• In Serbia, migrant children left to fend for themselves on Belgrade’s streets

    Unaccompanied migrant minors are living on the streets of Serbia’s capital, even in the middle of winter. Their fate is in the hands of an international smuggling ring.

    A freezing wind blows through the streets of Belgrade as the residents of the Serbian capital prepare for the Orthodox Christmas on January 7. The stores are open despite coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Wrapped in thick coats, people saunter along the shopping streets or the new promenade on the banks of the Sava River.

    Things are quite different by the long-distance bus terminal on Zeleznicka Street, on the edge of downtown Belgrade. A group of children and teenagers hang out in a small park opposite the terminal, all of them refugees, unaccompanied minors aged 11 to 17, and most of them from Afghanistan.

    Some of the youngsters huddle under white blankets. “I bought them at the market across the street,” Sherkat said, his feet in sneakers with short socks. Some of the young people shiver from the cold, and fatigue is written all over their faces. They are waiting for a chance to continue their journey, to the Hungarian or Croatian border.

    Sherkat managed to get out of Serbia once. The situation on the EU side of the border was bad, he said. “In Croatia, the police stole my cell phone and sent me back.” The situation in the refugee camps in Serbia was difficult, he said, adding that since he did not have a registration card from the Serbian authorities, he had no access at all to aid.

    Children stay away from government agencies

    It is a problem familiar to Bogdan Krasic, who works for nongovernmental organization Save the Children International. “These children are on their way to other countries, they don’t want to stay in Serbia,” he said. Some children live in the official camps for asylum-seekers, but many live outside the camps, he added. “It is not easy to help the young people because they do not want to register,” Krasic said. “They want to go to western Europe and avoid aid organizations and the police.”

    Sherkat and his friends bunk in a construction site opposite the park, next to the lavishly renovated river promenade where investment projects worth billions are being built — shopping centers, hotels and office buildings. The construction site is deserted, but empty bottles and cans, mattresses and thin polyester blankets mark the spot where the boys camp out. It turns out Sherkat and a few other migrants took a bus to the Serbian town of Backa Palanka on the Croatian border in yet another effort to move on.

    Destination: France

    Rizvanullah and Ekram also want to move on as quickly as possible. The teenagers from Afghanistan — who assure us they are 15 years old — and two other boys spend the nights on the river promenade, wrapped in jackets and sleeping bags, but cold nevertheless. They do not have mattresses, so they spread out a thin plastic trash bag on the rocky ground.

    Rizvanullah wants to go to France, where he has relatives. He previously spent three-and-a-half years working in Turkey, but was not paid, so he moved on to Greece. “The Greek police beat me up and sent me back to Turkey,” he said. He made it to Belgrade via North Macedonia.
    ’They didn’t believe I’m a minor’

    Rizvanullah and Ekram have been in the Serbian capital 10 days. Rizvanullah would prefer to live in a camp for underage migrants, but has run into problems. “I’m 15 years old and I’ve already been to the camps in Obrenovac, Sid and Adasevci. They didn’t believe that I am a minor, they said I had to go to a camp for adults. They didn’t give me a card or papers.”

    Their stories are not unusual. Many minors travel from Turkey via Greece to the Western Balkans. In 2015 and 2016, there was great public interest in the so-called Balkan route, with aid organizations offering food and medical supplies. There was also more transparency, the agencies knew approximately how many people were in what place at a certain time.
    International smuggling ring

    Those times are a thing of the past despite the fact that there still is significant traffic on the Balkan route. The conditions that refugees face in Turkey and in Greece have led to a significant increase in migration on the route from Greece to Croatia and Hungary.

    A study by Save the Children’s Balkan Migration and Displacement Hub found that although the children travel alone, they are controlled by smugglers throughout. “They speak of a ’kachakbar,’ a kind of chief smuggler based in Afghanistan who is in touch with local smugglers,” said Katarina Jovanovic, a psychologist and researcher who interviewed 40 underage and unaccompanied refugees on the streets of Belgrade with her team for the study.

    Parents try to stay in touch

    Usually the parents would approach the kachakbar to send their eldest son on the journey to western Europe, she said, adding the trip would put them in debt. “People think the parents just let their children go and then forget about it, but they don’t. They try to maintain a certain level of control,” Jovanovic said.

    On the journey west, local smugglers, informed by the kachakbar in Afghanistan, get in touch with the children. Access to cash is also in the hands of local smugglers. “Most children hardly have any cash, they know it’s dangerous. Depending on the arrangement the parents have made, the smugglers on the ground give them small amounts of cash,” said Jovanovic. The children are in touch with their parents at least some of the time — the smugglers give them money for phone cards, but they control what the young migrants tell their parents.

    Children hush up violence, abuse

    In many cases, the children experience violence and abuse, sometimes even sexual abuse. But they won’t mention any of that to their parents, Jovanovic said. “They don’t want to worry their parents, they feel they must be strong and grow up.”

    “There is a system that protects the children sometimes, but in most cases it doesn’t, and the children experience terrible things,” Jovanovic said, adding there is no official aid for the young migrants. The coronavirus pandemic spelled the end for whatever aid groups were looking after unaccompanied minors on the Balkan route.

    No reliable data on migration

    In addition, there are no reliable figures on the current state of migration. “We see big discrepancies in the figures the UNHCR publishes at the national and regional levels,” Krasic said “We see children coming from Greece, so we suspect that their numbers are similar in the other countries on the Balkan route. But the UNHCR figures do not reflect that.” Save the Children does not know how many children were actually traveling in 2020, he said.

    Less reliable data on migration is part of the Balkan route countries’ refugee policy, Jovanovic argued, adding that only once did the authorities let her and her team talk to children, and that was back in 2018 for the study.

    Currently no one bothers, she said — not UNICEF nor the UNHCR or the International Red Cross. “We don’t really have access to data anymore, or it comes sporadically and is not translated into English. You can clearly see that the information policy has changed,” she said.

    https://www.dw.com/en/in-serbia-migrant-children-left-to-fend-for-themselves-on-belgrades-streets/a-56089115
    #réfugiés #mineurs #enfants #enfance #Belgrade #Serbie #Balkans #route_des_Balkans #SDF #sans-abri #MNA

  • Decree bans new Syrian refugees from settling in #Chlorakas

    The interior ministry quietly issued a decree disallowing any more Syrian refugees from settling in the coastal village of Chlorakas in Paphos, as numbers were causing a huge shift in demographics and creating ‘ghettos’, according to the local community leader.

    “The minister of the interior stopped the settlement of Syrian refugees in Chlorakas a number of weeks ago, but it has only been reported in the media now. This is an important move as we can’t cope with the large number of refugees and we had a number of ghettos which is not acceptable,” Nikolas Liasides, the community leader of Chlorakas said, speaking to the Cyprus Mail on Friday.

    The demographic of the area changed to quickly and the authorities were unable to keep up, he stressed, adding that around 20 per cent of the population is now Syrian.

    Close to 7,000 people reside in Chlorakas, made up of 4,300 Cypriots and other Europeans and around 1,400 Syrian refugees, many from the same area in Syria. He said this number is too large and was mushrooming out of control.

    “We should have around 4 per cent of refugees here and not 20 per cent. We had many problems last summer with criminality and the residents and the community board wanted to do something to stop this from getting worse and so we appealed to the authorities to help,” he added.

    However, on Friday main opposition Akel issued a statement decrying the move as an ‘unprecedented action,’ requesting the government revoke it immediately.

    They said that the decree,” violates the European Directive on the basis of which our national legislation guarantees the right of free movement, establishment and residence of asylum seekers.”

    They also noted that the decree is against the spirit of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which notes that we must first and foremost respect and safeguard.

    “Akel calls on the government to immediately withdraw this decree and to manage the refugee issue through a human-centered approach, by taking measures in the framework of international and European law and with respect for human rights.”

    But it appears that the move may be constitutionally sound, prominent human rights lawyer Achilleas Demetriades said on Twitter.

    “Article 9Ea, unfortunately, grants the right to the minister to issue such a decree IF it is directed towards the public good. The question is whether such a demographic change is within the public good and to what extent it is against A14 of the constitution,” Demetriades said on Friday.

    Liasides said that the decree was necessary as the large numbers of refugees in the area was causing a number of different issues.

    “There were problems with the old houses they were staying in and also the schools were encountering issues; teachers were finding it almost impossible to teach classes due to the different languages. In a class of 20 kids, 8 would be from Syria, 6 Europeans and 5 Cypriots, it was a difficult situation.”

    Liasides noted that companies can no longer draw up a contract to rent to a property in Chlorakas to a Syrian refugee: “It’s not allowed, and it is also illegal for owners to rent to Syrian refugees. If they did, they would be in trouble,” he said.

    The controversial decree has meant that the number of refugees has stayed the same without increasing, which is helping to make the situation better, he said.

    The community leader also noted that help is being given to Chlorakas by the ministry of education, in the form of special programme for school and social practices “We are very happy about that,” he said.

    “This includes lessons for refugees to learn the Greek language to prepare them to go to class, they also learn music and other things, it’s to help them to more easily integrate into the school. We don’t want them not to go to school,” he said.

    Last year, a growing crime rate and the murder of a Syrian man in Chlorakas spread fear among residents and forced Liasides to appeal for state help over groups of young, armed, single men, Liasides said. The situation spread serious concerns in the wider community, including among long-term Syrian residents who were in fear of the newer arrivals.

    “Things are getting better. We do still have problems with criminality, but now there is a police unit that was placed here last year because of the dire situation, we are going the right way.”

    He also stressed: “We are not racists. We love Syrians in Chlorakas and we want to be in a position to help them. We have had refugees here since the 1990’s and they are good people and a good, hard working nation and they are family people too. But we can’t handle the big numbers, it just isn’t viable.”

    https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/01/15/decree-bans-new-syrian-refugees-from-settling-in-chlorakas

    #Chypre #réfugiés #réfugiés_syriens #asile #migrations #réfugiés #decret #Paphos #ghetto #liberté_d'établissement #liberté_de_mouvement #liberté_de_circulation #loi #bien_public #démographie #constitution #constitutionnalité #écoles #logement #criminalité

  • IOM run camps in Bosnia: Structural violence is not an incident

    We demand transparency in the work of international organizations and an immediate switch to the practices of care and justice!

    Since 2018, when the first “temporary reception center” run by the IOM and financed by large from the EU, was established in Bosnia and Herzegovina, people placed in camps have been trying to draw the attention of the public. They have been united in saying that living conditions have been below any standards. At the same time, IOM representatives, as well as the EU, have been repeating that the centers have been built in accordance with the “European standards”. However, they have never told us what these standards are.

    At the moment, camp Blažuj near Sarajevo is the biggest concentration camp in BiH with over 3.200 people ‘housed’ inside. The conditions are precarious. No hot water, food is only basic, it is overcrowded, no heating, many people have scabies, every illness is treated with paracetamol and brufen (DRC responsibility). A similar precarious situation is in another camp near Sarajevo, Ušivak.

    People in Sarajevo are receiving everyday pleas for help from the people in the camps. They ask for food, clothes, hygiene supplies, even baby diapers. Tensions are high and occur in daily conflicts. Additionally, the part of the staff in centers is rude, unprofessional, abusive, and often disrespectful towards the people. Local police enter the camps, and the surrounding area, often using methods that should be scrutinized.

    Therefore, we must ask: Do mass, overcrowded camps represent the “European standard” of living? Is the absence of basic living conditions like hot water and heating, the absence of medical care and treatment, the absence of regular diet and widespread hunger, the absence of human care and compassion the “European standard”? Are mass camps soon becoming new mass graves, as a result of the European living standard in question?

    The atmosphere of tension culminated in Blažuj on the evening of January 20th, when a huge fight broke inside the camp. Another one. Each time it is bigger and bigger. IOM cannot negate this as we all saw the fire a few nights ago, which was the result of one such fight. Those who are running camp do not have the knowledge, or willingness, to deal with tensions, meaning to provide more psychological support than security, better conditions, and activities that would make people at least feel human. Instead of that, the IOM and others have decided to limit media access, and to monitor contacts ‘residents’ have with people outside of the camp and the media, often punishing those who are found to communicate with people outside and accused of sending true information about the conditions in the camp (that should be public anyway). Those who do that are often punished with retaliation, expulsion, or even detention inside the special area in the camps, but also in official detention centers in Bosnia, where with no trials or delivered sentences people are kept sometimes for months.

    In the end, the media, IOM, and authorities put the perpetual blame on people on the move, demonizing and criminalizing them in order to justify their own (wrong) doings and (mis)handlings.

