• Journée Mondiale du Réfugié : L’Etat du Sénégal naturalise plus de 400 refugiés Mauritaniens
    https://www.dakaractu.com/Journee-Mondiale-du-Refugie-L-Etat-du-Senegal-naturalise-plus-de-400-refu

    Journée Mondiale du Réfugié : L’Etat du Sénégal naturalise plus de 400 refugiés Mauritaniens
    La Représentation Multi-pays du Haut-commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés au Sénégal et ses partenaires ont célébré la journée mondiale du Réfugié (JMR), ce 20 juin 2024 au centre international pour le commerce extérieur du Sénégal (CICES). Lancé en 2001, par l’assemblée générale des Nations unies, le haut-commissariat pour les réfugiés (HCR) à travers cet événement a communiqué avec le monde sur la situation des réfugiés au besoin de protection et l’importance de les inclure dans une communauté, leur chercher des solutions durables. Une occasion pour mettre en lumière le courage et la résilience des réfugiés qui ont dû quitter le pays à cause de conflits de l’insécurité ou de persécution et de violation des droits humains. Placé sur le thème de la solidarité pour un monde qui accueille les personnes réfugiés, l’objectif de cet évènement est de sensibiliser sur la situation des réfugiés, de remercier les partenaires gouvernementaux et opérationnels, les ambassades, les donateurs et aussi de mobiliser les ressources pour faciliter l’inclusion socio-économique et la mise en œuvre de solutions durables pour les réfugiés.
    Le Représentant du MCO-Sénégal ( Multi-Country Office au Sénégal), Ali MAHAMAT a adressé ses remerciements à tous les invités qui ont répondu présents à ce grand évènement pour la célébration de cette journée mondiale des réfugiés. Ce dernier a profité de l’occasion pour exprimer toute sa gratitude aux autorités du Sénégal pour leur soutien. Au nombre de 11.000 réfugiés environ, le gouvernement sénégalais a octroyé des décrets de naturalisation à plus de 400 réfugiés mauritaniens. Sur ce point, il estime que c’est un geste de solidarité par excellence que ne cesse de montrer le gouvernement sénégalais à travers l’inclusion des réfugiés dans les programmes au niveau national. Sous un autre angle, en collaboration avec les autorités, il s’est réjoui de la recherche de solution durable pour les réfugiés. C’est ainsi par la voix du MCR, qu’ il salue l’engagement du gouvernement Sénégal prêt à couvrir les réfugiés.
    Pour l’Amiral Oumar WADE, vice -président du comité national de gestion des réfugiés et personnes déplacés(CNRRPD), cette journée célébrée depuis 23 ans s’inscrit d’abord sur la solidarité d’où la pertinence de ce thème car la plupart de ses gens qui ont trouvé leur refuge au Sénégal sont des personnes qui ont été victimes de violence, de persécutions, et de violations de droits dans leurs pays d’origine. En partenariat avec les nations -unies, il s’agit pour le Sénégal de leur assurer leur sécurité pour leur installation harmonieuse dans les communautés d’accueil et s’assurer que leurs droits fondamentaux que sont la santé, l’éducation et le droit de vivre dans un environnement. En à croire ,313 réfugiés ont été naturalisés sénégalais l’année dernière contre presque 500 qui sont en cours de traitement avec les services compétents. Il espère tout de même qu’ils seront finalisés d’ici la fin de l’année pour leur insertion socio-économique au Sénégal. D’une manière symbolique, des décrets de naturalisation et des prix d’encouragements ont été remis à des parents réfugiés et leurs enfants.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#senegal#mauritanie#refugie#naturalisation#sante

  • https://mariewyttenbach.com/desinfox

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    Sur les doubles/triples comptages des passages aux #frontières :




    voir aussi :
    #Seeing_double ? How the EU miscounts migrants arriving at its borders
    https://seenthis.net/messages/705957

    Sur l’appel d’air...

    #préjugés #migrations #réfugiés #immigration #BD #bande_dessinée #fact-checking #ressources_pédagogiques #afflux #invasion #immigration_massive #liquide #vagues #discours #chiffres #statistiques #Frontex #passages #mondialisation #globalisation #sur-médiatisation #surestimation #perception #chiffres_relatifs #chiffres_absolus #welfare_state #aides_sociales #shopping_social #appel_d'air #protection_sociale #accès_aux_soins #régularisation #sans-papiers #à_lire #économie #peur #fantasmes

    ping @karine4 @_kg_

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    ajouté à la métaliste sur le lien entre #économie (et surtout l’#Etat_providence) et la #migration... des arguments pour détruire l’#idée_reçue : « Les migrants profitent (voire : viennent POUR profiter) du système social des pays européens »...
    https://seenthis.net/messages/971875

    • Welfare and social protection: What is the link with secondary migration? Evidence from the 2014-crisis hit Italian region of Lombardy

