• Singapore to open travel corridors with US, UK, six other ‘living with Covid’ nations | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3151761/singapore-open-travel-corridors-us-uk-six-other-living-covid

    Singapore to open travel corridors with US, UK, six other ‘living with Covid’ nations In major easing of travel restrictions, Singapore will open travel corridors with the US, UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada and Denmark. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in televised speech predicts current record wave of cases will take up to six months to stabilise Singapore and eight Western nations including the United States and Britain will soon open quarantine-free travel lanes for vaccinated travellers, authorities said on Saturday, marking the country’s most extensive easing of travel restrictions since borders were shut last March. Canada, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Denmark will also open “vaccinated travel lanes” with the island nation. These lanes will begin operations starting October 19. The new travel corridors were unveiled as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a televised address that Singapore, a vaccine pacesetter, would press on with its “living with Covid-19” plan even amid a surge that has caused record daily caseloads and a spike in deaths.
    Lee said it would take Singapore “at least three months, and perhaps as long as six months” to get the relatively restriction-free state that much of Europe and the West was currently enjoying.The prime minister underscored that countries that prematurely lifted restrictions had “paid for it dearly, losing many lives along the way”. Still, he said the country could not “stay locked down and closed off indefinitely”, and acknowledged that business disruptions, job losses and the separation of families across borders had caused “psychological and emotional strain and mental fatigue”. Collectively, the 11 countries – among Singapore’s top 20 trading partners – make up about 10 per cent of Changi Airport’s pre-Covid annual passenger arrivals, Transport Minister S. Iswaran said.“While still a far cry from where we were pre-Covid, this is a significant step in the reopening of our borders, and crucial to reclaiming and rebuilding our status as an international aviation hub with global connectivity,” Iswaran added.
    Singapore’s coronavirus cases ‘could reach 10,000 a day’. In a further boost for travellers, countries involved in these corridors will require just two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests – one upon arrival and another on departure. Under existing arrangements, vaccinated travel lane users in Singapore have to undergo four tests, including one the third day of their stay and another on the seventh day.
    Singapore-based economist Song Seng Wun told This Week in Asia the expected increase in visitor arrivals via the slew of new vaccinated travel lanes would likely have a material positive impact on the country’s gross domestic product, given its traditional dependence on “external demand for goods and services”.“A busier Changi Airport will mean a busier Merlion too,” the CIMB Private Banking economist said, referring to the iconic tourist attraction at the heart of Singapore’s Marina Bay waterfront district.
    Shortly after the announcement, Singapore Airlines said it would begin operating designated flights to 14 cities that would serve travellers using the vaccinated travel lanes. Nuno Guerreiro, the regional director for the South Asia Pacific region for Booking.com, said the new lanes represented “a positive step forward towards the overall revival of travel”.Guerreiro said Booking.com’s own research showed “pent up demand for travel” in the country, with Singaporeans indicating they would not travel until they had been fully vaccinated.Before the pandemic, Singapore residents were among Asia’s most avid travellers, with many of them taking advantage of Changi Airport’s hub status and the burgeoning of budget airline routes to Southeast Asian destinations. The city state since the end of May said it wanted to transition to an endemic Covid – with a relatively low number of daily cases – as its vaccination rate soared.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#singapour##etatsunis#grandebretagne#france#italie#paysbas#espagne#canada#danemark#sante#corridorsanitaire#bulledevoayage#frontiere#circulation#vaccination

  • Le #Danemark offre des #barbelés coupants à la #Lituanie pour sa clôture antimigrants

    A Copenhague, le gouvernement social-démocrate, qui s’est fait élire en 2019 sur la promesse d’une politique migratoire ultrarestrictive, défend la construction de #clôtures aux frontières de l’Europe.

    Quinze kilomètres de #fils_barbelés. Voilà le généreux #cadeau du Danemark à la Lituanie : une contribution certes modeste à l’échelle des 500 kilomètres de clôture que l’Etat balte est en train d’installer sur sa frontière avec la #Biélorussie, pour empêcher les migrants d’entrer sur son territoire. Mais une #contribution symbolique, de la part du royaume scandinave, dont la première ministre sociale-démocrate, #Mette_Frederiksen, en poste depuis 2019, s’est fixé comme objectif d’atteindre « zéro demandeur d’asile ».

    Le 28 septembre, son ministre de l’immigration, #Mattias_Tesfaye – lui-même fils d’un réfugié éthiopien –, s’est rendu en Lituanie, pour rencontrer la ministre de l’intérieur, #Agne_Bilotaite. Il en a profité pour aller inspecter la clôture. Les barbelés envoyés par le Danemark ne sont pas des fils classiques, mais un modèle spécial, en accordéon, couvert de #lames similaires à celles d’un rasoir, pouvant causer des blessures mortelles.

    En 2015, ce sont ces mêmes barbelés que la Hongrie de Viktor Orban avait déployés à la hâte, face à la Serbie : un #mur antimigrants alors fortement décrié en Europe. Six ans plus tard, Mattias Tesfaye a estimé sur la chaîne TV2 que les critiques contre Budapest n’étaient « pas correctes » et que, face à « l’#immigration_incontrôlée », la clôture était une solution « de #bon_sens ». Au passage, le ministre danois a remercié Vilnius de ses efforts pour « protéger les frontières de l’Europe et de l’OTAN ».

    Indignation des ONG

    Mattias Tesfaye n’en est pas à son premier coup d’éclat. C’est à sa demande que les services de l’immigration ont suspendu les titres de séjour de plusieurs centaines de réfugiés syriens ces derniers mois. Il est aussi à l’origine du projet de loi, voté au Parlement en juin, qui devrait permettre à Copenhague d’externaliser l’asile dans des pays tiers, en dehors de l’Europe – le Rwanda faisant figure de favori.

    Au Danemark, son soutien à la construction du mur lituanien a suscité l’indignation des ONG. Amnesty International a accusé le gouvernement danois de faire preuve d’un « déni de la réalité » face à la crise migratoire actuelle. Le quotidien de gauche Politiken a dénoncé, de son côté, le cynisme du Danemark, qui « envoie 15 km de barbelés », quand « les migrants pris au piège meurent dans la forêt ».

    Dans les rangs de la majorité de centre gauche, cependant, les opinions divergent. Alors que la Liste de l’unité (rouge et verte) s’est dite « profondément consternée », le parti social-libéral défend le principe d’un mur aux frontières de l’Europe : « Nous ne pouvons pas accueillir tous les gens du Moyen-Orient et d’Afrique qui veulent venir ici », a estimé Andreas Steenberg, un des responsables du parti.

    En 2020, le Danemark a reçu 1 515 demandeurs d’asile et 1 017 autres depuis le début de l’année. Ces chiffres ne semblent pas émouvoir Mattias Tesfaye, qui a annoncé que Copenhague allait verser 33 millions de couronnes (4,4 millions d’euros) à la Turquie, pour l’aider à protéger ses frontières.

    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/10/02/le-danemark-offre-des-barbeles-coupants-a-la-lituanie-pour-sa-cloture-antimi

    #cadeau #murs #barrières_frontalière #externalisation #fermeture_des_frontières #murs_frontaliers #barrières_frontalières

    –-

    Sur le mur entre la Lituanie et la Biélorussie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/920493

  • Le Danemark jette le pass sanitaire aux oubliettes
    http://www.lessentiel.lu/fr/corona/story/le-danemark-jette-le-pass-sanitaire-aux-oubliettes-13782575

    Pionnier dans l’introduction du pass sanitaire, le Danemark a levé mercredi l’obligation de ce laisser-passer dans presque tous ses lieux publics, à quelques jours de la levée de toutes les restrictions, malgré la menace d’une quatrième vague en Europe.

    Lancé en catimini début mars pour la réouverture des zoos, le pass sanitaire danois avait été progressivement étendu, devenant le corollaire de chaque étape de la réouverture du pays. Disponible via une application ou sur papier, sa mise en œuvre avait toujours été prévue pour être provisoire, avec une date de péremption initialement fixée au 1er octobre.

    Avec 71,6% de la population entièrement vaccinée, le pays scandinave de 5,8 millions d’habitants devrait retrouver bientôt un quotidien similaire à celui d’avant la pandémie. Le « coronapass », qui certifie d’un test négatif ou d’une immunisation contre le virus, soit par vaccination complète soit parce qu’on a déjà contracté le Covid-19, ne doit plus être présenté à partir de mercredi que dans les boîtes de nuit, qui rouvrent ce jour. Il disparaît des salles de sport ou les salons de coiffures mercredi et n’était plus obligatoire depuis le 1er août, dans les musées et salles de spectacles avec moins de 500 personnes.

    #coronavirus #en_vedette #covid-19 #santé #santé_publique #science #masques #covid19 #confinement #pandémie #Danemark #pass_sanitaire

  • Syrian refugees face threats of deportation from Europe and appropriation of property rights in Syria

    “We spent 30 years building our house to bring the family together and create memories. Years went by abroad until we could return home and settle down. Then, in a single moment, all was gone, and we found ourselves at the beginning of a new tiring journey. Once again, we left our home country searching for a new life.”

    With these words, Rihab Qassem (aged 65) recounted to Enab Baladi her daunting life journey spent in search of stability in someplace where human dignity is respected while going through many tragic detours and surviving their destructive psychological effects.

    In December 2012 and after Syrian regime forces bombed her family house, Rihab fled the Yarmouk camp area in southern Damascus, with her sons who were prosecuted by the regime’s security services.

    “We did not take sides. We only treated people injured by bombardments,” Rihab said. In October 2013, Rihab took her last look at her house’s destroyed walls, captured some photos for memory, and embarked on a new journey seeking refugee in Europe to reach Denmark eventually.

    Threats of deportation

    In early 2014, Rihab was granted a residency permit in Denmark under humanitarian protection grounds. Her house in the Yarmouk camp was completely destroyed during the battles, ending any dream of returning home.

    Despite being permitted residency in Denmark, Rihab’s story was far from reaching a happy ending, as Danish authorities issued a report in 2019 saying that the security situation in some parts of Syria has “improved markedly.”

    The same report was used as a pretext to start reevaluating hundreds of residence permits granted by the Danish government to Syrian refugees coming from the Syrian capital of Damascus and its surrounding areas.

    Last July, Rihab was handed over the Danish Immigration Service’s decision of deportation from Denmark on the grounds that Damascus is reclassified as a “safe zone.”

    “A house’s value is nothing when compared to thousands of people’s loss of loved ones during the war in Syria, and even if I wanted to go back home, do you think there is any chance for me to return to my house? There is not,” Rihab said.

    Speaking of her house, Rihab shows zero hope of returning home, knowing that the Yarmouk camp is in ruins and its streets are empty with nothing but destroyed houses.
    Syrian government’s property laws destroy hopes of returning home

    In the last ten years, the regime’s government issued several laws and legislative decrees and some administrative decisions that adversely affected house, land, and property (HLP) rights of Syrian citizens in general and Syrian refugees in particular.

    The government HLP regulations have created additional burdens and challenges for Syrian refugees seeking to deprive them of their property rights.

    Legislative Decree No. 66 of 2012 is one of the laws threatening the HLP rights of Syrian citizens. It stipulated the establishment of two zoning areas within Damascus province to achieve urban development in informal settlement areas.

    Syrian lawyer Hussam Sarhan told Enab Baladi that properties included in the zoning area are viewed as common property between a group of property holders. Each group member has a share equal to the estimated value of his/her property or rights in rem.

    Sarhan said that under the decree, the zoning area serves as a legal personality incorporating all rights holders and is represented by Damascus province, while real estate transactions (sell, purchase, or donations) for properties included in Decree No. 66 two zoning areas are banned.

    According to Sarhan, Decree No. 66 constitutes a significant threat to Syrian refugees’ property rights as it grants them a short period of 30 days starting after the announcement date of the decree to claim ownership. During this period, absentees outside Syria must submit an application after choosing a place of residence within the zoning plans’ boundaries in Damascus province attached with legal documents.

    He added, the fact that many property owners were forced out of Syria like Rihab Qassem, who cannot return to her country due to security concerns, makes absentees’ HLP rights at risk of being violated under the decree.

    According to the lawyer, Decree No. 66 does not guarantee accurate estimation of properties’ value, including building structures, trees, and crops, affecting the final valuation of these properties.

    The decree ignored the Syrian government’s acknowledgment of some slum areas like the Yarmouk camp when it provided its residents with necessary infrastructure services and regarded them as areas of building violations that must be regulated in zoning plans.

    The decree stipulated that residents of informal settlements included in zoning plans are only entitled to the cost of their properties’ rubble built on public or private state property.

    In June 2020, Damascus Provincial Council held a special session in which it announced the approval of the Yarmouk camp’s regulatory map before sharing it with the public. Soon later, the Council opened the door for objections and received thousands from the camp’s residents.

    Many Yarmouk camp former residents saw the new zoning plan as a threat to the camp’s identity and status as a symbol of return to Palestinian refugees in Syria. Fears of demographic changes also prompted objections.

    Decree No. 66 paved the way for the issuance of Law No. 10 of 2018, which also gave a short notice of 30 days to rights holders to claim ownership. Later, the law was amended, and the objection period was extended to one year, starting after the announcement date of the zoning plan.

    In 2015, the regime government passed Law No. 23 on planning and urban development. The law aimed at creating zoning areas with legal personality.

    Law No. 23 allows administrative units such as municipalities and governorates to expropriate informal housing areas located within zoning areas. As a result, owners of informal housing would lose their independent ownership in favor of having shares in a common property that would be divided into plots under the supervision of real estate distribution committees.

    Several factors impede the return of Syrian refugees in Europe or other parts of the world to their homes, chiefly the absence of any legal instruments that would help them restore their properties or receive compensation, Sarhan said.

    He added that another factor complicating Syrian refugees’ return is the Syrian judiciary’s lack of impartiality, independence, and fair trial standards.

    According to Sarhan, the Syrian government has its own policy managing Syria’s real estate problem in its best interests. It exploits the problem in different ways instead of finding solutions to it.
    “A living nightmare”

    Syrian regime forces started bombing the Yarmouk camp on 16 December 2012 in what was known as the massacre of the Abdul Kadir al-Husseini Mosque and the Fallujah School, leaving more than 200 persons killed or injured.

    The bombing caused the displacement of more than 80 percent of the camp’s residents to other areas inside Syria or abroad. Those who remained suffered from a siege imposed by regime forces between 2013 and 2018, with the participation of allied Palestinian militias.

    A report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) mentioned that millions of Syrian refugees are distributed over more than 120 countries, while Syria’s security and economic situations remain a discouragement for any return.

    “Houses are murdered with the absence of their residents,” These meaningful words said by the famous Palestinian poet and writer Mahmoud Darwish best describe the conditions of Syrian refugees’ houses whose owners left Syria with no hopes of returning to claim back their property rights.

    As for Rihab, she told Enab Baladi that this period of her life has been a living nightmare as she did not achieve the stability that she has been working so hard for decades to achieve.