    We ask for transparency in the work of international organizations, and an immediate switch to the practices of care and justice. People in Bosnia, but also many other countries in a similar situation, have been asking for this for decades, with little success, while witnessing what could be described as very problematic behaviour of the personnel and leaders of the international organizations (e.g. during the war, especially in so called “safe zones”, or after the war when the UN personnel was involved in human trafficking).

    - unlimited media access to the camps

    – freedom of speech for people inside the camps

    - utter protection from all kinds of violence

    – access to nutritive food, hot and drinking water, hygienic care, medical treatments, mental health support

    – end to the police, military, and security guards’ violence.

    No more structural violence.

    No more mass camps.

    No more (mass) graves.

    Transbalkan Solidarity

    https://transbalkanskasolidarnost.home.blog/iom-run-camps-in-bosnia-structural-violence-is-not-

    #violence_structurelle #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Bosnie #OIM #IOM #camps_de_réfugiés #Blažuj #Blazuj #Balkans #route_des_Balkans

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    • Bosnia: Fight in migrant camp leaves three officials injured

      Two police officers and an IOM employee suffered minor injuries in clashes at the Blazuj migrant reception center near Sarajevo on Wednesday, police said. More than 3,000 migrants are currently housed at the former military barracks.

      Police were called late Wednesday night to intervene in a fight that had broken out between migrants at the center outside Bosnian capital Sarajevo.

      “During the intervention, migrants attacked police officers and damaged several police and International Organization for Migration (IOM) cars, as well as IOM offices,” police spokesperson Mirza Hadziabdic told the news agency AFP.

      Hadziabdic confirmed that two police officers and an IOM employee were slightly injured, and that the property damaged in the clash included computers and other equipment.

      According to a statement by the IOM, “a skirmish between two migrants … quickly escalated into a bigger fight.” It was not immediately clear if anyone was arrested, AP reports.

      In Bosnian media, the incident was described as a major clash. The news platform Klix.ba published images of smashed cars and reported that police brought in members of special units with dogs. According to Klix.ba, around 2,000 migrants clashed with police and threw stones.

      Klix.ba reported on Friday that six persons involved in the scuffles had received deportation orders from the foreigners’ office and local authorities in the Sarajevo Canton. One Iranian national reportedly also received an an entry ban of three years and is due to be deported.
      Tense situation for migrants in Bosnia

      Bosnia is a transit country for migrants, mainly from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, who travel along the Balkan route in hopes of reaching Western Europe. Many however remain stranded in Bosnia and fail to cross into EU member state Croatia — their attempts are thwarted by Croatian border police who are regularly accused of applying force to push migrants back into Bosnia.

      Bosnia has struggled to manage a growing number of migrant arrivals since 2018 and most recently, the EU called upon Bosnia to provide adequate housing for migrants who are stranded in the country and face harsh winter conditions.

      According to estimates from EU and IOM officials, there are currently between 8,000 and 9,000 migrants in Bosnia.

      Around 6,000 migrants are living in five centers run by the IOM.

      Roughly 900 migrants are living in heated tents at Lipa camp, which the Bosnian army set up after weeks of criticism from the international community over the conditions at the camp.

      Roughly 2,000 migrants are camping out in the woods and in abandoned buildings in northwestern Bosnia, and their situation is becoming increasingly dangerous.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/29826/bosnia-fight-in-migrant-camp-leaves-three-officials-injured

    • Twenty Police Cars damaged by Migrants in Blazuj

      In last night’s riots in the migrant center in Blazuj near Sarajevo, 20 vehicles of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Sarajevo Canton and several IOM vehicles were damaged. This information was confirmed for Klix.ba by the Minister of the Interior of Canton Sarajevo, Admir Katica.

      Two injured police officers and one International Organization for Migrations employee is the epilogue of the chaos that happened last night in the migrant camp in Blazuj. This information was confirmed for “Avaz” by Mirza Hadziabdic, spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior of the Sarajevo Canton, and added that 2,000 migrants took part in the riots.

      The situation calmed down last night at 10:50 p.m. The police are still on the spot, an investigation is being carried out, and no one has been detained so far – Hadziabdic added.

      Recall, the workers of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) tried to move to another camp a migrant who disturbed the order and who is the leader of one of the groups in this camp. Migrants tried to release him by force, after which there was a conflict.

      https://www.sarajevotimes.com/around-2000-migrants-participated-in-riots-in-blazuj

  • How the Pandemic Turned Refugees Into ‘Guinea Pigs’ for Surveillance Tech

    An interview with Dr. Petra Molnar, who spent 2020 investigating the use of drones, facial recognition, and lidar on refugees

    The coronavirus pandemic unleashed a new era in surveillance technology, and arguably no group has felt this more acutely than refugees. Even before the pandemic, refugees were subjected to contact tracing, drone and LIDAR tracking, and facial recognition en masse. Since the pandemic, it’s only gotten worse. For a microcosm of how bad the pandemic has been for refugees — both in terms of civil liberties and suffering under the virus — look no further than Greece.

    Greek refugee camps are among the largest in Europe, and they are overpopulated, with scarce access to water, food, and basic necessities, and under constant surveillance. Researchers say that many of the surveillance techniques and technologies — especially experimental, rudimentary, and low-cost ones — used to corral refugees around the world were often tested in these camps first.

    “Certain communities already marginalized, disenfranchised are being used as guinea pigs, but the concern is that all of these technologies will be rolled out against the broader population and normalized,” says Petra Molnar, Associate Director of the Refugee Law Lab, York University.

    Molnar traveled to the Greek refugee camps on Lesbos in 2020 as part of a fact-finding project with the advocacy group European Digital Rights (EDRi). She arrived right after the Moria camp — the largest in Europe at the time — burned down and forced the relocation of thousands of refugees. Since her visit, she has been concerned about the rise of authoritarian technology and how it might be used against the powerless.

    With the pandemic still raging and states more desperate than ever to contain it, it seemed a good time to discuss the uses and implications of surveillance in the refugee camps. Molnar, who is still in Greece and plans to continue visiting the camps once the nation’s second lockdown lifts, spoke to OneZero about the kinds of surveillance technology she saw deployed there, and what the future holds — particularly with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Molnar says, adding “that they’ve been using Greece as a testing ground for all sorts of aerial surveillance technology.”

    This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

    OneZero: What kinds of surveillance practices and technologies did you see in the camps?

    Petra Molnar: I went to Lesbos in September, right after the Moria camp burned down and thousands of people were displaced and sent to a new camp. We were essentially witnessing the birth of the Kara Tepes camp, a new containment center, and talked to the people about surveillance, and also how this particular tragedy was being used as a new excuse to bring more technology, more surveillance. The [Greek] government is… basically weaponizing Covid to use it as an excuse to lock the camps down and make it impossible to do any research.

    When you are in Lesbos, it is very clear that it is a testing ground, in the sense that the use of tech is quite rudimentary — we are not talking about thermal cameras, iris scans, anything like that, but there’s an increase in the appetite of the Greek government to explore the use of it, particularly when they try to control large groups of people and also large groups coming from the Aegean. It’s very early days for a lot of these technologies, but everything points to the fact that Greece is Europe’s testing ground.

    They are talking about bringing biometric control to the camps, but we know for example that the Hellenic Coast Guard has a drone that they have been using for self-promotion, propaganda, and they’ve now been using it to follow specific people as they are leaving and entering the camp. I’m not sure if the use of drones was restricted to following refugees once they left the camps, but with the lockdown, it was impossible to verify. [OneZero had access to a local source who confirmed that drones are also being used inside the camps to monitor refugees during lockdown.]

    Also, people can come and go to buy things at stores, but they have to sign in and out at the gate, and we don’t know how they are going to use such data and for what purposes.

    Surveillance has been used on refugees long before the pandemic — in what ways have refugees been treated as guinea pigs for the policies and technologies we’re seeing deployed more widely now? And what are some of the worst examples of authoritarian technologies being deployed against refugees in Europe?

    The most egregious examples that we’ve been seeing are that ill-fated pilot projects — A.I. lie detectors and risk scorings which were essentially trying to use facial recognition and facial expressions’ micro-targeting to determine whether a person was more likely than others to lie at the border. Luckily, that technology was debunked and also generated a lot of debate around the ethics and human rights implications of using something like that.

    Technologies such as voice printing have been used in Germany to try to track a person’s country of origin or their ethnicity, facial recognition made its way into the new Migration’s Pact, and Greece is thinking about automating the triage of refugees, so there’s an appetite at the EU level and globally to use this tech. I think 2021 will be very interesting as more resources are being diverted to these types of tech.

    We saw, right when the pandemic started, that migration data used for population modeling became kind of co-opted and used to try and model flows of Covid. And this is very problematic because they are assuming that the mobile population, people on the move, and refugees are more likely to be bringing in Covid and diseases — but the numbers don’t bear out. We are also seeing the gathering of vast amounts of data for all these databases that Europe is using or will be using for a variety of border enforcement and policing in general.

    The concern is that fear’s being weaponized around the pandemic and technologies such as mobile tracking and data collection are being used as ways to control people. It is also broader, it deals with a kind of discourse around migration, on limiting people’s rights to move. Our concern is that it’ll open the door to further, broader rollout of this kind of tech against the general population.

    What are some of the most invasive technologies you’ve seen? And are you worried these authoritarian technologies will continue to expand, and not just in refugee camps?

    In Greece, the most invasive technologies being used now would probably be drones and unpiloted surveillance technologies, because it’s a really easy way to dehumanize that kind of area where people are crossing, coming from Turkey, trying to claim asylum. There’s also the appetite to try facial recognition technology.

    It shows just how dangerous these technologies can be both because they facilitate pushbacks, border enforcement, and throwing people away, and it really plays into this kind of idea of instead of humane responses you’d hope to happen when you see a boat in distress in the Aegean or the Mediterranean, now entities are turning towards drones and the whole kind of surveillance apparatus. It highlights how the humanity in this process has been lost.

    And the normalization of it all. Now it is so normal to use drones — everything is about policing Europe’s shore, Greece being a shield, to normalize the use of invasive surveillance tech. A lot of us are worried with talks of expanding the scope of action, mandate, and powers of Frontex [the European Border and Coast Guard Agency] and its utter lack of accountability — it is crystal clear that entities like Frontex are going to do Europe’s dirty work.

    There’s a particular framing applied when governments and companies talk about migrants and refugees, often linking them to ISIS and using careless terms and phrases to discuss serious issues. Our concern is that this kind of use of technology is going to become more advanced and more efficient.

    What is happening with regard to contact tracing apps — have there been cases where the technology was forced on refugees?

    I’ve heard about the possibility of refugees being tracked through their phones, but I couldn’t confirm. I prefer not to interact with the state through my phone, but that’s a privilege I have, a choice I can make. If you’re living in a refugee camp your options are much more constrained. Often people in the camps feel they are compelled to give access to their phones, to give their phone numbers, etc. And then there are concerns that tracking is being done. It’s really hard to track the tracking; it is not clear what’s being done.

    Aside from contact tracing, there’s the concern with the Wi-Fi connection provided in the camps. There’s often just one connection or one specific place where Wi-Fi works and people need to be connected to their families, spouses, friends, or get access to information through their phones, sometimes their only lifeline. It’s a difficult situation because, on the one hand, people are worried about privacy and surveillance, but on the other, you want to call your family, your spouse, and you can only do that through Wi-Fi and people feel they need to be connected. They have to rely on what’s available, but there’s a concern that because it’s provided by the authorities, no one knows exactly what’s being collected and how they are being watched and surveilled.

    How do we fight this surveillance creep?

    That’s the hard question. I think one of the ways that we can fight some of this is knowledge. Knowing what is happening, sharing resources among different communities, having a broader understanding of the systemic way this is playing out, and using such knowledge generated by the community itself to push for regulation and governance when it comes to these particular uses of technologies.

    We call for a moratorium or abolition of all high-risk technology in and around the border because right now we don’t have a governance mechanism in place or integrated regional or international way to regulate these uses of tech.

    Meanwhile, we have in the EU a General Data Protection Law, a very strong tool to protect data and data sharing, but it doesn’t really touch on surveillance, automation, A.I., so the law is really far behind.

    One of the ways to fight A.I. is to make policymakers understand the real harm that these technologies have. We are talking about ways that discrimination and inequality are reinforced by this kind of tech, and how damaging they are to people.

