• ’Vulnerable migrants and wellbeing study’ highlights barriers to healthcare for migrants.

    A pilot study by the University of Birmingham has identified major barriers to healthcare access for migrants, including denial of entitlements, administrative issues, lack of understanding, language barriers and fears of being arrested.

    https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2019/02/vulnerable-migrants-and-wellbeing-study-highlights-barriers-to-healthc
    #accès_à_la_santé #accès_aux_droits #santé #réfugiés #asile #migrations #UK #Angleterre #langue #barrières_linguistiques #vulnérabilité


  • Malnourished children are taking food from school bins to stifle hunger, headteacher says Eleanor Busby - 11 Janvier 2019 - The Indépendant

    Parents have come to school in tears saying they have no way of feeding their children
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/school-hunger-child-poverty-bins-headteacher-morecambe-foodbanks-univ

    Royaume-Uni : « Des enfants mal nourris fouillent dans les poubelles de l’école pour apaiser leur faim », déclare une directrice d’école
    Des parents arrivent à l’école en larmes disant qu’ils n’ont aucun moyen de nourrir leurs enfants. Les enfants arrivent à l’école tellement affamés qu’ils vont chercher de la nourriture dans les poubelles, explique la directrice d’école.

    Siobhan Collingwood, directrice de l’école primaire de Morecambe Bay, dans le comté de Lancashire, a déclaré qu’un élève sur dix venait de familles qui ont recours aux banques alimentaires.

    « Lorsque les enfants sont affamés, cela altère leur comportement et les rend complètement obsédés par la nourriture, ainsi nous avons des enfants qui vont voler des noyaux de fruits dans les poubelles », a déclaré la directrice.

    S’exprimant à l’émission BBC-Breakfast, Siobhan Collingwood a déclaré : « Nous avons des enfants qui n’ont rien dans leur gamelle du déjeuner et qui font une fixation sur la nourriture ».

    La directrice a ajouté qu’il y avait actuellement 35 enfants dans son école dont les familles sont aidées par des banques alimentaires, en ajoutant : « Le nombre est probablement plus élevé, mais nous ne connaissons que ceux-là. »

    En début de semaine, le Comité d’audit environnemental a présenté les chiffres de 2017 de l’UNICEF selon lesquels 19% des enfants britanniques de moins de 15 ans vivent avec des adultes qui ont du mal à se procurer de la nourriture.

    Siobhan Collingwood a déclaré que la faim à laquelle sont confrontés les élèves « brisait le cœur » et ajouté qu’elle avait vu des parents arriver à l’école et fondre en larmes, affirmant qu’ils n’avaient pas les moyens de nourrir leurs enfants.

    « Des familles me disent qu’elles se prêtent régulièrement de la nourriture, et mon expérience quotidienne me dit que c’est un problème qui s’aggrave de plus en plus », a-t-elle déclaré.

    Siobhan Collingwood a affirmé qu’elle avait constaté davantage de problèmes depuis l’introduction du Crédit universel, [un système d’indemnisation unique qui regroupe et remplace une série d’indemnités sociales qui existaient auparavant – NdT].

    Ses commentaires ont eu lieu après qu’un groupe de députés représentant plusieurs partis a appelé le gouvernement à nommer un « ministre de la faim » pour lutter contre « l’insécurité alimentaire » – en particulier parmi les jeunes enfants.

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    Malnourished children are arriving at school so hungry they are taking food out of the bins, a headteacher says.
    Siobhan Collingwood, headteacher of Morecambe Bay Primary School, in Lancashire, said one in 10 of its pupils came from families using food banks.

    “When children are food deprived it alters their behaviour and they do become quite food obsessed, so we have some children who will be stealing fruit cores from the bins,” the headteacher said.

    Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Ms Collingwood said : “We have children who have nothing in their lunch boxes and children who are just fixated upon food.”

    The headteacher said there were currently 35 children at her school whose families are supported by food banks : “It’s probably higher because they are the ones we know about.”

    Earlier this week the Environmental Audit Committee highlighted 2017 Unicef figures showing 19 per cent of children under 15 in the UK live with adults who struggle to buy food.

    Ms Collingwood said the hunger facing pupils was “heartbreaking” and she had seen parents arrive at school and burst into tears, saying they have no means of feeding their children.

    “Families are coming in telling me they are routinely loaning food to each other, my day-to-day experience is telling me this is a growing problem,” she said.

    Ms Collingwood said she had noticed more problems since the introduction of universal credit.

    Her comments came after a cross-party group of MPs called on the government to appoint a “minister for hunger” to tackle “food insecurity” – especially among young children.

    #angleterre #école #enfants #faim #Crédit_universel #ministre_de_la_faim #poubelles


  • Visualizing empires decline

    This is mainly an experimentation with soft bodies using toxi’s verlet springs.
    The data refers to the evolution of the top 4 maritime empires of the XIX and XX centuries by extent. The visual emphasis is on their decline.

    https://vimeo.com/6437816


    #empires #déclin #histoire #vidéo #ressources_pédagogiques #Portugal #la_fin_des_empires #UK #Angleterre #Espagne #France #empires_maritimes #visualisation #chronologie #colonialisme #colonialisation #décolonisation
    ping @reka @fil @albertocampiphoto


  • Le #Royaume-Uni veut diviser par deux le nombre d’étudiants étrangers

    La secrétaire d’état à l’intérieur aurait pris la décision de diminuer de moitié les visas délivrés aux étrangers pour étudier au Royaume-Uni. Les universités anglaises montent au créneau.

    En octobre, Amber Rudd, la secrétaire d’état à l’intérieur du parti conservateur au pouvoir, avait prédit de plus grandes difficultés pour délivrer des visas aux étudiants étrangers, mais le raz-de-marée risque d’être encore plus violent que prévu. Selon le Guardian, de 300.000 par an aujourd’hui, le nombre d’étrangers dans les facs anglaises devrait passer à 170.000 sous la gouvernance de Theresa May, l’actuelle Première Ministre.

    Les étudiants internationaux rapportent pourtant près de onze milliards de livres (13 Mds €) par an à l’état, d’après le journal anglais. Selon le dirigeant de l’une des plus grandes universités du pays, resté anonyme, « cette mesure est insensée, la politique va à l’encontre de l’économie ». Colin Riordan, le vice-président de l’Université de Cardiff, confirme : « Couper les quotas d’étudiants étrangers semble être le seul moyen que le gouvernement a trouvé pour limiter l’immigration. Mais les problèmes constatés par la population sur le sujet des migrants ne proviennent pas du tout des étudiants internationaux ».
    Expulsé parce qu’il ne connaît pas le vice-président de sa fac

    M. Riordan a même rendu publiques quelques situations ahurissantes dans lesquelles des étudiants étrangers se sont récemment retrouvés :

    ● L’un d’entre eux n’a pas eu son visa parce qu’il ne connaissait pas les horaires d’ouverture de la bibliothèque universitaire.

    ● Un autre a été exclu pour ne pas avoir su donner le nom du vice-président de la fac dans laquelle il était.

    Sir Keith Burnett, de l’université de Sheffield, pourtant un proche de Theresa May, ajoute : « Les étudiants internationaux doivent se sentir les bienvenus chez nous ! Nos universités sont influentes justement parce qu’elles sont réputées à l’international ».

    Amber Rudd, la secrétaire d’état à l’Intérieur, avait précisé en octobre que les meilleurs étudiants continueraient à affluer, mais que ceux issus d’établissements moins huppés auraient plus de mal. Elle a encore tenu à préciser : « Nous voulons simplement rendre le système plus sélectif pour favoriser les meilleures universités, leur permettre de recruter les meilleurs. Les Anglais ont clairement voté pour un plus grand contrôle de l’immigration, donc les universités doivent aussi faire leur part ». Le conflit continue, outre-Manche, entre personnalités politiques et directeurs d’universités.

    https://etudiant.lefigaro.fr/article/le-royaume-uni-veut-diviser-par-deux-le-nombre-d-etudiants-etrange
    #université #UK #Angleterre #étudiants_étrangers

    ... Alors que la #France, elle, veut augmenter le nombre d’étudiants étrangers (avec une technique, celle de l’augmentation des #frais_universitaires, évidemment discutable, mais bon...)
    On en discute ici :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/739889


  • UK sending Syrians back to countries where they were beaten and abused

    Refugees tell of being held in cages and even tortured in European countries including Hungary and Romania

    Britain is using EU rules to send asylum seekers from Syria and other countries back to eastern European states where they were beaten, incarcerated and abused, the Guardian has learned.

    Migrant rights groups and lawyers say the Home Office is using the rules to send people back to “police brutality, detention and beatings” in several European countries.

    The Guardian has spoken to refugees who were subjected to assaults as they travelled through Europe. The men tell of being held in “cages” in Hungary, waterboarded and handcuffed to beds by detention centre guards in Romania and beaten in Bulgaria.
    Britain is one of worst places in western Europe for asylum seekers
    Read more

    They now face being returned to those countries as, under the so-called Dublin law, asylum seekers are supposed to apply in their first EU country of entry.

    In 2015 more than 80,000 requests were made by EU countries for another government to take back an asylum seeker. The UK made 3,500 of these requests to countries around Europe, including Bulgaria, Romania, Italy and Hungary.

    The Home Office claims it should be entitled to assume that any EU country will treat asylum seekers properly.

    The charity Migrant Voice has collected testimony from several refugees who are fighting removal from the UK to other European countries. Nazek Ramadan, the director of the charity, said the men had been left traumatised by their journey and their subsequent treatment in the UK.

    “We know there are hundreds of Syrians in the UK who have fingerprints in other European countries,” said Ramadan. “Many no longer report to the Home Office because they are afraid of being detained and deported away from their family in the UK. Those who have been forcibly removed often end up destitute.

    “These are people who were abused in their home country, sometimes jailed by the regime there. Then they were imprisoned again in Europe. They feel that they are still living in a war zone, moving from one arrest and detention to another.”

    The law firm Duncan Lewis recently won a key case preventing forced removals back to Hungary because of the risk that people might be forced from there back to their country of origin.

    The firm is also challenging removals to Bulgaria because of what the UN refugee agency has described as “substandard” conditions there. A test case on whether Bulgaria is a safe country to send people back to is due to be heard by the court of appeal in November.

    The situation could get even more complex as an EU ban on sending asylum seekers back to Greece is due to be lifted on Wednesday after a six-year moratorium.