      Evidence on the relationship between secondary international migration and welfare state (or formal protection) support is currently limited. Also, the experience of financial support from semiformal and informal social protection networks has seen limited inclusion in current reflections on secondary mobility patterns such as onward and return migration. Our study analyses the relationship between support from formal, informal and semiformal social protection and short-term secondary migration intentions. The study uses open-access data from the Regional Observatory for Integration and Multiethnicity of Lombardy (Italy) and adopts a competing-risk framework through multinomial logistic regression. Our data do not support the hypothesis of an ex-post “magnetic effect” of the Italian formal social protection on its beneficiaries: individuals on formal welfare are more prone to onward and return migration. However, the positive relationship observed between welfare entitlements and onward migration intentions cannot rule out any effect of welfare magnetism from more generous welfare systems. Monetary aid received from Italian friends is negatively related to return intention. At the same time, economic support from foreign-born friends is correlated to return migration. We interpret results according to social network theory. Economic support and social capital from bridging networks can act as an ex-post integration-driven magnet. Bonding social capital from ties with migrants in Italy cannot secure the migrants’ stay in Italy. However, it can support return migration. Networks providing bonding transnational social capital, and expressed in the form of financial support from relatives living abroad, are instead positively correlated to both forms of secondary migration.

      https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/psp.2469

    • Immigration et appel d’air : anatomie d’un fantasme
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnRPLS8Crnk


      #Clément_Viktorovitch revient chaque semaine sur les débats et les enjeux politiques. Dimanche 12 novembre : le début de l’examen au Sénat du projet de loi immigration. Parmi les mesures phares de ce texte : la régularisation des immigrés sans papiers qui travaillent dans les métiers « en tension ».

      C’est l’une des mesures les plus discutées au sein du projet de loi immigration : l’article qui prévoit la régularisation des travailleurs sans papiers dans les métiers en tension. Les parlementaires Les Républicains en ont fait une ligne rouge : en aucun cas ils ne voteront le texte si cette mesure en fait partie. Or, la Première ministre a besoin de leur soutien si elle désire s’éviter un nouveau 49-3. Autant dire que les négociations s’annoncent serrées.

      Ce qui est intéressant, ce sont les arguments qui sont utilisés pour pourfendre cette mesure. Et notamment un argument, répété ad nauseam par les élus LR, mais aussi par le Rassemblement national : régulariser les immigrés sans papiers qui travaillent d’ores et déjà sur le territoire, cela créerait un « appel d’air », voire une « pompe aspirante », qui inciterait toujours plus d’exilés à tenter de rentrer illégalement sur notre territoire.

      Aucun accroissement des flux migratoires

      Il se trouve que cette question a été bien travaillée par la science politique. Nous avons, par exemple, un article très important qui a été publié en décembre 2020 par trois chercheurs : Joan Monras, Elias Ferran, Javier Vazquez-Grenno. Il a même été mise à jour en avril 2023, pour intégrer les données les plus récentes. Ce papier se penche sur la décision, prise par le gouvernement espagnole en 2005, de régulariser 600 000 exilés extra-européens. Bilan : près de 20 ans plus tard, aucun accroissement des flux migratoires n’a été constaté. Aucun appel d’air. Mêmes observations pour ce qui s’est produit aux Etats-Unis en 1986 : l’Immigration Reform and Control Act a permis à trois millions d’immigrés de régulariser leur situation. Résultat : toutes les études ont montré que cette décision n’avait pas entraîné une augmentation de l’immigration.

      Plus généralement, aucun article de recherche n’a jamais montré l’existence d’un prétendu « appel d’air » à la suite d’une campagne de régularisation. D’autant qu’il faut, en l’occurrence, être précis sur la mesure proposée par le gouvernement. Les individus concernés doivent justifier de trois ans de présence sur le territoire, avoir travaillé huit mois au cours des derniers 24 mois, dans un secteur en tension, le tout pour obtenir un titre de séjour d’un an renouvelable : cela n’a rien d’une régularisation massive !

      Ceux qui s’opposent à cette mesure mettent aussi en avant un risque pour l’économie. Mais là aussi, cette question a été tranchée. Un gros travail de synthèse a été réalisé, pour Sciences Po, par Hélène Thiollet et Florian Oswald. On observe que, certes, pour les emplois les moins qualifiés, l’immigration peut entraîner, à court terme, une pression sur les salaires. Mais ce n’est ni systématique, ni pérenne. À l’échelle de l’économie dans son ensemble, l’immigration a au contraire un impact soit neutre, soit positif. Quant aux campagnes de régularisation, elles ont un effet bénéfique pour les finances publiques, puisqu’elles font rentrer un surcroît de cotisations patronales dans les caisses de l’Etat. En plus, bien sûr, de sortir de la précarité des hommes et des femmes qui travaillent, sont intégrés, bien souvent payent des impôts, et contribuent à la vie de notre société.
      Peurs et fantasmes

      C’est précisément tout le problème des débats sur l’immigration : certaines positions ne sont étayées ni par des faits, ni par des preuves, mais par des peurs et des fantasmes. On pourrait d’ailleurs évoquer le cas de l’AME, l’aide médicale d’Etat pour les immigrés sans papiers, dont le Sénat vient aussi de voter la suppression – au motif, là aussi, qu’elle créerait un appel d’air. On sait pourtant que le vrai problème de l’AME, c’est plutôt que ceux qui devraient en bénéficier ne la demandent pas : d’après le dernier rapport de Médecins Du Monde, plus de 80% des personnes éligibles à l’AME n’y ont pas recours. Avec des conséquences évidemment dramatiques pour ces personnes, qui finissent par accumuler de graves retards de soin. Mais aussi des conséquences négatives pour notre système de santé et pour les finances publiques, puisque, comme l’ont rappelé de nombreux médecins, il vaut toujours mieux prendre en charges les pathologies le plus tôt possible.