    We are trying to highlight this systemic approach to see it as an interconnected system in which all of these technologies play a part in this increasingly draconian way that migration management is being done.

    https://onezero.medium.com/how-the-pandemic-turned-refugees-into-guinea-pigs-for-surveillance-t

    #réfugiés #cobaye #surveillance #technologie #pandémie #covid-19 #coroanvirus #LIDAR #drones #reconnaissance_faciale #Grèce #camps_de_réfugiés #Lesbos #Moria #European_Digital_Rights (#EDRi) #surveillance_aérienne #complexe_militaro-industriel #Kara_Tepes #weaponization #biométrie #IA #intelligence_artificielle #détecteurs_de_mensonges #empreinte_vocale #tri #catégorisation #donneés #base_de_données #contrôle #technologies_autoritaires #déshumanisation #normalisation #Frontex #wifi #internet #smartphone #frontières

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  • Les secours livrent des exilés à la police aux frontières

    Une famille, avec deux bébés, a été amenée à la police aux frontières par des membres du Peloton de gendarmerie de haute montagne de Briançon.

    Samedi 16 janvier, un #hélicoptère du peloton de #gendarmerie de haute montagne de Briançon (Hautes-Alpes) décolle pour se porter au secours d’une famille de migrants qui tentait de parvenir en France par ce chemin difficile et périlleux, surtout en plein hiver. Peu avant 16 heures, des militants du Collectif maraude du Briançonnais, qui regroupe quelque 200 citoyens, ont eu la surprise de voir l’hélicoptère revenir et, au lieu de se diriger vers l’hôpital, se poser… devant le poste de la police de l’air et des frontières (#PAF) de #Montgenèvre. Là, la famille d’exilés – un bébé de quelques jours, son frère âgé d’à peine un an et leurs parents – a été tout simplement remise par les gendarmes à la PAF. « Il est impossible d’estimer l’état de santé d’un nourrisson à l’intérieur d’un hélicoptère », dénonce une médecin généraliste du collectif qui a assisté à la scène et juge que cette famille aurait dû être emmenée à l’hôpital.

    Moins dramatique mais tout aussi absurde : la nuit suivante, à 1 heure du matin, les policiers ont appelé les militants pour… leur confier la mise à l’abri de cette même famille et d’autres exilés, en tout 22 personnes – dont la moitié d’enfants. Tous, après la journée passée à la PAF, s’étaient en outre vu notifier une OQTF (obligation de quitter le territoire français). Cela, alors que, dénonce le collectif, l’État multiplie « les contrôles arbitraires, notifications d’amendes, auditions libres et autres pressions » à l’encontre des militants solidaires. Et, surtout, qu’il « militarise la frontière, traque les exilés et les reconduit quasi systématiquement hors du pays », ce qui les pousse « à prendre de plus en plus de risques pour rentrer en France ». Il s’agit, dénoncent les maraudeurs, d’une escalade « dans le mépris des droits fondamentaux et dans la mise en danger des personnes ». Pour eux, l’État est « responsable des drames qui ont lieu aux frontières ».

    https://www.humanite.fr/les-secours-livrent-des-exiles-la-police-aux-frontieres-699029

    #Hautes-Alpes #Briançon #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #frontière_sud-alpine #France #Italie #secours #harcèlement_policier #montagne #Alpes

    voir aussi :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/897857

    • Les mecs de la PAF de Briançon doivent commencer à péter les plombs ; ils ont probablement de plus en plus de mal à dormir en respectant les ordres

  • Une famille en détresse en montagne héliportée vers un poste de police sans même être emmenée à l’hôpital - Basta !
    https://www.bastamag.net/Un-helicoptere-de-secours-en-montagne-ramene-une-famille-d-exiles-avec-deu

    Des personnes exilées secourues en haute montage ont été renvoyées à la frontière franco-italienne sans recevoir des soins ni pouvoir déposer une demande d’asile. « Le harcèlement policier s’accentue », constatent les citoyens sur place.

  • "Nous, élus, avons décidé de soutenir SOS Méditerranée" : l’appel de 28 collectivités pour « l’#inconditionnalité_du_sauvetage_en_mer »"

    Ces élus, maires et présidents d’intercommunalités, de conseils départementaux et régionaux ont décidé, avec leurs assemblées locales, d’apporter un #soutien_moral et financier à #SOS_Méditerranée, qui vient en aide aux migrants.

    Vingt-huit maires ou présidents de collectivités lancent un appel dans une tribune publiée sur franceinfo.fr jeudi 21 janvier pour soutenir SOS Méditerranée et pour "affirmer collectivement l’inconditionnalité du sauvetage en mer". La Méditerranée est "la route migratoire la plus meurtrière au monde", rappellent les signataires, parmi lesquels figurent la maire de Paris, Anne Hidalgo, les maires de Lyon (Grégory Doucet), Marseille (Benoît Payan), Lille (Martine Aubry), Bordeaux (Pierre Hurmic) ou Grenoble (Eric Piolle). Ils appellent les villes, intercommunalités, départements et régions de France à apporter "leur soutien moral et financier" aux trois missions poursuivies par l’association SOS Méditerranée : secourir les personnes en détresse en mer, protéger les rescapés et témoigner.

    Nous ne pourrons pas dire que nous ne savions pas et appelons les villes, intercommunalités, départements et régions de France à soutenir SOS Méditerranée.

    Plus de 20 000 personnes ont péri noyées ces six dernières années en tentant de traverser la Méditerranée sur des embarcations de fortune. L’Organisation internationale des migrations a dénombré 1 224 morts sur la seule année 2020, dont 848 sur l’axe reliant la Libye à l’Europe. Faute de témoins, le nombre de naufrages et de victimes est en réalité bien plus élevé.

    Ainsi, aux portes de l’Europe, la Méditerranée confirme son terrible statut de route migratoire la plus meurtrière au monde.
    "L’assistance, une obligation morale"

    Pourtant, l’assistance aux personnes en détresse en mer est non seulement une obligation morale, valeur cardinale chez les marins, mais aussi un devoir inscrit dans les textes internationaux et dans le corpus législatif français. Pourtant, l’Europe dispose de tous les moyens techniques, financiers et humains pour sauver ces vies.

    Or, face à cette tragédie au long cours, les États européens se sont progressivement soustraits à leur obligation de secours en mer et de débarquement des rescapés en lieu sûr. Les navires de l’opération Mare Nostrum ont d’abord été retirés. Puis la coordination des opérations de recherche et de sauvetage en Méditerranée centrale a été déléguée à la Libye, un pays dont les garde-côtes ne disposent ni des moyens ni des compétences pour assumer une telle mission, et qui en aucun cas ne peut être considéré comme sûr pour le débarquement des personnes secourues.

    Pour pallier cette défaillance des États, des citoyennes et des citoyens décidés à agir afin de ne plus laisser mourir des milliers de femmes, hommes et enfants affrètent des navires et leur portent secours. Ainsi a été créée en 2015 SOS Méditerranée. Bien implantée en France et labellisée en 2017 “Grande cause nationale" par l’État, l’association a, depuis cinq ans, sauvé 31 799 personnes, avec l’Aquarius les premières années, puis avec l’Ocean-Viking à compter d’août 2019.

    Pour SOS Méditerranée comme pour toutes les ONG de sauvetage intervenant en Méditerranée centrale, l’année 2020 aura été des plus éprouvantes. Au printemps, les ports fermés d’une Europe confinée les ont amenées à suspendre leurs missions de sauvetage, tandis que les départs depuis la Libye se poursuivaient. Au déconfinement, à peine avaient-elles repris la mer qu’un véritable harcèlement administratif s’est abattu sur elles, aggravant là des pratiques observées depuis 2017 et avec pour seul résultat de les empêcher de rejoindre les zones de secours. Les navires humanitaires ne sont d’ailleurs plus les seules cibles de ce cynisme depuis que, en août dernier, le pétrolier Maersk-Etienne a été empêché par les autorités maltaises de débarquer les naufragés qu’il avait auparavant recueillis à la demande de ces mêmes autorités… De son côté, poursuivant son leitmotiv de respect du droit, qui est au fondement même de sa mission, il aura fallu cinq mois à SOS Méditerranée afin de satisfaire aux exigences zélées des autorités italiennes et lever la détention dont a été victime l’Ocean-Viking pour, enfin, reprendre ses opérations en mer le 11 janvier dernier.
    "Nous ne pourrons pas dire que nous ne savions pas"

    Parce qu’elle nous montre le cap du refus de l’indifférence et que nous ne pourrons pas dire que nous ne savions pas, en cohérence avec les actions déjà menées par nos collectivités pour l’accueil et l’intégration des personnes exilées, nous, élu·e·s, maires et président·e·s d’intercommunalités, de conseils départementaux et régionaux avons décidé, avec nos assemblées locales, de soutenir SOS Méditerranée et d’affirmer collectivement l’inconditionnalité du sauvetage en mer.

    Nous appelons aujourd’hui tou·te·s les maires et président·e·s des villes, intercommunalités, départements et régions de France à rejoindre la plateforme des collectivités solidaires avec SOS Méditerranée, lancée ce 21 janvier 2021, et à apporter leur soutien moral et financier aux trois missions poursuivies par cette association  :

    • Secourir les personnes en détresse en mer grâce à ses activités de recherche et de sauvetage

    • Protéger les rescapés, à bord de son navire ambulance, en leur prodiguant les soins nécessaires jusqu’à leur débarquement dans un lieu sûr

    • Témoigner du drame humain qui se déroule en Méditerranée centrale

    De la plus petite à la plus grande, du littoral et de l’intérieur, du Centre, du Sud, du Nord, de l’Est et de l’Ouest, toutes nos collectivités sont concernées, chacune à la mesure de ses moyens. Il s’agit de sauver des vies, sans distinction, et de faire vivre la devise républicaine qui fait battre le cœur de nos territoires  : liberté, égalité, fraternité. Il s’agit de sauver nos valeurs et d’assumer la part qui est la nôtre dans ce qui est l’honneur de notre pays.

    Tant que les États européens se soustrairont à leurs devoirs, nous serons là pour nous mobiliser et les rappeler à leurs responsabilités, nous serons aux côtés des citoyennes et des citoyens de SOS Méditerranée pour faire vivre sa mission vitale de sauvetage en mer.

    >>> La plateforme des collectivités solidaires françaises

    Les signataires :

    Anne Hidalgo, maire de Paris, Philippe Grosvalet, président du département de Loire-Atlantique, Carole Delga, présidente de la région Occitanie, Georges Meric, président du département de Haute-Garonne, Michael Delafosse, maire de Montpellier, président de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, Serge De Carli, maire de Mont-Saint-Martin, président de la communauté d’agglomération de Longwy, Cédric Van Styvendael, maire de Villeurbanne, Loïg Chesnais-Girard, président de la région Bretagne, Nathalie Sarrabezolles, présidente du département du Finistère, Bertrand Affile, maire de Saint-Herblain, Jean-Luc Chenut, président du département d’Ille-et-Vilaine, Pierrick Spizak, maire de Villerupt, David Samzun, maire de Saint-Nazaire, Thomas Dupont-Federici, maire de Bernières-sur-Mer, Martine Aubry, maire de Lille, Hermeline Malherbe, présidente du département des Pyrénées-Orientales, Bertrand Kern, maire de Pantin, Grégory Doucet, maire de Lyon, Pierre Hurmic, maire de Bordeaux
    Benoît Payan, maire de Marseille, Hélène Sandragne, présidente du département de l’Aude, Eric Piolle, maire de Grenoble, Nathalie Appéré, maire de Rennes, présidente de Rennes Métropole, Hervé Neau, maire de Rezé, Kléber Mesquida, président du département de l’Hérault, Alain Lassus, président du département de la Nièvre, Johanna Rolland, maire de Nantes, Pierre Laulagnet, maire d’Alba-la-Romaine.

    https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/europe/migrants/tribune-nous-elus-avons-decide-de-soutenir-sosmediterranee-lappel-de-28
    #soutien_financier #solidarité #France #migrations #asile #réfugiés #frontières #villes-refuge

    La version française du #From_Sea_to_Cities :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/759145#message885662

  • L’#encampement des #réfugiés aux #frontières de l’#Europe - Métropolitiques

    https://metropolitiques.eu/L-encampement-des-refugies-aux-frontieres-de-l-Europe.html

    L’attention médiatique pour la question migratoire se focalise sur la traversée de la Méditerranée et ses conséquences souvent dramatiques. Cet article éclaire les trajectoires des personnes exilées vivant dans les « centres d’accueil » du sud de l’Italie, devenus un secteur économique à part entière.