    Krisha Prathepan, of Duncan Lewis, said: “We intend to challenge any resumption of returns to Greece, as that country’s asylum system remains dysfunctional and the risk of refugees being returned from Greece to the very countries in which they faced persecution remains as high as ever.”

    The Home Office says it has no immediate plans to send refugees back to Greece, but is following European guidelines.

    “We have no current plans to resume Dublin returns to Greece,” a spokesperson said, citing among other reasons “the reception conditions in the country”.

    She added: “In April 2016, the high court ruled that transfer to Bulgaria under the Dublin regulation would not breach the European Convention on Human Rights. If there is evidence that Bulgaria is responsible for an asylum application, we will seek to transfer the application.”

    Mohammad Nadi Ismail, 32, Syrian

    Mohammad Nadi Ismail, a former Syrian navy captain, entered Europe via Bulgaria and Hungary, hoping to join his uncle and brother in Britain.

    In Bulgaria he was detained, beaten and humiliated. “They stripped us and made us stand in a row all naked. We had to bend over in a long line. Then they hit us on our private parts with truncheons.

    “They would wake us at night after they had been playing cards and drinking. Then they would come and hit us or kick us with their boots or truncheons.”

    One day he was released and took his chance to leave, walking for days to reach Hungary.

    But in Hungary he was locked up again. “They took us to a courtyard of a big building where there were five or six cages, about 8ft [2.4 metres] square. Most of the people were African. Some of them had been in there for four or five days. Luckily we Syrians were allowed out after one night and I headed for the UK.”

    In the UK Ismail met up with the family he hadn’t seen for three years and applied for asylum immediately.

    Then a letter came, saying his fingerprints had been found in Bulgaria and he would be returned. After a month in detention he now reports every two weeks, waiting and hoping that the UK will let him stay.

    “I will not go back to Bulgaria. I still have hope that I can stay here legally and rebuild my life with my family who have always supported me,” he said.

    ‘Dawoud’, 34, Iranian

    Dawoud (not his real name) was 28 when he fled Iran after his political activities had made him an enemy of the government. His brother and parents made it to the UK and were given refugee status.

    When he was told by border guards that he was in Romania he had no idea what that meant. “I had never even heard of this country,” he said. He was put in a camp where “water dripped through the electrics – we were electrocuted often. Children and families screamed. We lived in fear of the wild dogs who circled the camp, attacking and biting us. We were given no food; we had to go through bins in the town nearby for scraps.”

    He escaped once, to the Netherlands, but was sent back.

    “I experienced several beatings, on all parts of the body. There were people covered in blood and they were refused medical help. They even waterboarded me. I thought I would die.”

    Finally he managed to reach his mother, father and brother in the UK. For two years he has lived in hiding, too scared to apply for asylum for fear of being sent back to Romania. But a few months ago he finally reported to the Home Office. A letter informed him that a request had been made to Romania to take him back.

    Dawoud shakes as he talks about his fear of removal, saying: “When I hear people speak Romanian in the street it brings back my trauma. I once fell to the ground shaking just hearing someone speak. I will kill myself rather than go back.”

    Wael al-Awadi, 36, Syrian

    Wael travelled by sea to Italy and was detained on arrival in Sicily. “They hit us with their fists and sticks in order to make us give our fingerprints. Then they let us go. They gave us nothing, no accommodation, just told us: ‘Go where you like.’ So many Syrians were sleeping in the streets.”

    When he reached the UK he was detained for two months before friends helped him get bail. A year and a half later, when reporting at the Home Office, he was detained again and booked on to a plane to Italy.

    He refused to go and a solicitor got him out on bail. His appeal is due to be heard later this year. “I left Syria to avoid jail and detention and here I have been locked up twice,” he said. “I can’t understand it. Why can’t they look at me with some humanity? I am mentally so tired. My children call me from Syria but I can’t speak to them any more. It is too painful.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/12/the-refugees-uk-wants-to-send-back-to-countries-where-they-were-abused?
    #réfugiés_syriens #UK #Angleterre #Dublin #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Bulgarie #Roumanie #Hongrie #Italie #renvois #expulsions #renvois_Dublin


  • Channel migrants: Home secretary declares major incident

    The rising number of migrants attempting to cross the Channel in small boats has been declared a “major incident” by the UK home secretary.


    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46705128

    #vocabulaire #terminologie #UK #Angleterre #migrations #réfugiés #invasion #mythe #préjugés #afflux #mots


  • Grande-Bretagne : le nombre de sans-abri doublé en cinq ans Belga - 23 Décembre 2018 - RTBF
    https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_grande-bretagne-le-nombre-de-sans-abri-double-en-cinq-ans?id=10105112

    Le nombre de personnes sans-abri en Grande-Bretagne a doublé en l’espace de cinq ans, selon un rapport de l’organisation caritative Crisis publié dimanche. Quelque 170.000 familles et personnes isolées dorment actuellement sous tente, dans des voitures ou des abris de transport publics outre-Manche. A la veille de Noël, l’organisation presse le gouvernement de Theresa May d’enfin prendre ce problème à bras-le-corps, en accordant plus d’aides sociales pour aider ces personnes à se loger dignement.

    Selon Crisis, si beaucoup de ces personnes paupérisées parviennent à trouver refuge dans des centres d’accueil, pas moins de 12.300 dorment à la rue actuellement, contre 12.000 dans des véhicules ou sous tentes, et 21.000 autres dans des « séjours temporaires inacceptables ». Selon l’association, qui s’appuie sur une étude réalisée par l’université de Heriot-Watt, ce type de sans-abrisme a doublé en l’espace de cinq ans à peine.

    Selon les statistiques officielles, près de 600 sans-abri sont morts l’année écoulée en Angleterre et au Pays de Galles. L’âge moyen des victimes était de 44 ans pour les hommes et 42 ans pour les femmes. Les causes de ces décès sont principalement le suicide, l’abus d’alcool et de drogues.


  • #métaliste de liens sur des projets qui visent à intégrer les #réfugiés dans les universités en #Suisse

    https://seenthis.net/messages/671694
    –-> aussi sur le #Passeport_Européen_de_Qualifications

    https://seenthis.net/messages/585406
    https://seenthis.net/messages/526101
    https://seenthis.net/messages/503039
    https://seenthis.net/messages/409739

    A l’#EPFZ (#école_polytechnique de #Zurich) :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/515188

    Avec un témoignage :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/580710

    Sur le programme #Horizon_académique de l’#Université_de_Genève :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/645853
    https://seenthis.net/messages/513292

    Quand le programme ne s’appelait pas encore Horizon académique
    https://seenthis.net/messages/499841
    https://seenthis.net/messages/466178
    https://seenthis.net/messages/466001
    https://seenthis.net/messages/465817
    https://seenthis.net/messages/444685

    #Université_de_Bâle
    https://seenthis.net/messages/440488
    #Bâle

    #USI, #Università_della_Svizzera_italiana
    https://seenthis.net/messages/607485
    #Tessin

    Une #interpellation :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/602108
    #interpellation_parlementaire

    Les #barrières à l’inscription des demandeurs d’asile dans les universités suisses :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/746026

    Des #critiques autour de ces programmes :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/592005

    Prise de position de l’UNES : l’accès à l’université pour les réfugiés doit être facilité :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/563366

    –-------------------------------
    AILLEURS QU’EN SUISSE...

    #Italie :

    A #Trento :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/746029

    Projet #mentorship en Italie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/604788#message644263

    #Università_Europea :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/482579

    #Pavia :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/475877

    –--------------------------------

    #Hongrie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/718619
    https://seenthis.net/messages/514227
    #CEU #Central_European_University

    –-------------------------------

    #Allemagne

    #Kiron_University :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/426497

    Autres initiatives en Allemagne :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/368941

    –------------------

    #France

    #Grenoble :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/621465
    https://seenthis.net/messages/497301

    Des étudiants d’universités et de grandes écoles aident les migrants à passer leurs diplômes en #France :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/510007

    Appel « Ils ferment les frontières, ouvrons nos écoles » :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/485541

    #EHESS :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/474982#message474983

    #Sciences_po (+ autres projets signalés par @stephane_m) :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/469358

    –--------------------------------

    Sur les #bourses_d'études pour réfugiés :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/613719
    #Argentine #USA #Etats-Unis

    Spécifiquement sur les Etats-Unis :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/570099

    Et l’Italie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/604788
    https://seenthis.net/messages/585400

    #Kings_College
    https://seenthis.net/messages/568552
    #Oxford :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/511012
    #UK #Angleterre
    #Compass_project, #University_of_London
    https://seenthis.net/messages/511012#message608004
    #Bristol
    https://seenthis.net/messages/500218
    #sanctuary_scholarship_scheme
    #Goldsmith_university :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/421844

    En France pour les #réfugiés_syriens :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/505542

    En #Belgique
    https://seenthis.net/messages/442897
    #ULB

    –--------------------

    En général, sur l’accès aux études universitaires des réfugiés :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/746028

    Les Hautes écoles face à l’accueil des réfugiés, dans le #monde :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/593418

    Refugees Welcome Map
    https://seenthis.net/messages/475877
    #cartographie #visualisation

    #Science_for_refugees
    https://seenthis.net/messages/474982#message474983
    #science4refugees

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    Programmes #Erasmus+ pour soutenir les réfugiés dans leurs études (notamment en lien avec l’apprentissage de la langue)
    https://seenthis.net/messages/621465
    #ErasmusPlus

    A ‘University in Exile’ to Reconnect Syrian Students and Academics
    https://seenthis.net/messages/594865
    #Jamiya_Project

    The #silent_university :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/491347

    Berliner Student gründet Online-Uni für Flüchtlinge ohne Papiere
    https://seenthis.net/messages/421844

    #Wings_university
    https://seenthis.net/messages/368941#message378162

    –-----------------------

    Des amphis occupés en #France pour y abriter des migrants (et des projets avec elleux) :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/718619
    https://seenthis.net/messages/653193
    #occupation
    #Patio_solidaire à #Grenoble, mais aussi #Lyon, #Paris_8

    #Every_Campus_A_Refuge, en lien avec les programmes de #réinstallation aux #USA #Etats-Unis
    https://seenthis.net/messages/746116

    #études_universitaires #université #asile #migrations #intégration_professionnelle #éducation #accès_aux_études #solidarité


  • Asylum seeker to sue UK for funding Libyan detention centres

    Ethiopian teenager says he experienced physical abuse, extortion and forced labour in centres part-funded by UK.