      Tout le problème, c’est que le gouvernement a tendance à céder devant ces arguments, aussi contestables soient-ils. Le président Macron a d’ores et déjà restreint l’AME, en 2019, quand il a décidé d’en conditionner l’accès au fait de prouver trois mois de présence sur le territoire, contre l’avis des professionnels de santé. Nous verrons bien quel sera le texte qui ressortira, in fine, des débats parlementaires. Mais si l’on se fie à la manière dont ils ont commencé, on peut craindre que les passions n’y triomphent, hélas, sur la raison.

      https://www.francetvinfo.fr/replay-radio/entre-les-lignes/chronique-immigration-et-appel-d-air-anatomie-d-un-fantasme_6150630.htm

  • Malgré la #surveillance accrue, malgré l’emploi de #technologie de plus en plus sophistiquée, malgré la #militarisation_des_frontières, malgré les #murs...

    Migration flows at highest since 2019

    Arrivals in Greece rise by 154%, mainly via Evros border and the islands in first months of 2024

    After a relative lull in recent years, migratory flows in 2024 have already increased significantly in the first months of 2024, mainly through the Evros border region in northeastern Greece, but also the Greek islands.

    According to data from the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, in the first quarter of 2024, these represent the highest migration flows since 2019.

    The flows to Evros in particular have been rising over the recent period as shown by the asylum applications filed in Fylakio, with 585 in April. At the same time, migrants arrive by sea on small boats and try to reach different parts of the country, such as the coast of Crete, Gavdos and Lakonia.

    The mayor of Gavdos, Lilian Afentaki, said that two boats arrived on the island with 19 and 43 people on board respectively in June. She points out, however, that their transfer is organized immediately, within two days at most, so there is no problem with tourist traffic.

    By way of comparison, about 11,000 migrants had arrived in Greece in the first quarter of 2019 (January-April). However, in the same period in 2020, arrivals dropped, with about 9,000 migrants entering the country. Arrivals then decreased drastically in 2021 and 2022. For instance, in 2021, from January to April, just over 2,000 arrived, and about 3,500 in 2022. And last year, 4,660 migrants entered the country in the first quarter. But in 2024 from the beginning of the year to April the number of arrivals had already reached 11,835, an increase of 154% compared to the same period in 2023.

    An increase in arrivals was also recorded on the islands in May, with 1,592 people arriving in that month in 2023 compared to 4,115 in 2024. And in June until Tuesday, 1,477 migrants had tried to reach Greek shores and were intercepted by the Hellenic Coast Guard. Already, those staying in facilities on both the islands and mainland Greece in April 2024 had almost doubled compared to the same month in 2023.

    As far as cooperation with the competent authorities in Turkey to monitor and control migratory flows is concerned, Hellenic Coast Guard sources say that there is still consultation and direct communication between the respective officials of the two countries.

    Greek Shipping Minister Christos Stylianides and his Turkish counterpart agreed in a meeting in Ankara in January to reactivate the communication channel between the respective coast guards.

    https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1241844/migration-flows-at-highest-since-2019
    #migrations #réfugiés #statistiques #chiffres #arrivées #Grèce #Evros #2024 #les_murs_ne_servent_à_rien #Crète

  • Mer interrompue

    En cette journée mondiale des réfugié.e.s, la société civile transnationale se mobilise pour dénoncer les politiques meurtrières et racistes en Méditerranée !

    Se basant sur des témoignages recueillis par divers acteurs et actrices de la société civile tunisienne et transnationale, le présent rapport documente les pratiques d’interceptions de la #Garde_Nationale tunisienne en #Méditerranée centrale. Les données collectées, qui s’appuient sur 14 entretiens approfondis réalisés entre 2021 et 2023 auprès de personnes exilées qui ont survécu à des attaques en mer, mettent en lumière des pratiques violentes et illégales, qui vont de la #non-assistance, aux manœuvres visant intentionnellement à faire chavirer les bateaux en détresse, provoquant des #naufrages et coûtant la vie à de nombreuses personnes en exil.

    Cette #brutalisation des autorités frontalières tunisiennes qui est documentée maintenant depuis plusieurs années s’inscrit dans un contexte de renforcement des politiques d’externalisation des frontières de l’Union européenne et de ses Etats membres. Face à l’augmentation de la fréquentation de la route maritime tunisienne à partir de l’année 2021 et dans l’espoir de parvenir à limiter le nombre de traversées, celle-ci a considérablement augmenté son soutien aux forces de sécurité tunisiennes, mettant en place, à l’instar de sa coopération avec les milices libyennes, un « régime de refoulement par procuration ».

    Fruit d’un travail collectif impliquant Alarm Phone et de nombreuses actrices et acteurs de la société civile tunisienne, pour des raisons de sécurité dans le contexte actuel de criminalisation et d’attaques répétées à l’encontre des personnes et organisations solidaires des personnes migrantes en Tunisie, il a été jugé préférable de ne pas mentionner ces dernier.ère.s.

    A l’encontre de la répression, la publication de ce rapport sonne ainsi comme une promesse – la promesse que, peu importe les tentatives d’intimidation, la solidarité continuera à s’exprimer sans relâche.

    Ensemble, nous continuerons à documenter les pratiques violentes des gardes-côtes tunisiens comme de toute autre autorité impliquée dans les interceptions et les refoulements en Méditerranée et les violations de droits en mer.