  • ’I’m certain that people have died here’ – German doctor talks about his experience treating migrants in Bosnia

    Aid workers are increasingly alarmed about the worsening situation of the some 1,500 migrants stuck in northwest Bosnia, hundreds of whom are staying in abandoned buildings and makeshift forest settlements with little access to aid. InfoMigrants spoke with German streetwork doctor Gerhard Trabert about his patients’ physical and mental health, a lack of cooperation at the expense of the migrants and what ought to happen next.

    Over the past 20 years, Gerhard Trabert has done no fewer than 34 medical aid missions abroad in countries and hotspots including Afghanistan, Syria, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Lesbos.

    In 1998, the German doctor and social worker founded the aid organization “Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland” ("Poverty and Health in Germany"), whose medical streetwork approach is to seek out homeless people so they get access to health care. For his accomplishments and services, he received Germany’s Federal Cross of Merit in 2004 and was named professor of the year in 2020, among other awards.

    Trabert’s latest mission took him to northwest Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the living conditions of the some 1,500 migrants stranded in the Una-Sana canton are becoming increasingly miserable and dangerous. For months, they have been staying there without access to the most basic necessities.

    Despite not receiving an official permit to deliver medical care, Trabert and his team managed to treat some 170 people in Bihać, the administrative center of the Una-Sana canton, and several other hotspots in the region over the course of eight days.

    InfoMigrants spoke to the 64-year-old in mid-January, three days after he returned from his trip to Bosnia. The interview, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, was conducted by InfoMigrants’ Benjamin Bathke.

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    InfoMigrants: The experiences you had in Bosnia must still be very present. What is going through your mind now that you’re back in Germany?

    Gerhard Trabert: Seeing people living in ruins without access to food, water and medical care at freezing temperatures in shabby blankets and mattresses, who make open fire to somehow keep warm; seeing the migrant camp Lipa that’s still not functioning — all this makes (you) melancholic, sad and angry because these conditions shouldn’t, they mustn’t exist; and Europe is failing to act.

    It’s bizarre that only a ten-hour car drive away from my home, it almost feels like being almost in another world. It also feels bizarre how different and incommensurate priorities can be: While protective measures against COVID-19 are being discussed in Germany, none of these measures exist for migrants and refugees in Bosnia. People complain about not being able to go skiing this winter while migrants live in cold and damp huts full of snow and mud.

    All week long we had sub-zero temperatures. After spending three hours in one of the dwellings, we were chilled to the bone. Of course we were able to go where it’s warm afterwards, but the notion that these people are living in these conditions 24/7 is unfathomable. It’s hard to convey these things if you haven’t seen them with your own eyes or sensed it with your own body, if only temporarily.


    https://twitter.com/InfoMigrants/status/1351220558529224704

    Can you tell us why you decided to go to Bosnia and what your mission looked like, broadly speaking?

    It was a very spontaneous decision after watching all the media reports. We drove down there with two mobile clinics and had contact with our Bosnian partner organization SOS Bihać upfront. We tried to get a permit but decided we could no longer wait and must give it a try. Our vehicles are rolling consulting rooms equipped with an examination couch, medical equipment, medicine, dressing material, and so on. After waiting at the Croatian-Bosnian border for six hours, we were allowed to cross the border, but without our vehicles. A few hours later, we were told we couldn’t go anywhere because of the curfew in Bosnia, so they brought us to a nearby accommodation. The next day, it took another five hours to finally enter Bosnia with our vehicles and drive to Bihać.

    Our team of five consisted of two nurses, two social workers and myself in the role of a physician. We had brought high-quality, suitable material including sleeping bags usable for down to -15°C, sleeping pads, hygiene articles like diapers and toilet paper and warm underwear. We weren’t able to use our mobile clinics, especially in the first few days, because SOS Bihać told us police would come immediately if we show up at a hotspot with the vehicles. So we put as much as we could in our backpacks and walked to the hotspots.

    One of those hotspots you described on Facebook is the run-down four-story building in Bihać of what you say used to be an elderly care facility. What did you experience there?

    We saw more than 100 Pakistani and Afghan men staying there in the freezing cold, most of them between the ages of 20 and 40. We went from floor to floor, introduced ourselves and offered help. It was so dark we had to use flash lights and headlamps at all times. There was this biting smoke everywhere from the open fireplaces they used to keep somewhat warm and cook food.

    Around one in three people had some kind of injury that required medical attention. We treated lots of cases of scabies, which causes bacteria to enter the wound through itching. Fortunately, we had brought special salves and medication needed to treat scabies, which a local pharmacy didn’t have. Many people had respiratory diseases and problems with their digestive organs like gastritis due to the cold and their general living conditions. We also saw skin wounds and severe open wounds as well as typical stress disorders like high blood pressure. During our second visit, we changed the bandages.

    Experiencing people forced to live like this was very intense. Some people told us they had been staying in the building for over a year, one even said it’s been three years. They occasionally try to cross the border, get pushed back and return to the ruin.

    https://gw.infomigrants.net/media/resize/my_image_big/5a72f32860f584ddd9f1aa6e8c805ff8e535fd37.jpeg

    What do the surroundings of the ruin look like?

    It’s a hotspot in the middle of the city, next to a river. The distance to our apartment in Bihać, which has a population of around 50,000, was only 200 meters. During the day, people were out and about in the city for a while and received some food at kiosks. I saw some shovel snow, so perhaps they received some money in exchange. But a regular care concept for these people doesn’t exist. Drinking water, groceries, sanitary facilities — the migrants are more or less dependent on themselves.

    I also noticed protests by locals, but we were told those Bosnians weren’t against refugees and migrants per se but against illegal hotspots. They called for accommodating and providing for them instead of living in the middle of Bihać by the hundreds. But it seems that nobody on the Bosnian side feels responsible for providing for them.

    What about the NGOs — to what extent can they alleviate the suffering?

    My impression after a week on the ground is that there was no real cooperation, interconnectedness or communication between the NGOs. We even sensed some competition. It’s a scrap for power and competence, and many things happened in a very uncoordinated way.

    Regarding Bosnian authorities, there are conflicts between the Una-Sana canton and the capital Sarajevo. Overall, the different players didn’t look at who has which resources, who can take on which task, and so on. I perceived the situation as absolute bleak. And I do have to say that this imbroglio was wanted from the side of Bosnian authorities, which didn’t surprise me as I know it from my time on Lesbos, where the Greek, but also the EU authorities acted similarly: Signaling time and again to the people that they were not welcome there. So I assume chaos is part of the strategy.

    How does the group dynamics among the migrants staying in the hotspots look like? Are there hierarchies and tensions?

    From my experience on the ground in Bosnia, but also from missions in other countries, I must say that there is a hierarchy among the different nationalities. Syrians usually hold the top spot, followed by Afghans, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and northern African countries like Morocco. Why? Because Syrians have the best shot at receiving asylum. Migrants there know exactly how Europe reacts. This hierarchy sometimes manifests in violent confrontations — we treated stab wounds, for instance. Moroccans and Algerians told us they couldn’t go to groups from other countries without getting sent away. There are some mixed groups, including people from Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as Moroccans and Algerians.

    What can you tell us about people’s mental health?

    Please allow me to make a short scientific digression. There are three forms of traumatization, primary, secondary and tertiary. Primary and secondary cases occur when people suffer from violence directly or observe others becoming the victim of violence, respectively. My point is about the tertiary form of traumatization, or sequential traumatization. It means that a person with a primary or secondary trauma — and that includes all the 1,500 people in northwest Bosnia — who isn’t received with respect, who isn’t able to share their experiences with others, who isn’t listened to or shown empathy, also suffers from tertiary traumatization. The tragic thing about this third form is that it is graver than the first two because only then does the trauma become chronic; only then they have flashbacks, anxieties, sleep disorders, depressions, panic attacks and heightened risk of suicide. All this means that the way we treat those people leads to another, active traumatization. And you can feel it when you talk to talk to them.

    Speaking of suicides, you said in a recent interview that you “wouldn’t be surprised if people died here”. What made you arrive at this conclusion?

    We were told there were bears and wolves in the woods in the Una-Sana canton that have attacked and killed migrants in the past, as well as many wild dogs that have bitten many of them. We treated one person with a bite wound from a dog, which is extremely dangerous because of the certain kind of germs in that wound. If such a wound isn’t treated with antibiotics, his life is in danger. We gave him a special antibiotics. He also had a swollen, infected hand. I cannot imagine that nobody has died yet — and dies — in these conditions. The question is how deaths are dealt with, and I believe they are swept under the rug. If you look at the living conditions as well as the diseases and illnesses of these people with a bit of common sense, I’m certain that people have died.

    On your Facebook page, you also wrote about treating small children.

    In Bosanska Bojna, a small village north of Bihać directly on the border with Croatia, a contact who was shooting a film there had met 20 families who lived in ramshackle houses and ruins with their infants and toddlers. We were able to drive there with our mobile clinics because there were no controls. We treated infections, inflammations of the middle ear, which unless it is treated can lead to meningitis. It seemed that the children there were well cared for by and large, but it’s always difficult to tell because children being able to suppress many things fairly well means it’s not easy to see the scars and wounds on their souls.

    Many had stomach aches and nausea, which could stem from the hygienic conditions, but could also be an indicator for a psychosomatic component. Children can also get depression, but the symptoms are different from those in adults: Most of the time, children are very nervous or hyperactive. Oftentimes, this is interpreted as attention deficit disorder, when it is in fact a depression. One sees that time and again among migrant children: Being hyperactive or reclusive, which I also saw in Bosanska Bojna. Partly no talking and no eye contact, nothing. Symptoms like these are always signs for psychic traumatization.

    What did you hear about violent push backs at the hand of Croatian police?

    We have seen many wounds on arms and legs that might well have been caused by beatings. Many call trying to cross the borders “Game” — they go back time and again in the hope to eventually encounter Croatians who allow them into the country.

    Calling it “Game” — is that some kind of coping strategy or black humor?

    I think it speaks to an optimism bias that’s especially prevalent in situations of extreme stress like the one migrants in northwest Bosnia are in. They perceive and describe their situation much more positive than it objectively is. This also manifests in their language, so “Game” is a trivialization to suppress the brutality of the experience a bit. Optimism bias also applies to their general situation and their health conditions, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to act in their situation or survive. It’s astounding what the body and the psyche do in order to deal with such life-threatening situations.

    Why do so many people choose to live outside of the camp in Lipa?

    Lipa is located at 750 meters in an area hostile to life. It is surrounded by wood, and it’s cold and windy there. There is no infrastructure nearby. The village of Lipa is hours away by foot, and you have to use a dirt road for two kilometers to reach the camp. It’s obvious that the location of the camp emphasizes to the people: “You are not welcome here, and we kind of don’t care what happens to you.”

    That’s why people look for opportunities elsewhere like in Bihać, where they might get some kind of assistance or earn some money by working somewhere. So they use former factories, the ruins of the said elderly care facility or the so-called jungle camp in Velika Kladuša, where we also treated people. These hotspots are everywhere because there is no real care concept, like I said before. So people try to create a certain amount of ’free space’ for themselves they can shape more actively — notwithstanding all the other deprivations, because hardly anybody goes to those spaces and brings food and water.

    From your perspective, what needs to happen now to help migrants in northwestern Bosnia?

    My principal claim is to evacuate all of the people there and distribute them among EU member states. It’s possible, we can achieve it and it needs to happen. Their living conditions are not in keeping with human rights and are inhumane. We cannot wait for all of Europe to go along with this. There’s a shift to the right across Europe, toward nationalism and racism, which I also see in this debate. We have to take a stand, and German needs to lead the way.

    Right this moment we need to conceptually organize how medical care can be provided. This needs to happen immediately. The EU alongside Bosnia needs to show where money is invested in a transparent way. At Lipa, we need tents that protect people from all kinds of weather. We also need a hygiene concept and sanitary facilities. All of this is possible — the containers can be brought there and be installed quickly. Moreover, we need a real interconnectedness and cooperation between the different organizations, and ideally a UN organization like UNHCR at the helm that brings together all the different players and decides who does what and where. My impression is that the Bosnian authorities are overburdened and ill-suited, which has something to do with the old wounds and still existent power struggles and rivalries from the Bosnian war.

    Will you go back to Bosnia and Herzegovina in case you receive the permission from the Bosnian authorities to deliver medical aid?

