after his death five schools in Rome put stumbling stones in memory of the boy stating “To the young man from Mali, who died with a report card on his heart. This school would have welcomed him and other people who drowned while trying to cross the sea." Schools in other Italian cities also developed similar initiatives.

    As I have argued above, some solutions already exist and there is no need to passively wait for similar unnecessary tragedies to occur. Universities across Europe have a unique chance to provide at least a partial remedy to the problem, by opening university corridors for refugees. They can demonstrate their leadership, unite efforts with local civil society, private sector partners and international organizations, and work together towards the removal of the various barriers depriving refugee students from equal opportunities. Importantly, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation eventually recognized the added value of university corridors and became one of the leading partners in the project. This shows that national authorities can be responsive to bottom-up solutions that improve migration governance in general and facilitate safe and legal pathways to Europe in particular. In the same way in which the persistence of a single person gave birth to the university corridors in Italy, the protagonism of European universities can help expand the initiative and build new bridges for refugee students that will provide them the chance to access higher education.

    https://www.uu.nl/en/opinion/blog-university-corridors-and-the-role-of-academia-in-opening-safe-and-legal-path

    #université #réfugiés #asile #migrations #solidarité #voies_légales #corridors

    Ajouté à cette métaliste générale sur les villes-refuge:
    https://seenthis.net/messages/759145#message766829

  • #From_Sea_to_city

    #From_the_Sea_to_the_City’ aims to join forces to reimagine the European stance on migration with cities and human rights at the center. With this vision we want to send a strong signal to the European institutions that we want to pursue a welcoming and human-rights based migration and refugee policy before Germany takes over the presidency of the EU Council in July 2020.
    Welcoming refugees and migrants in our municipalities and cities is a chance to democratize Europe further from below: it is the cities that bear the brunt of managing migration, thus it is the cities that should also have a say in the European migration policy.

    OUR DEMANDS

    Our political demands are addressed to Mayors, representatives of European cities and EU representatives:

    1. TAKE A COORDINATED ACTION TO STRENGTHEN AND PROMOTE EXISTING AND NEW INITIATIVES BETWEEN CITIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS ON EUROPEAN MIGRATION POLICY
    2. Ensure protection of migrants’ and refugees’ lives and needs in the COVID-19 crisis
    3. Ensure an active role of cities and civil society organisations in the management of EU-funds
    4. Create safe arrivals and legal corridors to Europe
    5. Ensure the access to fundamental rights and dignity for migrants and refugees arriving to European cities, from the right to seek asylum, an access to the social and health care system, to adequate housing and decent working conditions

    https://fromseatocity.eu
    #villes-refuge #asile #migrations #réfugiés

    –-

    Ajouté à la métaliste sur les villes-refuge :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/759145

    ping @isskein @karine4 @thomas_lacroix

  • #Chicago announces $5M fund for people excluded from federal coronavirus relief act

    The city of Chicago on Wednesday unveiled a $5 million fund for residents who Mayor #Lori_Lightfoot said were excluded from the federal coronavirus relief legislation known as the #CARES_Act, including residents living in the country without legal authorization.

    Eligible residents will get a one-time check of $1,000, Lightfoot said. The fund is a partnership among the city, the Open Society Foundations and The Resurrection Project, officials said.

    Officials said the fund is expected to start paying out later this month. People can apply through The Resurrection Project’s website, though the site did not yet have information on how or when that process would open.

    “The money that the city of Chicago puts into our communities, we do that without regard to citizenship,” Lightfoot said.

    Lightfoot said the fund also is aimed at college students living in poverty and residents who recently left prison.

    Lightfoot signed an executive order in April that she said will ensure Chicago immigrants living in the country without legal permission receive all city benefits, opportunities and services, though the rule essentially reiterated existing law.

    As mayor, Lightfoot has made a point of supporting immigrant communities, personally handing out “know your rights” flyers last summer when President Donald Trump first announced large-scale U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids.