    Ensemble, nous dénonçons ce régime de contrôle répressif de la mobilité ainsi que les politiques d’externalisation qui les rendent possibles et les encouragent.

    Ensemble, nous défendons une Méditerranée ouverte, solidaire et respectueuse de la liberté de mouvement de toutes et tous !

    https://alarmphone.org/fr/2024/06/20/mer-interrompue
    #témoignages #migrations #réfugiés #rapport #alarm_phone #violence #gardes-côtes_tunisiens
    ping @_kg_

  • Le gouvernement allemand envisage des #déportations vers l’Afghanistan via l’Ouzbékistan, rapporte Der Spiegel

    Le gouvernement allemand et l’#Ouzbékistan mènent des discussions en vue de permettre des déportations de migrants se trouvant en #Allemagne vers l’#Afghanistan, sans organiser de consultations directes avec les taliban, rapporte dimanche le magazine allemand Der Spiegel.

    Le ministère allemand de l’Intérieur a envoyé dans ce but une délégation à Tachkent, la capitale de l’Ouzbékistan, à la fin du mois de mai, a indiqué le magazine, sans dévoiler ses sources.

    La délégation allemande a proposé au gouvernement ouzbek que les Afghans candidats à la déportation soient envoyés à #Tachkent, d’où ils pourraient être transportés à Kaboul par avion, écrit Der Spiegel.

    Le ministère allemand de l’Intérieur n’a pas immédiatement fait de commentaire.

    La ministre de l’Intérieur Nancy Faeser a déclaré plus tôt dans le mois que l’Allemagne envisageait de déporter les migrants originaires d’Afghanistan qui représentaient une menace pour la sécurité.

    Une telle décision serait toutefois controversée, l’Allemagne ne déportant pas de personnes vers des pays où leur vie est menacée. Berlin a cessé les déportations vers l’Afghanistan après la prise de pouvoir des taliban en 2021.

    Tachkent veut néanmoins signer avec Berlin un #accord définitif visant à réglementer l’entrée de travailleurs qualifiés ouzbeks en Allemagne avant de sceller un pacte sur la question des déportations, selon Der Spiegel.

    Le délégué spécial du gouvernement fédéral allemand aux accords migratoires se rendra en Ouzbékistan la semaine prochaine afin de discuter de l’accord concernant les travailleurs ouzbeks, précise Der Spiegel.

    https://www.msn.com/fr-fr/actualite/monde/le-gouvernement-allemand-envisage-des-d%C3%A9portations-vers-lafghanistan-via-louzb%C3%A9kistan-rapporte-der-spiegel/ar-BB1ojW9N
    #renvois #expulsions #asile #migrations #réfugiés #migrants_ouzbeks

    via @karine4

  • Le nombre de déplacements forcés dans le monde atteint des « niveaux historiques »
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2024/06/13/le-nombre-de-deplacements-forces-dans-le-monde-atteint-des-niveaux-historiqu

    Le nombre de déplacements forcés dans le monde atteint des « niveaux historiques »
    Par Camille Tavitian
    Le nombre de personnes déplacées de force dans le monde continue d’augmenter, suivant une tendance à la hausse depuis plus d’une décennie. Selon le rapport annuel du Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) rendu public le 13 juin, le monde compte, début 2024, plus de 120 millions de personnes déracinées, qui ont fui la persécution, la violence ou des conflits. Il s’agit là de « niveaux historiques » qui reflètent « la naissance de nouveaux conflits, la mutation de certaines situations existantes, ainsi que l’incapacité à résoudre des crises persistantes », alerte le HCR. Une majorité de ces personnes demeurent dans leur pays, mais le HCR dénombre 43,4 millions de réfugiés.
    « Affirmer qu’il s’agit d’une invasion, de personnes mal intentionnées qui viennent voler vos emplois, menacer vos valeurs, votre sécurité, et qu’elles doivent donc partir, que nous devons construire des barrières ne résout pas le problème », a dénoncé le chef du HCR, Filippo Grandi, dans un entretien à l’AFP.Alors que les élections européennes marquent la montée des formations politiques d’extrême droite, hostiles à l’immigration, M. Grandi estime que ces mesures ne font qu’aggraver la situation car elle favorise l’immigration irrégulière, plus « difficile à gérer ».
    Il relativise les mouvements migratoires en direction du continent européen et rappelle, à titre d’exemple, que le Tchad a accueilli 600 000 Soudanais en 2023, « soit dix fois plus » que le nombre de personnes arrivées en Europe par la mer depuis le début de l’année. Le HCR sonne d’ailleurs l’alarme sur la situation au Soudan, décrite comme « l’une des plus importantes crises humanitaires et de déplacement au monde ». Depuis avril 2023, plus de 7,1 millions de nouveaux déplacements ont été enregistrés, auxquels s’ajoutent 1,9 million de déplacements au-delà des frontières du pays.
    L’année écoulée a aussi été marquée par des millions de déplacements à l’intérieur des frontières de la République démocratique du Congo et de la Birmanie, en raison de violents combats, de même que par l’aggravation de la situation au Proche-Orient. L’Office des Nations unies pour les réfugiés palestiniens (UNRWA) estime que, entre octobre et décembre 2023, 1,7 million d’habitants, soit plus de 75 % de la population, de la bande de Gaza ont été contraints de se déplacer dans l’enclave « en raison de violences dévastatrices » dues à la guerre qu’y mène Israël depuis l’attaque du Hamas sur son sol en octobre 2023.
    Par ailleurs, le HCR souligne la persistance de situations difficiles comme en Afghanistan, où l’instabilité politique et la famine continuent de pousser des centaines de milliers de personnes à quitter leur lieu de vie. Au total, un peu plus de 6,4 millions d’Afghans sont déracinés, la plupart vivent dans les pays voisins tels que l’Iran et le Pakistan, ce qui fait d’eux, aujourd’hui, la plus importante population de réfugiés, juste devant les Syriens (6,4 millions de réfugiés), les Vénézuéliens (6,1 millions) et les Ukrainiens (6 millions).
    Si l’Allemagne est le quatrième pays qui accueille le plus de réfugiés (2,6 millions), la plupart des exilés se rendent dans des pays de leur voisinage immédiat tels que l’Iran, la Turquie, la Colombie ou le Pakistan, une situation sur laquelle le HCR alerte : « Les pays à faible revenu ont continué d’accueillir une part disproportionnée des personnes déplacées dans le monde, souligne le rapport. Ces pays représentent 9 % de la population mondiale et seulement 0,5 % du PIB mondial, mais ils ont accueilli 16 % des réfugiés. »
    L’agence onusienne rappelle par ailleurs que le réchauffement climatique constitue une menace dans l’accélération du phénomène de déplacements forcés. Ainsi, en Somalie, en plus de l’insécurité persistante qui a déplacé à l’intérieur du pays 1,3 million de personnes, 1 million de réfugiés supplémentaires ont été déracinées du fait des conditions météorologiques extrêmes, « avec des inondations soudaines en avril 2023 », après une période de sécheresse prolongée.
    Le HCR s’inquiète enfin de la baisse de 22 % du nombre de réfugiés ayant pu retourner chez eux en 2023. La majorité d’entre elles sont des Ukrainiens ou des Sud-Soudanais. « La plupart des retours spontanés ont eu lieu dans des contextes qui ne sont pas entièrement propices au retour dans la sécurité et la dignité, et ils peuvent ne pas être durables ».