    Yes, in that case we would go back there, at least with one mobile clinic. We would then deliver medical aid in cooperation with others and might leave the vehicle in Bosnia long-term, perhaps by lending it to a different NGO to use free of charge like we’re doing right now in Sicily with an Italian NGO.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/29741/i-m-certain-that-people-have-died-here-german-doctor-talks-about-his-e
    #route_des_Balkans #Bosnie #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Balkans #santé_mentale #violence #Gerhard_Trabert #Lipa #hiver #froid #neige #Bihać #hotspot #hotspots #traumatisme #the_game #game #camp_de_réfugiés

  • Syrian Refugees Return From KRG Due To Unemployment Amid Coronavirus - The syrian observer
    “Due to the continued spread of the coronavirus, businesses in Kurdish Iraq are remaining closed, creating an unemployment crisis for Syrian refugees living in the region”

    For about eight months, the lockdown measures have affected restaurants and many tourist facilities that housed Syrian workers, and according to statistics from the Association of Restaurants and Hotels in Duhok Governorate, which received about 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2019, 30 percent of those refugees worked in the tourism sector.

    The UNHCR in Iraq recorded an increase in returns to Syria, according to press statements by UNHCR media officer Rashid Hussein. “500 Syrian refugees in Duhok Governorate have registered with the UNHCR for voluntary return to Syria,” he explained.

    He added, “The main reasons for the voluntary return, according to refugees, are the economic conditions and the decline in job opportunities in the KRG.”

    Nuri Qasim is a former Syrian refugee who returned to his hometown of Derik three months ago after spending a year and a half in the city of Zakho in KRG. Qasim worked as a construction worker, but his work stopped due to coronavirus and the lack of aid provided by relief organizations to refugees, in addition to some health problems that forced him to return


    https://syrianobserver.com/EN/news/63130/syrian-refugees-return-from-krg-due-to-unemployment-amid-coronavirus

    #Covid-19#Syrie#Iraq#frontière#Pandémie#Travail#Retour_volontaire#Économie#migrant#Politique#réfugiés#migration

  • #Frontex to expand cooperation with Operation #IRINI

    Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and Operation #EUNAVFOR_MED IRINI have agreed last Friday to expand their cooperation to address challenges and threats to EU security in the Central Mediterranean region.

    Under a new working arrangement, Frontex will be supporting Operation IRINI with information gathered as part of the agency’s risk analysis activities, such as tracking vessels of interests on the high seas, as well as data from its aerial surveillance in the Central Mediterranean. The agreement also foresees the exchange of experts. Currently, an EUNAVFOR MED expert is based at the Warsaw headquarters of Frontex to support information exchange and cooperation in search and rescue operations.

    “Operation IRINI is a as a valuable operational partner for us. Frontex will provide information that will help tackle security challenges in the Central Mediterranean. We also work together to help save lives at sea,” said Frontex Director Fabrice Leggeri.

    “I am happy to sign the agreement with Frontex in order to strengthen our common action in order to ensure the security of EU borders and stem illicit traffic in the Mediterranean Sea,” said Admiral #Fabio_Agostini, IRINI Operation Commander, during the virtual ceremony.

    The working arrangement was signed during a virtual ceremony by Frontex’s Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri and Rear Admiral Fabio Agostini, the Commander of Operation IRINI and attended by Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs #Monique_Pariat.

    EUNAVFOR MED Operation IRINI is tasked with the implementation of the United Nation Security Council Resolutions on the arms embargo on Libya through the use of aerial, satellite and maritime assets.
    Cooperation with EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy missions is an integral part of Frontex’s activities. Before the launch of IRINI, the agency worked with EUNAVFOR Med Sophia to together combat people smuggling and trafficking and helped the mission build a comprehensive picture of cross-border criminal activities in the Central Mediterranean.

    https://frontex.europa.eu/media-centre/news-release/news-release/frontex-to-expand-cooperation-with-operation-irini-IYCjyo

    #frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #operation_IRINI #EUNAVFOR_MED_IRINI #militarisation_des_frontières #Méditerranée #mer_Méditerranée #Méditerranée_Centrale #information #données #sécurité #sauvetage #accord

    ping @isskein @karine4 @etraces

  • Après la #Méditerranée (https://seenthis.net/messages/598388) et les #Alpes (https://seenthis.net/messages/891799), #Génération_identitaire fait une opération « anti-migrants » dans les #Pyrénées...

    Génération Identitaire lance une nouvelle opération antimigrants dans les Pyrénées

    C’est le deuxième coup médiatique de ce type que l’organisation d’extrême droite lance aux frontières du pays. La présidente de la région Occitanie, Carole Delga, demande à la préfecture d’y « mettre fin ».

    Deux ans après son opération sur les hauteurs de Besançon, à la frontière franco-italienne, Génération identitaire récidive dans les Pyrénées. Le groupuscule d’extrême droite, adepte des coups médiatiques, affirme depuis ce mardi matin « sillonner » les abords du #col_du_Portillon, près de #Bagnères-de-Luchon, afin d’empêcher l’entrée de réfugiés sur le sol français.

    En doudoune bleue et au volant de trois 4x4 sérigraphiés, une trentaine de militants s’affichent sur les réseaux sociaux au nom de « la #défense_de_l'Europe ». Leur mission, affirme sur Telegram l’une des têtes d’affiche, #Thaïs_d'Escufon, consiste à « surveiller tout passage éventuel de migrants et en alerter les autorités ». Car, ajoute-t-elle, dans une communication très anxiogène, « plus une seule goutte de sang Français ou Européen (sic) ne doit couler à cause du couteau d’un terroriste ». Le 5 janvier, le préfet Etienne Guyot avait annoncé la fermeture temporaire du col du Portillon « dans le cadre de la lutte contre le terrorisme » et du renforcement des contrôles aux frontières voulu par Emmanuel Macron en novembre.

    Contactée par Le Parisien, la gendarmerie locale confirme avoir rencontré ces individus dans la matinée au niveau du col du Portillon, puis dans l’après-midi à l’autre poste-frontière du département, entre #Melles et #Pont-du-Roy. Mais le chef d’escadron #Pierre_Tambrun assure n’avoir constaté « aucun trouble à l’ordre public » et « aucune opération de remise de migrants ». Simplement « des personnes avec des drapeaux » qui, « en nous voyant, sont restées un petit peu puis reparties ». Interrogé sur les passages dans cette zone, il indique que la « fréquentation de ces deux points de passage montagneux est beaucoup plus faible en comparaison des voies d’autoroutes côté Pays Basque et côté Perpignan ».

    « Un coup de force contraire aux valeurs de la République »

    Dans un message posté sur Twitter, la présidente de la région Occitanie, Carole Delga (PS), demande à la préfecture de « mettre fin fermement et sans délais à ce coup de force contraire aux valeurs de la République ». Un appel lancé conjointement avec le député local Joël Aviragnet, le président du conseil départemental George Meric et le maire de Luchon, Eric Azémard. « Cette opération, menée en toute illégalité, a seulement pour but de créer le « buzz » médiatique et ainsi permettre à ces extrémistes de développer leur discours de haine », poursuivent les élus dans une lettre que s’est procurée le journal local Petite République.


    https://twitter.com/CaroleDelga/status/1351541472965914625

    Ils exigent par ailleurs la dissolution de Génération Identitaire. Un serpent de mer dans les couloirs du ministère de l’Intérieur, sollicité depuis plusieurs années à ce sujet, et relancé cet après-midi par le Parisien. En vain.

    La préfecture de police de région a répondu en fin de journée dans un communiqué. Le préfet « a fermement » condamné ces actions « purement symboliques (...) qui ont mobilisé inutilement les forces de l’ordre, les détournant de leur mission de surveillance de la frontière ». L’un des activistes d’extrême droite a par ailleurs été entendu par la gendarmerie après avoir participé au « déploiement d’une banderole sur un site appartenant à EDF », et la justice a « été saisie ».

    Le 16 décembre dernier, Generation Identitaire et trois de ses cadres ont été relaxés par la cour d’appel de Grenoble (Isère), dans l’affaire des opérations antimigrants menées en 2018 dans les Alpes. Dans son arrêt, la cour estime que cette chaîne humaine était une action « purement de propagande politique », « à visée médiatique » et « annoncée comme telle ». Elle n’était donc pas « de nature à créer une confusion dans l’esprit du public avec l’exercice des forces de l’ordre ».

    En 2012, l’organisation s’était fait connaître pour l’occupation du toit d’une mosquée à Poitiers (Vienne). Le 13 juin dernier, elle avait également déployé une banderole provocatrice contre le « racisme anti-blanc » lors d’une manifestation organisée place de la République à Paris contre les violences policières et le racisme.

    https://www.leparisien.fr/amp/faits-divers/generation-identitaire-lance-une-nouvelle-operation-antimigrants-dans-les
    #frontières #extrême_droite #France #Espagne #asile #migrations #réfugiés #montagne #defend_Europe

    ping @karine4 @isskein

  • Decade of conflict triggering ‘slow tsunami’ across Syria, Security Council hears | | UN News
    https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/01/1082592

    “Today, millions inside the country and the millions of refugees outside, are grappling with deep trauma, grinding poverty, personal insecurity, and lack of hope for the future”, Special Envoy Geir Pedersen said via video link.
    Ten years of death, displacement, destruction and destitution “on a massive scale”, have left millions of Syrians grappling with “deep trauma, grinding poverty, personal insecurity and lack of hope for the future”, he added.
    He cited the UN humanitarian office, OCHA, in saying that more than eight in 10 people are living in poverty, and the World Food Programme (WFP) has assessed that 9.3 million are food insecure. And with rising inflation and fuel shortages, he expects that the authorities will be unable to provide basic services and goods. The pandemic is also continuing to take its toll.
    “Syrians are suffering”, the UN official said, speaking out against economic sanctions that would worsen the plight of Syrians. “A torn society faces further unraveling of its social fabric, sowing the seeds for more suffering and even more instability”, he warned. Civilians continue to be killed in crossfire and IED attacks while facing dangers ranging “from instability, arbitrary detention and abduction, to criminality and the activities of UN-listed terrorist groups”, said the UN envoy. “The political process is not as yet delivering real changes in Syrian’s lives nor a real vision for the future”, he said, pointing to the need for confidence-building steps, such as unhindered humanitarian access; information on and access to detainees; and a nationwide ceasefire. He called for “more serious and cooperative international diplomacy” and urged States to build on common interests, including stability, counter-terrorism and preventing further conflict that “could unlock genuine progress and could chart a safe and secure path out of this crisis for all Syrians”. Mr. Pedersen flagged that, depending on COVID, the Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated Constitutional Committee will convene in Geneva next week. “We need to ensure that the Committee begins to move from ‘preparing’ a constitutional reform to ‘drafting’ one, as it is mandated to do”, he spelled out.
    UN Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Lowcock, spoke of “historically high levels” of food prices and the “drastically” declining value of Syria’s currency that have together driven food insecurity. “As a result of decreased purchasing power, over 80 per cent of households report relying on negative coping mechanisms to afford food”, he told ambassadors. Also of grave concern is the continuing economic crisis that has created fuel shortages and power cuts during winter, and a rising dependency on child labor. Furthermore, harsh weather has sparked widespread flooding, forcing Syrians to “spend entire nights standing up in their tents due to rising flood waters”, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator said. As the COVID pandemic compounds the economic crisis, he said that amidst limited testing, “there are indications that Syria may be experiencing a renewed wave of infections”. Turning to desperate conditions at the notorious Al Hol refugee camp, the UN official stressed that security must be provided without endangering residents, violating their rights or restricting humanitarian access. He reminded that most of the 62,000 people there are younger than 12, and “growing up in unacceptable conditions”. Stressing the UN’s focus on life-saving humanitarian needs, Mr. Lowcock said the Organization was committed to assisting but required “adequate funding, improved access, and an end to the violence that has tormented Syrians for nearly a decade”.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#syrie#refugie#personnedeplacee#camp#sante#crise#vulnerabilite#sante

  • HCR - « Tout ce que je veux, c’est un médecin pour mon frère et une école pour moi »
    https://www.unhcr.org/fr/news/stories/2021/1/60081601a/veux-cest-medecin-frere-ecole.html

    Le HCR appelle à fournir des abris décents, à augmenter les capacités d’accueil et à accélérer les transferts vers la Grèce continentale, parallèlement à des programmes efficaces d’intégration des réfugiés, à un soutien continu de la Commission européenne et à la relocalisation dans d’autres États européens. Le voyage long de 10 heures depuis Athènes vers la ville de Speyer, dans le sud-ouest de l’Allemagne, met fin à une période de turbulences pour la famille Mohamed, qui avait commencé, il y a trois ans, lors du meurtre du père de Nasro par des militants à Mogadiscio, la capitale de la Somalie.
    Les militants ont également menacé la vie de Hindi. Dans l’incapacité de s’occuper de ses enfants et craignant pour sa vie, elle a décidé en 2018 de fuir son pays natal et de se rendre en Grèce. Ils ont passé dix mois dans des conditions difficiles au sein d’un centre d’accueil sur l’île de Leros, avant d’apprendre qu’ils allaient être transférés en Allemagne et pouvoir mener une vie plus stable. Pendant les deux premières semaines, la famille a été mise en quarantaine dans un centre de réfugiés à Speyer en raison de la pandémie de Covid-19. Ils avaient leur propre chambre bien équipée, ce qui semblait un luxe après de nombreux mois de conditions difficiles en Grèce.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#grece#sante#unhcr#refugie#integration

  • –-> carte pour illustrer la dangerosité des routes migratoires (17’000 morts en #Méditerranée)
    Titre de l’article : Verdens dødeligste migrantrute : Minst 17 000 har druknet i Middelhavet – på sju år

    ... une carte qui, en réalité, reproduit la rhétorique de l’#invasion...

    https://www.bistandsaktuelt.no/nyheter/2021/17-000-har-druknet-i-middelhavet-pa-syv-ar
    #migrations #flèches #rouge #réfugiés #routes_migratoires
    #mer_Méditerranée

    ping @fbahoken
    via @reka

  • Les centres pour requérants d’asile doivent améliorer leur gestion de la #violence

    La violence et les conflits devraient être mieux gérés dans les centres fédéraux pour requérants d’asile. Le personnel de sécurité devrait être mieux formé. La commission nationale de prévention de la torture a publié lundi ses nouvelles recommandations.