    But she’s also faced criticism from activists who want her to do more, including a rewrite of the Welcoming City Ordinance to eliminate certain loopholes.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-chicago-fund-lightfoot-20200610-ag4zcwhfb5hkvoxly5kyn
    #villes-refuge #coronavirus #sans-papiers #accès_aux_soins #santé #USA #Etats-Unis #migrations #covid-19

    –—
    Ajouté à la métaliste sur les villes-refuge:
    https://seenthis.net/messages/759145

    ping @karine4 @isskein @thomas_lacroix

  • Cities must act

    40,000 people are currently trapped on the Aegean islands, forced to live in overcrowded camps with limited medical services and inadequate sanitation.

    #Glasgow, sign this petition from @ActMust
    @ScotlandMustAct
    demanding relocation from the islands.

    https://twitter.com/scotrefcouncil/status/1253348493332267009

    #Ecosse #UK #villes-refuge #Glasgow #migrations #asile #réfugiés #Grèce #relocalisation #pétition

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    Ajouté à la métaliste sur les villes-refuge :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/759145

    ping @isskein @karine4

    • #CitiesMustAct (qui fait partie de la #campagne #EuropeMustAct)

      #CitiesMustAct is a bold new campaign asking the citizens, councils and mayors of European towns and cities to pledge their support for the immediate relocation of asylum seekers on the Greek islands.

      In our previous campaigns we pushed for change on the EU level. From our interaction with EU leaders we have learned that they are hesitant or even unable to act because they believe that there is no broad support for helping refugees among European citizens. Let’s prove them wrong!

      On the 30th of March, the Mayor and citizens of Berlin pledged to take in 1,500 refugees. Now we are asking cities and towns across Europe to join Berlin in offering sanctuary to refugees in overcrowded camps on the Greek mainland and islands.

      As COVID-19 threatens a health crisis in densely overcrowded camps, we must act now to relieve pressure on these horrendous camps.

      Whilst cities may not have the legislative power to directly relocate refugees themselves, #CitiesMustAct will send a powerful message of citizen solidarity that governments and the EU can’t ignore!

      Join us in spreading the #CitiesMustAct campaign across Europe - join us today!


      http://www.europemustact.org/citiesmustact

    • Cities lobby EU to offer shelter to migrant children from Greece

      #Amsterdam, #Barcelona and #Leipzig among cities calling for action to ease humanitarian crisis

      Ten European cities have pledged shelter to unaccompanied migrant children living in desperate conditions on Greek island camps or near the Turkish border.

      Amsterdam, Barcelona and Leipzig are among the cities that have written to European Union leaders, saying they are ready to offer a home to vulnerable children to ease what they call a rapidly worsening humanitarian crisis in Greece.

      “We can provide these children with what they now so urgently need: to get out of there, to have a home, to be safe, to have access to medical care and to be looked after by dedicated people,” the letter states.

      But the cities can only make good on their pledge if national governments agree. Seven of the 10 local government signatories to the letter are in countries that have not volunteered to take in children under a relocation effort launched by the European commission in March.

      #Rutger_Groot_Wassink, Amsterdam’s deputy mayor for social affairs, said it was disappointing the Dutch government had declined to join the EU relocation scheme. He believes Dutch cities could house 500 children, with “30-35, maybe 40 children” being brought to Amsterdam.

      “It’s not that we can send a plane in and pick them up, because you need the permission of the national government. But we feel we are putting pressure on our national government, which has been reluctant to move on this issue,” he said.

      The Dutch government – a four-party liberal-centre-right coalition – has so far declined to join the EU relocation effort, despite requests by Groot Wassink, who is a member of the Green party.

      “It might have something to do with the political situation in the Netherlands, where there is a huge debate on refugees and migrants and the national government doesn’t want to be seen as refugee-friendly. From the perspective of some of the parties they feel that they do enough. They say they are helping Greece and of course there is help for Greece.”

      If the Dutch government lifted its opposition, Groot Wassink said transfers could happen fairly quickly, despite coronavirus restrictions. “If there is a will it can be done even pretty soon,” he said.

      Ten EU countries – Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Luxembourg and Lithuania – have pledged to take in at least 1,600 lone children from the Greek islands, just under a third of the 5,500 unaccompanied minors estimated to be in Greece.