    Rihab intends to fight for her and her family’s right of protection and residence in Denmark by attempting to file a lawsuit before relevant local courts.

    https://english.enabbaladi.net/archives/2021/08/syrian-refugees-face-threats-of-deportation-from-europe-and-appr

    #réfugiés_syriens #asile #migrations #réfugiés #retour_au_pays #renvois #expulsions #EU #UE #Europe #Danemark

    ajouté à la métaliste sur le retour (volontaire ou contrait) des réfugiés syriens :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/904710
    Et plus précisément sur la politique du Danemark :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/904710#message904721

    ping @isskein

  • Six countries urge EU to continue Afghan deportations

    Stopping deportations would “motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their home,” the six states say. Afghan authorities have asked deportations to stop until October.

    Six EU countries have asked the European Commission not to stop the deportations of unsuccessful asylum migrants back to Afghanistan as thousands flee the Taliban’s takeover.

    Ministers from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Netherlands and Denmark said “stopping returns sends the wrong signal and is likely to motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their home.”

    The move follows a plea from the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation on July 8 to stop EU returns of its nationals for three months during the current resurgence of the Taliban.
    What did the letter say?

    The letter signed by the six states said that more moves should be made on the ground to support Afghanistan and neighboring countries rather than halt deportation from the EU.

    “We fully recognise the sensitive situation in Afghanistan in light of the foreseen withdrawal of international troops,” said the joint statement.


    https://twitter.com/kmlvrmln/status/1424646282505822210

    It recognized that there were 4.6 million Afghans that had already been displaced by the conflict with 570,000 asylum applications from the country lodged in the EU since 2015.

    “In view of of the expected likelihood that Afghanistan will continue to be a significant source of irregular migration to the EU, we would like to underline the importance of returning home those without genuine protection needs,” said the six countries.

    They urged “the Commission to intensify talks with the Afghan government on how returns to Afghanistan can and will be continue in the coming months.”

    EU countries have come under increasing attack from human rights groups for the decision to continue returning unsuccessful asylum applicants. On August 3 the European Court for Human Rights ruled not to send one of these migrants back to Afghanistan at least until the end of August.

    “That regions of a country are not safe does not mean that each national of that country automatically is entitled to protection,” added Belgium’s secretary for asylum and migration, Sammy Mahdi.
    What has the EU said?

    A spokesman for The European Commission said: "At an EU level there isn’t a list of countries considered safe relating to asylum applications or for returns.

    “It’s up to each member state to assess... the country of origin and the

    situation of the person concerned,” he said.

    But a senior EU official said on Tuesday that it wants to avoid “a massive flow of migration from Afghanistan.”

    According to the official, 80% of deportations to the war-torn country are “voluntary.”

    The official said the situation in the Middle Eastern country is “challenging” although it is not yet “desperate” in that it still had a solid government unlike Syria and Iraq in past refugee crises.

    But the EU was concerned about fighting stifling the arrival of humanitarian aid in the country, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Tuesday that the situation has “deteriorated” to the point that some cities have “medical facilities on the front lines.”
    What is the situation in Afghanistan?

    By Tuesday the Taliban had taken six Afghan provincial capitals forcing thousands to move to Kabul and other safer areas.

    The insurgents, who want to establish Sharia law in the country, are now looking to take Mazar-i-Sharif, the largest city in the north of Afghanistan.

    Its fall would mean an area that has voiced strongest opposition to the Taliban could now be out of government control.

    The US, which aims to withdraw all its troops by the end of August, has sent a special envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad to Qatar to try to get a ceasefire with the Taliban.

    But Pentagon spokesman John Kirby admitted there was “not much” the US could do but trust the Afghan government forces to turn the tide.

    “Taliban forces advancing in Ghazni, Kandahar, and other Afghan provinces have summarily executed detained soldiers, police, and civilians with alleged ties to the Afghan government,” said Human Rights Watch on August 3.

    With the Taliban advancing through the country at an alarming rate, experts believe more revenge killings could be on the way.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/34221/six-countries-urge-eu-to-continue-afghan-deportations

    #Afghanistan #renvois #expulsions

    Et voilà, encore une fois, apparaître la belle #rhétorique de l’#appel_d'air :

    Stopping deportations would “motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their home,” the six states say.

    ping @isskein @karine4

    • Six EU countries want to keep forced return of Afghans despite Taliban offensive Access to the comments

      At least six EU countries insist that the forced deportation of migrants back to Afghanistan continues despite the Taliban’s alarming gains in recent weeks.

      Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, and the Netherlands wrote to the European Commission claiming that halting returns "sends the wrong signal and is likely to motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their home for the EU.’’

      Adalbert Jahnz, the Commission’s spokesman for home affairs explained that “it’s up to each member state to make an individual assessment of whether the return is possible in a specific set of circumstances, that needs to take into account the principles, notable the principle of rule of law and other fundamental rights.”

      “But it’s not something that the EU specifically regulates,” he added.

      The call by the six member states comes a week after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) urged Austrian authorities not to proceed with the expulsion of an Afghan national until late August at the earliest because of “a clear risk of irreparable harm to the complainant”.

      Afghanistan had in July urged Europe to stop deportations for three months, as Finland, Sweden and Norway had done, due to the deteriorating security situation on the grounds.

      Taliban insurgents have captured five out of the country’s 34 provincial capitals in less than a week in a relentless campaign against government forces.

      They have been emboldened by the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from the country.

      Cities claimed by the Taliban include strategically important Kunduz in the north that has transport links to many other cities including the capital Kabul.

      Afghan security forces, which have been backed, trained, and financed with billions of dollars in a 20-year-long Western military effort that included many EU countries, appear unable to cope with the offensive.

      https://www.euronews.com/2021/08/10/six-eu-countries-want-to-keep-forced-return-of-afghans-despite-taliban-off

      #réfugiés_afghans #asile #migrations #réfugiés #retour #renvois #expulsions
      #Austriche #Belgique #Danemark #Allemagne #Grèce #Pays_Bas

      #machine_à_expulser

    • Réfugiés afghans : l’hypocrisie européenne

      La plupart des pays de l’Union européenne ont attendu le dernier moment pour suspendre les expulsions d’Afghans venus demander l’asile sur leur sol. Alors que les talibans ont pris le pouvoir à Kaboul, les vingt-sept ministres des affaires étrangères se réunissent en urgence ce mardi pour décider des suites à donner à leur action. Accueillir dignement les exilés déjà arrivés sur leur sol serait un premier pas en matière de solidarité.

      https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/160821/refugies-afghans-l-hypocrisie-europeenne#at_medium=custom7&at_campaign=104

  • Opération « Dunhammer » : le cheval de Troie danois en Europe
    https://theconversation.com/operation-dunhammer-le-cheval-de-troie-danois-en-europe-163467

    Dimanche 30 mai 2021, une chaîne publique de télévision danoise, Danemarks Radio (DR), en coopération avec d’autres médias (le journal Le Monde, la chaîne suédoise SVT, la chaîne norvégienne NRK, les chaînes allemandes NDR, WDR et le quotidien allemand Suddeutsche Zeitung) révèle l’existence d’un accord secret passé entre l’agence de sécurité nationale des États-Unis, la NSA (National Security Agency) et le service danois de renseignement de la défense, le Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste (FE).

    Cet accord, qui s’appuie sur un rapport commandé par le FE dénommé « Opération Dunhammer » et livré en 2015, révèle l’existence d’une coopération secrète américano-danoise qui a duré de 2012 à 2014. Cette opération a permis à la NSA et au FE d’accéder, via le logiciel XKeyscore, aux données SMS, appels, trafic Internet et autres services de messagerie de plusieurs hauts responsables politiques européens (français, norvégiens, suédois et allemands), dont la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel.

    #espionnage #cyberespionnage #États-Unis #Danemark #UE

  • Authorities in Lithuania are considering building a wall with Belarus

    Authorities in Lithuania are now considering building a wall with Belarus. Ingrida Simonyte, the Lithuanian prime minister, has accused the Belarusian government of orchestrating what her country views as a migrant crisis.

    https://twitter.com/VCapici/status/1409246090768101377

    #Lituanie #murs #frontières #Biélorussie #migrations #réfugiés #asile #barrières #barrières_frontalières

    –—

    voir :
    A la frontière entre la #Lituanie et le #Bélarus, Loukachenko se fait maître passeur
    https://seenthis.net/messages/919781

    • Lithuania Reports 116 More Border Arrests Of Migrants Crossing From Belarus

      Lithuanian authorities reported 116 more arrests of migrants crossing the border from Belarus, a surge in crossings that Lithuania says Minsk is purposely organizing in retaliation for European Union sanctions.

      The Lithuanian State Border Security Service said on July 3 that border guards also fired tear gas and warning shots as one group of migrants were being detained.

      The latest figures bring the number of migrants detained over the past two days to 179, the service said; in all 938 people have been arrested crossing from Belarus this year, 12 times as many in all of last year.

      Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said late on July 2 that the government had declared a state of emergency, and he accused Lukashenka seeking “to weaponize migration to weaken our resolve for sanctions.”

      Vilnius contends that the migrants, most of whom are Iraqi, are moved to the border with Lithuania, where Belarusian border guards turn a blind eye as they cross into the European Union member state.

      Lithuania has been one of the loudest critics of Belarus’s strongman leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka since last August’s dispute presidential election. The 66-year-old Lukashenka claimed victory, setting off months of unprecedented protests.

      The opposition says that election was rigged, and the West has refused to recognize the results of the vote.

      The Baltic state has offered refuge to Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who supporters say was the real winner of the election.

      Vilnius has also become a center for Belarusians in exile, and the two countries have expelled a number of diplomats as ties have worsened in recent weeks.

      The EU’s border guard service, Frontex, has sent teams to Lithuania to help deal with the influx of migrants.

      https://www.rferl.org/a/lithuania-migrants-arrests-belarus/31339043.html

    • La Lituanie se dit débordée face à l’afflux de migrants venus de Biélorussie

      La Lituanie s’est déclarée, vendredi, en #état_d'urgence, face à la hausse des arrivées de migrants depuis la Biélorussie voisine. Plus de 150 personnes ont traversé la frontière ces dernières 24 heures. L’agence de garde-frontières européenne, #Frontex, a dépêché une équipe pour venir en aide au pays balte.

      Une équipe de six gardes-frontières de l’agence européenne Frontex a commencé à travailler vendredi 2 juillet en Lituanie pour aider le pays balte à faire face à l’arrivée de migrants. Depuis plusieurs semaines, des dizaines de personnes en provenance de la Biélorussie voisine, passent la frontière ouest du pays pour entrer en Lituanie.

      Le nombre de gardes-frontières de Frontex devant être déployés à la frontière biélorusse devrait passer à 30 dans le courant du mois.

      Les garde-frontières lituaniens ont indiqué avoir arrêté quelque 150 migrants ces dernières 24 heures - près du double du nombre d’arrestations sur l’ensemble de 2020. Face à cet afflux, le gouvernement a déclaré l’état d’urgence vendredi.

      Cela porte le nombre total de traversées illégales de frontières par des migrants cette année à plus de 800, la plupart venant du Moyen-Orient. Sur l’ensemble de 2020, 81 traversées illégales de la frontière avaient été enregistrées – et 37 en 2019.

      La plupart des migrants sont originaires d’Irak, mais il y en a aussi de plus en plus de Syrie, de Gambie, de Guinée et d’Inde, selon le site EUobserver (https://euobserver.com/world/152305).

      « La situation commence à se détériorer »

      « La situation est tendue et a tendance à se détériorer », a déclaré le ministre lituanien des Affaires étrangères Gabrielius Landsbergis à l’AFP.

      Il y a deux semaines, l’armée lituanienne a mis en place un #camp_d’urgence de plusieurs tentes à #Pabradé, à une quarantaine de kilomètres de la capitale Vilnius, pour pouvoir gérer l’afflux. « Le but du ministère est clair : les migrants économiques qui traversent la frontière de l’UE illégalement doivent être renvoyés à l’endroit d’où ils viennent », a-t-il ajouté.

      « Un tiers sont des hommes, un autre tiers sont des femmes, on accueille aussi des enfants, quelques mineurs non accompagnés et des personnes avec des problèmes de santé. Nous sommes inquiets quant à nos capacités d’accueil pour assurer l’hébergement à ces personnes qui demandent l’asile », a expliqué à RFI Egle Samuchovaite (https://www.rfi.fr/fr/europe/20210618-la-lituanie-accuse-la-bi%C3%A9lorussie-de-laisser-passer-des-migrants-s), directrice des programmes de la Croix-Rouge lituanienne, au mois de juin.

      Le gouvernement lituanien, qui s’oppose au président biélorusse Alexandre Loukachenko, a indiqué qu’il soupçonnait les autorités du pays de laisser les migrants passer la frontière.

      Ces tensions entre Minsk et Vilnius interviennent alors que les relations entre l’Union européenne et la Biélorussie sont elles-mêmes très compliquées. En cause : le détournement au mois de mai d’un vol commercial de Ryanair ordonné par le président Loukachenko pour arrêter un dissident politique.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/33405/la-lituanie-se-dit-debordee-face-a-l-afflux-de-migrants-venus-de-bielo

    • L’agence des frontières de l’UE augmente ” considérablement ” l’aide à la Lituanie

      L’agence des frontières de l’Union européenne s’engage à renforcer “de manière significative” son soutien à la Lituanie dans les prochains jours “en raison de la pression migratoire croissante à la frontière lituanienne avec la Biélorussie” que la nation balte tente de contenir .

      La décision de Frontex, l’agence chargée de coordonner le contrôle des frontières entre les États membres de l’UE et les pays tiers, a été annoncée samedi dernier à la suite d’un appel vidéo entre le directeur exécutif de Frontex Fabrice Leggeri et le président lituanien Gitanas Nauseda.

      “La frontière lituanienne est notre frontière extérieure commune et Frontex est prête à aider si nécessaire”, a déclaré Leggeri dans un communiqué. “Nous sommes prêts à renforcer notre niveau de soutien et à déployer plus d’officiers et d’équipements du corps permanent européen” en Lituanie, membre de l’UE et de l’OTAN de 2,8 millions.

      L’opération de Frontex, qui a commencé au début du mois avec le déploiement d’une douzaine d’officiers et de voitures de patrouille, va doubler la semaine prochaine, a indiqué l’agence.

      Le bureau de Nauseda a déclaré séparément que Frontex avait promis que des renforts devraient arriver en Lituanie avant le 15 juillet et que des patrouilles frontalières armées et d’autres traducteurs sont arrivés au cours du week-end.

      En outre, un hélicoptère de patrouille sera envoyé en Lituanie depuis la Pologne voisine et des discussions sont en cours pour envoyer un autre hélicoptère depuis l’Allemagne, a indiqué le bureau de Nauseda.

      Dans un tweet, Nauseda a remercié Frontex pour son soutien “Gérer les flux de migrants illégaux à travers la frontière orientale” avec la Biélorussie, autre ancienne république soviétique qui ne fait pas partie de l’UE.

      La Lituanie, qui a donné refuge à des membres de l’opposition biélorusse, accuse son voisin d’organiser des passages frontaliers principalement par des personnes originaires d’Irak, du Moyen-Orient et d’Afrique.

      En juin, le nombre de passages illégaux des frontières entre la Biélorussie et la Lituanie a sextuplé, augmentant la pression sur les autorités nationales de contrôle des frontières, a déclaré Frontex. Le phénomène s’est accéléré en juillet et plus de 1 500 personnes sont entrées en Lituanie depuis la Biélorussie au cours des deux derniers mois, 20 fois plus qu’en 2020.