    A teenage asylum seeker from Ethiopia is planning to sue the government for its role in funding detention centres in Libya, where he says he experienced physical abuse, extortion and forced labour.

    The teenager, who turned 18 a few weeks ago, cannot be named. He lives in London and is waiting for the Home Office to determine his asylum claim. His legal action against the government’s Department for International Development (DfID) for its contribution to funding these overseas centres is thought to be the first of its kind.

    The Guardian previously revealed the terrible conditions in a network of 26 detention centres across Libya. The EU’s Emergency Trust Fund for Africa provides some funding for the centres. DfID says that the funding it provides is used to improve conditions in the camps.

    Children have described being starved, beaten and abused by Libyan police and camp guards. One said the conditions were like “hell on Earth”.

    The government insists the funding is necessary as part of a humane effort to dissuade people from making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing. Arguing that migrant detention centres are the responsibility of the Libyan authorities, it is understood to have raised concerns over the treatment of detainees with the Libyan government.

    A spokeswoman previously told the Guardian: “We continue to help fund the European Union Trust Fund’s work to improve conditions for migrants in detention centres.”

    But critics see the Libyan camps as a way for European countries to prevent asylum seekers and other migrants from reaching Europe, and the UK’s involvement as another plank of the so called “hostile environment” to keep people out.

    Last year the UK government spent £10m in Libya on various initiatives, including the detention centres.

    The teenager who has begun the legal action against the government claims that officials are acting unlawfully in funding the detention centres and should stop doing so. He is also asking for compensation for the suffering he endured there.

    The boy’s legal team is calling on DfID to facilitate the relocation of the detention centres to the UK or other safe countries so that asylum claims can be safely processed. His lawyers have asked DfID to disclose the funding agreements between the UK and Libyan governments and any internal documents concerning the destination of UK funding in Libya as well as any untoward incidents in the centres.

    The teenager fled persecution in Ethiopia because of his father’s political allegiances and finally reached the UK after a dangerous journey through Libya and across the Mediterranean.

    In Libya he suffered both at the hands of traffickers and in the detention centres, some of which are controlled by local militias.

    “The period I was detained and enslaved in Libya was a living hell,” he said. An expert medical report conducted in London identified 31 different lesions, including 10 on his face, which the doctor who examined him found provided “significant corroboration” of his account of repeated ill treatment.

    Many of those in the camps are from Eritrea but there are also asylum seekers from Ethiopia, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Syria.

    James Elliott of Wilsons Solicitors, who is bringing the legal action on the teenager’s behalf, said: “DfID acknowledges that conditions in the camps are appalling. We are bringing this legal challenge because it is vital that UK taxpayers’ money is not used to allow places where men, women and children are subjected to torture, rape and slavery to continue to exist.”

    DfID has been approached for comment.

    https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/dec/20/asylum-seeker-to-sue-uk-for-funding-libyan-detention-centres?CMP=Sh
    #Libye #justice #asile #migrations #réfugiés #externalisation #poursuites_judiciaires #violence #abus #UK #Angleterre


  • Germany passes immigration law to lure non-EU skilled workers

    Business leaders have warned of damage to economy caused by labour shortages.

    The German government has passed an immigration law focused on attracting skilled workers from outside the EU in an attempt to remedy a chronic shortage.

    Business leaders have long lobbied the government to ease immigration legislation, arguing that parts of the economy are being stifled by a lack of workers and that the long-term effects could be irreversibly damaging.

    The #Fachkräftezuwanderungsgesetz – or skilled labour immigration law – will make it easier for employers to recruit from outside the European Union, amid clear evidence that there are not enough German and EU workers to fill demand.

    It will also mean that existing asylum seekers who have found work but face deportation because their claims have failed can stay in their jobs.

    The law has been rigorously debated, and changes were being made up to the last minute of Wednesday’s cabinet session, the final one of the year. Some cabinet members thought there would not be consensus on the law in Germany’s governing grand coalition.

    Parts of Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance and the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland party have repeatedly said they fear the law will encourage low-skilled migration. Unlike the UK debate on skilled worker migration, the issues of salary thresholds and quotas have barely been mentioned.

    The legislation will ensure it is easier for employers to bring workers in from outside the EU. About 1.2 million jobs remain empty in Germany, according to the Federal Labour Office, from lorry drivers to carpenters and care workers.

    Employers will no longer have to go through the time-consuming and bureaucratically burdensome process of having to prove there is no domestic worker who could fill a particular role. Nor will they be restricted by an official list of which jobs are in short supply.

    Anti-immigration sentiment is high in Germany, and has posed a threat to the survival of Merkel’s government. She has stressed that the asylum and refugee policy will be unaffected and kept strictly separate from the new law, in order to assuage fears refugees and unskilled migrants will view it as an invitation to come to Germany, triggering a repeat of the refugee influx of about 1 million people in 2015. Experts have said it may be difficult to make this distinction in practice because no salary thresholds or quotas have been set.

    The AfD has repeatedly argued the law will fuel rather than control immigration and will suppress German workers’ wages, which have already been restrained over the past decade.

    Alexander Gauland, the co-leader of the AfD, has called it “a fresh incentive for people from around the world to come to Germany”.

    The German Economic Institute (IW) has estimated that not being able to fill vacancies has cost the economy around €30bn.

    Mathias Middelberg, the interior affairs spokesman for the parliamentary group of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, said the acceptance of rejected asylum seekers into the workplace “sends the wrong signal”.

    Joachim Pfeiffer, an economics expert from the CDU, welcomed the law, saying: “It makes clear that in Germany we need more skilled workers … we have more than 2 million unemployed, more than a million of them with insufficient qualifications. We need qualified workers and this law makes it easier to have access to them.”

    But he also warned against incentivising what he called the “wrong type of workers”.

    “We want to be able to be able to choose who comes here – those who are good and who we need … but we don’t want to encourage everyone to come to Germany just to be able to take advantage of the welfare state,” he said.

    Gauland said that just as his party had long warned, “illegal immigrants will now be allowed to stay for ever as soon as they’ve stepped over the border … it is a fresh incentive for people from around the world to come illegally”.

    #Allemagne #travailleurs_étrangers #migrations #économie #travail #travailleurs_qualifiés #loi

    #Germany just passed an #immigration law to fill labor shortages (1.2 mill jobs are open) w/non-EU nationals. Some call it a much-needed to recruit qualified workers while others call it a ’fresh incentive for people to come illegally.’ What do you think?

    https://twitter.com/MigrMatters/status/1075703944859566080?s=19

    ping @_kg_

    • UK and German immigration: a tale of two very different laws

      While Britain seems to put politics above the economy, Germany’s new law welcomes foreign job-seekers.

      Two European countries announced radical overhauls of their immigration rules on Wednesday, but there the similarity ended.

      Britain, where concerns about long-term impacts of immigration helped drive the 2016 vote to leave the European Union, billed its stricter regime as “a route to strengthened border security and an end to free movement”.

      Germany, however, facing such a shortage of workers that is threatening economic growth, said it was easing immigration rules to attract more foreign job-seekers.

      In an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the British home secretary, Sajid Javid, stressed that the Conservatives’ 2017 election manifesto had made clear the party’s “commitment to bring net migration down”.

      His counterpart in Germany, Horst Seehofer, said: “We need manpower from third countries to safeguard our prosperity and fill our job vacancies.” The economy minister, Peter Altmaier, hailed the new law – keenly awaited by business - as historic.

      Britain’s priority appears primarily to be establishing a system of tough controls capable of keeping certain people out. Business has accused the government of putting a political imperative for restriction before the needs of the economy.

      In contrast, by introducing looser visa procedures and reducing red tape Germany’s emphasis appears to be on making it easier for certain people to enter and to stay. Some in Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance and in the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) have said such a move ignores public concerns about immigration.

      The UK’s system does not put a cap on numbers but aims to reduce annual net migration to “sustainable levels”. It requires skilled workers to earn a minimum salary, to be decided next year. After Brexit there would be no more special treatment for EU citizens; a transitional temporary worker scheme would allow them, and workers of any skill level from other “low risk” countries, to enter Britain without a job offer for up to 12 months.

      Business leaders have warned that the system will leave the UK poorer, depriving industry of a migrant workforce on which it has depended. The proposed £30,000 salary threshold for skilled workers would leave hospitals, the contstruction and hospitality sectors, manufacturing, agriculture and logistics desperately short of labour, they said.

      Germany’s Fachkräftezuwanderungsgesetz, or skilled labour immigration law, will allow skilled workers such as cooks, metallurgy workers and IT technicians to enter the country for six months to try to find a job, provided they can support themselves financially.

      More controversially, the law will offer the prospect of permanent residency to asylum seekers who have a job and speak good German but currently face deportation if their asylum applications are turned down.

      Immigration has been a key political issue in Germany since Europe’s 2015 migration crisis, when the country absorbed more than 1 million mostly Muslim refugees and migrants, sparking a xenophobic backlash and surge of support for the anti-immigration AfD in federal and regional elections.

      Ministers stressed the new rules were a “pragmatic solution” to a pressing economic problem. The AfD said they would fuel immigration, providing “a fresh incentive for people from around the world to come”. In Germany, however, those politics have not, so far, prevailed.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/19/immigration-rules-uk-germany-economy-job-seekers-opposing-camps?CMP=sha
      #comparaison #UK #Angleterre

    • Manca un milione di lavoratori: la Germania allarga le maglie dei visti
      Sono 1,2 milioni i posti di lavoro che le imprese tedesche non riescono a coprire per carenza di manodopera qualificata. Il flusso di migranti dagli altri Paesi della Ue non è riuscito a riempire i vuoti che sono stati colmati anche se solo in parte dai richiedenti asilo. Un terzo (il 28%) dei rifugiati in età da lavoro arrivati in Germania dalla fine del 2014 a giugno di quest’anno aveva un lavoro, con tassi di occupazione crescenti. Il Governo di Angela Merkel, prendendo atto dell’emergenza lavorativa, ha approvato una legge sull’immigrazione che agevola l’ingresso di lavoratori extra europei e dà una chance di restare ai rifugiati che abbiano un lavoro anche se la loro richiesta di asilo è stata respinta.