    Pour la commission, la manière de résoudre les #conflits et la violence laisse à désirer dans ces hébergements et un système de #gestion_des_conflits y fait défaut.

    A plusieurs reprises, le #personnel_de_sécurité des centres fédéraux a utilisé des moyens disproportionnés, relève le rapport sur la base de témoignages. Il s’agit par exemple de l’#immobilisation_corporelle, de l’utilisation de #gels_au_poivre ou du placement en salle de « réflexion ». Des procédures pénales ont été engagées contre des #agents_de_sécurité pour usage arbitraire ou disproportionné de la #force ou d’#abus_de_pouvoir.

    Meilleure formation

    La commission recommande donc une gestion systématique des #plaintes. Cette approche plus transparente permettrait de régler les conflits le plus souvent possible sans faire usage de la force, à dissiper les #malentendus et la #défiance entre les requérants d’asile et le #personnel_de_sécurité. La justice pénale ne se concentrerait que sur les cas qui le justifient.

    Les entreprises de sécurité doivent en outre recruter des employés expérimentés et formés spécifiquement aux charges requises dans un centre fédéral pour requérants d’asile. Elles doivent prévoir une #formation nettement plus longue et plus poussée de leur personnel. Le Secrétariat d’Etat aux migrations (SEM) est notamment prié de prévoir des moyens financiers à cet effet.

    La commission nationale de prévention de la torture estime en outre qu’il faut limiter le moins possible la #liberté_de_mouvement des requérants et encourager les autorités communales compétentes à aménager des #horaires_de_sortie étendus. Cette recommandation avait déjà été émise dans son précédent rapport.

    Points positifs

    Dans ses conclusions, la commission relève également plusieurs points positifs. Les requérants d’asile sont en général hébergés dans des conditions répondant aux droits humains et fondamentaux.

    La mise en place de l’enseignement de base pour les enfants et les jeunes en âge de scolarité est saluée, tout comme la création dans le centre de #Kreuzlingen (TG) d’une consultation pour les personnes souffrant de dépendances.

    https://amp.rts.ch/info/suisse/11905402-les-centres-pour-requerants-dasile-doivent-ameliorer-leur-gestion-d

    #centres_fédéraux #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Suisse #centre_fédéral

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    Ajouté au fil de discussion sur #ORS en #Suisse :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/884092

    qui, lui-même, a été ajouté à la métaliste sur ORS :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/802341

    • Centres fédéraux pour requérants d’asile : accès à l’enseignement scolaire de base jugé positivement, potentiel d’amélioration concernant la prévention de la violence et la protection des personnes vulnérables

      La #Commission_nationale_de_prévention_de_la_torture (#CNPT) s’est rendue une nouvelle fois dans des centres fédéraux pour requérants d’asile (CFA) entre 2019 et 2020. Elle publie aujourd’hui les constatations et les recommandations qu’elle a faites à l’occasion de ses visites. La Commission conclut dans son rapport que les requérants d’asile sont en général hébergés dans des conditions conformes aux droits humains et aux droits fondamentaux. Elle juge en particulier positive l’instauration de l’enseignement de base pour les enfants et les jeunes en âge de scolarité et cite en exemple la création, dans un centre, d’une consultation pour les personnes souffrant de dépendances. La Commission estime cependant qu’il existe un potentiel d’amélioration concernant la gestion des conflits, la prévention de la violence et le traitement des plaintes, et rappelle que des progrès doivent être faits s’agissant de l’identification des personnes vulnérables, de l’accès à une prise en charge psychiatrique et, dans certains cas, de l’infrastructure.

      Au cours de ses visites, la Commission a constaté que le personnel de sécurité des centres a eu recours à plusieurs reprises à l’immobilisation corporelle, à des gels au poivre et au placement en salle de « réflexion ». Plusieurs témoins de ces situations jugent que l’intervention du personnel de sécurité était dans quelques cas disproportionnée. Il a été porté à la connaissance de la Commission que des procédures pénales ont de fait été engagées contre plusieurs collaborateurs à la suite de plaintes de requérants d’asile.

      La Commission estime qu’il existe un potentiel d’amélioration considérable en ce qui concerne la prévention de la violence et le traitement des conflits et des griefs de violence. Elle recommande au Secrétariat d’État aux migrations (SEM) de mettre en place une gestion systématique, à bas seuil, des plaintes et de réfléchir à la manière de renforcer l’encadrement afin de réduire les conflits violents. L’introduction prévue d’un plan de prévention de la violence dans tous les hébergements est saluée.

      Le SEM doit en outre veiller à ce que les entreprises de sécurité qu’il mandate recrutent des employés expérimentés et qualifiés et leur assurent une formation approfondie aux spécificités du travail dans un CFA. Les entreprises de sécurité doivent en particulier prévoir une formation nettement plus longue et plus poussée de leur personnel.

      La Commission cite en exemple la création d’une consultation pour les personnes souffrant de dépendances au CFA de Kreuzlingen. Cette mesure, qualifiée de meilleure pratique, a contribué selon divers intervenants à réduire les tensions dans l’hébergement. Le SEM est encouragé à mettre en œuvre des solutions analogues dans ses autres structures également.

      Les rôles des différents intervenants dans les centres et les processus d’identification des personnes vulnérables ne sont pas encore définis avec suffisamment de clarté. La Commission se félicite de ce que le SEM prépare un guide concernant les personnes ayant des besoins particuliers.

      Dans les CFA, la prise en charge psychiatrique se limite généralement aux situations aiguës. Compte tenu de la courte durée des séjours dans les centres, un traitement n’est généralement mis en place qu’après l’attribution de la personne à un canton. La Commission recommande au SEM de procéder à un premier bilan de la situation psychique des requérants à leur arrivée, de manière à pouvoir les rediriger, en cas de traumatisme ou de troubles psychiques, vers des services spécialisés si possible déjà pendant leur séjour au centre. La Commission a pris acte de ce que différentes mesures sont prévues pour faciliter l’accès à une prise en charge psychiatrique.

      La Commission a visité, de janvier 2019 à juillet 2020, les CFA de Boudry, de Balerna, de Chiasso, de l’Aéroport de Genève, de Kappelen, de Kreuzlingen et de la « Via Motta » (Chiasso), ainsi que l’hébergement de la halle 9 à Oerlikon, géré par la ville de Zurich.
      Ces visites se fondent sur les dispositions de la loi fédérale du 20 mars 2009 sur la Commission de prévention de la torture (CNPT), qui prévoit que la CNPT contrôle régulièrement la situation des personnes privées de liberté ou dont la liberté de mouvement est restreinte en application d’une décision des autorités. Le dernier rapport de la Commission sur les conditions dans les hébergements fédéraux pour requérants d’asile date de janvier 2019 (période 2017 - 2018).

      https://www.nkvf.admin.ch/nkvf/fr/home/publikationen/mm.msg-id-82013.html

      –—

      Dans le résumé du rapport en français (le rapprt complet n’est pas disponible en français), pas de mention de #ORS : https://www.nkvf.admin.ch/dam/nkvf/fr/data/Berichte/2020/baz/ber-zus-baz-fr.pdf

      ORS est par contre mentionnée dans le rapport complet en allemand : https://www.nkvf.admin.ch/dam/nkvf/de/data/Berichte/2020/baz/ber-baz-de.pdf

  • En Bosnie, une inhumaine route migratoire
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/01/18/en-bosnie-une-inhumaine-route-migratoire_6066667_3210.html

    Les squats se sont multipliés au fur et à mesure que la Bosnie a fermé les camps officiels. Cet hiver est, à cet égard, le pire. La fermeture du camp de Bira, en septembre 2020, au moment où une surenchère politique antimigratoire animait la campagne pour les élections municipales, a donné le ton. La fermeture et l’incendie en décembre du camp de Lipa, qui n’était par ailleurs qu’un camp temporaire d’urgence destiné à faire face à la crise d’épidémie de Covid-19, ont achevé de déshumaniser l’accueil aux migrants. Ce qui fait aujourd’hui office de « camp de réfugiés » à Lipa consiste à entasser près d’un millier de migrants sous des tentes installées à la hâte par l’armée bosnienne. Il n’y a ni eau potable, ni électricité, ni soins médicaux. Les migrants se lavent dans l’eau glacée du ruisseau en contrebas. Ils ne dorment pas la nuit tellement il fait froid, et errent la journée sous la neige, dans l’attente des distributions de vivres.
    « La situation est cette année encore plus précaire qu’auparavant, avec davantage de personnes sans abri, reconnaît Peter Van der Auweraert, le chef de l’Organisation internationale des migrations (OIM) à Sarajevo. Il y a de l’argent européen disponible pour construire des abris, mais tout est bloqué par les autorités bosniennes. » Car la même Union européenne qui organise les refoulements illégaux et tolère les violences à sa frontière fait pression sur la Bosnie pour que les migrants soient traités « humainement », comme on dit à Bruxelles.Ces fermetures de camps et restrictions diverses ne changent rien à la migration elle-même, stable et continue. La Bosnie n’a certes enregistré que 17 000 arrivées en 2020, contre 25 000 à 30 000 les années précédentes, mais c’est surtout parce que l’épidémie de Covid-19 a fait que beaucoup d’enregistrements n’ont pas eu lieu. Et, en dépit des violences et refoulements, cette route reste le chemin principal vers l’UE. « Il y a eu au moins 70 000 entrées dans le pays depuis 2018, et on estime à 8 500 le nombre de migrants présents aujourd’hui. Cela montre bien que la route est ouverte », explique Peter Van der Auweraert, de l’OIM.
    Lire aussi L’UE dénonce les conditions « inacceptables » pour les migrants en Bosnie.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#bosnie#balkan#ue#politiquemigratoire#sante#santementale#oim#droit#refugie

  • Une cinquantaine de migrants secourus en mer Adriatique et ramenés en Albanie

    La police albanaise a intercepté 55 migrants syriens, dont des enfants, qui tentaient le passage de la mer Adriatique, en pleine tempête, pour rejoindre l’Italie voisine. Selon les chiffres du pays, les arrivées de migrants en Albanie ont triplé en un an.

    Cinquante-cinq migrants syriens ont été secourus et ramenés sur la côte par les autorités albanaises après avoir passé plus de trois heures dans les eaux agitées de l’Adriatique, a fait savoir samedi la police albanaise.

    Les Syriens secourus, dont des enfants, ont été interceptés par mauvais temps à bord de leur bateau pneumatique au large de la côte de l’Albanie, d’où ils comptaient rejoindre le sud de l’Italie, a précisé la police du port de #Vlore, au sud du pays.

    « Tempête et hautes vagues »

    « Le sauvetage et l’évacuation des personnes à bord s’est déroulé dans de très mauvaises conditions, au milieu d’une tempête et de hautes vagues », ajoute le communiqué des autorités.

    Seize des passagers, dont trois enfants, ont été hospitalisés, et les autres vont probablement être emmenés dans un centre pour migrants.