      Plus tôt cette semaine, le président autoritaire biélorusse Alexandre Loukachenko a déclaré que son pays ne fermerait pas ses frontières “et ne deviendrait pas un camp pour les personnes fuyant l’Afghanistan, l’Iran, l’Irak, la Syrie, la Libye et la Tunisie”.

      Les tensions entre l’UE et la Biélorussie se sont encore intensifiées après que la Biélorussie a détourné un avion de ligne le 23 mai pour arrêter un journaliste de l’opposition.

      Loukachenko a déclaré que son pays cesserait de coopérer avec le bloc des 27 pays pour endiguer la migration en représailles aux lourdes sanctions économiques que l’UE a imposées à la Biélorussie pour le détournement d’avions de passagers.

      Vendredi, la Lituanie a commencé à construire une double clôture en fil de fer barbelé à la frontière avec la Biélorussie. Il parcourra 550 kilomètres (342 miles), couvrant la majeure partie de la frontière de près de 680 kilomètres (423 miles) et coûtera 41 millions d’euros (48 millions de dollars), selon les autorités lituaniennes.

      En outre, la Lituanie a mis en place des camps de tentes pour accueillir le nombre croissant de migrants.

      https://www.cablechronicles.com/lagence-des-frontieres-de-lue-augmente-considerablement-laide-a-la-

    • EU deploys border force in Lithuania as Belarus opens pathway for migrants

      Officials cite effort by Minsk to ‘weaponize’ irregular migration flows.

      The EU’s border protection agency on Monday said it was mobilizing a rapid intervention force to Lithuania, where the government has accused neighboring Belarus of allowing hundreds of migrants to cross illegally into the country.

      The allegations that Belarus is “weaponizing” migrants in retaliation for EU sanctions and support for political opponents of the country’s long-time leader, Alexander Lukashenko, were discussed Monday in the European Parliament and in the EU Foreign Affairs Council.

      “It seems like the Belarusian authorities now facilitate irregular migration possibly in retaliation to EU restrictive measures and as a response to the Lithuanian support for the civil society in Belarus,” the EU’s commissioner for home affairs, Ylva Johansson, testified during a joint hearing of the Parliament’s home affairs and foreign affairs committees.

      Johansson said that the method of arrivals was still under investigation, but that it appeared several flights per day were landing in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, carrying migrants from Istanbul and Baghdad. Officials said at least 60 EU border guards were expected to arrive in Lithuania in the coming days.

      While many of the migrants that have crossed into Lithuania seem to be of Iraqi or Syrian origin, there have also been migrants from African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon.

      Arriving for Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said his country was struggling to return migrants to their home countries. He added that the Baltic nation is now confronting challenges more commonly seen in frontline EU countries like Greece and Spain that face a constant influx of migrants across the Mediterranean, and have faced similar pressure of arrivals from Turkey and Morocco.

      “The European Union should have a common strategy how to deal with these sort of political or hybrid threats,” Landsbergis said. “We need a strategy of readmission because a country — be it Lithuania, be it Greece or Spain — alone faces a rather challenging path when trying to return the people who illegally entered the country. Secondly, we need to be very strict with the regimes who are using these sorts of weapons.”

      Landsbergis called for additional sanctions against Belarus and said other countries using such tactics should face similar punishment.

      To help manage the crisis, the Lithuanian parliament will convene in a special session on Tuesday to adopt amendments to national asylum laws with an aim of reducing the time needed to evaluate applications for protected status.

      Asked if the situation in Lithuania was adding new urgency to the EU’s years-long struggle to develop a new migration pact, the bloc’s high representative for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, said it was up to the border protection agency, Frontex, to help manage the situation.

      “That’s why we created Frontex, to help member states to face migration crises,” Borrell said at a news conference following the meeting.
      ‘High pressure’ situation

      Fabrice Leggeri, the executive director of Frontex, said his agency had anticipated Belarus seeking to use flows of irregular migrants as a political weapon, and has been monitoring the country’s borders since last fall. Testifying in the parliamentary hearing, Leggeri said there had been more than 1,600 irregular border crossings to Lithuania from Belarus since January 1 of this year, but roughly half of those, some 800, occurred in the first week of July.

      “This was clearly the sign that something was happening with more intensity,” Leggeri testified, adding: “We see that there is a high pressure that could even worsen in the next days.”

      Leggeri told Parliament that while the initial arrivals had mostly come from Iraq, Syria and Iran, this month there was a shift toward African nationals, including migrants from Congo, Gambia, Guinea, Mali and Senegal. He said Lukashenko’s government was encouraging the influx by inviting citizens to travel to Belarus without visas under the guise of obtaining coronavirus vaccines.

      “Belarus announced that 73 countries are encouraged to enter Belarus without a visa and to stay up to five days to get COVID vaccine shots,” he said.

      Lukashenko has simultaneously denied using migrants for political pressure while also warning that Belarus has no intention of halting the flows. He has effectively mocked the EU, saying last week: “We will not hold anyone back. We are not their final destination after all. They are headed to enlightened, warm, cozy Europe.”

      According to statistics from the Lithuanian Border Guard Service, a total of 1,714 irregular migrants crossed the Lithuanian border in 2021, compared to just 74 in 2020. Of these, 1,676 arrived from Belarus. According to the statistics, roughly 1,000 irregular migrants were detained between July 1 and July 11, including 377 from Iraq; 194 from the Democratic Republic of Congo; 118 from Cameroon; 67 from Guinea; 23 from Afghanistan; 22 from Togo; and 20 from Nigeria.

      The bizarre situation of Middle Eastern and African migrants arriving in the Baltics was part of a busy Foreign Affairs Council meeting that included a discussion over lunch with the new Israeli foreign affairs minister, Yair Lapid.

      Ministers also discussed the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which Borrell conceded was a direct consequence of the withdrawal of Western troops that was ordered by U.S. President Joe Biden. Borrell said a new international task force may be needed to try to stabilize the country and, especially, to protect the rights of women and girls, but he gave no indication of how such a task force would operate without military support.

      Ministers also discussed the continuing risk of famine in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Borrell said the EU was trying to mobilize assistance but that it was impossible for the EU alone to address a shortage of food for an estimated 850,000 people.

      https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-deploys-border-force-in-lithuania-as-belarus-opens-pathway-for-migrants-

    • Lithuania introduces pushbacks against migrants crossing from Belarus

      As Lithuania struggles to stem the flow of migrants trying to enter the country from neighboring Belarus, border guards have said that they have begun to push back migrants trying to enter the country using irregular methods of crossing.

      Rustamas Liubajevas, the head of Lithuania’s border guard service, announced on Tuesday that “anyone who tries to enter Lithuanian territory illegally will be refused entry and directed to the nearest operational international border control point.” He added that some 180 migrants had already been sent back to Belarus on Tuesday.

      “Deterrent actions may be taken against those who do not comply,” Liubajevas said further. He did not to disclose the exact measures taken, but said the guards did not use violence to push back the migrants.

      The Baltic News Agency confirmed the reports.


      https://twitter.com/BNSLithuania/status/1422295961074814980

      Criticism against move

      The decision to introduce push backs has been taken by Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite, effectively allowing authorities to use force to send migrants to official border crossing points or to diplomatic missions, where they can apply for asylum legally.

      Lithuanian NGOs meanwhile have responded to the pushback of migrants, saying that it violates international human rights: “This restricts the fundamental human right to seek asylum in a safe state,” Akvile Krisciunaite, a researcher at the Diversity Development Group, told the AFP news agency.

      “Belarus is not a safe country, and human rights are known to be grossly violated there.”

      So far this year, Lithuanian border officials have detained more than 4,000 migrants — mostly Iraqi nationals. That number compares to 81 intercepted migrants for all of 2020.

      ’Cold War’ between Belarus and Lithuania

      Tensions between the two countries are on an all-time high since much of the Belarusian opposition have sought refuge in Lithuania from violent oppression following the disputed presidential reelection of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko in August 2020. His main challenger and the likely winner of the vote, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, has been living in exile in Lithuania ever since.

      Many Western governments, including Lithuania, have denounced the alleged re-election saying results were rigged. The EU then imposed a series of sanctions. Lithuanian officials now said they suspect that the influx of migrants is being staged by the Belarusian government under Lukashenko’s leadership.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/34091/lithuania-introduces-pushbacks-against-migrants-crossing-from-belarus

    • Lithuanian parliament votes to allow mass detention of asylum seekers

      Lithuania’s parliament on Tuesday (13 July) approved the mass detention of migrants and curbed their right of appeal, a move meant to deter high numbers crossing the border with Belarus but which stirred an outcry among humanitarian groups.

      Eighty-four lawmakers supported the bill, with one objection and 5 abstentions, brushing aside protests from Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations saying it violates Lithuania’s international obligations and migrant rights.

      Lithuanian and EU officials have accused Belarus of using illegal migrants as a political weapon to exert pressure on the European Union because of the bloc’s sanctions on Minsk. More than 1,700 people have entered Lithuania from its non-EU neighbour this year, including 1,100 in July alone.

      Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said the detention policy would prevent migrants from illegally travelling onwards to the more affluent west of the EU – the favoured destination of the vast majority of migrants reaching EU territory in recent years.

      The legislation is intended “to send a message to Iraqis and others that this is not a convenient route, conditions will not be good here”, Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said in introducing the bill.

      She said such migrants are “not real asylum seekers” but rather Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s “tool to use against Lithuania”, after he vowed retaliation for EU sanctions imposed over his violent suppression of street protests.

      The new law bans any release of migrants from detention for six months after their arrival, curbs the right of appeal for rejected asylum-seekers and stipulates that migrants can be deported while their appeals are considered.

      “The law is a potential human rights violation, and it does not correspond to EU directives,” Lithuanian Red Cross programme director Egle Samuchovaite told Reuters.

      “It enshrines the current bad situation in Lithuania’s detention centres in law and leaves vulnerable people in an even more vulnerable situation.”

      Lithuania also began building a 550-km razor wire barrier on its frontier with Belarus on Friday.

      The small Baltic republic of 2.8 million people, on the poorer eastern end of the EU, is used to receiving less than 100 illegal migrants per year and has struggled to cope with the recent influx.

      Fewer rights for migrants

      Several migrants at a temporary detention centre in a disused school in rural Lithuania told Reuters on Monday they had been given no information about their rights or future, nine days after arriving from Belarus.

      They said they had not been given a chance to apply for asylum nor to speak with the help of a translator.

      The new law removes most rights accorded to migrants such as the right to a translator or to obtain information about their status and the asylum process.

      Lithuanian authorities are now obliged only to provide upkeep in detention, medical care and legal aid, but Simonyte said the government will try to do more.

      “The government intends to provide all support that is needed for those people,” she told reporters. “But if there is a very sudden influx in a short time frame, we might be able to ensure only what is absolutely needed. For that we should have a legal framework.”

      Dainius Zalimas, a lawyer who until June was the chairman of Lithuania’s Constitutional Court, said mass detention and restricted appeal process likely violate both Lithuania’s constitution and the European Convention of Human Rights.

      “The proposals, which are unconstitutional, are based on premise that all foreigners who crossed the border are second-class human beings, not entitled to constitutional rights,” he told Reuters before the vote.

      https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/lithuanian-parliament-votes-to-allow-mass-detention-of-asylum-seekers

      #détention #détention_massive

    • EU presses Iraq to halt migrant flights to Belarus

      A number of new flights have been announced between Iraq and Belarus.

      The EU is ramping up pressure on Iraq to stop its airlines from flying to Belarus, which helps Minsk send asylum seekers into the EU in retaliation against sanctions imposed by the bloc.

      On Thursday, there were signs that the pressure was beginning to work. An Iraqi Airways flight from Basra to Minsk was canceled. However, an aircraft belonging to another carrier, Fly Baghdad, did land in the Belarusian capital Thursday, although a flight scheduled for Friday was canceled. Iraqi Airways recently expanded its schedule of flights to Belarus, while Fly Baghdad first started trips to Minsk in May.

      “We welcome the reports on the decision about the cancellation of these flights,” a European Commission spokesperson said Thursday, although they did not confirm reports that Iraqi Airways will cancel flights until August 15.

      The EU has accused Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko of trying to “weaponize” the Iraqi migrants who arrive in Minsk. They are taken to the border with Lithuania and then cross into the EU; so far, 4,000 asylum seekers have entered, almost 2,800 of them from Iraq. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis estimates that up to 10,000 migrants could come into his country by the end of the summer. Last year, Lithuania received only about 80 migrants.

      This migration crisis is very different from previous ones where people crossed into the EU by sea. The main access to Belarus is by air, and despite EU efforts to throttle traffic, Minsk is working hard to expand the number of flights reaching the country.

      The immediate pressure is on Iraq, but there is also an increase in flights to Minsk from Turkey, also reportedly carrying asylum seekers.

      The EU is ramping up pressure on Iraq to fall into line.

      Charles Michel, president of the European Council, got involved, speaking to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi, while EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell spoke with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein.

      Talks with the Iraqis are “done in a very constructive spirit [with] the Iraqi side conveying the willingness to cooperate and jointly address the situation," said the Commission spokesperson.

      Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and others joined Lithuania in putting pressure on Baghdad, diplomats said. An Iraqi delegation was in Lithuania last week and visited the camps where Iraqis are staying.

      Some EU diplomats say that the diplomatic effort is hampered by a lack of strong leverage over Baghdad. The Iraqis “are well aware that we cannot abandon them, we need them for our security and we cannot risk having another Afghanistan next door,” said an EU diplomat.

      The bloc did threaten last month to restrict visas for Iraqis to improve cooperation in taking back people rejected for asylum. The Commission said that “Iraqi authorities cooperate only on voluntary returns and in very exceptional cases (Iraqi nationals convicted for a criminal offence) on forced returns” and that “Iraq’s cooperation with the EU on readmission matters is not sufficient and that action is needed.”
      More flights

      While flights from Iraq are the most pressing issue, there is also worry about the increase in routes from Turkey.

      In recent weeks, Belavia — which is currently banned from European airspace after Minsk illegally diverted a Ryanair plane in May to kidnap an opposition blogger — has beefed up its schedule from Turkey. Two routes between Minsk and Istanbul that had been serviced three times a week are now flying daily. Regular flights from Izmir have been reinstated, as have several regular flights from Antalya — although those are also popular holiday destinations for Belarusians.

      There is also an effort to crack down on EU-based leasing companies supplying aircraft to Belavia.

      Brussels “must make sure that no European company can provide assets that facilitate the trafficking route,” Landsbergis told POLITICO’s Brussels Playbook on Wednesday.

      According to an EU official, several of the jets operated by Belavia come from Ireland. A company based in Denmark, Nordic Aviation Capital, has also provided aircraft to Belavia in the past. A spokesperson for the firm said it would not comment, but the company announced last September that it had delivered the last plane of a five-jet agreement to the carrier.

      Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod told POLITICO his government does not yet “have sufficient information to verify such claims” but said the case is being reviewed by Danish authorities.

      “But let me be clear: If Danish companies are involved in Lukashenko’s deliberate, malicious and cynical efforts to use migrants as a political weapon to try and put pressure on Lithuania and the EU, then that would of course be totally unacceptable and should be stopped immediately,” he said. “If European companies aid and abet the Lukashenko regime in this way, then I firmly believe we need to revisit our current sanctions in the EU.”