      Più immigrati nell’interesse nazionale
      Il nuovo provvedimento, varato dal Governo mercoledì e che dovrà ora essere approvato dal Parlamento, potrebbe creare nuove tensioni politiche sul delicato tema dell’immigrazione che ha spinto in alto i consensi per il partito xenofobo Alternative für Deutschland. Ma il ministro dell’Economia Peter Altmaier ha motivato la decisione di aprire le maglie dei visti con «l’interesse nazionale». Così, ha spiegato, «veniamo incontro alle chiare esigenze rappresentate dalle principali associazioni economiche del Paese e diamo una prospettiva chiara alle imprese sperando che mantengano i loro investimenti nel medio periodo e rafforziamo il sistema previdenziale e i contributi per le indennità di disoccupazione».

      Sei mesi per cercare un lavoro
      La proposta prevede di aprire le porte anche ai cittadini extra europei con bassa o media specializzazione, permettendo loro di entrare e rimanere in Germania al fine di cercare un lavoro per un periodo di sei mesi, a condizione che sappiano un po’ di tedesco e possano vivere a proprie spese. Una possibilità finora riservata solo a figure altamente specializzate come medici, ingegneri e informatici. Un secondo provvedimento del Governo di Grande Coalizione dà una chance ai circa 200mila rifugiati che hanno visto la propria richiesta di asilo respinta ma sono “persone tollerate” perché per varie ragioni non possono essere deportate. Essi potranno chiedere un permesso di lavoro della durata di 30 mesi se già hanno un’occupazione da almeno 18 mesi e se dimostrano di poter vivere senza sussidi dello Stato. Alla fine di questo periodo, se ancora avranno un lavoro e la loro conoscenza del tedesco sarà migliorata, potranno chiedere un permesso di residenza.

      Il 30% dei rifugiati si è integrato
      Secondo i calcoli dell’Istituto di ricerca sul lavoro Iab, del resto, i rifugiati giunti in massa tra il 2015 e 2016 si stanno integrando nel sistema produttivo con tassi di occupazione crescenti. Il 72% dei richiedenti asilo in età da lavoro (15-64 anni) censiti a fine luglio 2018 arriva da otto Paesi non europei: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia e Siria. Nei primi sei mesi del 2017 il tasso di occupazione di queste persone è aumentato di circa 9 punti percentuali e nei primi sei del 2018 di altri 12 punti, arrivando al 28 per cento.

      Negli ultimi anni il numero di immigrati giunti in Germania da questi otto Paesi è cresciuto in maniera significativa, sottolinea lo Iab. Alla fine del 2014 c’erano circa 360mila persone in età da lavoro, a metà del 2018 erano già oltre un milione (1,1). Un aumento dovuto, presumibilmente, all’afflusso dei rifugiati. Allo stesso tempo ha fatto un balzo significativo il numero di occupati: a fine 2014 avevano un lavoro dipendente circa 96mila di essi e a metà del 2018 erano già 311mila.

      I settori più colpiti dalla mancanza di personale
      La Germania ha urgente bisogno di integrare cittadini extra Ue - rifugiati ma anche migranti economici - per sopperire all’annosa carenza di personale determinata dal calo demografico in un’economia in crescita costante. Il problema è molto sentito nei Länder meridionali: Baviera, Baden-Württemberg e Renania ma tocca anche le Regioni industriali del Nord e per alcuni settori è generalizzato. Meccanica, trasporti e servizi, in specie sanitari e per gli anziani, sono i settori più colpiti. Secondo i dati più aggiornati dell’Agenzia federale del lavoro, il tempo medio per coprire le vacanze di personale risulta in costante aumento: da maggio 2017 ad aprile 2018 (media mobile annuale) è cresciuto per tutte le professioni da 100 a 107 giorni rispetto ai 90 giorni del 2017 sul 2016. Con situazioni molto diverse a seconda dei comparti. Così, nel settore automobilistico l’attesa è salita da 126 a 142 giorni; nello sviluppo software e programmazione da 139 a 159; nel settore energetico da 148 a 167; nell’idraulica, sanitari, impianti di condizionamento e riscaldamento da 156 a 183; nel settore edile da 110 a 141; per i medici da 128 a 130, per i fisioterapisti da 144 a 157, per gli infermieri da 143 a 154. In aumento anche il tempo per trovare sul mercato lavoratori nel campo dell’assistenza agli anziani: dai 167 giorni del 2017 ai 175 del 2018.


      https://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/mondo/2018-12-20/manca-milione-lavoratori-la-germania-allarga-maglie-visti--120041.shtml
      #cartographie #visualisation

    • Germany’s new immigration laws open door for skilled labor

      Non-EU skilled citizens will have it easier now to move and get a job in Germany. In a bid to attract more skilled workers, the coalition government has come up with an agreement on the immigration issue. The deal, among others, makes it easier for non-EU skilled workers search for a job and work in Germany, in particular if they work in any of the occupations where there is a job shortage.

      The German Deutsche Welle newspaper reports that Angela Merkel’s government worked until late Monday night, to reach a deal on the immigration issue. The talks between the grand coalition were focused in two key points:

      How to fill the skilled labor gap in Germany through targeted immigration from non-EU countries
      The prospects of remaining in Germany for asylum seekers that were rejected, but have in the meantime found work and integrated into society?

      According to the new immigration law, skilled labor from abroad with the adequate training and education will face fewer restrictions when they attempt to get a job in Germany.

      Any non-EU citizen will now be permitted to work in Germany if they have the qualified vocational training or degree course and an employment contract.

      Meaning, German companies in every sector are now able to recruit foreign skilled workers, unlike previously when they were allowed to recruit only workers in specific sectors.

      In addition, job seekers will have in disposition a period of six months to find a job in Germany. Still, having the vocational training remains a requirement.

      The law will also offer the opportunity to get a better residency permit, to rejected asylum seekers who remain in the country, by securing a permanent job.

      Reactions to Germany’s new deal on migration

      The German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said during a press conference in Berlin that coalition partners have agreed on a legislation that would set clear rules.

      “On one hand, it would satisfy the needs of the German businesses for employing skilled workers from third countries. On the other hand, it would also enable a controlled, orderly immigration,” he said, expressing his belief that the legislation would significantly reduce illegal migration.

      The chief executive of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations, Steffen Kampeter, also assessed the agreement as important for maintaining Germany’s economic competitiveness.

      “To do so, we are dependent on qualified workers from abroad,” he said.

      However, there were voices from the opposition in the German parliament saying that the agreement just created “more bureaucracy and opaque regulations” for migrants, instead of easing and simplification, among which the Green party migration expert Filiz Polat.

      https://www.germany-visa.org/germanys-new-immigration-laws-open-door-for-skilled-labor

    • Ihr Fachkräfte, kommet

      Das 149 Seiten dicke Papier zum Einwanderungsgesetz sei zu bürokratisch, kritisiert die Opposition. Doch auch in der Union gibt es Bedenken.

      Matiullah Hussainzai runzelt kurz die Stirn, als er nach den richtigen Worten sucht. „Ich hoffe, in Deutschland bleiben zu können. Deswegen versuche ich, alles richtig zu machen“, sagt der 27-jährige Afghane. Er habe Deutschkurse besucht, Maßnahmen absolviert. Jetzt bereite er sich mit einem Praktikum auf eine Ausbildung im „Kreuzberger Himmel“ vor. Er steht hinter dem Tresen des Berliner Restaurants, das sich auf die Ausbildung und Beschäftigung von Geflüchteten spezialisiert hat, hinter ihm stapeln sich Gläser mit eingelegten Zitronen.

      Hussainzai ist einer der Männer, um die sich der politische Streit in den vergangenen Tagen gedreht hat: Menschen, deren Asylantrag abgelehnt wurde, die aber dennoch weiter in Deutschland sind. Seit drei Jahren sei er nun in Deutschland, erzählt Hussainzai. In seiner Heimat arbeitete er als Maler und Lackierer – eine Ausbildung dafür gibt es in Afghanistan nicht.

      In seinem Dorf in der Nähe von Dschalalabad habe man aus Angst vor den Taliban eine Sicherheitsgruppe bilden wollen, erzählt Hussainzai, auch er war dabei. Doch dann schnappten die Taliban einen von ihnen, und der trug eine Liste mit allen Namen bei sich. „Einen Monat lang habe ich mich in Kabul versteckt“, sagt Hussainzai. Dann habe er sich mit Hilfe von Schleppern über die Balkanroute nach Deutschland durchgeschlagen.

      Gegen die Ablehnung seines Asylantrags wehrt sich Hussainzai nun mit einem Anwalt. Die Ausbildung im Kreuzberger Himmel würde für ihn in dieser Situation mehr als nur einen Job bedeuten: Er bekäme eine Ausbildungsduldung und damit die Sicherheit, während dieser dreijährigen Duldung und für den Fall einer Anschlussbeschäftigung auch in den folgenden zwei Jahren nicht abgeschoben zu werden.
      Ein „Riesenschritt, ein „historischer Tag“

      Anders als zunächst geplant sollen Fälle wie der von Hussainzai künftig nicht unter das Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz fallen. Die Ausbildungsduldung wird genau wie eine neu geschaffene Beschäftigungsduldung in ein eigenes Gesetz ausgelagert – das erklärten am Mittwochvormittag Bundesinnenminister Horst Seehofer (CSU), Bundesarbeitsminister Hubertus Heil (SPD) und Bundeswirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier (CDU). Beide Gesetzentwürfe hatte das Kabinett am Morgen beschlossen.

      Die Diskussion über ein deutsches Einwanderungsgesetz zieht sich seit Jahren wie Kaugummi. Von einem „Riesenschritt“ sprach Heil nun sichtlich zufrieden. Ihm sei kein anderes Land weltweit bekannt, das ein „so modernes und unbürokratisches“ Einwanderungsgesetz habe, triumphierte Seehofer. Und Altmaier sprach gar von einem „historischen Tag“: „Wir lassen hiermit 30 Jahre ideologischer Debatte hinter uns.“

      Das neue Gesetz soll mit seinen 149 Seiten nun Fachkräften aus Nicht-EU-Ländern erlauben, zur Erwerbsarbeit nach Deutschland einzureisen. Entsprechende Regelungen gibt es bereits für Akademiker*innen und Engpassberufe. „Dem soll die berufliche Qualifikation nun gleichgestellt werden“, sagte Seehofer. Für Niedrigqualifizierte sieht das Gesetz keine Erleichterungen vor.
      Teilqualifikationen können nachgeholt werden

      Die Minister betonten: „Wir wollen Einwanderung in den Arbeitsmarkt, nicht in die Sozialsysteme.“ Konkret soll ein Visum bekommen, wer über eine mit deutschen Standards vergleichbare Berufsausbildung verfügt, die deutsche Sprache beherrscht und ein Jobangebot vorweisen kann.