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#HCR#refugie#deplace#crise#climat#insecurite#sante

  • Selon le Rwanda, « le HCR ment » au sujet de l’accord migratoire passé avec le Royaume-Uni
    https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2024/06/13/selon-le-rwanda-le-hcr-ment-au-sujet-de-l-accord-migratoire-passe-avec-le-ro

    Selon le Rwanda, « le HCR ment » au sujet de l’accord migratoire passé avec le Royaume-Uni
    Le Monde avec AFP
    Kigali a accusé le Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) de « mensonge », mercredi 12 juin, après que l’instance a affirmé que les demandeurs d’asile expulsés du Royaume-Uni vers le Rwanda pourraient être relocalisés ailleurs et subir des persécutions. Lundi, des avocats du HCR avaient affirmé devant un tribunal londonien que des personnes visées par le projet controversé d’expulsion vers le Rwanda risquaient d’être ensuite envoyées dans un autre pays où elles pourraient subir des violences ou des persécutions.
    « Le HCR ment », a commenté dans un communiqué le gouvernement rwandais, accusant l’agence d’« une série d’allégations totalement infondées » contre Kigali. « L’organisation semble vouloir présenter de fausses allégations aux tribunaux britanniques concernant la façon dont le Rwanda traite les demandeurs d’asile », a-t-il poursuivi. L’audience qui s’est tenue lundi est la dernière en date d’une série de recours juridiques visant à faire annuler cette initiative du gouvernement britannique, décriée par les défenseurs des demandeurs d’asile. L’ONU et le Conseil de l’Europe l’ont aussi appelé à abandonner son projet.
    « Le HCR a toujours clairement fait part de sa préoccupation concernant le risque sérieux que fait peser sur les réfugiés “l’externalisation” [des demandes d’asile], y compris le refoulement, et estime que le partenariat (…) entre le Royaume-Uni et le Rwanda transfère la responsabilité des décisions en matière d’asile et de protection des réfugiés », a réagi l’instance onusienne dans un communiqué, sans plus de détails. Selon la loi adoptée le 23 avril par le Parlement britannique, des migrants arrivés illégalement au Royaume-Uni peuvent être expulsés vers le Rwanda, où leur demande d’asile sera étudiée, sans possibilité pour eux de retourner au Royaume-Uni quel qu’en soit le résultat. Les premiers vols ont été annoncés pour le mois de juillet, et de premiers migrants ont été arrêtés au début de mai. Mais l’avenir de ce projet controversé est incertain depuis que le premier ministre conservateur, Rishi Sunak, a annoncé des élections législatives pour le 4 juillet. Des dizaines de migrants qui avaient été placés en détention par les autorités britanniques pour être expulsés vers le Rwanda ont été remis en liberté, a annoncé mercredi leur cabinet d’avocats.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#royaumeuni#rwanda#HCR#droit#asile#payssur#detention#expulsion#sante#refugie#protection

  • Quando l’Italia scoprì i naufragi dei migranti

    Marzo 1997. Il mare di mezzo subisce le politiche repressive dell’Italia per chiudere i confini. La tragedia della #Kater_i_Rades si inserisce in una storia secolare di migrazione nell’Adriatico.