      SMBC Aviation Capital, a Dublin-based company that has previously leased aircraft to Belavia, said in an email on Wednesday that it had not been contacted by Irish or European authorities. The Irish government did not respond to a request for comment.

      https://www.politico.eu/article/belarus-migrant-flights-eu-sanctions-iraq-turkey

      #Irak #vol #vols

    • La Lituanie commence la construction d’une clôture à la frontière avec le Bélarus

      La Lituanie a entrepris la construction d’une clôture le long de sa frontière avec le Bélarus, accusé par Vilnius et Varsovie d’acheminer des migrants vers l’UE.

      C’est un mur de plus qui va être érigé en Europe, de plusieurs centaines de kilomètres de long.

      Tetas, une entreprise de construction qui fait partie du groupe énergétique public lituanien Epso-G a commencé à acheminer le matériel nécessaire à la construction d’une clôture de 111 kilomètres de long, a rapporté le radiodiffuseur public LRT.

      L’entreprise a aussi marqué les sections des points de contrôle frontaliers de Druskininkai, Barauskas et Adutiskis dans le sud-est de la Lituanie.

      Dans l’urgence, des barbelés accordéon vont être posés dans les sections clés ce mois d’octobre, puis la pose d’une clôture de 4 mètres de hauteur sera effectuée à partir de novembre/décembre, avec pour objectif de l’achever d’ici le mois d’avril 2022.
      500 km au total

      Mais ce tronçon de 111 kilomètres ne représente qu’une première étape. L’entreprise Epso-G prévoit de lancer un second appel d’offres dès cette semaine, pour la construction d’une section de 400 kilomètres qui doit être terminée d’ici septembre 2022.

      Le gouvernement lituanien, qui accuse Alexandre Loukachenko de mener une « guerre hybride » contre la Lituanie, a alloué 152 millions d’euros pour la construction d’une barrière de 508 kilomètres.

      La Lituanie a accueilli sur son sol des opposants au régime de Loukachenko et son parlement a reconnu Svetlana Tsikhanovskaïa comme la présidente légitime du Bélarus.

      A Varsovie aussi on s’inquiète des mouvements du voisin de l’est. La Biélorussie augmente la pression de l’émigration illégale vers les frontières de l’UE en acheminant « des dizaines de milliers d’immigrants dans son pays afin de les livrer à la frontière avec la Pologne », a assuré le premier ministre Mateusz Morawiecki.

      Tout le monde en Lituanie ne voit pas ce nouveau mur d’un bon œil.

      Dans une interview au « Courrier d’Europe centrale », l’eurodéputé et ancien ministre de la Défense lituanien Juozas Olekas estime que « Loukachenko est un leader illégitime qui […] utilise les migrants comme un mécanisme de pression sur l’Union européenne ».

      Pour autant, Juozas Olekas déclare : « Je ne suis pas favorable à l’érection de murs sur l’ensemble de la frontière et je pense qu’un travail diplomatique intensif, y compris avec les pays d’origine des migrants, ou de meilleures patrouilles, qui fonctionnent déjà, seraient des mesures plus efficaces. Je pense qu’il est inutile de paniquer, car ça ne sert jamais à rien, et que nous devrions nous concentrer sur des solutions à long terme ».

      https://courrierdeuropecentrale.fr/la-lituanie-commence-la-construction-dune-cloture-a-la-front

  • Denmark : Refugee grandmother told to return to Syria

    #Rihab_Kassem, a Palestinian-Syrian refugee, is among hundreds who have been urged to leave the Scandinavian country.

    Rihab Kassem, a retired nurse and grandmother of Syrian and Palestinian origin, arrived in Denmark more than eight years ago.

    She had been living in #Yarmouk, an unofficial camp in Damascus for the Palestinian refugee community in Syria.

    Her initial plan was to visit Waled, her son who had been living in Denmark since 1996 and has long been a citizen of the Scandinavian country.

    But after she arrived, as the war intensified in Syria, violence gripped her refugee camp.

    She applied for asylum and in January 2014, Danish authorities gave her a residence permit, valid for five years. That was then extended for another two years. Later, she was granted temporary protection status.

    Her new life grew as the one she had known in Syria faded. She enjoyed time in Europe with her children and grandchildren.

    But earlier this year, as the Danish government made a controversial decision to declare parts of Syria safe enough to return to, her application for residence was rejected and she was called in for an interview.

    Kassem, 66, was nervous but hopeful.

    Two months later, however, she was informed that her residency permit was revoked because the Danish government considered that security in Damascus, the capital of Syria, and surrounding region had improved enough that those areas could be called home again.

    “Return to where? I have no one, nothing, in Syria,” she told Al Jazeera. “My family lives in Denmark and I’m the only person who was asked to leave.

    “We are not beggars here, we work, we work hard, we go to school, we pay taxes and this is happening to us … I cannot understand it.”

    Kassem moves and breathes with difficulty.

    She says that her lungs operate at 35 percent of their capacity, the result of an attack coordinated by the Syrian army using poisonous gas.

    She was hoping to receive medical treatment in Denmark but because her status changed, she was no longer entitled to government support or national healthcare.

    “I worked for three decades as a nurse, my dream was to make enough money so I could build a hospital in my neighbourhood [in Syria]”, she said.

    She saved enough to buy a plot of land and a house to be transformed into a hospital. But during the renovation, the house was bombed.

    “All of a sudden there was nothing left. Nothing,” she said.

    The official letter rejecting her residency application cited three reasons.

    The first was that her children were adults and no longer depended on her. Secondly, the letter said Damascus was considered safe by the Danish government report and claimed her life would not be at risk. And finally, while authorities recognised she has health issues, they said they were not severe enough to justify her stay in Denmark.

    “The stress that I’m living is incomprehensible,” she said. “The rules keep on changing, the government is not living up to their end of the contract.”

    When Al Jazeera contacted the Danish Immigration Service for a response, a press officer shared the document explaining why Kassem’s status was revoked.

    Rihab rejects all the government’s claims and, since May 18, has been protesting against the ostensible efforts to deport refugees with several others in front of the Danish Parliament.

    She intends to stay at the sit-in until she receives more concrete answers or is forced to leave.

    At one point, she went on a three-day hunger strike.

    Hundreds of Syrians in Denmark have been thrust into the same precarious position after the government’s widely criticised step.

    It was the first European country to make such a declaration.

    But because Denmark has no diplomatic relations with Syria – it does not recognise the government of President Bashar al-Assad – refugees cannot be forced back.

    Rather, they will likely be sent to deportation camps – or “departure centres” – inside the Danish territory.

    “They have a ‘tolerated’ status: deported from the political and social systems, but not physically deported,” said Violeta Ligrayen Yañez, a freelance facilitator and educator who has been working alongside the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance.

    Most will refuse to go. Some will try and seek asylum elsewhere.

    “They [Danish authorities] have two options: either they send me to a deportation camp or to a hospital, but I will not leave,” said Kassem.

    “Treat us like humans, we deserve to be treated like humans. We’ve seen so many hardships in Syria, in Lebanon, in Palestine and even when we come here to Denmark – supposedly a free country – this is happening to us … So my main message is that I want to be treated as a human. Syria is not safe.”

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/10/denmark-refugee-grandmother-told-to-return-to-syria

    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #réfugiés_palestiniens #Syrie
    #Danemark
    –—

    Ajouté à la métaliste sur le #retour_au_pays / #expulsions de #réfugiés_syriens
    https://seenthis.net/messages/904710

    Et plus précisément ici :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/904710#message904721

  • Academic freedom in Denmark - open letter, 2 June 2021

    On 1 June, the Danish Parliament adopted a position on ‘Excessive activism in certain research environments’. The position was adopted with a majority of 72 to 24 with all the major parties in favour, the governing Social Democratic Party voting along with the conservative-liberal Venstre party, and parties of the right wing.

    The position states that “The Danish Parliament expects that the university leadership continuously ensures that the self-regulation of scientific practice is working. This means that there should be no standardization of research in order to produce politics disguised as science and that it is not possible to systematically avoid legitimate academic critique.” The position agreed upon in the Danish parliament states that it takes these measures in order to safeguard diversity. However, it is motivated by, and risks resulting in, the exact opposite.

    This position represents the culmination of an intensive lobbying process and political campaign against targeted research environments by a number of politicians and public figures across the political spectrum. This campaign has specifically targeted critical research and teaching, especially in race-, gender-, migration-, and post-colonial studies, areas subjected to attacks. In recent years, politicians have also lashed out against academics working on a much wider range of issues such as climate, biodiversity, immigration, agriculture and inequality, and spanning the entire range of the humanities and the social, technical and natural sciences.

    Similar attacks on academic freedom have taken place in several other European countries over the last year. In a ranking of freedom of research within the European Union, Denmark is already at the bottom (24th out of 28 EU countries in 2017). Academic freedom is under increasing attack. In the political campaigns against specific research communities, individual researchers have been exposed and shamed in public debates. In some cases they have been attacked personally by e-mail, phone or social media.

    These developments are highly troubling. The parliamentary position can be used to advance further attacks and limitations of academic freedom. This could result in more researchers, particularly those in precarious positions, withdrawing from public debate, effectively leading to self-censorship. Researchers might be deterred from doing research in fields that are under significant political scrutiny. This is detrimental both to democracy and to the advancement of knowledge.

    As academic researchers and teachers, we welcome critique, including from elected politicians and public figures from across the political spectrum. Critique is the driving force of the academic community. This is ensured through mechanisms such as external and international peer-review processes; far-reaching accreditation processes; bibliometric analysis and monitoring of publications; employer panels; external examiner panels; quality boards; study boards; external expert panel evaluations in research and education; and not least through extensive and transparent students and peer-evaluations. The quality of both research and teaching is therefore secured and guaranteed at our publicly funded universities in Denmark. Politicians would do well to trust this system. The alternative is - in effect - political censorship of academic freedom.

    The new parliamentary position, and similar attacks on academic freedom, also jeopardise Denmark’s ability to recruit high-level international researchers and students, to develop cooperation with international partners, and the chances of attracting external and international research grants (including from the EU). Academic and intellectual innovation is stifled when researchers are told to stay in line. At a time when universities worldwide are embracing diversity, plurality and democratic forms of knowledge production as key sources of solutions to today’s complex societal challenges, promoting calls to constrain academic freedom is unwise. If we want world-class international research conducted at Danish universities, this political statement moves us further away from this goal.

    The Danish Parliament and especially the Social Democratic government is setting a precedent endangering the freedom of academic research. As researchers, we strongly signal our resistance to such positioning, for the future not only of our universities, but of our society. We therefore call on

    – the Danish Social Democratic Party as governing minority party to reconsider this position
    – the university leadership to continue to support academic staff and stand against these developments
    – researchers and university employees to stand together against this threat against academic freedom, and to support individual researchers and research communities that are exposed to attacks
    – institutions of collective representation, such as trade unions and learned associations to speak up against political misrepresentations of and attacks against academic workers
    – the Danish and international (research) community to defend the integrity of academic knowledge production and its procedures of ensuring quality and room for critical and diverse thinking.

    We invite anyone currently employed in a university or research institution, in Denmark or elsewhere to sign the document. With your signature, you confirm that you are in principle in support of this statement.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-RmUIF6b6M8u1ZVPmRfkWAAD1c9__HUKi2ErwIAPx6K1YJA/viewform

    #liberté_académique #Danemark #attaque #sciences_sociales #université #lettre_ouverte #ESR #genre #race #post-colonial #décolonial #migrations

    ping @cede @karine4 @isskein @_kg_

  • Danish lawmakers approve plan to locate asylum center abroad

    Danish lawmakers voted Thursday in favor of Denmark establishing a refugee reception center in a third country that is likely to be in Africa, a move that could be a first step toward moving the country’s asylum screening process outside of Europe.

    Legislation approved on a 70-24 vote with no abstentions and 85 lawmakers absent authorizes the Danish government to, when a deal in in place, transfer asylum-seekers “to the third country in question for the purpose of substantive processing of asylum applications and any subsequent protection in compliance with Denmark’s international obligations.”

    The United Nations high commissioner for refugees, the European Union and and several international organizations have criticized the plan, saying it would undermine international cooperation and lacks details on how human rights would be protected.

    Immigration Minister Mattias Tesfaye has said the Danish government needed a legal framework for a new asylum system before details could be presented. The center-right opposition has been backing the Social Democratic minority government and voted in favor of the law approved Thursday.

    “This is insane, this is absurd,” Michala C. Bendixen, a spokesperson for advocacy and legal aid organization Refugees Welcome, told The Associated Press. “What it’s all about is that Denmark wants to get rid of refugees. The plan is to scare people away from seeking asylum in Denmark.”

    The European Union’s executive commission expressed concern about the vote and its implications, saying that any move to outsource asylum claims is not compatible with the laws of the 27-nation bloc. Denmark is an EU member.

    “External processing of asylum claims raises fundamental questions about both the access to asylum procedures and effective access to protection. It is not possible under existing EU rules,” European Commission spokesperson Adalbert Jahnz said.

    He said such an approach was not part of the commission’s proposals for reforming the EU’s asylum system, which was overwhelmed by the arrival into Europe of more than 1 million people in 2015, many of them from Syria.

    The Social Democrats have for a few years floated the idea of basing a refugee refugee center abroad. In January, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen reiterated an election campaign vision of having “zero asylum-seekers.”

    The Social Democrats argue their approach would prevent people from attempting the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe and undermine migrant traffickers who exploit desperate asylum-seekers. Since 2014, more than 20,000 migrants and refugees have died while trying to cross the sea.

    When people realize they will be sent out of Europe, “they will stop going to Denmark, and that will mean that they will stop putting themselves in a dangerous situation on the Mediterranean Sea and they will stop wasting a lot of money paying like they pay to these smugglers,” Rasmus Stoklund, a Social Democratic lawmaker and member of Parliament’s Immigration and Integration Committee, told The Associated Press.

    Bendixen of Refugees Welcome said the government’s argument is “nonsense” because asylum-seekers still would have to get to Denmark. Under the government’s plan, they would not be able to apply directly at a reception center outside the country since that only can be done at a Danish border. Instead, those who reach Denmark would be sent to a third country while their applications are processed.

    In April, the Danish government said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Rwanda. The government has kept a low profile with the memorandum, which is not legally binding and sets the framework for future negotiations and cooperation between the two countries.

    Danish daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten reported that Denmark also has been in dialogue with Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt.

    Tesfaye has promised lawmakers that any agreement with another country will be presented to parliament before the government can “adopt a model or send someone to a reception center,” legislator Mads Fuglede of the opposition Liberal Party told Jyllands-Posten.

    The immigration stance of the Social Democratic government resembles the positions that right-wing nationalists took when mass migration to Europe peaked in 2015. Denmark recently made headlines for declaring parts of Syria “safe” and revoking the residency permits of some Syrian refugees.

    In 2016, the Social Democrats supported a law that allowed Danish authorities to seize jewelry and other assets from refugees to help finance their housing and other services. Human rights groups denounced the law, proposed by the center-right government leading Denmark at the time, though in practice it has been implemented only a handful of times.