      So far, only a small number have been relocated: 12 to Luxembourg and 47 to Germany.

      The municipal intervention chimes with comments from the German Social Democrat MEP Brigit Sippel, who said earlier this month that she knew of “cities and German Länder who are ready … tomorrow, to do more”. The MEP said Germany’s federal government was moving too slowly and described the initial transfer of 47 children as “ridiculous”.

      Amsterdam, with Utrecht, organised the initiative through the Eurocities network, which brings together more than 140 of the continent’s largest municipalities, including 20 UK cities. The UK’s home secretary, Priti Patel, has refused calls to take in lone children from the Greek islands.

      Groot Wassink said solidarity went beyond the EU’s borders. He said: “You [the UK] are still part of Europe.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/24/cities-lobby-eu-to-offer-shelter-to-migrant-children-from-greece
      #Barcelone #îles #vulnérabilité #enfants #MNA #mineurs_non_accompagnés

    • Migrants and mayors are the unsung heroes of COVID-19. Here’s why

      - Some of the most pragmatic responses to COVID-19 have come from mayors and governors.
      - The skills and resourcefulness of refugees and migrants are also helping in the fight against the virus.
      - It’s time for international leaders to start following suit.

      In every crisis it is the poor, sick, disabled, homeless and displaced who suffer the most. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Migrants and refugees, people who shed one life in search for another, are among the most at risk. This is because they are often confined to sub-standard and overcrowded homes, have limited access to information or services, lack the financial reserves to ride out isolation and face the burden of social stigma.

      Emergencies often bring out the best and the worst in societies. Some of the most enlightened responses are coming from the world’s governors and mayors. Local leaders and community groups from cities as diverse as #Atlanta, #Mogadishu (https://twitter.com/cantoobo/status/1245051780787994624?s=12) and #Sao_Paulo (https://www.docdroid.net/kSmLieL/covid19-pmsao-paulo-city-april01-pdf) are setting-up dedicated websites for migrants, emergency care and food distribution facilities, and even portable hand-washing stations for refugees and internally displaced people. Their actions stand in glaring contrast to national decision-makers, some of whom are looking for scapegoats.

      Mayors and city officials are also leading the charge when it comes to recovery. Global cities from #Bogotá (https://www.eltiempo.com/bogota/migrantes-en-epoca-de-coronavirus-en-bogota-se-avecina-una-crisis-478062) to #Barcelona (https://reliefweb.int/report/spain/barcelonas-show-solidarity-time-covid-19) are introducing measures to mitigate the devastating economic damages wrought by the lockdown. Some of them are neutralizing predatory landlords by placing moratoriums on rent hikes and evictions. Others are distributing food through schools and to people’s doorsteps as well as providing cash assistance to all residents, regardless of their immigration status.

      Cities were already in a tight spot before COVID-19. Many were facing serious deficits and tight budgets, and were routinely asked to do ‘more with less’. With lockdowns extended in many parts of the world, municipalities will need rapid financial support. This is especially true for lower-income cities in Africa, South Asia and Latin America where migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups risk severe hunger and even starvation. They also risk being targeted if they try and flee. International aid donors will need to find ways to direct resources to cities and allow them sizeable discretion in how those funds are used.

      Philanthropic groups and city networks around the world are rapidly expanding their efforts to protect and assist migrants and refugees. Take the case of the #Open_Society_Foundations, which is ramping up assistance to New York City, Budapest and Milan to help them battle the pandemic while bolstering safety nets for the most marginal populations. Meanwhile, the #Clara_Lionel_and_Shawn_Carter_Foundations in the US have committed millions in grants to support undocumented workers in Los Angeles and New York (https://variety-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/variety.com/2020/music/news/rihanna-jay-z-foundations-donate-million-coronavirus-relief-1203550018/amp). And inter-city coalitions, like the #US_Conference_of-Mayors (https://www.usmayors.org/issues/covid-19) and #Eurocities (http://www.eurocities.eu/eurocities/documents/EUROCITIES-reaction-to-the-Covid-19-emergency-WSPO-BN9CHB), are also helping local authorities with practical advice about how to strengthen preparedness and response.