    L’Albanie est devenu depuis 2018 un passage clé sur la route des Balkans, itinéraire privilégié des migrants d’Asie, d’Afrique et du Moyen-Orient souhaitant rejoindre l’Europe de l’Ouest.
    De plus en plus de migrants bloqués en Albanie

    En mai 2019, #Frontex, l’agence des garde-frontières européenne avait déployé ses forces dans ce pays qui ne fait pourtant pas partie de l’Union européenne pour aider le petit État à lutter contre l’immigration illégale. En empêchant les migrants de continuer leur route vers l’ouest, Tirana espère convaincre les États membres d’ouvrir des négociations d’adhésion à l’UE.

    Cependant, avec la fermeture progressive de la route des Balkans, de plus en plus de migrants ont fini par se retrouver bloqués en Albanie.

    Malgré la pandémie de Covid-19, le nombre des migrants ayant traversé l’Albanie a triplé en 2020 par rapport à l’année précédente, selon les chiffres de la police.

    Selon les statistiques fournies par le gouvernement albanais, le nombre d’arrivées de migrants en Albanie avait déjà fortement progressé ces dernières années.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/29537/une-cinquantaine-de-migrants-secourus-en-mer-adriatique-et-ramenes-en-

    #mer_Adriatique #Adriatique #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #Albanie #route_adriatique

  • Migrants à #Paris : l’#ultimatum aux autorités

    Invité d’« À l’air libre », #Yann_Manzi, cofondateur de l’ONG #Utopia_56 qui vient en aide aux migrants, annonce une nouvelle action, « type place de la République, ou bien différente mais d’ampleur », si les demandes de logement d’urgence ne sont pas acceptées.

    « Tous les soirs, des dizaines de familles, d’enfants, de bébés, de femmes enceintes dorment dehors. » Sur le plateau d’« À l’air libre », mercredi soir, Yann Manzi, cofondateur de l’ONG Utopia 56, qui vient en aide aux migrants à Paris comme à Calais, ne décolère pas. Deux mois après l’évacuation violente de la place de la République, des centaines de migrants sont toujours condamnés à l’errance dans les rues de la capitale et de sa banlieue proche. Et ce malgré les promesses de la ministre du logement, Emmanuelle Wargon. Utopia 56 a donc écrit aux autorités pour leur demander une action concrète. En l’absence de réponse et pour dénoncer cette politique de « non-accueil », Yann Manzi lance donc un ultimatum et promet une nouvelle action d’ampleur en cas de non-réponse.

    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/140121/migrants-paris-l-ultimatum-aux-autorites

    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #hébergement #logement #SDF #sans-abrisme #sans-abris #France

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    En lien avec la destruction du campement à la #Place_de_la_République (23.11.2020) :

    https://seenthis.net/messages/889796

    ping @karine4 @isskein

    • Des extraits de l’interview à Yann Manzi :
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3ypJdInLZM&feature=emb_logo

      Extrait de la lettre envoyée par Utopia 56 aux autorités :

      « Nous ne pouvons plus tolérer que le passage à la rue soit une étape obligatoire d’un demandeur d’asile qui arrive à Paris »

      Yann Manzi :

      « On a dit au gouvernement qu’on visibiliserai systématiquement toutes les mises à la rue. (...) On va rendre visibles ces invisibles »

      –----

      Collectif citoyens solidaires du 93 a ouvert un lieu pour les personnes qui, après destruction du campement de Saint-Denis ("refuge" pour 3000 personnes), n’a pas été mises à l’abri.

      Denis, membre du collectif :

      « Il y a une espèce de frustration face à des mots qui peuvent être dits par des politiques institutionnelles et traditionnelles qui se disent de gauche et qui ont en leur possession énormément de locaux vides et qui n’en font rien. Le but c’est de leur forcer un peu la main et de faire ce qu’ils devraient faire : d’investir des locaux vides et qui sont appelés à rester vides pendant un certain temps. ça me parait une décision saine, sage et de bon sens. »

      Réaction de la mairie écologiste de Saint-Denis —> elle a lancé une procédure d’#expulsion.
      Communiqué du 6 janvier 2021 :


      Elle précise aussi que

      « dans cette période hivernale, l’Etat doit demander la réquisition de nombreux logements et bureaux vides qui sont d’ailleurs souvent situés dans des villes bien plus riches que la nôtre »

      –-> Réaction de Yann Manzi :

      « C’est le ping-pong, tout le monde se renvoie la patate chaude, comme on dit, et c’est dans toutes les régions de France : ’C’est pas moi, c’est l’Etat, c’est pas aux élus’, alors qu’en fait on peut imaginer... des locaux vides, il y en a partout. Je crois que c’est une politique et une volonté de #non-accueil, et de passer un message à toutes ces populations qui veulent venir : ’Regardez, on ne vous accueille plus’. C’est un vrai #projet_politique et c’est ça qu’on essaie de démontrer et de dire, c’est que tout cela est bien organisé et voulu. On n’est pas envahis, loin de là ! Cette volonté politique de laisser les gens à la rue c’est une réelle volonté politique. Et c’est ça qui est dramatique, ce rendre compte de ça, ça fait peur... c’est des femmes, des bébés, c’est des enfants et c’est aussi, demain, à cause du covid, beaucoup de nos compatriotes qu’on croise dans les rues. Est-ce que la #rue, en France, dans un pays si riche, est une alternative aujourd’hui pour les gens qui n’ont pas de solution, avec tous ces lieux qui existent ? Nous on dit, tout simplement : ça suffit ! Et les citoyens resteront engagés et resteront là pour être vigilants et pour informer le public. »

      Question du journaliste : « Qu’est-ce qui bloque ? »
      Yann Manzi :

      « Il y a une réelle volonté de non-accueil. C’est une politique de non-accueil. ça fait des décennies qu’on dit qu’il manque des places dans les dispositifs d’accueil d’exilés. Des dispositifs ne sont pas mis en place, et c’est pour faire passer un message, pour tous ceux qui veulent venir : ’Regardez, on n’accueille plus !’. C’est le fameux #appel_d'air, une honte. On imagine que si on accueille bien ils vont venir en masse nous envahir, ce qui est totalement faux et fou. Et puis derrière, plus de #points_de_fixation, donc plus de campements dans Paris et on chasse les gens sous les ponts, donc ça devient totalement inhumain. »

      Journaliste : « Il y a beaucoup d’élus de gauche en Île-de-France, comment vous regardez ce qu’ils font par rapport à ça ? »

      « Je ne fais pas de généralité, mais ce qu’on voit et qu’on constate nous sur le terrain... il y a un moment où les élus ils peuvent faire ce qu’ils peuvent, et après il y a des élus qui ont la volonté de faire croire qu’ils font et la réalité est toute autre. C’est toujours le même jeu : ’C’est pas moi, c’est à l’Etat’. Nous, ce qu’on dit, c’est qu’à un moment donné, pendant cette crise humanitaire et pendant cette crise de covid, on dit que les élus ont des responsabilités et ils peuvent prendre des dispositions qu’aujourd’hui ils ne prennent pas. Et c’est ça qui est alarmant, parce qu’à jouer au ping-pong à dire ’Non, c’est pas moi, c’est l’Etat’, on peut imaginer que les élus ont leur part de responsabilité, ils peuvent faire des choses... après c’est des #choix_politiques : on peut mettre 50 millions pour la rénovation de la cathédrale et on met très peu d’argent pour les exilés. C’est des choix politiques, c’est encore de la politique et bien sûr... les exilés ça n’a pas forcément le vent en poupe, donc c’est évident que électoralement ce n’est pas porteur d’en faire trop pour eux. »

      Journaliste : « Et à #Calais, c’est les mêmes blocages ? »

      Yann Manzi : "Non, c’est pire. Paris c’est très violent et compliqué, mais Calais c’est le #laboratoire sur les politiques migratoires en France et de tout ce qu’on peut faire d’inhumain. On teste des politiques de non-accueil là-bas qui sont extrêmement poussées, sur le fait de laisser des gens à l’abandon dans le froid, sur les empêcher de manger, sur l’empêchement des associatifs de pouvoir les aider. Donc, tout est mis en place pour harceler ces populations, les rendre fous. On a beaucoup d’alertes sur le côté psychologique de ces populations qui vivent à la rue pendant des mois avant de pouvoir avoir un hébergement. Donc la situation est assez alarmante, et Calais et Grande-Synthe c’est une #horreur. Ils vivent dans la #boue, saccagés tous les jours. Il y a eu plus de 1000 démantèlements à Calais. Ce qu’on a vu à la Place de la République ça se passe tous les jours à Calais et à Grande-Synthe, avec des femmes et des enfants, et toujours ces politiques qui se renvoient la balle et ces élus qui disent ’c’est intolérable’, mais par contre qui ne font pas grande chose.

      « C’est une #violence_policière à Calais et Grande-Synthe depuis le démantèlement de la jungle de Calais... c’est incroyable ce qui se passe là-bas »

      #in/visibilité #visibilisation #invisibilité #visibilité #inhumanité #responsabilité #violence #harcèlement #santé_mentale

  • Artificial intelligence : #Frontex improves its maritime surveillance

    Frontex wants to use a new platform to automatically detect and assess „risks“ on the seas of the European Union. Suspected irregular activities are to be displayed in a constantly updated „threat map“ with the help of self-learning software.

    The EU border agency has renewed a contract with Israeli company Windward for a „maritime analytics“ platform. It will put the application into regular operation. Frontex had initially procured a licence for around 800,000 Euros. For now 2.6 million Euros, the agency will receive access for four workstations. The contract can be extended three times for one year at a time.

    Windward specialises in the digital aggregation and assessment of vessel tracking and maritime surveillance data. Investors in the company, which was founded in 2011, include former US CIA director David Petraeus and former CEO’s of Thomson Reuters and British Petroleum. The former chief of staff of the Israeli military, Gabi Ashkenazi, is considered one of the advisors.

    Signature for each observed ship

    The platform is based on artificial intelligence techniques. For analysis, it uses maritime reporting systems, including position data from the AIS transponders of larger ships and weather data. These are enriched with information about the ship owners and shipping companies as well as the history of previous ship movements. For this purpose, the software queries openly accessible information from the internet.

    In this way, a „fingerprint“ is created for each observed ship, which can be used to identify suspicious activities. If the captain switches off the transponder, for example, the analysis platform can recognise this as a suspicuous event and take over further tracking based on the recorded patterns. It is also possible to integrate satellite images.

    Windward uses the register of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as its database, which lists about 70,000 ships. Allegedly, however, it also processes data on a total of 400,000 watercraft, including smaller fishing boats. One of the clients is therefore the UN Security Council, which uses the technology to monitor sanctions.

    Against „bad guys“ at sea

    The company advertises its applications with the slogan „Catch the bad guys at sea“. At Frontex, the application is used to combat and prevent unwanted migration and cross-border crime as well as terrorism. Subsequently, „policy makers“ and law enforcement agencies are to be informed about results. For this purpose, the „risks“ found are visualised in a „threat map“.

    Windward put such a „threat map“ online two years ago. At the time, the software rated the Black Sea as significantly more risky than the Mediterranean. Commercial shipping activity off the Crimea was interpreted as „probable sanction evasions“. Ship owners from the British Guernsey Islands as well as Romania recorded the highest proportion of ships exhibiting „risky“ behaviour. 42 vessels were classified as suspicious for drug smuggling based on their patterns.

    Frontex „early warning“ units

    The information from maritime surveillance is likely to be processed first by the „Risk Analysis Unit“ (RAU) at Frontex. It is supposed to support strategic decisions taken by the headquarters in Warsaw on issues of border control, return, prevention of cross-border crime as well as threats of a „hybrid nature“. Frontex calls the applications used there „intelligence products“ and „integrated data services“. Their results flow together in the „Common Integrated Risk Analysis Model“ (CIRAM).

    For the operational monitoring of the situation at the EU’s external borders, the agency also maintains the „Frontex Situation Centre“ (FSC). The department is supposed to provide a constantly updated picture of migration movements, if possible in real time. From these reports, Frontex produces „early warnings“ and situation reports to the border authorities of the member states as well as to the Commission and the Council in Brussels.

    More surveillance capacity in Warsaw

    According to its own information, Windward’s clients include the Italian Guardia di Finanza, which is responsible for controlling Italian territorial waters. The Ministry of the Interior in Rome is also responsible for numerous EU projects aimed at improving surveillance of the central Mediterranean. For the training and equipment of the Libyan coast guard, Italy receives around 67 million euros from EU funds in three different projects. Italian coast guard authorities are also installing a surveillance system for Tunisia’s external maritime borders.