    The Social Democrats also voted to put rejected asylum-seekers and foreigners convicted of crimes on a tiny island that formerly housed facilities for researching contagious animal diseases. That plan was eventually dropped.

    https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-africa-europe-migration-government-and-politics-a199bb4b99906

    #Danemark #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Afrique
    #offshore_asylum_processing
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    voir métaliste sur l’#externalisation de la #procédure_d'asile dans des #pays_tiers :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/900122

    ping @isskein @karine4 @rhoumour @_kg_

    • #Priti_Patel ’opens talks with Denmark to open new centre in AFRICA to process asylum seekers who want to come to UK’

      - Priti Patel is working on legislation which could see migrants processed offshore
      - UK is in talks with Denmark to open immigration processing centre in #Rwanda
      - Plans form part of effort by the Home Office to curb soaring migrant numbers
      - In total, more than 5,300 asylum seekers have arrived in the UK so far this year

      The Home Secretary is working on laws which could see migrants sent to an offshore immigration centre, a report has revealed.

      The legislation would allow the country to build a processing centre of this kind for the first time as the total number of migrants arriving in the UK this year has reached 5,300.

      Priti Patel is in discussions with Denmark to share an immigration centre in Africa and is also set to unveil plans to crackdown on people smugglers.

      According to the Times, the plans will form part of the Nationality and Borders Bill and will see asylum seekers processed outside the UK in a bid to stop migrants making the dangerous journey across the English Channel.

      Denmark is said to be considering a site in Rwanda where two Danish ministers visited last month to sign off a memorandum on asylum and migration, according to the newspaper.

      A government source told The Times: ’The prime minister and home secretary are determined to look at anything that will make a difference on Channel crossings.’

      The Home Office has also studied the Australian system which bans the arrival of migrants travelling by sea and sends them to offshore immigration centres in neighbouring countries such as Papa New Guineau.

      Boris Johnson is reportedly unhappy with the growing number of Channel crossings facilitated by people-smugglers, and allegedly blasted Miss Patel for her mismanagement.

      Miss Patel is bringing forward new laws to try to crackdown on the journeys but ministers are apparently frustrated that Border Force officials are failing to enforce the existing rules.

      In total 5,300 asylum seekers have arrived in the UK this year so far despite Priti Patel’s announcement of an immigration crackdown in March.

      It also follows an agreement with the French authorities to crack down and effectively stop migrant crossings by last spring.

      Just last month, more than 1,600 arrived across the Channel - double last year’s total for May - and 500 were brought in over the final four days of last month alone.

      At present, most of the migrants who arrive in Kent are initially housed at a former army barracks in Folkestone which was set on fire in a riot over conditions in January amid a coronavirus outbreak.

      Asylum seekers are free to come and go from the camp, and adults have an initial interview before being sent to accommodation centres across Britain, paid for by UK taxpayers and provided by private contractors.

      The migrants are given £37.75 per week for essentials like food, clothes and toiletries while they wait for a decision on their asylum application. Kent County Council normally takes unaccompanied children into its care.

      Mrs Patel has vowed to make illegal immigration across the Channel ’unviable’ - but numbers are continuing to soar, and Dover’s Conservative MP Natalie Elphicke has called for ’urgent action’ to stop the crossings.

      Earlier this month, Denmark ratcheted up its tough anti-immigration laws by adopting new legislation enabling it to open asylum centres outside Europe where applicants would be sent to live.

      The latest move by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s Social Democratic anti-immigration government is aimed at deterring migrants from coming to Denmark at all.

      Asylum seekers would now have to submit an application in person at the Danish border and then be flown to an asylum centre outside Europe while their application is being processed.

      If the application is approved and the person is granted refugee status, he or she would be given the right to live in the host country, but not in Denmark.

      The bill sailed through parliament, supported by a majority including the far-right, despite opposition from some left-wing parties.

      The European Commission said the Danish plan violates existing EU asylum rules.

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9731203/Priti-Patel-opens-talks-open-new-centre-AFRICA-process-asylum-seekers.h
      #UK #Angleterre

    • Home Office proposals due on sending asylum seekers abroad

      Legislation expected next week that could open way to moving asylum seekers offshore while claims pending

      The home secretary, Priti Patel, will publish proposed legislation next week that will open the door to sending asylum seekers overseas as they await the outcome of their application for protection in the UK.

      Ministers published the New Plan for Immigration in March, which included proposals to amend sections 77 and 78 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 so that it would be possible to move asylum seekers from the UK while their asylum claim or an appeal is pending.

      Home Office sources confirmed that the legislation was expected to be published next week, but sought to play down reports that the government was in talks with Denmark over sharing a centre in Africa.

      “We’re not opening talks with Denmark over the sharing of a centre,” a source told the Guardian. “Governments talk to other governments who are pursuing similar policy aims to see how they are getting on. It’s not a regular dialogue, it was a slightly long phone call [with the Danish government] to see what they were doing. We’ve both got a similar issue and believe a similar policy solution is one of the answers. But it’s a bit premature.”

      The Danish parliament voted on 3 June in favour of a proposal to process asylum seekers outside Europe, potentially the first step in setting up a refugee screening centre in a third country, most likely in Africa.

      No deals with third countries have yet been signed, however, and no negotiations are under way, although the Danish government has agreed a memorandum of understanding with Rwanda setting a framework for future talks, and is reportedly in contact with Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt.

      The plan, backed by 70 MPs, with 24 voting against, drew strong criticism from human rights groups, the UN and the European Commission, which said it would undermine international cooperation and lacked guarantees on human rights protection.

      The suggestion that the UK is seeking to emulate Denmark’s offshoring policy is the latest in a long line of reports on asylum proposals the Home Office is said to be considering. Ascension Island, disused ferries and abandoned oil rigs have all been mooted in leaked reports as potential destinations for people seeking asylum in the UK.

      Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, the UN refugee agency’s representative to the UK, said the agency had no information on reports of a collaboration between Denmark and the UK but added she was “extremely concerned” and urged the UK to “refrain from externalising its asylum obligations”.

      “These cannot be outsourced or transferred without effective safeguards in place, both in law and practice,” she said. “As we have seen in several contexts, externalisation often results in the forced transfers of people to other countries with inadequate protection safeguards and resources, and therefore risks a breach of international refugee and human rights obligations.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jun/28/home-office-proposals-due-on-sending-asylum-seekers-abroad

  • Swissinfo | Après le Danemark, la Suisse pourrait-elle renvoyer des réfugiés à Damas ?
    https://asile.ch/2021/05/11/swissinfo-apres-le-danemark-la-suisse-pourrait-elle-renvoyer-des-refugies-a-da

    Les réfugiés syriens sont en sécurité en Europe. Mais plus au Danemark. Copenhague estime possible de les renvoyer dans la région de Damas, une zone qualifiée de sûre par ses services d’immigration. Ce précédent en Europe peut-il influencer les conditions de renvois fixées par la Suisse ? L’article “Après le Danemark, la Suisse pourrait-elle renvoyer des […]

  • Le Ghana et l’Afrique du Sud devant la France pour la liberté de la presse Philippe Rosenthal
    http://www.observateurcontinental.fr/?module=articles&action=view&id=2649

    Le #journalisme, « principal vaccin » contre la désinformation en pleine pandémie, est « totalement ou partiellement bloqué » dans plus de 130 pays, rapporte Reporters sans frontières (RSF), qui a publié ce mardi 20 avril l’édition 2021 de son classement mondial de la liberté de la presse.

    La #France absente de la zone blanche de la carte de la liberté de la presse. « Le journalisme, est totalement ou partiellement bloqué dans 73 % des pays évalués », écrit Reporters sans frontières (RSF). Tous les ans la situation sur la liberté de la presse dans 180 pays et territoires est scrutée par l’ organisation indépendante basée à Paris dotée d’un statut consultatif auprès de l’Organisation des Nations unies, de l’Unesco, du Conseil de l’Europe et de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

    Ce rapport annuel montre que « l’exercice du journalisme », ce que RSF nomme comme étant le « principal vaccin contre le virus de la désinformation, est gravement entravé dans 73 des 180 Etats du Classement établi » par l’association et « restreint dans 59 autres, soit au total 73 % des pays évalués ». Ces chiffres correspondent au nombre de pays classés rouge ou noir sur la carte mondiale de la liberté de la presse, c’est-à-dire ceux dans lesquels le journalisme est dans une « situation difficile », voire « très grave » et à ceux classés dans la zone orange, où l’exercice de la profession est considérée comme « problématique ».

    La France (34e), classée pourtant jaune, dans le groupe où la situation est plutôt bonne selon RSF, est cependant derrière l’#Espagne (29e), le #Royaume-Uni (33e) et devant la #Slovénie (36e), classée toujours jaune, qui est, elle, classifiée par RSF comme étant un pays qui bloque le journalisme en obligeant, par exemple, l’agence de presse STA à suivre la ligne politique du gouvernement au risque d’être privée de financement d’Etat. La France, pays des droits de l’homme par excellence n’est en tout cas pas dans la zone blanche de la carte de la liberté de la presse, qui indique une situation d’exercice du journalisme sinon optimale du moins très satisfaisante comme cela est le cas pour la #Norvège, la #Finlande, la #Suède, le #Danemark.

    Les #Etats-Unis et la France derrière des pays africains. La France, classée donc en jaune, se trouve, comme le montre RSF derrière des pays comme, la #Costa_Rica, la #Jamaïque, l’#Uruguay, le #Suriname, la #Namibie, le #Cap-Vert, le #Ghana et l’#Afrique_du_Sud. L’organisation indépendante, qui place curieusement le Royaume-Uni (33e) juste devant la France alors qu’il garde le journaliste d’investigation, Julian #Assange, dans la prison à haute sécurité de #Belmarsh, où sa santé physique et mentale continuent de se dégrader, met la Russie en rouge en indiquant que ce pays a « déployé son appareil répressif pour limiter la couverture médiatique des manifestations liées à l’opposant Alexeï #Navalny ».

    Le deux poids, deux mesures est, d’emblée visible dans ce rapport. En effet, pourquoi placer le Royaume-Uni en 33e position et la #Russie en 150e quand un reporter de renommé international ayant dénoncé les violations des droits de l’Homme et les meurtres de l’armée américaine est enfermé en prison à Londres ? Il semble que RSF prenne une défense arbitraire pour un pays occidental et porte un bandeau sur les yeux. Pourtant, RSF, souligne que le cas du fondateur de #Wikileaks est un « type de revers pour le journalisme ».

    Même si les Etats-Unis sont d’après RSF en 44e position et classée toujours en jaune bien loin derrière la France et le #Ghana, le problème a été, selon l’organisation, la dernière année du mandat de Donald Trump qui « s’est caractérisée par un nombre record d’agressions (près de 400) et d’arrestations de journalistes (130), selon le US Press Freedom Tracker, dont RSF est partenaire ».

    L’organisation Reporters sans frontières, qui même si elle prend une position favorable pour le Royaume-Uni alors que Julian Assange y est emprisonné, ne peut pas cacher le fait que la liberté de la presse est réellement en danger dans de nombreux pays occidentaux. Aussi, on peut vraiment écrire que la France, le Royaume-Uni et les Etats-Unis peuvent apprendre de pays africains comme le Ghana et l’Afrique du Sud. Cela prouve que de graves dérives non démocratiques ont actuellement lieu dans ces pays.

    Même si « l’Europe et l’Amérique (Nord et Sud) restent les continents les plus favorables à la liberté de la presse » et « même si la zone des Amériques enregistre cette année la plus grande dégradation des scores régionaux (+2,5 %) », RSF informe que « le continent européen accuse pour sa part une détérioration conséquente de son indicateur “#Exactions” » car « les actes de violence ont plus que doublé au sein de la zone Union européenne-Balkans, alors que cette dégradation est de 17 % au niveau mondial ».

    L’organisation indépendante et défenderesse de la presse https://rsf.org/fr/classement-mondial-de-la-liberte-de-la-presse-2021-le-journalisme-est-un-vaccin précise que « les agressions contre les journalistes et les interpellations abusives se sont notamment multipliées » en #Pologne (64e, -2), en #Grèce (70e, -5) , en #Serbie (93e) et en #Bulgarie (112e, -1) mais aussi en #Allemagne, en France (34e) et en #Italie (41e).

    • Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse 2021 : le journalisme est un vaccin contre la désinformation, bloqué dans plus de 130 pays
      https://rsf.org/fr/classement-mondial-de-la-liberte-de-la-presse-2021-le-journalisme-est-un-vaccin

      L’édition 2021 du Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse établi par Reporters sans frontières (RSF) démontre que le principal vaccin contre le virus de la désinformation, à savoir le journalisme, est totalement ou partiellement bloqué dans 73 % des pays évalués par RSF.

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      Le Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse, qui évalue tous les ans la situation de la liberté de la presse dans 180 pays et territoires, montre que l’exercice du journalisme, principal vaccin contre le virus de la désinformation, est gravement entravé dans 73 des 180 Etats du Classement établi par RSF et restreint dans 59 autres, soit au total 73 % des pays évalués. Ces chiffres correspondent au nombre de pays classés rouge ou noir sur la carte mondiale de la liberté de la presse, c’est-à-dire ceux dans lesquels le journalisme est dans une “situation difficile”, voire “très grave” et à ceux classés dans la zone orange, où l’exercice de la profession est considérée comme “problématique”.

      Le blocage du journalisme est révélé par les données du Classement qui mesurent les restrictions d’accès et les entraves à la couverture de l’actualité. RSF a enregistré une dégradation flagrante de l’indicateur sur la question. Les journalistes sont confrontés à une “fermeture des accès” au terrain comme aux sources d’information, du fait ou au prétexte de la crise sanitaire. Seront-ils d’ailleurs rouverts après la fin de la pandémie ? L’étude montre une difficulté croissante pour les journalistes d’enquêter et de faire des révélations sur des sujets sensibles, en particulier en Asie et au Moyen-Orient, ainsi qu’en Europe.

      Le baromètre Edelman Trust 2021 révèle une défiance inquiétante du public envers les journalistes : 59 % des personnes interrogées dans 28 pays considèrent que les journalistes tentent délibérément d’induire le public en erreur en diffusant des informations dont il savent qu’elles sont fausses. Néanmoins, la rigueur et le pluralisme journalistiques permettent de contrer la désinformation et les “infodémies”, c’est-à-dire les manipulations et les rumeurs.

      Par exemple, face à la Covid-19, les présidents Bolsonaro au Brésil (111e, -4) et Maduro au Venezuela (148e, -1) ont fait la promotion de médicaments dont l’efficacité n’a jamais été prouvée par le monde médical : heureusement, des enquêtes comme celles de l’Agência Pública brésilienne ou des articles fouillés publiés par les derniers journaux indépendants vénézuéliens ont établi la vérité des faits. En Iran (174e, -1), les autorités ont renforcé leur contrôle sur l’information et multiplié les condamnations de journalistes pour mieux minimiser le nombre de décès liés à la Covid-19. En Egypte (166e), le pouvoir du président al-Sissi interdit tout simplement la publication de chiffres sur la pandémie autres que ceux du ministère de la Santé. Au Zimbabwe (130e, -4), le journaliste d’investigation Hopewell Chin’ono a été jeté en prison peu de temps après avoir révélé un scandale de détournement d’argent public dans l’acquisition de matériel destiné à lutter contre l’épidémie.