    Tutto sembra iniziare e finire con una polaroid. Agosto 1991, porto di Bari. Un peschereccio ha lanciato l’allarme alla Guardia Costiera di Brindisi:

    «C’è una nave stracarica di persone, viene verso l’Italia». «Quanti saranno?», chiede il controllo. «Una marea», risponde il peschereccio. La nave era la #Vlora, appena tornata in Albania dopo aver scaricato zucchero a Cuba.

    Il comandante della nave #Halim_Milaqi raccontò dell’assalto della folla di disperati allo sbando dopo la caduta del regime comunista, raccontò di essere stato costretto a levare l’ancora dal porto di Valona e a far rotta verso l’Italia.

    Il viceprefetto di Brindisi, #Bruno_Pezzuto, decise di dirottare la nave Vlora con i suoi ventimila passeggeri verso il porto di #Bari, pensando che le ore necessarie a un’imbarcazione così carica e lenta per raggiungere il capoluogo regionale potessero aiutare a organizzare soccorsi. Il resto è storia: lo sbarco sul molo troppo piccolo, ma più lontano dalla città; migliaia di persone ammassate allo #Stadio_della_Vittoria; i rimpatri; le tensioni tra l’amministrazione cittadina del capoluogo pugliese e il governo di Roma.

    Come se tutto quello che è accaduto, l’8 agosto 1991, fosse una sorta di trailer di quella che sarebbe diventata la narrazione tossica sulle migrazioni in Italia nei trent’anni seguenti. Una folla di senza nome, un affresco minaccioso, l’impressione dell’invasione. E delle frontiere che diventano letali.

    Il primo respingimento

    Ancora Italia-Albania, ancora lo stesso Adriatico, ma siamo nel 1997, il 28 marzo alle 18:57 per la precisione.

    La Kater i Rades, una motovedetta di piccole dimensioni, si dirige verso l’Italia. È carica di uomini, donne e bambini. In fuga dalle violenze che sono esplose in Albania dopo il crollo delle piramidi finanziarie che hanno messo sul lastrico tante famiglie.

    In Italia il dibattito politico è veemente: si teme un’altra “invasione” di migranti dall’Albania, il governo è sotto pressione e rafforza il pattugliamento nelle acque tra i due Stati. La Marina adotta anche manovre intenzionali per disturbare e interdire la navigazione di altri natanti civili.

    Una corvetta della Marina militare italiana, la Sibilla, avvista l’imbarcazione e inizia le manovre di “dissuasione”. Insegue la Kater i Rades, le gira intorno, la avvicina. Troppo. La tocca a poppa e in pochi minuti l’imbarcazione cola a picco nel Canale d’Otranto. I superstiti furono solo 34, i morti 57, in gran parte donne e bambini, 24 corpi non verranno mai ritrovati.

    Il processo per accertare le responsabilità dell’accaduto è molto lungo e alla fine gli unici responsabili del disastro risultano essere il comandante della Sibilla e l’uomo al timone della Kater.

    «Il naufragio della Kater i Rades costituisce una pietra di paragone per tutti gli altri naufragi a venire, non solo perché è stato l’esito delle politiche di respingimento e dell’isteria istituzionale che le ha prodotte. Non solo perché i termini della questione oggi sono i medesimi. Non solo perché, con totale cinismo o somma indifferenza, una forza politica di governo continua a parlare di blocchi navali nel Mediterraneo. Il naufragio della Kater i Rades è una pietra di paragone, perché, a differenza dei molti altri avvolti nel silenzio, è possibile raccontarlo», scrisse Alessandro Leogrande, nel suo libro inchiesta Il Naufragio, raccontando quello che viene ormai ricordato come la prima delle cosiddette tragedie del mare.

    Indietro nei secoli

    Eppure l’Adriatico è stato per secoli una rotta di migrazioni, del passato e del presente.

    La prima migrazione di massa è probabilmente sulla stessa rotta: ancora Albania-Italia. Tra il XV e il XVII secolo, provenienti da quelle regioni note come Epiro (oggi a cavallo tra Albania e Grecia), centinaia di migliaia di profughi si stabilirono in Italia. Dopo la caduta della resistenza all’avanzata dell’Impero ottomano, con la morte del comandante supremo Skanderbeg (l’eroe nazionale albanese Giorgio Castriota, morto nel 1468 combattendo gli ottomani, ndr), i civili che non volevano finire sotto l’egida del Sultano fuggirono verso la Puglia, passando l’Adriatico, fermandosi o continuando il loro viaggio fino a Calabria e Sicilia. Qui, dopo secoli, ancora oggi, conservano lingua e tradizioni dei loro antenati.

    E poi, durante la Guerra Fredda, piccole imbarcazioni di pescatori si mettevano al servizio – dietro compenso – di “viaggi” da una parte all’altra del confine tra Italia e Jugoslavia, in un senso e nell’altro. Verso le coste italiane fuggivano i nemici del socialismo e cioè nazionalisti, soprattutto croati, che volevano evitare i processi per aver collaborato con nazisti e fascisti. In Jugoslavia, invece, passavano militanti di sinistra italiani, ex partigiani che non avevano lasciato le armi o esponenti di movimenti extraparlamentari, che cercavano protezione o proseguivano verso l’allora Cecoslovacchia.

    Perché l’Adriatico, da sempre, per vicinanza e navigabilità, è una rotta quasi naturale dei movimenti umani, legali e illegali.