      The truth is that migrants and refugees are one of the most under-recognized assets in the fight against crises, including COVID-19. They are survivors. They frequently bring specialized skills to the table, including expertise in medicine, nursing, engineering and education. Some governments are catching on to this. Take the case of Portugal, which recently changed its national policies to grant all migrants and asylum seekers living there permanent residency, thus providing access to health services, social safety nets and the right to work. The city of #Buenos_Aires (https://www.lanacion.com.ar/sociedad/coronavirus-municipios-provincia-buenos-aires-sumaran-medicos-nid234657) authorized Venezuelan migrants with professional medical degrees to work in the Argentinean healthcare system. #New_York (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20210-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating), #New_Jersey (https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/20200401b.shtml) and others have cleared the way for immigrant doctors without US licenses to provide patient care during the current pandemic.

      There are several steps municipal governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations should take to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 on migrants and displaced people. For one, they need to clearly account for them in their response and recovery plans, including ensuring free access to healthy food and cash assistance. Next, they could strengthen migrant associations and allow qualified professionals to join the fight against infectious disease outbreaks. What is more, they could ensure access to basic services like housing, electricity, healthcare and education - and information about how to access them in multiple languages - as Portugal has done.

      Mayors are on the frontline of supporting migrants and refugees, often in the face of resistance from national authorities. Consider the experience of Los Angeles’s mayor, #Eric_Garcetti (https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/04/08/coronavirus-garcetti-relief-businesses-immigrants), who recently called on the US Congress to provide rapid relief to roughly 2.5 million undocumented immigrants in California. Or the mayor of Uganda’s capital #Kampala, #Erias_Lukwago (https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Opposition-gives-out-food-to-poor-despite-Museveni-ban/688334-5518340-hd23s8/index.html), who has resorted to distributing food himself to poor urban residents despite bans from the central government. At the same time, #Milan ’s mayor, #Giuseppe_Sala (https://www.corriere.it/economia/finanza/20_aprile_13/sala-sindaci-europei-alla-crisi-si-risponde-piu-solidarieta-attenzione-citt), wrote to the European Union to urgently request access to financial aid. These three mayors also lead the #Mayors_Migration_Council, a city coalition established to influence international migration policy and share resources (https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/e/2PACX-1vRqMtCR8xBONCjntcDmiKv0m4-omNzJxkEB2X2gMZ_uqLeiiQv-m2Pb9aZq4AlDvw/pub) with local leaders around the world.

      The truth is that refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people are not sitting idly by; in some cases they are the unsung heroes of the pandemic response. Far from being victims, migrants and displaced people reflect the best of what humanity has to offer. Despite countless adversities and untold suffering, they are often the first to step up and confront imminent threats, even giving their lives (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/world/europe/coronavirus-doctors-immigrants.html) in the process. The least we can all do is protect them and remove the obstacles in the way of letting them participate in pandemic response and recovery. Mayors have got this; it’s now time for national and international decision-makers to follow suit.

      https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/migrants-and-mayors-are-the-unsung-heroes-of-covid-19-heres-why
      #Mogadisho

      signalé par @thomas_lacroix

    • *Bologna: il Consiglio comunale per la regolarizzazione dei

      migranti irregolari*
      Il Consiglio Comunale di Bologna oggi ha approvato, con 18 voti favorevoli e 6 contrari, un ordine del giorno per ottenere un provvedimento di regolarizzazione dei migranti attualmente soggiornanti in territorio italiano in condizione di irregolarità originaria o sopravvenuta, con la massima tempestività, data l’emergenza sanitaria in corso.