      Les principales évolutions au Classement mondial
      => https://rsf.org/fr/classement-mondial-de-la-liberte-de-la-presse-2021-le-journalisme-est-un-vaccin

  • #Campagnes de #dissuasion massive

    Pour contraindre à l’#immobilité les candidats à la migration, jugés indésirables, les gouvernements occidentaux ne se contentent pas depuis les années 1990 de militariser leurs frontières et de durcir leur législation. Aux stratégies répressives s’ajoutent des méthodes d’apparence plus consensuelle : les campagnes d’information multimédias avertissant des #dangers du voyage.

    « Et au lieu d’aller de l’avant, il pensa à rentrer. Par le biais d’un serment, il dit à son cousin décédé : “Si Dieu doit m’ôter la vie, que ce soit dans mon pays bien-aimé.” » Cette #chanson en espagnol raconte le périple d’un Mexicain qui, ayant vu son cousin mourir au cours du voyage vers les États-Unis, se résout à rebrousser chemin. Enregistrée en 2008 grâce à des fonds gouvernementaux américains, elle fut envoyée aux radios de plusieurs pays d’Amérique centrale par une agence de #publicité privée, laquelle se garda bien de révéler l’identité du commanditaire (1).

    Arme de découragement typiquement américaine ? Plusieurs États européens recourent eux aussi à ces méthodes de #communication_dissuasive, en particulier depuis la « crise » des réfugiés de l’été 2015. En #Hongrie comme au #Danemark, les pouvoirs publics ont financé des publicités dans des quotidiens libanais et jordaniens. « Les Hongrois sont hospitaliers, mais les sanctions les plus sévères sont prises à l’encontre de ceux qui tentent d’entrer illégalement en Hongrie », lisait-on ici. « Le Parlement danois vient d’adopter un règlement visant à réduire de 50 % les prestations sociales pour les réfugiés nouvellement arrivés », apprenait-on là (2). En 2017, plusieurs #artistes ouest-africains dansaient et chantaient dans un #clip intitulé #Bul_Sank_sa_Bakane_bi (« Ne risque pas ta vie »). « L’immigration est bonne si elle est légale », « Reste en Afrique pour la développer, il n’y a pas mieux qu’ici », « Jeunesse, ce que tu ignores, c’est qu’à l’étranger ce n’est pas aussi facile que tu le crois », clamait cette chanson financée par le gouvernement italien dans le cadre d’une opération de l’#Organisation_internationale_pour_les_migrations (#OIM) baptisée « #Migrants_conscients » (3).

    « Pourquoi risquer votre vie ? »

    Ces campagnes qui ciblent des personnes n’ayant pas encore tenté de rejoindre l’Occident, mais susceptibles de vouloir le faire, insistent sur l’inutilité de l’immigration irrégulière (ceux qui s’y essaient seront systématiquement renvoyés chez eux) et sur les rigueurs de l’« État-providence ». Elles mettent en avant les dangers du voyage, la dureté des #conditions_de_vie dans les pays de transit et de destination, les #risques de traite, de trafic, d’exploitation ou tout simplement de mort. Point commun de ces mises en scène : ne pas évoquer les politiques restrictives qui rendent l’expérience migratoire toujours plus périlleuse. Elles cherchent plutôt à agir sur les #choix_individuels.

    Déployées dans les pays de départ et de transit, elles prolongent l’#externalisation du contrôle migratoire (4) et complètent la surveillance policière des frontières par des stratégies de #persuasion. L’objectif de #contrôle_migratoire disparaît sous une terminologie doucereuse : ces campagnes sont dites d’« #information » ou de « #sensibilisation », un vocabulaire qui les associe à des actions humanitaires, destinées à protéger les aspirants au départ. Voire à protéger les populations restées au pays des mensonges de leurs proches : une vidéo financée par la #Suisse (5) à destination du Cameroun enjoint ainsi de se méfier des récits des émigrés, supposés enjoliver l’expérience migratoire (« Ne croyez pas tout ce que vous entendez »).

    Initialement appuyées sur des médias traditionnels, ces actions se développent désormais via #Facebook, #Twitter ou #YouTube. En #Australie, le gouvernement a réalisé en 2014 une série de petits films traduits dans une quinzaine de langues parlées en Asie du Sud-Est, en Afghanistan et en Indonésie : « Pas question. Vous ne ferez pas de l’Australie votre chez-vous. » Des responsables militaires en treillis exposent d’un ton martial la politique de leur pays : « Si vous voyagez par bateau sans visa, vous ne pourrez jamais faire de l’Australie votre pays. Il n’y a pas d’exception. Ne croyez pas les mensonges des passeurs » (6).

    Les concepteurs ont sollicité YouTube afin que la plate-forme diffuse les #vidéos sous la forme de publicités précédant les contenus recherchés par des internautes susceptibles d’émigrer. Le recours aux #algorithmes permet en effet de cibler les utilisateurs dont le profil indique qu’ils parlent certaines langues, comme le farsi ou le vietnamien. De même, en privilégiant des vidéos populaires chez les #jeunes, YouTube facilite le #ciblage_démographique recherché. Par la suite, ces clips ont envahi les fils d’actualités Facebook de citoyens australiens issus de l’immigration, sélectionnés par l’#algorithme car ils parlent l’une des langues visées par la campagne. En s’adressant à ces personnes nées en Australie, les autorités espéraient qu’elles inviteraient elles-mêmes les ressortissants de leur pays d’origine à rester chez eux (7).

    C’est également vers Facebook que se tourne le gouvernement de la #Norvège en 2015. Accusé de passivité face à l’arrivée de réfugiés à la frontière russe, il finance la réalisation de deux vidéos, « Pourquoi risquer votre vie ? » et « Vous risquez d’être renvoyés » (8). Les utilisateurs du réseau social avaient initialement la possibilité de réagir, par le biais des traditionnels « j’aime » ou en postant des commentaires, ce qui aurait dû permettre une circulation horizontale, voire virale, de ces vidéos. Mais l’option fut suspendue après que la page eut été inondée de commentaires haineux issus de l’extrême droite, suscitant l’embarras de l’État.

    Ici encore, Facebook offre — ou plutôt, commercialise — la possibilité de cibler des jeunes hommes originaires d’Afghanistan, d’Éthiopie et d’Érythrée, dont le gouvernement norvégien considère qu’ils ne relèvent pas du droit d’asile. L’algorithme sélectionne en particulier les personnes situées hors de leur pays d’origine qui ont fait des recherches sur Internet dénotant leur intérêt pour l’Europe et la migration. Il s’agit de toucher des migrants en transit, qui hésitent quant à leur destination, et de les dissuader de choisir la Norvège. Les Syriens ne font pas partie des nationalités visées, afin de ne pas violer le droit d’asile. De même, le message mentionne explicitement que seuls les adultes seront refoulés, afin de ne pas contester le droit des enfants à être pris en charge.

    À plusieurs reprises, depuis 2015, les autorités belges ont elles aussi utilisé Facebook pour ce type d’initiatives (9). En 2018, des photographies de centres de détention et d’un jeune migrant menotté, assorties du slogan « Non à l’immigration illégale. Ne venez pas en #Belgique » (10), furent relayées à partir d’une page Facebook créée pour l’occasion par l’Office des étrangers. Cette page n’existait toutefois qu’en anglais, ce qui a fait croire à un faux (y compris parmi les forces de l’ordre), poussant le gouvernement belge à la supprimer au profit d’un site plus classique, humblement intitulé « Faits sur la Belgique » (11).

    Si de telles initiatives prolifèrent, c’est que les États européens sont engagés dans une course à la dissuasion qui les oppose les uns aux autres. Le 30 mai 2018, en France, M. Gérard Collomb, alors ministre de l’intérieur, affirmait lors d’une audition au Sénat que les migrants faisaient du « #benchmarking » pour identifier les pays les plus accueillants. Cette opinion semble partagée par ses pairs, et les États se montrent non seulement fermes, mais soucieux de le faire savoir.

    Le recours aux plates-formes de la Silicon Valley s’impose d’autant plus aisément que les autorités connaissent l’importance de ces outils dans le parcours des migrants. Une très large majorité d’entre eux sont en effet connectés. Ils dépendent de leur #téléphone_portable pour communiquer avec leur famille, se repérer grâce au #GPS, se faire comprendre par-delà les barrières linguistiques, conserver des photographies et des témoignages des atrocités qui justifient leur demande d’asile, appeler au secours en cas de naufrage ou de danger, ou encore retrouver des connaissances et des compatriotes dispersés.

    Un doute taraudait les autorités des États occidentaux : en connectant les individus et en leur facilitant l’accès à diverses sources d’information, les #technologies_numériques ne conféraient-elles pas une plus grande #autonomie aux migrants ? Ne facilitaient-elles pas en définitive l’immigration irrégulière (12) ? Dès lors, elles s’emploieraient à faire de ces mêmes outils la solution au problème : ils renseignent sur la #localisation et les caractéristiques des migrants, fournissant un canal privilégié de communication vers des publics ciblés.

    Systématiquement financées par les États occidentaux et impliquant de plus en plus souvent les géants du numérique, ces campagnes mobilisent aussi d’autres acteurs. Adopté sous les auspices de l’Organisation des Nations unies en 2018, le pacte mondial pour des migrations sûres, ordonnées et régulières (ou pacte de Marrakech) recommande ainsi de « mener des campagnes d’information multilingues et factuelles », d’organiser des « réunions de sensibilisation dans les pays d’origine », et ce notamment pour « mettre en lumière les risques qu’il y a à entreprendre une migration irrégulière pleine de dangers ». Le Haut-Commissariat pour les réfugiés (HCR) et l’OIM jouent donc le rôle d’intermédiaires privilégiés pour faciliter le financement de ces campagnes des États occidentaux en dehors de leur territoire.

    Efficacité douteuse

    Interviennent également des entreprises privées spécialisées dans le #marketing et la #communication. Installée à Hongkong, #Seefar développe des activités de « #communication_stratégique » à destination des migrants potentiels en Afghanistan ou en Afrique de l’Ouest. La société australienne #Put_It_Out_There_Pictures réalise pour sa part des vidéos de #propagande pour le compte de gouvernements occidentaux, comme le #téléfilm #Journey, qui met en scène des demandeurs d’asile tentant d’entrer clandestinement en Australie.

    Enfin, des associations humanitaires et d’aide au développement contribuent elles aussi à ces initiatives. Créée en 2015, d’abord pour secourir des migrants naufragés en Méditerranée, l’organisation non gouvernementale (ONG) #Proactiva_Open_Arms s’est lancée dans des projets de ce type en 2019 au Sénégal (13). Au sein des pays de départ, des pans entiers de la société se rallient à ces opérations : migrants de retour, journalistes, artistes, dirigeants associatifs et religieux… En Guinée, des artistes autrefois engagés pour l’ouverture des frontières militent à présent pour l’#immobilisation de leurs jeunes compatriotes (14).

    Le #discours_humanitaire consensuel qui argue de la nécessité de protéger les migrants en les informant facilite la coopération entre États, organisations internationales, secteurs privé et associatif. La plupart de ces acteurs sont pourtant étrangers au domaine du strict contrôle des frontières. Leur implication témoigne de l’extension du domaine de la lutte contre l’immigration irrégulière.

    Avec quelle #efficacité ? Il existe très peu d’évaluations de l’impact de ces campagnes. En 2019, une étude norvégienne (15) a analysé leurs effets sur des migrants en transit à Khartoum, avec des résultats peu concluants. Ils étaient peu nombreux à avoir eu connaissance des messages gouvernementaux et ils s’estimaient de toute manière suffisamment informés, y compris à propos des aspects les plus sombres de l’expérience migratoire. Compte tenu de la couverture médiatique des drames de l’immigration irrégulière, il paraît en effet vraisemblable que les migrants potentiels connaissent les risques… mais qu’ils migrent quand même.

    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2021/03/PECOUD/62833
    #migrations #réfugiés #privatisation #Italie #humanitaire #soft_power

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    Ajouté à la métaliste sur les #campagnes de #dissuasion à l’#émigration :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/763551

    ping @isskein @karine4 @_kg_ @rhoumour @etraces

  • Des réfugiés syriens privés de permis de séjour au Danemark
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/04/08/des-refugies-syriens-prives-de-permis-de-sejour-au-danemark_6076008_3210.htm

    Agée de 19 ans aujourd’hui, Aya habite Nyborg, une petite ville de la province de Fyn, au centre du pays. En juin, celle que le directeur de son lycée présente comme une « élève brillante » aurait dû décrocher son diplôme de fin d’études secondaires. Mais, le 30 mars, elle a reçu un e-mail de l’office des migrations, l’informant que son permis de séjour, arrivé à expiration fin janvier, ne serait pas renouvelé : les autorités danoises estiment que la situation dans la région de Damas est suffisamment sûre pour qu’elle et ses parents puissent y retourner.Leur cas est loin d’être isolé. Selon les chiffres de l’office des migrations, 170 réfugiés syriens ont perdu leur titre de séjour en 2020. Entre janvier et février, 84 autres. Et, depuis mars, plusieurs dizaines encore, faisant du Danemark le premier pays en Europe à ordonner le retour des réfugiés syriens. En pleine pandémie de Covid-19, leur sort avait jusque-là suscité peu d’émotion dans le royaume scandinave. Le message du directeur du lycée de Nyborg, publié sur Facebook, le 1er avril, et partagé plus de 10 000 fois depuis, leur a donné un visage : celui d’Aya, dont les parents, écrit Henrik Vestergaard Stokholm, ont été « harcelés et menacés » par les autorités syriennes après que leurs fils ont quitté le pays, et qui ont « tout fait pour s’intégrer depuis qu’ils sont arrivés » au Danemark. Sans que cela suffise.(...)
    Depuis, les trois partis de centre gauche, alliés du gouvernement minoritaire, dirigé par la sociale-démocrate Mette Frederiksen depuis 2019, ont pris fait et cause pour la lycéenne, ses parents, et les autres Syriens, dont les témoignages commencent à émerger sur les réseaux sociaux. Pas de quoi émouvoir cependant le ministre de l’immigration et de l’intégration, Mattias Tesfaye. Sur TV2, le 2 avril, il a fait semblant de croire que la famille d’Aya espérait un traitement de faveur et martelé qu’il n’était pas question de faire « deux piles différentes », entre « ceux qui passent à la télé » et les autres. Contacté par Le Monde, le ministre (lui-même fils d’un réfugié éthiopien) affirme que le Danemark a été « honnête dès le premier jour » avec les Syriens, « en disant clairement que leur permis de résidence était temporaire et pouvait être révoqué si le besoin de protection cessait d’exister ».
    Fin février, Mattias Tesfaye avait fait savoir que les dossiers de 350 personnes, originaires de la province de Damas, allaient être réexaminés. La commission de recours des réfugiés venait alors de confirmer en appel la décision de l’office des migrations de ne pas renouveler le titre de séjour de trois Syriens. Raison invoquée : « Depuis mai 2018, les autorités syriennes contrôlent pratiquement toute la ville de Damas et sa province, et il n’y a eu aucun incident de sécurité majeur dans la région. »En juin 2020, se basant sur des conclusions similaires de l’office des migrations pour la capitale syrienne, M. Tesfaye avait déjà ordonné le réexamen de 900 dossiers. Pour justifier de la position de son gouvernement, le ministre rappelle que près de 100 000 Syriens, qui ont fui leur pays, y sont rentrés l’an dernier, dont 237 repartis volontairement du Danemark entre 2019 et 2020.
    Les ONG dénoncent une « décision politique », ne reflétant en rien la situation sur le terrain. « Les récentes améliorations observées dans certaines zones en Syrie ne sont pas suffisamment importantes, stables et durables pour garantir la sécurité de ceux qui rentreraient », assure Anders Aalbu, porte-parole du Haut-Commissariat aux réfugiés dans les pays nordiques. « Le fait qu’il n’y a pas de combats dans la région de Damas ne veut pas dire qu’il n’y a pas de risques », renchérit Charlotte Slente, secrétaire générale du Conseil danois des réfugiés. Elle fait état de « violations des droits de l’homme, détentions arbitraires et disparitions ».
    Engagé dans la défense du droit d’asile, l’écrivain Carsten Jensen fustige « une politique dans la continuité de ce que la droite a fait depuis le début des années 2000, avec le soutien de l’extrême droite ». Les sociaux-démocrates l’assument. « Ils sont convaincus que c’est ce qui leur a permis de récupérer les voix de l’extrême droite et de revenir au pouvoir », résume M. Jensen. Fin janvier, Mme Frederiksen, a d’ailleurs rappelé que son objectif était « zéro réfugié ».Toutefois, les Syriens ne pourront pas être renvoyés de force. Si le parti libéral souhaite signer un accord de rapatriement avec le régime de Bachar Al-Assad, le gouvernement danois s’y oppose. Ceux qui refusent de partir d’eux-mêmes seront donc placés dans des « centres de retour », avec interdiction d’étudier ou de travailler. Des conditions que Lisa Blinkenberg, conseillère à Amnesty International, craint voir pousser les personnes concernées à accepter un retour, malgré les risques.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#danemark#syrie#sante#politiquemigratoire#rapatriement#asile#droitdelhomme