    Fino a pochi anni fa soltanto, ad esempio, una delle rotte migratorie più comuni era legata al porto greco di Patrasso. Migliaia di persone, che arrivavano in Grecia dal confine con la Turchia, per la maggior parte provenienti dall’Afghanistan e dal Pakistan, finivano in un accampamento informale all’ingresso del porto della città greca, vivendo in una tendopoli che ormai aveva assunto le dimensioni di una città fantasma.

    Bar e barbieri, piccoli ristoranti, negozi erano spuntati in tutto l’accampamento che arrivò a ospitare fino a duemila persone. Tendenzialmente tollerati dalle autorità e dai residenti, lentamente, vissero sulla loro pelle il cambio di narrazione sulle migrazioni, l’emergere dell’estrema destra (in particolare il movimento Alba Dorata), l’esasperazione dei residenti.

    Le tensioni aumentavano, ma decine di ragazzi continuavano a provare a partire, sempre nello stesso modo: aspettavano i camion che facevano manovra per entrare nel porto di Patrasso, provavano ad aprire il rimorchio e ci saltavano dentro. A volte riuscivano, altre no.

    Come nel caso di S.J., un migrante afghano di 24 anni, trovato morto nel garage del traghetto Cruise Europa della Minoan Lines il 6 settembre 2009, in rotta da Patrasso ad Ancona. Gli venne trovata in tasca una domanda per lo status di rifugiato politico in Grecia. L’autopsia stabilì che il giovane era morto per asfissia nella stiva, dove venne calcolato che la temperatura avesse raggiunto i 50 gradi percepiti. Nessuno ha mai tenuto il conto di quanti S.J. non ce l’hanno fatta.

    Pochi mesi prima, c’era stato il primo sgombero violento del campo, che si era poi ricostituito in più campi di dimensioni inferiori, ma che andarono incontro negli anni successivi allo stesso destino.

    La rotta adriatica

    Oggi quella rotta ha numeri poco significativi, ma ancora vengono registrati arrivi provenienti dai porti greci e albanesi a Bari, Brindisi, Ancona e Venezia.

    Una segnalazione di Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, ad esempio, raccontava nel 2021 come l’Albania fosse una base di partenza, ma non più per la popolazione locale.

    Il 9 gennaio 2021 un’imbarcazione con 55 migranti provenienti da Siria, Iran ed Egitto – tra cui donne e bambini – vennero salvati in mare al largo delle coste dell’Albania. Il motoscafo su cui viaggiavano, partito da Valona, ​​in Albania, era diretto in Italia e si era rotto. I piloti erano fuggiti e la barca andava alla deriva e perdeva carburante.

    La stessa segnalazione analizzava anche altri viaggi, che cominciano sulle coste sia dell’Albania sia del vicino Montenegro, ma con una modalità diversa rispetto al passato: non più grandi imbarcazioni, non più nascosti nei traghetti. Ma piccole barche, a volte addirittura a vela (facilmente scambiabili per imbarcazioni da turismo) per piccoli gruppi. Che potevano pagare cifre molto alte in cambio di un viaggio più sicuro.

    Il naufragio di Steccato di Cutro, che ha fatto almeno 180 vittime nel febbraio 2023, è il risultato di un viaggio simile. Il caicco inabissatosi, però, era partito dalla Turchia ed era diretto in Calabria. Un’ipotesi è che abbia evitato l’Adriatico perché, secondo le testimonianze di alcuni migranti e le informazioni fornite da una fonte di IrpiMedia, i trafficanti lo considerano troppo pattugliato, molto più delle coste calabresi.

    Oggi in alto Adriatico, la rotta migratoria più battuta è quella via terra. Ogni giorno, nel piazzale principale della stazione ferroviaria di Trieste, si possono incontrare le persone in viaggio sulla cosiddetta Rotta balcanica. Si calcola che siano state decine di migliaia le persone arrivate via terra dal 2015, con un incremento negli ultimi anni.

    Rispetto alle migrazioni via mare, invece, le novità degli ultimi anni in Adriatico, sono legate soprattutto a rotte di “ritorno”. Sempre più spesso, alle navi delle Ong che salvano in mare persone dalla rotta del Mediterraneo centrale, vengono assegnati porti in Adriatico, per ordine del governo italiano. Rispetto a questa pratica, dovuta alla nuova normativa italiana, le ong hanno emesso un comunicato congiunto nel quale accusano l’esecutivo di Roma.

    «Nel 2023, le navi di soccorso delle Ong sono state costrette a percorrere più di 150.500 km in più per raggiungere porti lontani, il che equivale a fare più di tre volte e mezzo il giro del mondo. Ciò significa centinaia di giorni trascorsi lontano dall’area di ricerca e soccorso, dove la vita delle persone è a rischio», denunciano le organizzazioni firmatarie.

    L’ultimo accordo

    C’è un’ultima polaroid che rischia di essere scattata, questa volta dall’altro lato dell’Adriatico. Rappresenta due centri di detenzione in territorio albanese per le persone migranti intercettate o soccorse in mare dalle navi italiane. Nel novembre 2023, infatti, l’Italia ha siglato un accordo con l’Albania che porterà alla nascita in territorio albanese di «strutture per effettuare le procedure di frontiera o di rimpatrio dei migranti non aventi diritto all’ingresso e alla permanenza nel territorio italiano».