      L’ordine del giorno è stato presentato dal consigliere Federico Martelloni (Coalizione civica) e firmato dai consiglieri Clancy (Coalizione civica), Frascaroli (Città comune), Palumbo (gruppo misto-Nessuno resti indietro), Errani, Persiano, Campaniello, Mazzoni, Li Calzi, Colombo (Partito Democratico), Bugani, Piazza, Foresti (Movimento 5 stelle). Ecco il testo :

      “Il Consiglio Comunale di Bologna, a fronte dello stato di emergenza sanitaria da Covid-19 in corso e delle misure assunte dal Governo nazionale e dalle Giunte locali per contrastarne la diffusione e limitarne l’impatto sulla popolazione attualmente presente sul territorio. Ritenuto che non trova spazio nell’odierno dibattito pubblico, segnato dalla predetta emergenza, l’esigenza di assumere provvedimenti che sanino la posizione dei migranti che soggiornano irregolarmente nel nostro Paese, tema oggetto dell’ordine del giorno votato il 23 dicembre 2019 dalla Camera dei Deputati in sede di approvazione della legge di bilancio, adottato col fine di produrre molteplici benefici per la collettività , a partire dal fatto che: a) si offrirebbe l’opportunità di vivere e lavorare legalmente nel nostro Paese a chi già si trova sul territorio ma che , senza titolo di soggiorno , è spesso costretto per sopravvivere a rivolgersi ai circuiti illeciti ; b) si andrebbe incontro ai tanti datori di lavoro che , bisognosi di personale, non possono assumere persone senza documenti , anche se già formati, e ricorrono al lavoro in nero ; c) si avrebbero maggiore contezza – e conseguentemente controllo – delle presenze sui nostri territori di alcune centinaia di migliaia di persone di cui poco o nulla si sa , e, conseguentemente, maggiore sicurezza per tutti.

      Dato atto chetale esigenza è stata ribadita, alla vigilia della dichiarazione dello stato di pandemia, dalla ministra dell’interno Lamorgese in data 15 gennaio 2020, in Risposta a interrogazione orale, confermando che “L’intenzione del Governo e del Ministero dell’Interno è quella di valutare le questioni poste all’ordine del giorno che richiamavo in premessa, nel quadro più generale di una complessiva rivisitazione delle diverse disposizioni che incidono sulle politiche migratorie e sulla condizione dello straniero in Italia” (resoconto stenografico della seduta della Camera dei Deputati del 15 gennaio 2020, pag. 22).Tenuto conto che il tema della regolarizzazione degli stranieri irregolarmente soggiornanti diventa ancor più rilevante e urgente nella contingenza che ci troviamo ad attraversare, come giustamente rimarcato nell’Appello per la sanatoria dei migranti irregolari al tempo dei Covid-19, elaborato e sottoscritto da centinaia di associazioni (visibile al seguente indirizzo: https://www.meltingpot.org/Appello-per-la-sanatoria-dei-migranti-irregolari-ai-tempi.html#nb1), atteso che alle buone ragioni della sanatoria si aggiungono , oggi, anche le esigenze di tutela della salute collettiva, compresa quella delle centinaia di migliaia di migranti privi del permesso di soggiorno, che non hanno accesso alla sanità pubblica. Considerato che l’Appello richiamato al punto che precede giustamente sottolinea che il migrante irregolare:-non è ovviamente iscritto al Sistema Sanitario Nazionale e di conseguenza non dispone di un medico di base, avendo diritto alle sole prestazioni sanitarie urgenti ;-non si rivolge alle strutture sanitarie nei casi di malattia lieve, mentre, nei casi più gravi non ha alternativa al presentarsi al pronto soccorso , il che contrasterebbe con tutti i protocolli adottati per contenere la diffusione del virus. – è costretto a soluzioni abitative di fortuna , in ambienti spesso degradati e insalubri, condivisi con altre persone .Considerato,in definitiva,che i soggetti “invisibili” sono per molti aspetti più esposti al contagio del virus e più di altri rischiano di subirne le conseguenze sia sanitarie, per la plausibile mancanza di un intervento tempestivo, sia sociali, per lo stigma cui rischiano di essere sottoposti a causa di responsabilità e inefficienze non loro ascrivibili .Assunto che iniziative di tal fatta sono all’ordine del giorno anche in altri paesi dell’Unione, avendo il governo del Portogallo già approvato una sanatoria per l’immediata regolarizzazione di tutti i migranti in attesa di permesso di soggiorno che avessero presentato domanda alla data di dichiarazione dell’emergenza Coronavirus, per consentirne l’accesso al sistema sanitario nazionale, all’apertura di conti correnti bancari; alle misure economiche straordinarie di protezione per persone e famiglie in condizioni di fragilità ; alla regolarizzazione dei rapporti di lavoro .Condivide l’urgenza di intercettare centinaia di migliaia di persone attualmente prive di un regolare permesso di soggiorno, per contenere il loro rischio di contrarre il virus; perché possano con tranquillità usufruire dei servizi della sanità pubblica nel caso di sintomatologia sospetta; perché non diventino loro malgrado veicolo di trasmissione del virus, con tutte le nefaste conseguenze che possono derivarne nei territori, incluso il territorio di Bologna.