  • Les sénateurs adoptent un « amendement UNEF » permettant de dissoudre les associations faisant des réunions non mixtes racisées
    https://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2021/04/02/les-senateurs-adoptent-un-amendement-unef-permettant-de-dissoudre-les-associ

    Les sénateurs ont adopté à l’unanimité, jeudi soir 1er avril, un « amendement UNEF » auquel Marlène Schiappa, ministre déléguée à la citoyenneté, après l’avoir combattu, ne s’est finalement pas opposée, bien qu’elle l’ait jugé inconstitutionnel.

    Cet amendement crée un nouveau motif permettant au gouvernement de dissoudre une association par un décret pris en conseil des ministres. Il vise les associations ou groupements de fait « qui interdisent à une personne ou un groupe de personnes à raison de leur couleur, leur origine ou leur appartenance ou non-appartenance à une ethnie, une nation, une race ou une religion déterminée de participer à une réunion ». Il a été adopté à l’occasion de la discussion en première lecture du projet de loi confortant le respect des principes de la République, plus connu sous l’appellation de projet contre le séparatisme.

    En le présentant, Stéphane Le Rudulier (Les Républicains, Bouches-du-Rhône) a d’entrée ciblé « les journées non mixtes interdites aux blancs », à savoir les réunions en non-mixité entre « racisés » qui sont organisées au sein du syndicat étudiant UNEF. L’exposé des motifs de l’amendement cible les « associations racistes et dangereuses pour l’intérêt général » et les réunions « interdites aux blancs organisées par l’UNEF ».

    « À l’unanimité », ces tocards adoptent l’idée néo-nazie qu’il est urgent de lutter contre un « racisme anti-blancs » en France.

  • Denmark declares parts of Syria safe, pressuring refugees to return

    Denmark has stripped 94 Syrian refugees of their residency permits after declaring that Damascus and the surrounding area were safe. The Scandinavian nation is the first EU country to say that law-abiding refugees can be sent back to Syria.

    In Denmark, 94 Syrian refugees were stripped of their temporary residence permits, various British media reported this week. The move comes after the Danish government decided to extend the area of Syria it considers safe to include the Rif Dimashq Governorate – an area that includes the capital Damascus.

    According to the news platform Arab News, the Danish government said the 94 people will be sent to Danish deportation camps, but will not be forced to leave. Human rights groups however fear that the refugees will feel pressured to leave, even though their return is voluntary.

    The Danish immigration minister, Mattias Tesfaye, insisted last month that the Scandinavian country had been “open and honest from the start” about the situation of Syrian refugees, according to the British daily The Telegraph. “We have made it clear to the Syrian refugees that their residence permit is temporary. It can be withdrawn if protection is no longer needed,” the newspaper quoted Tesfaye as saying.

    The minister highlighted that Denmark would offer protection as long as needed but that “when conditions in the home country improve, a former refugee should return home and re-establish a life there.”
    ’Wreckless violation of duty’

    Last December, Germany’s deportation ban to Syria expired – but the only people now eligible for deportation are Syrian nationals who committed criminal offences or those deemed to pose a serious risk to public security. Denmark is the first European Union member to say that law-abiding refugees can be sent back to Syria.

    Human rights groups have strongly criticized the new Danish policy.

    “That the Danish government is seeking to force people back into the hands of this brutal regime is an appalling affront to refugee law and people’s right to be safe from persecution,” Steve Valdez-Symonds, refugee and migrant rights director at Amnesty International UK, told The Independent.

    “This reckless violation of Denmark’s duty to provide asylum also risks increasing incentives for other countries to abandon their own obligations to Syrian refugees,” he said.

    The organization Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF) told The Independent that they assume people sent back to the Rif Dimashq Governorate would face similar challenges to the ones that people in northern Syria are facing, “given the scale and duration of the Syrian conflict ​and the impact of the war on infrastructure and the health system.”

    A member from the rights group Refugees Welcome in Denmark told The Telegraph that the 94 Syrians who had their residency permits revoked are facing years of limbo. “The government hopes that they will go voluntarily, that they will just give up and go on their own,” Michala Bendixen said. She said Syrian refugees now face a “very, very tragic situation,” and will be forced from their homes, jobs and studies and into Danish deportation camps.
    Denmark’s anti-migrant stance

    About 900 Syrian refugees from the Damascus area had their temporary protection permits reassessed in Denmark last year, according the The Independent. The latest decision to declare the Rif Dimashq area as safe will mean that a further 350 Syrian nationals (of 1,250 Syrians in the country) will have to undergo reassessment which could lead to a revocation of their protection status and residency permits.

    The ruling center-left Social Democratic Party in Denmark has taken a strong anti-migration stance since coming into office in 2019. Recently, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said she wants to aim for “zero” asylum seekers applying to live in Denmark.

    Denmark last year saw the lowest number of asylum seekers since 1998, with 1,547 people applying.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/30650/denmark-declares-parts-of-syria-safe-pressuring-refugees-to-return

    #safe_zones #zones_sures #zone_sure #retour_au_pays #renvois #expulsions #réfugié_syriens #Danemark

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    voir aussi cette métaliste sur le retour ("volontaire" ou non) des réfugiés syriens en Syrie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/904710

    • Denmark has gone far-right on refugees

      Copenhagen claims Damascus is safe enough to send nearly 100 Syrians back.

      What has happened to Denmark? Once renowned as a liberal, tolerant, open-minded society with respect for human rights and a strong and humane welfare state, we have now become the first country in Europe to revoke residence permits for Syrian refugees.

      Last week, Danish authorities ruled that the security situation around Damascus has improved, despite evidence of dire living conditions and continued persecution by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. As a result, they stripped 94 refugees of their right to stay in the country. Another recently introduced proposal would move all asylum applicants outside Denmark.

      In other words, Denmark — the first country to sign the U.N. Refugee Convention in 1951 — has now adopted an asylum policy that’s less like that of its Scandinavian neighbors than of nationalist countries like Austria or Hungary.

      Thankfully, nobody is being sent back to Syria anytime soon. Under the new system, refugees have to have lived in Denmark for at least 10 years for their attachment to the country to be considered strong enough for continued residence, no matter how hard they have worked or studied. However, it’s currently impossible to deport anyone back to Syria — Denmark won’t negotiate with Assad — and very few Syrians are willing to return voluntarily. So those who lose their residency permits will likely end up in Danish camps awaiting deportation or in other European countries.

      But the fact remains that Denmark is now passing laws with obviously discriminatory purposes, with politicians on both the left and right speaking about ethnic minorities and Muslims in terms that would be unimaginable in neighboring countries. Indeed, had this law been pushed forward by a hard-right government it might not have been surprising. But Denmark is currently governed by a left-wing coalition led by the Social Democrats. What, indeed, has happened to our country?

      The answer lies in a tug of war between the Social Democrats and the far-right Danish People’s Party. Though the Danish People’s Party has never been part of a government, its representatives have spent the past two decades using their mandates for a single purpose: They only vote for bills concerning other issues if they get restrictions on foreigners in return. Step by step, the Danish People’s Party has dragged all the other parties in their direction — none more so than the Social Democrats with whom they compete for working-class voters.

      In 2001, a right-wing government made the first radical restrictions for refugees and foreigners. And while the Social Democrats first opposed it, they soon changed their strategy to fend off the challenge from the Danish People’s Party. At first, not all Social Democrats agreed to the new hard-line policy, but the party gradually came to embrace it, along with the vast majority of their voters. Today the Danish People’s Party has become almost redundant. Their policies, once denounced as racist and extreme, have now become mainstream.

      Two years ago, the government passed legislation turning the concept of refugee protection upside down: It replaced efforts at long-term integration and equal rights with temporary stays, limited rights and a focus on deportation at the earliest possibility. Paradoxically, this came at a time when Denmark received the lowest number of refugees in 30 years, and integration had been going better than ever in terms of employment, education and language skills.

      Meanwhile, the Danish Refugee Appeals Board has been stripped of its experts and cut down to only three members including an employee from the ministry of immigration, thus making it not quite as independent as the government claims, but more in line with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen who is pursuing a goal of having “zero asylum seekers.”

      Currently, Danish politicians are discussing a bill that is even more extreme than its predecessors: a loose and imprecise plan for a contract to transfer asylum seekers who arrive in Denmark to a non-European country (most likely in Africa), where their cases will be processed. If they are granted asylum, they will stay in that third country.

      The minister says it would make the asylum system more “humane and fair,” but Danish human rights organizations and the UNHCR say it will do precisely the opposite. The plan is essentially a new form of colonialism, paying others to take care of “unwanted” persons far away from Denmark, and not accepting even a small portion of the millions of refugees in the world.

      Fortunately, it seems like the right wing is so offended by the Social Democrats co-opting and expanding their policies that they will vote against it. But if it passes, the policy could have terrible consequences for collaboration within the European Union and on the international level.

      This game has gone too far. Most Danes are not racist or against human rights and solidarity. But it’s getting hard to see how we can find our way back.

      https://www.politico.eu/article/denmark-has-gone-far-right-on-refugees
      #Damas

    • ECRE | Danemark : élargissement des lieux considérés comme “sûrs” en Syrie

      La Commission danoise de recours des réfugiés a déclaré que la situation dans le Grand Damas était assez sûr pour pouvoir penser à un retour des personnes ayant fui le pays. 350 cas de ressortissant·es de cette région vont être réévalués.

      Nous publions l’article, originellement écrit en anglais et traduit par nos soins, paru le 5 mars 2021 sur le site du Conseil européen sur les réfugiés et les exilés (ECRE) : https://www.ecre.org/denmark-authorities-widen-the-areas-of-syria-considered-safe-for-return-to-inc. Sur le même sujet, retrouvez l’article “Denmark declares part of Syria safe, pressuring refugees to return” publié le 4 mars 2021 sur Infomigrants.net : https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/30650/denmark-declares-parts-of-syria-safe-pressuring-refugees-to-return

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      Danemark : Les autorités élargissent les zones de Syrie considérées comme sûres pour les retours

      À travers trois décisions, la Commission danoise de recours des réfugiés (Flygtningenaevnet) a déclaré que la situation dans le gouvernorat de Rif Damas (le Grand Damas) était suffisamment sûre pour un retour, élargissant, ainsi, la zone géographique considérée comme étant en sécurité par les autorités danoises. En conséquence, la portée géographique des réévaluations des cas de ressortissants syriens a été élargie pour inclure les cas du grand Damas. Des centaines de cas doivent être réévalués par la Commission de recours en 2021.

      En décembre 2019, la Commission d’appel des réfugiés a confirmé les décisions de première instance du Service danois de l’immigration de rejeter les besoins de protection de trois femmes demandeuses d’asile originaires de Syrie. Ce rejet était fondé sur une prétendue amélioration de la situation générale en matière de sécurité dans la région de Damas depuis mai 2018, date à laquelle le régime d’Assad a repris le contrôle total de la région. Depuis lors, un certain nombre de dossiers ont été traités par le Service danois de l’immigration et la Commission de recours des réfugiés, aboutissant à la révocation ou à la non prolongation des permis de séjour. En février 2020, le gouvernement social-démocrate danois a confirmé au Parlement qu’en dépit de la prétendue amélioration de la situation sécuritaire à Damas, aucun retour forcé ne serait effectué car cela impliquerait une coopération directe avec le régime. Cependant, malgré l’absence de possibilité pratique de retour forcé, le ministre de l’immigration, Mattias Tesfaye, a demandé en juin 2020 une accélération des réévaluations des cas de centaines de ressortissants syriens de la région de Damas, soit sur le controversé statut de protection subsidiaire temporaire (section 7.3 de la loi danoise sur les étrangers), soit sur le statut de protection subsidiaire (section 7.2 de la loi danoise sur les étrangers).

      Les dernières décisions de la Commission d’appel de refuser l’extension de la protection dans deux cas et de rejeter l’asile dans un cas, représentent une expansion des zones considérées comme sûres pour le retour par les autorités danoises, incluant déjà Damas mais maintenant aussi le gouvernorat environnant. Il s’agit d’une zone qui est passée sous le contrôle du régime d’Assad en mars 2020. Le Conseil danois pour les réfugiés (DRC), membre de l’ECRE, qui fournit une assistance juridique aux demandeurs d’asile au Danemark et une aide humanitaire en Syrie, note que la Commission d’appel a pris une décision partagée, avec des avis divergents sur la durabilité de la prétendue amélioration de la situation sécuritaire. En outre, l’organisation note que les décisions ignorent les risques évidents liés aux retours forcés : “Les risques de persécution et d’abus sont grands pour les individus s’ils sont arrêtés par la police ou rencontrés par les autorités, d’innombrables rapports révèlent de graves violations des droits de l’homme sur la population civile. En particulier les personnes considérées comme suspectes en raison de leurs relations familiales ou de leurs affiliations politiques, mais même des choses aussi aléatoires qu’une erreur sur votre nom de famille à un point de contrôle peuvent vous conduire en prison”, déclare Eva Singer, responsable de l’asile à DRC. En même temps, le DRC souligne le fait qu’en raison du manque de coopération pratique entre les autorités syriennes et danoises concernant les retours forcés, il n’est pas possible pour les autorités danoises de renvoyer les Syriens – et donc les décisions ne peuvent être exécutées. Cela met en veilleuse la vie d’un groupe de personnes bien portantes travaillant au Danemark et de familles ayant des enfants dans des écoles danoises.

      Sur la base des décisions de la Commission d’appel, le service danois de l’immigration va maintenant réévaluer jusqu’à 350 cas concernant des ressortissants syriens de la campagne de Damas. Selon la Commission d’appel des réfugiés, 600 à 700 cas concernant l’ensemble de la région de Damas devraient être réévalués en 2021.