      In bestimmten Fällen sollen Teilqualifikationen auch in Deutschland nachgeholt werden können. Die Vorrangprüfung, nach der zunächst geprüft werden muss, ob für einen Job Deutsche oder EU-Bürger*innen zur Verfügung stehen, soll entfallen. Fachkräfte, die ihren Lebensunterhalt selbst bestreiten, dürfen zudem für sechs Monate zur Jobsuche einreisen. Unter noch strengeren Bedingungen ist dies auch zur Ausbildungsplatzsuche möglich.

      Das zweite Gesetz soll eine bundeseinheitliche Umsetzung der Ausbildungsduldung garantieren. Bisher wurde diese in verschiedenen Bundesländern sehr unterschiedlich ausgelegt, Bayern etwa gilt als besonders restriktiv. Künftig sollen diese Regelungen auch für Assistenz- oder Helferausbildungen gelten, wenn sich eine Berufsausbildung anschließt.
      Anreiz, illegal nach Deutschland zu kommen

      Für ausreisepflichtige Menschen, die seit mindestens 18 Monaten einer sozialversicherungspflichtigen Beschäftigung von mindestens 35 Stunden die Woche nachgehen, deutsch sprechen, ihren Lebensunterhalt finanzieren, deren Identität geklärt ist und die nicht straffällig geworden sind, soll es zudem die Möglichkeit einer „Beschäftigungsduldung“ von 30 Monaten geben, an die sich eine Aufenthaltserlaubnis anschließen kann. Die Voraussetzungen seien bewusst sehr streng gewählt, sagte Seehofer.

      Dieser Punkt war in der Debatte über den Referentenentwurf der wohl umstrittenste – wohlgemerkt nicht zwischen Union und SPD, die sich eigentlich eine noch liberalere Lösung gewünscht hatte. Es waren Stimmen innerhalb der Union, die eine Beschäftigungsduldung selbst unter solch strengen Voraussetzungen keinesfalls wollten.

      Bis Dienstagnachmittag war unklar, ob der Entwurf am Mittwoch überhaupt ins Kabinett könne. Als „aus fachpolitischer Sicht nicht zustimmungsfähig“ hatten CDU-Innen- und Wirtschaftspolitiker die Regelungen zu Duldung und Ausbildungsplatzsuche zuvor in einem Schreiben genannt.

      Die Vorsitzende des Innenausschusses im Bundestag, Andrea Lindholz (CSU), hatte im Merkur kritisiert, das Gesetz biete „Migrationswilligen“ weltweit einen Anreiz, nach Deutschland zu kommen – auch illegal. Wohl auch als Reaktion darauf sind die Beschäftigungsduldung sowie die Einreise zur Arbeits- oder Ausbildungsplatzsuche zunächst zeitlich befristet.
      Seehofer: Diskussionen als „Nervenprobe“

      In einem Schreiben an Seehofer und Altmaier betonten hingegen die Chefs der verschiedenen Arbeitgeberverbände vergangene Woche, wie wichtig die Arbeitsmarktintegration von Geflüchteten sei.

      Die bisherigen Diskussionen seien zeitweise eine „Nervenprobe“ gewesen, sagte Seehofer am Mittwoch. Nun erwarte er „intensive Beratungen“ im parlamentarischen Verfahren. In diesem müsse nun auch die SPD stärker Position beziehen, fordert Aziz Bozkurt, Bundesvorsitzender der AG Migration in der SPD: „Was dieses Gesetz ausdrückt, ist nicht das Willkommen, das es sein müsste.“ Es sei noch immer zu bürokratisch, um Deutschland für Fachkräfte attraktiv zu machen. Geduldeten helfe es nur punktuell. „Sobald es um Migration geht, setzen bei der Union leider Vernunft und Verstand aus.“

      Die Forderungen der Verbände, der Wirtschaft und der Unternehmen blieben ungehört, kritisierte auch Filiz Polat von den Grünen. „Der schwarz-roten Koalition fehlen Mut und Innovationskraft für einen großen Wurf in der Migrationspolitik.“ Gökay Akbulut von der Linksfraktion konstatierte, wenn es um Geflüchtete gehe, herrsche „unverändert ein ideologisch dominiertes Abwehrdenken“. Die Liberale Linda Teuteberg bemängelte, angesichts der voraussichtlich 3,9 Millionen benötigten Arbeitnehmer in den kommenden Jahren sei das Gesetz „wirklich ein Tropfen auf den heißen Stein“.

      https://www.taz.de/Archiv-Suche/!5557901&s=Fachkr%C3%A4fte

    • Reçu via email:

      Das Bundeskabinett hat sich heute auf einen Entwurf für ein
      Fachkräfte-Einwanderungsgesetz geeinigt. Gleichzeitig wird ein „Beschäftigungsduldungsgesetz“ vorgeschlagen (siehe Anlagen, die hoffentlich die aktuellsten sind!). Die Einigung wurde erst gestern nach zähem Ringen erzielt. Trotz Einigung gab es bereits kurz nach Beschluss deutliche Kritik aus den Reihen der CDU, - so ganz überzeugend klingt das also nicht mit der Einigung.

      An den bisher in einem Vorschlag zusammengefassten Regelungen hat sich wenig geändert. Das Beschäftigungsduldungsgesetz ist im Kern und in
      Ausrichtung (Verschärfung der Erteilungsvorausetzungen für die jeweiligen Duldungen) so schlecht geblieben wie vorher.

      Wesentliche Änderungen nach einem ersten Überblick:

      Verschlechterung (auch das ist trotz bereits scharfer Vorlage mit Beifall der SPD möglich!)

      a) Bereits die Einleitung eines Dublin-Verfahrens, nicht erst die
      Einleitung des Überstellungsverfahrens, ist eine konkrete Maßnahme zur
      Aufenthaltsbeendigung. Damit ist für alle Dublin-Verfahren die Erteilung einer Ausbildungsduldung verunmöglicht.
      b) Auch für alle „Altfälle“ (Einreise vor dem 31.12.2016) ist der
      Vorbesitz einer Duldung VOR Erteilung einer Ausbildungsduldung Voraussetzung.
      c) Um eine Beschäftigungsduldung erteilen zu können, muss der Lebensunterhalt durch Beschäftigung gesichert sein. Der Bezug
      öffentlicher Leistung ist also in jedem Fall schädlich.
      d) Anstelle von Tagessätzen für Straftaten, die die Erteilung einer Beschäftigungsduldung ausschließen, wurde allgemein darauf abgestellt,
      dass ALLE VORSÄTZLICHEN Straftaten die Erteilung verhindern. Ausnahmen gelt en für Straftaten nach dem AufenthG und AsylG.

      Ver(schlimm)besserungen (allesamt keine besseren Regelungen als im zurzeit geltenden Recht!)

      a) das Verbot der schulischen Ausbildung entfällt
      b) kein Arbeitsverbot für Menschen aus sicheren HKL, wenn sie ihren Asylantrag zurückgenommen oder gar keinen gestellt haben, wenn das dem Kindeswohl dient (UmA) oder die Rücknahme oder das Nichtstellen nach
      einer Beratung durch das BAMF erfolgt ist (hier werden sicherlich auch noch die Rückkehrberatungsstellen beteiligt werden wollen).
      c) Versagung der Ausbildungs- und Beschäftigungsduldung und „nur“ noch bei „offensichtlichem Mißbrauch“ (das dürfte trotzdem zu vergnüglichen Ausflügen der Ausländerbehörden in diverse Verschwörungstheorien führen,
      auch wenn am Ende die Fakten zählen werden)
      d) Versagt wird die Beschäftigungsduldung dann, wenn konkrete Maßnahmen zur Aufenthaltsbeendigung bevorstehen, die in einem hinreichenden sachlichen und zeitlichen Zusammenhang zur Aufenthaltsbeendigung stehen
      (eine nuancierte Verbesserung, aber offen für jedwede Auslegung, die
      wohl dann wieder nach einer bundeseinheitlichen Regelung schreit, - um dann so oder schlimmer zu werden als im bisherigen Entwurf)
      e) Immerhin: eine Beschäftigungs oder Ausbildungsduldung kann erteilt werden, wenn der Ausländer die erforderlichen und ihm zumutbaren Maßnahmen für die Identitätsklärung ergriffen hat (aber auch hier werden die Auslegungsspielräume größer sein als alle Fußballfelder der
      Bundesliga zusammen)
      f) Einige Absenkungen der Erteilungsvoraussetzungen lassen die Herzen nicht höher schlagen, aber sollen erwähnt werden: Erteilungsdauer für 30 Monate (bisher: 24), auch neue Lebenspartner können einbezogen werden,
      Alleinerziehende benötigen nur eine 12 monatige Vorbeschäftigung (bisher 18), Sprachniveau A2 reicht aus, ein unverschuldeter abbruch eines I-Kurses hat keine Nachteile.

      Die BundestagsfraktionBD90/Die Grünen hat heute einen eigenen Entwurf für ein Einwanderungsgesetzvorgelegt. Dieser kann abgerufen werden unter (BT-Drucksache 19/6542):

      http://dipbt.bundestag.de/doc/btd/19/065/1906542.pdf

      Die diesbezüglichePressemitteilung finden Sie hier:

      https://www.gruene-bundestag.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/2018/dezember/deutschland-braucht-ein-modernes-einwanderungsgesetz.html

      Peter Tauber, ehemaliger Generalsekretär der CDU und jetzt
      Verteidigungsstaatssekretär, zog heute in der Rh einischen Post ein positives Fazit: „Einwanderer müssen zu unseren Landsleuten werden. Wir brauchen einen offenen Geist. Und wir müssen Menschen, die bei uns den Fachkräftebedarf decken, deutlich machen: Wir wollen nicht nur, dass Du bei uns arbeitest, wir wollen auch, dass du bei uns und mit uns lebst,
      dass du Teil unserer Gesellschaft wirst.“ Das bedeute: „Sie haben dieselben Pflichten, aber auch dieselben Rechte.“

      Diese integrationspolitisch sinnvolle und zugleich humane Ausrichtung einer Arbeitsmarkt orientierten Migrationspolitik muss jedoch für alle Menschen, auch für die hier bereits lebenden Asylsuchenden und Geduldeten gelten. Davon ist der Gesetzesentwurf weit, weit entfernt.