      Invita il Sindaco e la Giunta a dare massima diffusione, anche attraverso i canali di comunicazione istituzionale, agli appelli e alle iniziative finalizzate ad ottenere un provvedimento di regolarizzazione dei migranti attualmente soggiornanti in territorio italiano in condizione d’irregolarità originaria o sopravvenuta .a farsi promotore, in tutte le sedi istituzionali, a partire dall’ANCI, delle iniziative volte a ottenere l’adozione di un provvedimento di regolarizzazione ed emersione degli stranieri irregolarmente soggiornanti, con la massima tempestività richiesta dell’emergenza sanitaria oggi in corso.

      https://www.pressenza.com/it/2020/04/bologna-il-consiglio-comunale-per-la-regolarizzazione-dei-migranti-irrego
      #Bologne #régularisation

  • Rutte : geen kwetsbare kinderen uit Griekse kampen naar Nederland

    De regering is niet van plan om minderjarige vluchtelingen uit Griekse kampen naar Nederland te halen. Dat heeft premier Rutte vandaag gezegd, in reactie op uitspraken van gemeenten die een aantal van deze kinderen willen opnemen.

    Rutte zei vanmiddag dat Nederland zijn steentje bijdraagt aan initiatieven om de situatie in de kampen op de Griekse eilanden te verbeteren. Hij wijst erop dat de Europese Commissie bekijkt of er nog meer gedaan kan worden om de vluchtelingen in Griekenland te helpen. Daar blijft het bij, zegt Rutte, er worden geen mensen hierheen gehaald.
    Noodkreet van hulporganisaties

    Drie hulporganisaties vroegen gemeenten deze week om plek te bieden aan 500 kinderen die zonder familieleden in de Griekse kampen bivakkeren. Zeven gemeenten waaronder Leiden, Amsterdam, Zwolle en Utrecht gaven al te kennen dat ze vluchtelingenkinderen willen opvangen. De organisaties hoopten dat de gemeenten als breekijzer zouden dienen om de regering tot actie te dwingen.

    De situatie in de kampen wordt elke dag nijpender nu Turkije migranten ook niet langer tegenhoudt. Een deel van hen reist per boot naar Lesbos, Chios en Samos.

    https://nos.nl/artikel/2326108-rutte-geen-kwetsbare-kinderen-uit-griekse-kampen-naar-nederland.html

    Commenté ainsi sur twitter :

    Once again - municipalities in the Netherlands want to take refugees from the Greek islands. The Dutch government says no, efforts will be rather made for improving the conditions on the islands (yeah, sure).
    Could EU cities govern migration better?


    https://twitter.com/TihomirSabchev/status/1236332626857857031?s=03

    #villes-refuge #villes #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Pays-Bas #rélocalisation

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  • Facts still matter : Data shows sanctuary cities keep communities safer

    Since the first week President Trump took office, so-called “sanctuary cities” have been a favored target, and it’s clear from his State of the Union speech that they will continue to feature prominently as a way of rallying the base in his reelection campaign. Trump is incensed about the hundreds of jurisdictions across the country that set limits on local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.

    The president said that sanctuary policies “breed crime,” (https://www.politifact.com/article/2017/feb/05/fact-checking-donald-trumps-interview-bill-oreilly) language seemingly designed to convey dystopian images of lawlessness wherein undocumented immigrants commit crimes with impunity. But on multiple occasions (https://www.factcheck.org/2017/02/no-evidence-sanctuary-cities-breed-crime), my research, which uses the government’s data, shows that the president is wrong.