      Pour plus d’informations :

      – ECRE, Denmark : No Forced Returns to Syria, February 2020 : https://www.ecre.org/denmark-no-forced-returns-to-syria
      – ECRE : Denmark : Appeal Board Confirms Rejection of Protection for Three Syrian Nationals, December 2019 : https://www.ecre.org/denmark-appeal-board-confirms-rejection-of-protection-for-three-syrian-nationa
      – ECRE, Denmark : Appeal Board Overturns Withdrawals of Protection Status for Syrians, June 2019 : https://www.ecre.org/denmark-appeal-board-overturns-withdrawals-of-protection-status-for-syrians

      https://asile.ch/2021/03/12/ecre-danemark-elargissement-des-lieux-consideres-comme-surs-en-syrie

    • ’Tragic Situation’ : Syrian Refugees in Denmark Are Losing Their Residencies in Bulk

      A new Danish policy has come into effect as the government of Denmark has declared its intent to deport at least 94 Syrian refugees back to their home country, saying that the decision stems from the government’s belief that certain areas in Syria are no longer dangerous to live in.

      Despite stirring strong criticism from human rights groups and organization, the Danish government has defended its decision to deport Syrian refugees who hail from the Syrian capital and its surrounding areas, saying that “an asylum seeker loses their legal status once it is no longer risky for them to be back.”

      The backlash against statements made by the Danish Minister for Integration, Mattias Tesfaye, attacked the policy saying that most refugees have already been starting to integrate into the Danish society for years, they have acquired education, learned the language, and took decent jobs, and that the decision to send them back to Syria to live under the same political regime that persecuted them during the first years of the civil war is only going to leave them in limbo.

      Online people have also been posting photos of refugees who have received revocation letters along with personal stories, many of which show how successful they have been starting their lives in Denmark.

      Additionally, social media users have widely shared the story of Akram Bathiesh, a refugee who has died of a heart attack shortly after receiving the notification of his residency being canceled. According to his family and friends, Bathiesh was terrified of going back to Syria where he had been in prison for his political stances.

      Denmark is the first EU nation to decide to send Syrian refugees home alleging better circumstances for them in Syria. Previously, Germany had decided to send back Syrian refugees with criminal records in Germany.

      According to official records released in 2017, more than 40k Syrians were living legally in Denmark, including ones with temporary residency permits.

      https://www.albawaba.com/node/syrian-refugees-denmark

      #résidence #permis_de_séjour

    • Denmark strips Syrian refugees of residency permits and says it is safe to go home

      Government denies renewal of temporary residency status from about 189 Syrians

      Denmark has become the first European nation to revoke the residency permits of Syrian refugees, insisting that some parts of the war-torn country are safe to return to.

      At least 189 Syrians have had applications for renewal of temporary residency status denied since last summer, a move the Danish authorities said was justified because of a report that found the security situation in some parts of Syria had “improved significantly”.

      About 500 people originally from Damascus and surrounding areas were being re-evaluated.

      The issue has attracted widespread attention since 19-year-old Aya Abu-Daher, from Nyborg, pleaded her family’s case on television earlier this month, moving viewers as she asked, holding back tears, what she had “done wrong”.

      Charlotte Slente, secretary general of the Danish Refugee Council, said that Denmark’s new rules for Syrians amount to “undignified treatment”.

      “The Danish Refugee Council disagrees with the decision to deem the Damascus area or any area in Syria safe for refugees to return to – the absence of fighting in some areas does not mean that people can safely go back. Neither the UN nor other countries deem Damascus as safe.”

      After 10 years of war, Bashar al-Assad is back in control of most of Syria, and frontline fighting is limited to the north of the country. However, one of the main reasons people rose up during the Arab spring remains: his secret police.

      Regime intelligence branches have detained, tortured and “disappeared” more than 100,000 people since the war broke out in 2011. Arbitrary detentions are widespread in formerly rebel-held areas that have signed reconciliation agreements with Damascus, according to Human Rights Watch.

      Areas under the regime are unstable. There has been next to no rebuilding, services such as water and electricity are scarce, and last year’s collapse of the Syrian pound has sent food prices rocketing by 230%.

      Hiba al-Khalil, 28, who left home on the refugee trail through Turkey and Greece before settling in Denmark in 2015, said: “I told the interviewer, just being outside Syria for as long as I have is enough to make you look suspicious to the regime. Just because your city isn’t being bombed with chemicals anymore doesn’t make it safe … Anyone can be arrested.”

      The trainee journalist added: “I was so happy to get to Denmark. I came here to work and study and make a new life. I’ve learned the language very well. Now I am confused and shocked it was not enough.”

      Khalil had been called back for a second immigration interview this week, and was not sure what would happen next or how she would afford a lawyer to appeal if her application renewal were rejected.

      According to Refugees Welcome Denmark, 30 Syrians have already lost their appeals – but since Copenhagen does not have diplomatic relations with Damascus it cannot directly deport people to Syria.

      At least some of the rejected applicants have been placed in a detention centre, which campaigners said amounted to a prison where residents could not work, study or get proper healthcare.

      Syrian men are generally exempt from the new policy because the authorities recognise they are at risk of being drafted into the Syrian military or punished for evading conscription. The majority of affected people appear to be women and older people, many of whom face being separated from their children.

      The parents of Mahmoud al-Muhammed, 19, both in their late 60s, had their appeal to stay in Denmark rejected, despite the fact Muhammed’s father retired from the Syrian military in 2006 and threats were made against him when the family left the country.

      “They want to put my parents in a detention centre for maybe 10 years, before Assad is gone,” he said. “They both have health problems. This policy is cruel. It is designed to make us so desperate we have to leave.”

      Denmark is home to 5.8 million people, of which 500,000 are immigrants and 35,000 are Syrian.

      The Scandinavian country’s reputation for tolerance and openness has suffered in recent years with the rise of the far-right Danish People’s party. The centre-left coalition in government, led by the Social Democrats, is in competition with the right for working-class votes.

      The new stance on Syrian refugees stands in stark contrast to neighbouring Germany and Sweden, where it is much easier for the larger Syrian populations to gain permanent residency and eventually citizenship.

      As well as stripping Syrians of their residency permits, the Danish government has also offered funding of about £22,000 per person for voluntary returnees. However, worried for their safety, in 2020 just 137 refugees took up the offer.

      Danish authorities have so far dismissed growing international criticism of the new policies from the UN and rights groups.

      The immigration minister, Mattias Tesfaye, told Agence France-Presse: “The government’s policy is working and I won’t back down, it won’t happen. We have made it clear to the Syrian refugees that their residence permit is temporary and that the permit can be revoked if the need for protection ceases to exist.”

      “It is pointless to remove people from the life they are trying to build in Denmark and put them in a waiting position without an end date,” Slente of the Danish Refugee Council said. “It is also difficult to understand why decisions are taken that cannot be implemented.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/14/denmark-revokes-syrian-refugee-permits-under-new-policy

  • L’île de Bornholm, laboratoire d’une existence déconfinée au Danemark
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/03/04/au-danemark-une-ile-est-devenue-le-laboratoire-d-une-existence-deconfinee_60

    Pendant les semaines qui viennent, l’île de 40 000 habitants va faire office de laboratoire, utilisé par Copenhague pour y tester la sortie du semi-confinement, imposé depuis Noël afin d’endiguer la recrudescence des contaminations causées alors par le variant britannique du Covid-19.
    Les tatoueurs, masseurs, esthéticiens, mais aussi les écoles de conduite ont également rouvert lundi, ainsi que l’ensemble des établissements scolaires. Condition : les élèves de plus de 12 ans et leurs enseignants vont devoir se faire tester deux fois par semaine. Le reste de la population, au moins une fois. Chez le coiffeur, il faudra présenter un certificat de test négatif datant de moins de 72 heures. Le même est exigé à l’entrée et à la sortie de l’île.
    Pour permettre ce dépistage à grande échelle, huit centres de tests ont été installés à Bornholm. Les enfants et leurs professeurs se feront, eux, dépister à l’école. Joint par téléphone, le maire social-démocrate, Thomas Thors, assure que « les habitants sont prêts à se plier à ces contraintes, si cela permet de revenir plus vite à une vie presque normale ». Les bars et les restaurants restent fermés, mais la jauge pour les rassemblements a été relevée de cinq à dix personnes. Avec un taux d’incidence de 5 cas pour 100 000 habitants, Bornholm n’a pas été choisie au hasard : « Son très bas niveau de contamination et son insularité en font un endroit idéal pour étudier comment le dépistage de masse peut être utilisé pour prévenir les transmissions, et pas seulement comme un outil de management de la pandémie », explique Jens Lundgren, spécialiste des maladies infectieuses au Rigshospitalet de Copenhague.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#danemark#insularite#sante#circulation#depistage#tauxincidence#transmission

  • Sur le #retour_au_pays / #expulsions de #réfugiés_syriens... une #métaliste.

    Je profite de billet de @gonzo :
    « Le Danemark devient le premier pays européen à dire aux réfugiés syriens qu’ils doivent rentrer chez eux »
    https://seenthis.net/messages/904689

    ... pour créer une métaliste des mouvements de retour ("volontaires" ou « forcés ») des réfugiés syriens vers la #Syrie.
    Car ce mouvement a commencé tôt, déjà en 2015 selon les archives seenthis...

    #asile #migrations #réfugiés

  • Sweden and Denmark plan digital Covid vaccine certificates for travel | World news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/04/sweden-and-denmark-plan-digital-vaccine-certificates-for-travel-covid
    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/523d7be078431507023455a3e59425e2569a5d6e/0_117_3500_2100/master/3500.jpg?width=1200&height=630&quality=85&auto=format&fit=crop&overlay-ali

    Sweden has announced it is to start developing digital vaccine certificates, to be used for travel and potentially more, following a similar move by Denmark a day earlier.The two Nordic countries have said the coronavirus vaccine certificates would be designed to enable citizens to travel abroad, but also hinted they could potentially be used to check whether someone was vaccinated if they were attending something like a sports or cultural event.“With a digital vaccine certificate it will be quick and easy to prove a completed vaccination,” Sweden’s minister for digital development, Anders Ygeman, said in a statement.The Swedish government said it hoped to have the infrastructure to issue digital certificates in place by June

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#sante#suede#danemark#passeportvaccinal#economie#frontiere

  • Coming Soon : The ‘Vaccine Passport’ - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/04/travel/coronavirus-vaccine-passports.html

    Among governments and those in the travel industry, a new term has entered the vocabulary: vaccine passport.One of President Biden’s executive orders aimed at curbing the pandemic asks government agencies to “assess the feasibility” of linking coronavirus vaccine certificates with other vaccination documents, and producing digital versions of them.Denmark’s government said on Wednesday that in the next three to four months, it will roll out a digital passport that will allow citizens to show they have been vaccinated.It isn’t just governments that are suggesting vaccine passports. In a few weeks, Etihad Airways and Emirates will start using a digital travel pass, developed by the International Air Transport Association, to help passengers manage their travel plans and provide airlines and governments documentation that they have been vaccinated or tested for Covid-19.
    The challenge right now is creating a document or app that is accepted around the world, that protects privacy and is accessible to people regardless of their wealth or access to smartphones.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#etatsunis#danemark#sante#passeportvaccinal##frontiere#tourisme#economie

  • Covid-19 : le Danemark va lancer un « coronapas » numérique pour voyager, aller au restaurant ou à un concert
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/02/04/covid-19-le-danemark-va-lancer-un-coronapas-numerique_6068704_3244.html

    Un sésame pour voyager, manger au restaurant, assister à un concert ou à un match de foot. Mercredi 3 février, le ministre danois des finances par intérim, Morten Bodskov – qui remplace Nicolai Wammen pendant son congé paternité – a annoncé le développement d’un « coronapas » : un permis immunitaire qui devrait permettre de lever progressivement les restrictions sanitaires dans le pays.En attendant son lancement « dans trois ou quatre mois », le Danemark va délivrer, dès la fin février, un certificat aux personnes ayant reçu les deux doses du vaccin contre le Covid-19. Il pourra être téléchargé sur le portail de santé électronique « Sundhed », où chaque Danois dispose d’un compte sécurisé, lui permettant de gérer son dossier médical, de s’inscrire pour un test et d’y recevoir ses résultats.
    Dans l’immédiat, ce document devrait permettre aux Danois d’effectuer des voyages pour le travail, en échappant aux contraintes sanitaires, telles que les tests à répétition et la quarantaine exigée en rentrant de certains pays.
    Depuis la mi-janvier, l’Islande en propose déjà un à ses ressortissants. Reykjavik autorise également les touristes européens, munis d’un certificat vaccinal, à entrer sur son territoire sans passer par l’isolement.
    Copenhague veut aller plus loin, avec une application pour téléphone portable, qui permettra aux habitants du pays de confirmer leur statut immunitaire. Les personnes vaccinées ne devraient pas être les seules à pouvoir en profiter. Le « coronapas » pourra être délivré aux porteurs d’anticorps, ainsi qu’aux personnes testées négatives.
    « Ces informations sont importantes, car il va falloir attendre avant que toute la population soit vaccinée, ce qui n’arrivera d’ailleurs peut-être jamais, si certains s’y opposent », remarque Lars Ramme Nielsen, chargé de l’économie du tourisme et des loisirs, à la Chambre danoise de commerce. Or, le temps presse : « Si la santé passe avant tout, il faut revenir à la normale aussi vite que possible, si on veut limiter la casse pour les entreprises. » (...) Selon une enquête réalisée par la Chambre de commerce, au moins sept entreprises sur dix dans le secteur des loisirs affirment qu’une telle application pourrait leur permettre de reprendre leur activité en toute sécurité. Les voyagistes, ainsi que l’hôtellerie et la restauration, applaudissent. « C’est la lumière au bout du tunnel pour de très nombreuses sociétés », estime le directeur de la chambre de commerce, Brian Mikkelsen.Son organisation, ainsi que la Confédération des industries, et le secteur de la culture sont associés au projet, qui va mobiliser plusieurs entreprises danoises, dont les noms n’ont pas encore été dévoilés. « Nous pouvons être les premiers et montrer [la voie] au reste du monde », a estimé avec emphase le ministre Morten Bodskov.
    Le Danemark dispose de plusieurs avantages. Ultraconnectés, ses habitants possèdent tous une signature électronique sécurisée depuis 2000. Ils sont habitués à consulter leur dossier médical sur Internet et à utiliser leur téléphone portable pour des gestes du quotidien. Depuis la fin novembre 2020, ils peuvent ainsi y télécharger leur permis de conduire numérique. « 20 % l’ont fait la première semaine », précise Lars Ramme Nielsen, qui y voit un bon signe pour le « coronapas ». Jusqu’à présent, le principe d’un passeport vaccinal s’était heurté aux craintes de voir émerger une division entre les vaccinés et les autres, qui n’auraient pas eu les mêmes droits. La possibilité d’obtenir un permis immunitaire en se faisant dépister régulièrement devrait rassurer les plus récalcitrants, d’autant que les Danois peuvent facilement se faire tester.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#danemark#islande#sante#test#passeportvaccinal#coronopass#isoldement#quarantaine#economie#tourisme