    Frontex now wants to improve its own surveillance capacities with further tenders. Together with the fisheries agency, The agency is awarding further contracts for manned maritime surveillance. It has been operating such a „Frontex Aerial Surveillance Service“ (FASS) in the central Mediterranean since 2017 and in the Adriatic Sea since 2018. Frontex also wants to station large drones in the Mediterranean. Furthermore, it is testing Aerostats in the eastern Mediterranean for a second time. These are zeppelins attached to a 1,000-metre long line.

    https://digit.site36.net/2021/01/15/artificial-intelligence-frontex-improves-its-maritime-surveillance
    #intelligence_artificielle #surveillance #surveillance_maritime #mer #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #AI #Windward #Israël #complexe_militaro-industriel #militarisation_des_frontières #David_Petraeus #Thomson_Reuters #British_Petroleum #armée_israélienne #Gabi_Ashkenazi #International_Maritime_Organisation (#IMO) #thread_map #Risk_Analysis_Unit (#RAU) #Common_Integrated_Risk_Analysis_Model (#CIRAM) #Frontex_Situation_Centre (#FSC) #Frontex_Aerial_Surveillance_Service (#FASS) #zeppelins

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    • Data et nouvelles technologies, la face cachée du contrôle des mobilités

      Dans un rapport de juillet 2020, l’Agence européenne pour la gestion opérationnelle des systèmes d’information à grande échelle (#EU-Lisa) présente l’intelligence artificielle (IA) comme l’une des « technologies prioritaires » à développer. Le rapport souligne les avantages de l’IA en matière migratoire et aux frontières, grâce, entre autres, à la technologie de #reconnaissance_faciale.

      L’intelligence artificielle est de plus en plus privilégiée par les acteurs publics, les institutions de l’UE et les acteurs privés, mais aussi par le #HCR et l’#OIM. Les agences de l’UE, comme Frontex ou EU-Lisa, ont été particulièrement actives dans l’#expérimentation des nouvelles technologies, brouillant parfois la distinction entre essais et mise en oeuvre. En plus des outils traditionnels de surveillance, une panoplie de technologies est désormais déployée aux frontières de l’Europe et au-delà, qu’il s’agisse de l’ajout de nouvelles #bases_de_données, de technologies financières innovantes, ou plus simplement de la récupération par les #GAFAM des données laissées volontairement ou pas par les migrant·e·s et réfugié∙e∙s durant le parcours migratoire.

      La pandémie #Covid-19 est arrivée à point nommé pour dynamiser les orientations déjà prises, en permettant de tester ou de généraliser des technologies utilisées pour le contrôle des mobilités sans que l’ensemble des droits des exilé·e·s ne soit pris en considération. L’OIM, par exemple, a mis à disposition des Etats sa #Matrice_de_suivi_des_déplacements (#DTM) durant cette période afin de contrôler les « flux migratoires ». De nouvelles technologies au service de vieilles obsessions…

      http://www.migreurop.org/article3021.html

      Pour télécharger le rapport :
      www.migreurop.org/IMG/pdf/note_12_fr.pdf

      ping @karine4 @rhoumour @_kg_ @i_s_

  • EU: Renewed deportation agreement with #Afghanistan close to approval

    The EU is close to adopting a renewed agreement with Afghanistan to facilitate further deportations to the war-torn country. A note from the Commission to the Council, dated 13 January, says “all requests made by Member States” are included in the new Joint Declaration on Migration Cooperation.

    According to a previous document published by Statewatch (https://www.statewatch.org/news/2020/october/eu-deportations-to-afghanistan-member-states-want-to-simplify-expulsion-), member state demands included a more restrictive definition of “vulnerable groups”. The text of the new agreement also explicitly sets out “a ceiling of 500 returnees a month,” at the request of the Afghan authorities.

    Deportations to Afghanistan have been stepped up significantly in recent years, with assistance from EU border agency Frontex. This has sparked significant opposition, and the plan to renew the EU-Afghanistan agreement (previously known as the ’Joint Way Forward’) was opposed by a number of civil society organisations. Some 40 groups called on the EU and its member states to:

    “Halt forced returns to Afghanistan due to the security situation in the country and the challenge of reintegration for returnees from Europe and the neighbouring region. In particular, vulnerable groups and Afghans who were born and grew up outside of Afghanistan should not be “returned”.”

    However, their demands have fallen on deaf ears. The Commission’s note calls on the Council “to endorse the Joint Declaration on Migration Cooperation, prior to its signing by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Commissioner for Home Affairs or the person designated by them on behalf of the EU.”

    See: NOTE from: Commission to: Delegations: Commission’s request for endorsement of the #Joint_Declaration_on_Migration_Cooperation between Afghanistan and EU (Council document 5223/21, LIMITE, 13 January 2021: https://www.statewatch.org/media/1693/eu-council-com-call-approval-afghanistan-deportation-agreement-5223-21.p):

    “...the #JDMC also brings significant improvements based on lessons learned from the implementation of the JWF and requests expressed by Member States, including:

    - a tighter definition of vulnerable groups, notably the family unit and seriously sick people (Part I, point 5);
    - clarification that all EU Member States may participate in joint return operations by
    - non-scheduled flights under the JDMC, even if they have concluded a bilateral agreement or arrangement with Afghanistan, while specifying that joint return flights should be carried out under the JDMC (Part II, point 3; Part X);
    - EU escort staff and other accompanying staff do not need to carry a valid Afghan visa unless they must enter the territory of Afghanistan (Part II, point 5);
    - all Afghan returnees to be readmitted upon arrival (Part II, point 4);
    - indefinite duration of the Declaration (Part VIII).

    At the request of the Afghan side, and in line with the ongoing practice, the JDMC sets a maximum number of 50 returnees per non-scheduled flight and a ceiling of 500 returnees per month. Both figures can be increased after prior consultations (Part II, point 4).”

    https://www.statewatch.org/news/2021/january/eu-renewed-deportation-agreement-with-afghanistan-close-to-approval
    #accord #renvois #expulsions #EU #UE #union_européenne #asile #migrations #réfugiés #déboutés #vulnérabilité #Frontex #Joint_Way_Forward #réintégration

  • Germany eases restrictions on church asylum

    Germany’s asylum office has moved away from its restrictive practice against church asylum. The introduced changes pertain to the time limits within which responsibility for an asylum seeker would move to Germany from other EU countries. The obstacles to church asylum had previously been so high that help for hardship cases was made nearly impossible.

    Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (#BAMF) has changed course in regards to how it deals with church asylum cases, a spokesperson for BAMF confirmed on Thursday (January 14) in a reply to a request by the news agency KNA.

    According to BAMF, important changes have been applied to deadlines for transfers in so-called Dublin cases. People sheltering in church asylum now have to stick it out for only six month in order to drop out of the Dublin system. After six month, they no longer qualify to be transferred back to the EU country where they first had claimed asylum.

    With the time limit being shortened, the odds of an asylum seeker getting deported are effectively much lower, as the other EU country in such cases will no longer be responsible for people in church asylum after six month, in accordance with the Dublin Regulation
    EU regulation that lays down the criteria and mechanisms for determining the EU member state responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the member states by a third-country national or a stateless person. Many asylum seekers are so-called Dublin cases, meaning they first entered the EU in a country other than their current one and will likely be transferred back there since that country is responsible.
    .

    In other words: asylum seekers can now stay in Germany after spending six months in church asylum.

    Germany’s “Ökumenische Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Asyl in der Kirche” ("federal ecumenical work group for asylum in the church") welcomed the BAMF decision in an online statement and on Twitter.
    Important changes

    In 2018, the conference of Germany’s interior ministers had extended this period from 6 to 18 months, which rendered providing church asylum all but impossible.

    After the extension, the chances of migrants in church asylum receiving protection against deportation had dropped to nearly zero. In 2019, German authorities stopped such deportations on humanitarian grounds in fewer than 2% of cases.
    Court ruling against extension

    The German state interior ministers in 2018 decided to enact an extension from 6 to 18 months to make it more difficult for people in church asylum to simply sit out those deadlines.

    The basis for the extension was a provision of the Dublin Regulation that allowed an extension of the standard time limit if the asylum seeker is deemed “flüchtig” ("on the run").

    However, Germany’s highest court in June last year ruled that this interpretation was against the law. The ruling argued that people who enjoyed church asylum could not be regarded as “flüchtig” as they were not on the run, and their whereabouts were known to the authorities.

    As part of an agreement between the churches and German authorities dating back to 2015, churches have to inform authorities about cases of church asylum and the exact whereabouts of the accommodated person.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2ArdgLTMok&feature=emb_logo

    ’Overdue step’

    The BAMF spokesperson said, however, that according to the law, people in church asylum would have to abandon that status if authorities decided that there was no special, individual case of hardship that needed to be evaluated.

    “Ökumenische Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Asyl in der Kirche” had called for the implementation of the change since said last year’s court ruling. Chairperson Dietlind Jochims, a woman minister in Hamburg, called it an “overdue step.”

    Strain on churches

    The one-sided extension of the deadline for Dublin cases in church asylum had put a strain on parishes, monasteries and religious orders.

    Jochims said she hoped for a “return to a solutions-oriented communication on humanitarian hardship cases.” She also called for taking back already granted extensions of deadlines in existing church asylum cases.

    According to its own information, BAMF received 355 church asylum notifications for 406 persons last year. The highest number of church asylum cases were reported in 2016, when more than 1,000 people, whose official asylum requests had earlier been rejected, sought refuge in German parishes.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/29675/germany-eases-restrictions-on-church-asylum

    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Eglises #Eglise #Kirchenasyl
    #religion #Dublin #renvois #expulsions #asile_temporaire #temporaire #tolérance #18_mois

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  • HCR - Inclure les réfugiés dans les programmes de vaccination : la clé pour mettre fin à la pandémie
    https://www.unhcr.org/fr/news/stories/2021/1/600012dca/inclure-refugies-programmes-vaccination-cle-mettre-fin-pandemie.html

    Le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, fait son possible afin que quelque 80 millions de personnes déracinées dans plus de 100 pays, dont 29,6 millions de réfugiés, soient prises en compte dans les stratégies de vaccination et de traitement contre la Covid-19. Mike Woodman, responsable au HCR pour la santé publique, a évoqué les défis à relever avec Tim Gaynor, rédacteur en chef du site web.
    A qui incombe la responsabilité de vacciner les réfugiés, les déplacés internes et les apatrides ?
    Les autorités nationales sont responsables des programmes de santé publique et des campagnes de vaccination contre la Covid-19. La distribution et l’administration des vaccins aux réfugiés et à d’autres personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR seront coordonnées par les autorités sanitaires nationales. Des organisations nationales, internationales et des partenaires de la société civile peuvent être sollicités pour soutenir ces efforts.
    Tous les gouvernements se sont-ils engagés à inclure les réfugiés dans leurs stratégies de vaccination ?

    Le HCR plaide en permanence aux niveaux national, régional et mondial pour que les réfugiés et les autres personnes relevant de sa compétence soient inclus dans les stratégies nationales.
    A ce jour, sur les 90 pays qui élaborent actuellement des stratégies nationales de vaccination contre la Covid-19, 51 d’entre eux - soit 57% - ont inclus les réfugiés dans leurs programmes de vaccination.Nous sommes engagés dans des discussions et des processus décisionnels au sein de COVAX, l’initiative mondiale visant à garantir un accès rapide et équitable aux vaccins contre la Covid-19 pour tous les pays.Nous travaillons avec des partenaires internationaux pour faire en sorte que les affirmations « aucun laissé pour compte » et « accès équitable aux vaccins » ne restent pas de belles phrases, mais qu’il s’agisse bien de pratiques concrètes.
    Quels sont les risques et les conséquences si les réfugiés ne sont pas inclus dans les plans de vaccination nationaux ?
    Selon le raisonnement des experts de santé publique, il est impossible de briser ou de ralentir durablement la transmission du virus à moins que 70% de la population au minimum n’ait acquis une immunité.
    Pour mettre fin à la pandémie, il est essentiel de veiller à ce que les réfugiés soient inclus dans les programmes de vaccination. Exclure les réfugiés, les déplacés ou les non-nationaux des plans de vaccination fait risquer une transmission continue dans ces populations, avec des retombées sur la population nationale.L’exclusion des réfugiés comporte des risques tangibles en matière de protection, allant des conséquences sur leur santé, l’accès aux services, au travail, à l’éducation et aux moyens de subsistance, à la liberté de mouvement et à l’absence de discrimination.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#sante#refugie#demandeurdasile#vaccination#inclusion#populationnationale#immunite#santepublique#covax