    Sanctuary policies do not increase crime. Crime is lower, and economies are stronger in sanctuary counties compared to comparable non-sanctuary counties (https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/reports/2017/01/26/297366/the-effects-of-sanctuary-policies-on-crime-and-the-economy). My work is supported by other academic research that reveals similar or null findings, meaning there is no relationship between sanctuary policies and crime.

    What do the best available data tell us about sanctuary localities? Using data obtained from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, I find that sanctuary counties have less crime than comparable non-sanctuary counties (https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/reports/2017/01/26/297366/the-effects-of-sanctuary-policies-on-crime-and-the-economy). Benjamin Gonzalez O’Brien, Loren Collingwood, and Stephen Omar El-Khatib find that there is “no statistically discernible difference in violent crime, rape, or property crime rates” when comparing sanctuary cities to non-sanctuary comparable towns.

    Moreover, in their review of the literature, Martínez, Martínez-Schuldt, and Cantor conclude that existing studies find a “null or negative relationship between these [sanctuary] policies and crime.” (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/soc4.12547)

    Additional research I conducted shows that local law enforcement entanglement with immigration enforcement makes it harder for local police to do their jobs.

    When local law enforcement officials do the work of federal immigration enforcement, undocumented immigrants become less likely to report crimes that they witness to the police, become less likely to report crimes that they are victims of to the police, are less likely to use services that require them to disclose their personal contact information, and are even less likely to attend public events where police may be present.

    Newer research (https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/perspectives-on-politics/article/how-interior-immigration-enforcement-affects-trust-in-law-enforcement/1D3021F5802F2E0FCEF741BDAEAB47A0) I have conducted shows that when local law enforcement officials do the work of federal immigration enforcement, undocumented immigrants are less likely to trust that police officers and sheriffs will keep them, their families, and their communities safe; protect the confidentiality of witnesses to crimes even if they are undocumented, protect the rights of all people, including undocumented immigrants, equally, and protect undocumented immigrants from abuse or discrimination. Altogether, when communities are less likely to engage with, interact with, or trust in law enforcement, this undermines public safety.

    Despite these facts, however, Trump and his officials continue to attack sanctuary localities, using individual cases to spread fear and obscure the facts. In the State of the Union, the president aimed at New York City for the murder of an elderly woman in Queen and the state of California for another tragic case.

    Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf (https://thehill.com/people/chad-wolf) immediately issued a statement applauding the president’s speech and claiming that “Sanctuary policies do not protect communities — they endanger them.”

    We have seen this playbook before: the administration exploits tragedies when they occur and attributes the causes of these tragedies to policies it objects to. To be clear, in sanctuary jurisdictions, all those charged with criminal conduct face prosecution; local policies limiting cooperation with immigration enforcement do not interfere with criminal justice processes.

    I want to invite the Trump administration to dig into these data with me. Data are not partisan. By focusing our conversation on data, we can avoid the political and ideological traps that engulf so much of the immigration debate. Facts still matter.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/481851-facts-still-matter-data-shows-sanctuary-cities-keep-communities-safe
    #villes-refuge #sanctuary_cities #sécurité #crimes #criminalité

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  • La #ville de #Liège demande aux négociateurs du futur gouvernement fédéral de prévoir une #régularisation des #sans-papiers

    C’est un message adressé aux négociateurs du gouvernement fédéral : les conseillers communaux liégeois ont adopté un texte qui en appelle à une régularisation des sans-papiers. Le vote a été précédé d’une manifestation de plusieurs dizaines de personnes, en appui à cette démarche.

    Le but : que des critères clairs, stables et objectifs soient définis, pour éviter l’octroi au compte-gouttes, au cas par cas, de titres de séjour. Dans une ambiance étonnamment tendue, c’est une majorité de rechange qui a permis l’approbation. Le groupe libéral aurait voulu amender la motion, et s’est abstenu, la première échevine Chrsitine Defraigne hors séance au moment de l’appel nominatif.

    https://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/liege/detail_la-ville-de-liege-demande-aux-negociateurs-du-futur-gouvernement-federal
    #villes-refuge #ville-refuge #asile #migrations #réfugiés

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