  • Universities watchdog threatens fines over grade inflation

    Proportion of degrees that are first class rose from 16% to 27% in six years, OfS finds.

    The higher education watchdog has issued a stark warning to universities that they will be fined or even removed from the official register if they fail to tackle spiralling grade inflation at degree level.

    Research by the Office for Students reveals for the first time the scale of the problem, which is virtually sector-wide with 84% of universities seeing significant unexplained increases in the number of first-class degrees awarded.

    Overall, the proportion of first-class honours awards has risen from 16% of all degrees awarded in 2010/11 to 27% six years later, according to OfS analysis of results at 148 universities and higher education providers.

    At the University of Surrey the proportion of firsts has more than doubled, from 23% in 2010/11 to 50% in 2016/17, while at Bradford University it has almost tripled, from 10.6% to 30.9%.

    The OfS, which is the new regulator of the higher education sector in England, called on universities to take urgent action to address the problem and warned of severe sanctions if they failed to do so.

    Nicola Dandridge, the OfS chief executive, said: “This report shows starkly that there has been significant and unexplained grade inflation since 2010-11. This spiralling grade inflation risks undermining public confidence in our higher education system.”

    According to the OfS regulatory framework, one of the conditions of functioning as a university is that “qualifications awarded to students hold their value at the point of qualification and over time”. If a university is found to be in breach of the condition, it may be fined, suspended from the register or deregistered altogether.

    Ministers have become increasingly concerned about the growing proportion of firsts and upper-class second degrees being awarded at universities. According to the latest research, the proportion of firsts and 2:1s combined has increased from 67% in 2010/11 to 78% six years later.

    The education secretary, Damian Hinds, called on the OfS to crack down on institutions found to be inflating grades. “I sincerely hope today’s figures act as a wake-up call to the sector, especially those universities which are now exposed as having significant unexplained increases,” he said.

    “Institutions should be accountable for maintaining the value of the degrees they award. I am urging universities to tackle this serious issue and have asked the Office for Students to deal firmly with any institution found to be unreasonably inflating grades.”
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    Increases in first-class degrees among students entering university with lower A-level results are particularly striking. Graduates who achieved the equivalent of two Cs and a D were almost three times more likely to graduate with first-class honours in 2016/7 compared with six years earlier.

    There is no parallel increase in degree attainment among graduates with top A-level results, and in the main it is the institutions with lower entry tariffs where the highest unexplained increases have been found.

    Universities have defended themselves in the past, saying the sector has changed significantly with more emphasis on the quality of teaching, alongside the fact that with higher tuition fees students are working harder to achieve higher grades.

    The OfS has used statistical modelling at the individual student level to try to account for factors that might influence attainment. It concludes that a significant element of the increases cannot be explained by changes to the graduate population and attainment and therefore remains cause for concern.

    Across the sector as a whole, the OfS found that 11.6 percentage points of the increase in first-class degrees awarded between 2010-11 and 2016-17 were unexplained, though in some universities the figure is much higher. At Surrey it is 27.3 percentage points; other universities where there are relatively high unexplained increases include Huddersfield, Greenwich, Coventry and Essex.

    Dandridge said it was crucial that degrees held their value over time. She said she recognised how hard students worked for their degrees and accepted that improved teaching, student support and pre-university qualifications could explain some of the increase in grades.

    “However, even accounting for prior attainment and student demographics, we still find significant unexplained grade inflation,” she said. “This analysis may make uncomfortable reading for some universities. It shows that individual and collective steps are needed to ensure that students can be confident that they will leave higher education with a qualification that is reliable, respected and helps ensure they are ready for life after graduation.”

    Alistair Jarvis, the chief executive of Universities UK, which represents 137 universities, said the sector was already taking steps to tackle grade inflation. “It is essential that the public has full confidence in the value of a degree,” he said.

    Of the 124 universities (84% of the sample) with significant unexplained increases in the number of first-class degrees, 77 showed a statistically significant unexplained increase relative to both the sector and their own level in 2010-11. A further 28 showed a statistically significant unexplained level of attainment above that of the sector level, and 19 showed a statistically significant unexplained increase relative to their own level in 2010-11.

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/dec/19/universities-watchdog-threatens-fines-over-grade-inflation?CMP=Share_An
    #université #UK #Angleterre #effets_pervers #taxes_universitaires #frais_d'inscription #it_has_begun #qualité #chantage #statistiques #chiffres #éducation



  • https://www.defenseurdesdroits.fr/fr/communique-de-presse/2018/12/le-defenseur-des-droits-publie-son-rapport-exiles-et-droits

    Le Défenseur des droits publie son rapport « Exilés et droits fondamentaux, trois ans après le rapport Calais »

    À défaut d’une politique nationale assurant un véritable accueil des primo-arrivants, les collectivités locales et les associations caritatives sont contraintes d’agir seules, dans un contexte où se maintient une pénalisation de certains actes de solidarité. Le Défenseur des droits recommande donc d’élargir l’immunité pénale à tous les actes apportés dans un but humanitaire.

    Outre les effets de la politique migratoire de l’Union européenne qui contribuent à réduire de manière drastique les voies légales d’immigration en Europe, l’’externalisation de la frontière britannique en France demeure l’une des principales causes de la reconstitution des campements de fortune à Calais, Grande-Synthe ou Ouistreham, puisqu’elle empêche les exilés qui le souhaitent d’atteindre la Grande-Bretagne. Le Défenseur des droits recommande donc au gouvernement de dénoncer les accords conclus avec la Grande-Bretagne.

    #police #dublin #touquet #noborder #calais #état #raciste

    • Migrants : le Défenseur des droits dénonce une « dégradation » dans les campements depuis 2015

      Le Défenseur des droits Jacques Toubon a dénoncé mercredi une « dégradation » de la situation sanitaire et sociale des migrants vivant sur des campements en France depuis trois ans, avec « des atteintes sans précédents aux droits fondamentaux ».

      Face à une politique « non-accueil », les migrants « se retrouvent dans un état de dénuement extrême, dépourvus de tout abri et ayant comme première préoccupation celle de subvenir à leurs besoins vitaux : boire, se nourrir, se laver », déplore Toubon dans un rapport sur les campements de Calais, Paris, Grande-Synthe (Nord) et Ouistreham (Calvados). « Les difficultés à trouver des solutions durables aggravent le phénomène », estime-il, en déplorant des « stratégies de dissuasion et d’invisibilisation sur le territoire national menées par les pouvoirs publics ».

      En 2015 déjà, Toubon avait dénoncé dans un rapport sévère la situation des migrants dans le bidonville de la « Jungle » à Calais, qui comptait alors plus de 4 000 personnes, et a été démantelé depuis, de même que les grands campements parisiens.

      Mais « la situation s’est en réalité nettement dégradée », note le Défenseur, qui pointe les opérations d’évacuation régulièrement menées par les pouvoirs publics. « Loin d’être conformes aux exigences du droit à un hébergement inconditionnel », ces mises à l’abri « contribuent à la constitution de nouveaux campements » par leur caractère « non durable », assure-t-il dans ce document reprenant divers avis rendus depuis 2015.

      Toubon déplore aussi, pour ces mises à l’abri, le recours à des centres pour étrangers fonctionnant « comme des centres de transit » avec « des critères de tri ». « En lieu et place d’une véritable politique d’accueil, les pouvoirs publics ont préféré mettre en œuvre une politique essentiellement fondée sur la police des étrangers, reflétant une forme de +criminalisation des migrations », assure-t-il dans ce rapport publié au lendemain

      Il s’inquiète particulièrement des méthodes policières, avec des évacuations « pour empêcher tout nouveau point de fixation » et des contrôles d’identité « pour contrôler le droit au séjour ». « Pour servir ces opérations, différentes pratiques ont pu être observées telles que l’usage de gaz lacrymogène », assure-t-il dans ce rapport publié au lendemain de la journée internationale des migrants.

      Faisant état d’« une détérioration sans précédent de la santé des exilés », avec un « développement inquiétant des troubles psychiques », il s’inquiète particulièrement pour les mineurs, « laissés à leur sort » en raison du caractère « largement inadapté et sous-dimensionné des dispositifs » existants.

      Dans ce contexte Toubon souligne le rôle des collectivités locales « contraintes d’agir », et celui des associations qui « se substituent de plus en plus fréquemment aux pouvoirs publics » mais « sont de plus en plus empêchées d’agir ». Le Défenseur déplore enfin des « entraves persistantes à l’entrée dans la procédure d’asile » qui « viennent grossir les rangs des exilés contraints de vivre dans la clandestinité ».

      Mettant en garde contre une « logique d’externalisation de la gestion des flux migratoires », il formule plusieurs propositions, dont la suspension du règlement de Dublin confiant au pays d’enregistrement l’examen de la demande d’asile.

      https://www.liberation.fr/france/2018/12/19/migrants-le-defenseur-des-droits-denonce-une-degradation-dans-les-campeme



  • Les gangsters de la #finance

    Blanchiment, fraude fiscale, corruption, manipulation des cours... : depuis la crise de 2008, la banque HSBC est au coeur de tous les scandales. Cinq ans après leur film sur Goldman Sachs, Jérôme Fritel et Marc Roche passent au crible cet empire financier au-dessus des lois.

    Créée à Hongkong, il y a un siècle et demi, par des commerçants écossais liés au trafic d’opium, HSBC (Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) n’a cessé de prospérer en marge de toute régulation. Aujourd’hui, la banque britannique à l’ADN pirate incarne à elle seule les excès et les dérives de la finance internationale. Blanchiment de l’argent du crime – celui des cartels de la drogue mexicains et colombiens –, évasion fiscale massive, corruption ou manipulation du cours des devises et des taux d’intérêt : depuis la crise de 2008, ce géant a été mêlé à de nombreux scandales avec régularité et en toute impunité. Car l’opaque HSBC, experte en sociétés-écrans, dont les coffres débordent d’argent liquide déposé par ses clients discrets et douteux, est devenue too big to jail, « trop grosse pour aller en prison ». La banque, riche de quelque 3 000 milliards de dollars, s’en tire chaque fois avec des amendes dérisoires. Trait d’union entre l’Orient et l’Occident, elle sert aussi désormais de pipeline pour les centaines de milliards d’euros de capitaux chinois partant à la conquête des marchés occidentaux : HSBC navigue aujourd’hui sous pavillon rouge.

    Nouvelles menaces
    Après Goldman Sachs – La banque qui dirige le monde, Jérôme Fritel et Marc Roche plongent dans les arcanes d’un empire tentaculaire qui se cache derrière sa vitrine de banque de détail britannique. De Hongkong aux États-Unis en passant par l’Europe, cette édifiante enquête révèle non seulement l’ampleur ahurissante des malversations commises par HSBC, mais éclaire aussi – avec une remarquable limpidité – les menaces qui se profilent sur la stabilité financière mondiale, dix ans après la crise des subprimes.


    https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/069080-000-A/les-gangsters-de-la-finance
    #banque #HSBC #économie #blanchissement_d'argent #évasion_fiscale #drogue #impunité #Hong_Kong #argent_sale #film #documentaire #panama_papers #fraude_fiscale #paradis_fiscaux #sociétés-écran #guerre_de_l'opium #too_big_to_jail #bankster #mondialisation #globalisation #Angleterre #UK #George_Osborne #Stephen_Green #Chine #Suisse #opération_chocolat #Swiss_leaks #SwissLeaks #David_Cameron #Stuart_Gulliver #EDF #nucléaire #route_de_la_soie #nouvelle_route_de_la_soie #monnaie #city_of_london #Londres #Hinkley_Point


  • Des tribunaux français arrêtent des #renvois dans le cadre du #règlement_dublin vers l’#Italie... ceci car il n’y aurait pas de #garanties suffisantes pour les demandeurs d’asile...
    C’est évidemment une conséquence du #Decreto_Salvini (#décret_salvini), peut-être la seule conséquence positive...
    v. cet article paru dans un journal italien :

    L’odissea degli ultimi. « L’Italia vìola i diritti dei profughi »

    Tribunali francesi bloccano i rimpatri verso l’Italia: «Garanzie insufficienti per i richiedenti asilo». Anche da Londra una doppia sentenza della «corte superiore» apre a ricorsi di massa contro Roma.

    Francia e Regno Unito stanno respingendo sempre meno migranti verso l’Italia. Proprio quello che chiede il governo di Roma. La motivazione, però, non è lusinghiera. I tribunali esteri stanno annullando i trasferimenti perché il sistema giuridico e la prassi italiana sono «a rischio di trattamenti inumani o degradanti», e in «aperta violazione della Carta dei diritti fondamentali dell’Unione europea».

    Il campionario delle contestazioni è un’escalation di accuse. Si va dall’uso «eccessivo della forza nelle procedure di identificazione», per passare all’analisi delle «carenze sistemiche, in particolare per quanto riguarda il diritto alla casa e alla salute», arrivando alla «detenzione sistematica dei richiedenti asilo» durante la quale si svolgono «interrogatori sommari, indipendentemente dal trauma del viaggio appena vissuto, in assenza di considerazione per le particolari esigenze e i casi di vulnerabilità ». I magistrati transalpini non sono teneri neanche con le proprie autorità. Specie rimproverando la gendarmeria e le prefetture, che ordinano l’accompagnamento coatto alla frontiera italiana senza esaminare la situazione di ogni singolo straniero. Poi mettono sul banco degli imputati defezioni e anomalie nella gestione del fenomeno migratorio nel nostro Paese.

    Alcune sentenze riguardano casi esaminati all’epoca del governo Gentiloni. Ma da quando è in sella l’esecutivo pentaleghista i ricorsi dei migranti che soggiornano irregolarmente in Francia e che rischiano di venire respinti verso il Paese di primo approdo (come prevede il regolamento di Dublino) sono aumentati: tre solo nell’ultimo mese. Verdetti che fanno giurisprudenza e che già nei prossimi giorni fanno annunciare una pioggia di ricorsi da parte dei migranti arrivati irregolarmente in Francia. Il 15 ottobre, per stare a una delle sentenze più recenti, il tribunale amministrativo di Pau, ai piedi dei Pirenei, non lontano da Lourdes, ha annullato l’ordine di trasferimento emesso dal prefetto delle Landes contro un richiedente asilo. Nel decreto del giudice viene spiegato che spesso dopo i respingimenti in Italia i richiedenti asilo vengono abbandonati a sé stessi, «in condizioni a volte pericolose», non di rado costretti «a vagare per centinaia di chilometri». Inoltre, pur se in attesa dell’esame della domanda d’asilo, gli stranieri anche «a causa di ritardi amministrativi», finiscono per vivere nella precarietà, in situazioni di occupazioni abusive, «nei campi informali o in edifici fatiscenti ». Condizioni che non consentono di tutelare «i loro diritti, incluso quello alla salute».

    Persone che sopravvivono «grazie a enti di beneficenza» ma sono messe «sotto pressione dalle autorità che abitualmente evacuano i loro luoghi di vita senza proporre soluzioni risistemazione». L’avvocato parigino Alexandra Olsufiev è in prima linea nella difesa dei diritti dei migranti. «Per anni – spiega – i legali francesi hanno combattuto con poco successo i trasferimenti secondo il dettato di Dublino».

    I tribunali amministrativi «hanno sempre dato ragione alle prefetture che con i loro provvedimenti rispedivano in Italia i richiedienti d’asilo. Ma con la nomina del nuovo governo italiano le cose sono cambiate. I giudizi che cancellano i trasferimenti – osserva Olsufiev – si moltiplicano anche davanti alle Corti di appello». Non tutti i giudici addossano responsabilità esclusive sul governo italiano, spesso lasciato da solo a gestire le emergenze. Il 5 ottobre il tribunale amministrativo di Nantes ha annullato l’accompagnamento di un nordafricano fino al confine italiano perché l’afflusso di immigrati nella Penisola «rallenta l’elaborazione delle domande d’asilo», mettendo in difficoltà le autorità italiane che non sempre «sono in grado di adempiere ai propri obblighi nei confronti dei migranti richiedenti asilo».

    Anche da Londra, nonostante la Brexit e l’annunciata stretta sull’ammissione di stranieri, arrivano accuse all’Italia. Nei giorni scorsi è stato depositato dalla “Camera per l’immigrazione e l’asilo” del Tribunale superiore una sentenza di 102 pagine su fatti risalenti all’aprile 2018 (governo Gentiloni). Nelle motivazioni, però, non mancano riferimenti alla situazione attuale, su cui i giudici britannici si pronunciano senza andare per il sottile. Esaminando tre ricorsi di migranti arrivati illegalmente attraverso la Francia e destinati a rientrare in Italia, i magistrati hanno accolto due istanze depositate dallo studio legale ’Wilson Sollicitors”, fra l’altro istruiti da Giulia Tranchina, avvocato di origine milanese specializzato nel Diritto d’asilo e dei migranti. Il Tribunale ha concluso che S.M. (un cittadino sudanese, con status di rifugiato in Italia) giunto illegalmente nel Regno Unito, «ha vissuto eventi traumatici» e a causa di queste esperienze «soffre di gravi problemi di salute mentale». In Italia, però, non è stato adeguatamente assistito.

    Anche R.K. (un cittadino eritreo) è stato riconosciuto come «persona vulnerabile », alla luce della natura «dei maltrattamenti subiti in Eritrea e altrove e che hanno causato o almeno contribuito a ciò che riteniamo come una seria disabilità mentale e fisica». La corte riconosce come l’Italia sia «sotto pressione» a causa dell’afflusso di migranti, ma ritiene «provato» che l’iter delle domande d’asilo e le possibilità offerte ai migranti di poter manifestare e provare la propria condizione di rifugiati siano lacunose. L’accesso agli Sprar (prima delle ulteriori restrizioni entrate in vigore con il Decreto Sicurezza) era già allora ritenuto come «incerto», con lunghe liste d’attesa e senza garanzie per le persone vulnerabili.

    https://www.avvenire.it/attualita/pagine/litalia-vola-i-diritti-dei-profughi
    #expulsions #renvois_Dublin #asile #migrations #réfugiés #France #UK #Angleterre

    • Italy: Vulnerable Dublin Returnees at Risk of Destitution

      Asylum seekers returned to Italy under the Dublin Regulation face arbitrary access to accommodation, risks of destitution and substandard reception conditions despite Italy’s obligation to provide guarantees of adequate treatment, according to a report published this week.

      The report, prepared by the Danish and Swiss Refugee Councils, contains 13 case studies of Dublin return of asylum seekers with different vulnerabilities, ranging from single-parent families to persons suffering from mental disorders and victims of violence. The European Court of Human Rights clarified in Tarakhel v. Switzerland that Member States should obtain assurances from the Italian authorities that asylum seekers with special needs would be adequately accommodated prior to carrying out a transfer.

      The report illustrates the arbitrariness underlying Dublin returnees’ reception by the authorities, timely access to accommodation and to the asylum procedure, and quality of reception conditions. Many asylum seekers have had to wait for several hours or even days without any support at airports such as Rome Fuimicino and Milan Malpensa before being received by the Italian police. Some Dublin returnees are denied access to the Italian reception system upon arrival altogether or must wait a long time before they are accommodated in second-line reception facilities (SPRAR). Substandard conditions in first reception centres and temporary reception centres (CAS) are widely reported, falling far below standards for persons with special needs.

      Access to the asylum procedure is equally problematic. Asylum seekers returned under the Dublin Regulation have to approach the Immigration Office of the Police (Questura) to obtain an appointment to lodge their claim. However, the delay for such an appointment reaches several months in most cases.

      The risks of destitution and exposure to unacceptable reception conditions upon return from other countries have been been exacerbated by the entry into force of Decree-Law 113/2018, recently confirmed by Law 132/2018, following which only beneficiaries of international protection and unaccompanied children are eligible for reception in SPRAR. Accordingly, the vast majority of asylum seekers will only have access to first reception centres and CAS which offer very limited support.

      The reform has prompted some Member States to re-examine the legality of Dublin procedures vis-à-vis Italy, with some domestic courts suspending individual transfers on account of an increasingly hostile environment on migration. The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) is revising its policy on Dublin transfers of families with children to Italy in light of the reform. Transfers of families have been suspended pending further investigations into the situation of asylum seekers in the country.

      https://www.ecre.org/italy-vulnerable-dublin-returnees-at-risk-of-destitution


  • #Calais police using #drones to arrest migrants before they cross Channel

    Police in Calais are using drones to locate migrants preparing to cross the Channel by boat, so that they can be arrested before they reach the water.

    In an escalation of security measures, the remotely controlled aerial vehicles have been seen flying low above the main Calais Migrant camp and sweeping across nearby beaches.

    Drones can cover much more ground in much less time than other vehicles, and are able to relay a live video camera feed.

    Ingrid Parrot, from the French Naval headquarters for the Channel and North Sea, said: “What we are trying to do with the police is exchange information and stop the migrants reaching the sea.

    “Our aim is to stop people on the beach reaching the water.

    “In the last three weeks, we have increased the number of ships and helicopters in the area to dissuade the migrants from attempting to go out to sea.

    “The police, I understand have also increased their numbers on the ground to stop people getting into boats.”

    Ms Parrot would not be drawn into giving specific figures because she did not want the smugglers to be alerted to the scale of the operation.

    “There are many people involved,” she added.

    The move has come after a recent spike in attempted crossings of the English Channel by predominantly Iranian migrants.

    On Tuesday, two men were picked up in St Margret’s bay, Kent at 3pm, having crossed the world’s busiest shipping lane in nothing more than a small dinghy in broad daylight.

    They presented themselves as Iranian, and were taken into custody by border force agents.

    On Wednesday, four men who said they were Iranian were picked up by the side of the road in Lincolnshire, having seemingly overshot the Kent coastline.

    Lincolnshire Police said: “The four men aged 30, 29, and two aged 31, were arrested by officers in the Roman Bank area of Mablethorpe at around 7.30pm on December 4. “It was reported these men had arrived by boat.”

    In France, there was activity too.

    Eight men in a pleasure craft were caught by police while trying to set sail across the channel from a beach just north of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

    A police spokesperson said that four of the migrants were Iranian and four were Iraqi. None were injured or taken to hospital, and all were taken into custody.

    In the strangest incident of the evening, a man radioed for help while struggling in a seven-metre pleasure cruiser in shallow waters near Equihen-Plage, just south of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

    He abandoned ship when it became clear that no boat was able to tug him away.

    It emerged that the craft had been bought the day before by a man who claimed to be British, and suspicions have been raised that he may have been trying to smuggle migrants across the channel.

    One coastguard insider said: “You don’t buy a boat like that at this time of year and take it out on the water at night. I think it’s quite clear what he was trying to do, and that was go round the corner and try and pick up a group of migrants.”

    The Telegraph visited the beach on Wednesday evening and saw the boat beached on the sand at low tide, with its propeller jammed into the sand and a life jacket left in the cabin.

    The man who abandoned ship had apparently not been back.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/05/calais-police-using-drones-track-migrants-cross-channel
    #frontières #militarisation_des_frontières #fermeture_des_frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #UK #France #Angleterre #mer #contrôles_frontaliers


  • #métaliste sur le sort réservé aux #interprètes #afghans qui ont servi les #armées occidentales et à qui on a refusé l’entrée (en vue d’un dépôt de la demande d’asile) dans les pays pour lesquels ils ont travaillé...

    #UK / #Angleterre / #USA / #Etats-Unis :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/359104

    #France :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/407223
    https://seenthis.net/messages/657028
    https://seenthis.net/messages/740385

    #reconnaissance #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Afghanistan #guerre #responsabilité


  • Petite #métaliste sur les augmentations des #taxes_universitaires prévues en #France dès la rentrée 2019-2020 :

    1. Une liste sur le contenu de la décision :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/737474
    https://seenthis.net/messages/657642
    https://seenthis.net/messages/736904

    2. Les étudiants tunisiens ont été exonérés de la hausse des frais d’inscription
    https://seenthis.net/messages/760599

    3. Une liste sur la #résistance (dont des #blocages) vis-à-vis de cette décision
    https://seenthis.net/messages/739892

    4. Processus de #paupérisation...
    Hausse des frais universitaires : des doctorants passent sous la barre du #smic
    https://seenthis.net/messages/746055

    5. Conséquences sur le nombre d’inscrits en France :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758572

    6. Répression contre les personnes qui se mobilisent contre la décision :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/759595

    7. Conséquences sur les #recherches sur la #Méditerranée :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/753395

    –-------------------

    Ailleurs en #Europe...

    En #Allemagne
    https://seenthis.net/messages/298528

    En #Angleterre #UK :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/148604
    Et en Angleterre, plus spécifiquement sur les #dettes des étudiant·s :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/599002
    https://seenthis.net/messages/452303
    https://seenthis.net/messages/396776
    #dette #endettement

    L’Angleterre qui, par ailleurs, annonce vouloir diminuer de la moitié le nombre d’étudiants étrangers...
    https://seenthis.net/messages/753561

    En Suède :
    En Suède, la hausse des frais d’université a fait fuir les étudiants étrangers
    https://seenthis.net/messages/739898

    #éducation #université #études_supérieures #frais_d'inscription #élitisme #attractivité #excellence


  • #Seven_doors. Stories of immigration detention

    “When they put me in detention, I remember walking through only one door at the detention center. I was in detention for three and a half years. When they let me out, I remember they walked me through SEVEN different DOORS, from my cell to the last door where they said, You are free. But how could I be free? I’m still not free.”


    https://www.7doors.org
    #détention_administrative #rétention #asile #migrations #réfugiés #photographie #témoignages #liberté #portes #architecture #Europe #USA #Etats-Unis #Malaisie #UK #Angleterre

    Chapitre sur la Malaisie :


    https://www.7doors.org/adarknesscoversyou


  • En Angleterre, le mouvement #Extinction_Rebellion lance l’#insurrection_pour_le_climat

    En lançant le mouvement Extinction Rebellion, des activistes anglais s’engagent avec détermination dans la lutte contre le changement climatique et la disparition des espèces, raconte notre chroniqueuse. Alors que le changement est possible et urgent, disent-ils, les politiques ne font rien. Aux citoyens de reprendre la main en se soulevant pour inverser le rapport de force.


    https://reporterre.net/En-Angleterre-le-mouvement-Extinction-Rebellion-lance-l-insurrection-pou
    #collapsologie #extinction #climat #changement_climatique #résistance #UK #Angleterre


  • Londres chauffée à blanc sur le #climat | Euronews
    https://fr.euronews.com/2018/11/17/londres-chauffee-a-blanc-sur-le-climat

    « C’est le début d’une protestation internationale contre le manque d’action face à la crise écologique » dit une manifestante. « Je pense que la situation est bien plus grave que ce qu’on nous dit » estime une autre personne.

    En #Angleterre, le mouvement #Extinction_Rebellion lance l’#insurrection pour le climat
    https://reporterre.net/En-Angleterre-le-mouvement-Extinction-Rebellion-lance-l-insurrection-pou

    En lançant le mouvement Extinction Rebellion, des activistes anglais s’engagent avec détermination dans la lutte contre le changement climatique et la disparition des espèces, raconte notre chroniqueuse. Alors que le changement est possible et urgent, disent-ils, les politiques ne font rien. Aux citoyens de reprendre la main en se soulevant pour inverser le rapport de force.


  • Education Is in the Crosshairs in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

    The president-elect seeks to ban from the classroom political opinions, debates, and any issues that could be construed as leftist.
    At universities across Brazil, the atmosphere may appear normal on the surface, but many are worried. “There is a climate of tension and of fear,” said Adriana D’Agostini, an education professor at the Santa Catarina Federal University (UFSC).


    https://www.thenation.com/article/brazil-bolsonaro-education-repression
    #Bolsonaro #Brésil #Freire #Paulo_Freire #censure #gauche #éducation #liberté_d'expression #université


  • University alerts students to danger of leftwing essay

    Prevent critics slam Reading for labelling ‘mainstream’ academic text as extremist.
    An essay by a prominent leftwing academic that examines the ethics of socialist revolution has been targeted by a leading university using the government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

    Students at the University of Reading have been told to take care when reading an essay by the late Professor Norman Geras, in order to avoid falling foul of Prevent.

    Third-year politics undergraduates have been warned not to access it on personal devices, to read it only in a secure setting, and not to leave it lying around where it might be spotted “inadvertently or otherwise, by those who are not prepared to view it”. The alert came after the text was flagged by the university as “sensitive” under the Prevent programme.

    The essay, listed as “essential” reading for the university’s Justice and Injustice politics module last year, is titled Our Morals: The Ethics of Revolution. Geras was professor emeritus of government at the University of Manchester until his death in 2013. He rejected terrorism but argued that violence could be justified in the case of grave social injustices.

    Waqas Tufail, a senior lecturer in criminology at Leeds Beckett University who wrote a report about Prevent last year, described the case at Reading as “hugely concerning”. Another Prevent expert, Fahid Qurashi of Staffordshire University, said the move showed how anti-terrorism legislation is “being applied far beyond its purview”.
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    Ilyas Nagdee, black students’ officer for the National Union of Students, said the case again highlighted “misunderstanding of the [counter-terrorism guidance].”

    The strategy, itself controversial, is meant to divert people before they offend, and requires universities to monitor students’ and academics’ access to material that could be considered extremist. The scheme has repeatedly come under fire since its remit was expanded by the coalition government in 2011. Critics argue that it has curtailed academic freedom by encouraging universities to cancel appearances by extremist speakers and for fostering a “policing culture” in higher education.

    Tufail added: “This text was authored by a mainstream, prominent academic who was well-regarded in his field, who was a professor at Manchester for many years and whose obituary was published in the Guardian. This case raises huge concerns about academic freedom and students’ access to material, and it raises wider questions about the impact of Prevent.” The text was identified as potentially sensitive by an academic convening the course. “This is almost worse because it means academics are now engaging in self-censorship,” Tufail said.

    Nagdee said: “Prevent fundamentally alters the relationship between students and educators, with those most trusted with our wellbeing and development forced to act as informants. As this case shows, normal topics that are discussed as a matter of course in our educational spaces are being treated as criminal”.

    The University of Reading said: “Lecturers must inform students in writing if their course includes a text deemed security-sensitive, and then list which students they expect will have to access the material.

    “As laid out in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, the University of Reading has put policies in place to take steps to prevent students being drawn into terrorism.” One aspect of this is to safeguard staff and students who access security-sensitive materials legitimately and appropriately used for study or research.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/nov/11/reading-university-warns-danger-left-wing-essay
    #université #it_has_begun #UK #Angleterre #surveillance #censure #gauche #droite #Reading #Prevent_programme #terrorisme #anti-terrorisme #violence #liberté_d'expression #liberté_académique #extrémisme #Norman_Geras