    Secondo Amnesty International, l’accordo rappresenta una «violazione degli standard internazionali di ricerca e soccorso, riversa sofferenze aggiuntive su persone appena salvate dal mare, spesso traumatizzate per aver appena assistito all’annegamento di altre persone o bisognose di assistenza urgente» e mette «a rischio numerose vite umane».

    L’intesa tra i presidenti Giorgia Meloni e Edi Rama vale almeno 65 milioni di euro, il prezzo per la sola costruzione degli edifici, a cui vanno ovviamente aggiunti i costi di gestione, a carico sempre dello Stato italiano.

    Nel maggio 2024, mentre in Italia infuriavano le polemiche sui costi di queste strutture in rapporti ai reali risultati che dovrebbero raggiungere, in Albania la costruzione del centro per l’arrivo dei migranti via mare, nel porto della cittadina di Shëngjin, era praticamente conclusa, mentre quella del centro di detenzione nella località interna di Gjader, era ancora molto indietro.

    Ciò nonostante, nel corso di una visita in Albania il 5 giugno 2024, la presidente del Consiglio Giorgia Meloni ha dichiarato che «il complesso dei due centri per migranti in Albania sarà operativo dal primo agosto 2024». È un cerchio che sembra chiudersi, ancora una volta, a scapito dei diritti e delle vite umane.

    Gli impatti

    Decine di scatti, decine di movimenti tra le sponde, di traffici legali e illegali e di migrazioni. Movimenti che hanno avuto e hanno sempre un impatto, da entrambi i lati. Ci sono gli impatti sulle storie personali, quelle di chi è riuscito ad avere una nuova vita, di chi non è arrivato, di chi è arrivato e ha trovato altro.

    Come Hyso Telharaj, arrivato in Italia dall’Albania nel 1999 e ucciso pochi mesi dopo per essersi rifiutato di piegarsi ai caporali delle campagne pugliesi dove lavorava come bracciante.

    Ci sono poi impatti più ampi, la cui concretezza si può notare dopo giorni, mesi, anni. È l’impatto dei flussi economici provenienti dai traffici, che attraversano il mare di mezzo. Non c’è una mappa che descrive questi impatti: ci sono collegamenti, passaggi di denaro tra una città e un’altra, operazioni che svelano sistemi che vanno ben oltre i confini nazionali. Sono flussi che, a differenza di quelli di persone, non creano allarme sociale, ma creano cambiamenti reali, più o meno visibili.

    Ci sono i soldi del contrabbando di sigarette, che hanno avuto un impatto locale, garantendo un reddito a migliaia di pugliesi, e un impatto internazionale, con enormi quantità di denaro drenate verso i paradisi fiscali.

    E poi ci sono i traffici di stupefacenti che, attraverso il riciclaggio dei proventi in attività immobiliari e turistiche, hanno cambiato il volto di porzioni di costa su entrambe le sponde dell’Adriatico. Non solo. In Albania, hanno anche contribuito a falsare l’economia e a far salire i prezzi, a danno di chi in certi affari illegali non è coinvolto, ma ne paga comunque le conseguenze.

    Vale anche per i rifiuti tossici e le armi, che hanno avuto impatti devastanti sulla salute e anche sulla stessa vita degli abitanti dei luoghi di destinazione di questi flussi di merci illegali.

    L’Adriatico è una frontiera dove, fin dai tempi degli Imperi del Quattrocento, c’è una continua commistione tra interessi criminali ed economie legali. La globalizzazione ha accorciato le distanze del mondo ma ancora oggi non c’è nessuna cerniera che tiene insieme mondi diversi in uno spazio così ridotto: Oriente e Occidente; Europa dentro l’Unione europea, ed Europa fuori dall’Unione europea. Tutti bagnati dallo stesso mare di mezzo.

    https://irpimedia.irpi.eu/adriaticocriminale-naufragi-migranti-vlora-kater-i-rades

    #naufrage #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Albanie #réfugiés_albanais #Italie #Adriatique #Méditerranée #1997 #mer_Adriatique #histoire
    #28_mars_1997 #Sibilla #procès #justice #Cutro #Steccato_di_Cutro #Hyso_Telharaj

    • Il naufragio. Morte nel Mediterraneo

      «Il naufragio della Kater i Rades costituisce una pietra di paragone per tutti gli altri naufragi a venire, non solo perché è stato l’esito delle politiche di respingimento e dell’isteria istituzionale che le ha prodotte. Non solo perché i termini della questione oggi sono i medesimi. Non solo perché, con totale cinismo o somma indifferenza, una forza politica di governo continua a parlare di blocchi navali nel Mediterraneo. Il naufragio della Kater i Rades è una pietra di paragone, perché, a differenza dei molti altri avvolti nel silenzio, è possibile raccontarlo.»

      Alle 18.57 del 28 marzo 1997 una piccola motovedetta albanese stracarica di immigrati, la Kater i Rades, viene speronata da una corvetta della Marina militare italiana, la Sibilla. In pochi minuti l’imbarcazione cola a picco nel Canale d’Otranto. È la sera del Venerdì Santo. I superstiti sono solo 34, i morti 57, in gran parte donne e bambini, 24 corpi non verranno mai ritrovati. È uno dei peggiori naufragi avvenuti nel Mediterraneo negli ultimi vent’anni. Ma soprattutto è la più grande tragedia del mare prodotta dalle politiche di respingimento. La guerra civile albanese, che infuria da settimane, spinge migliaia di uomini, donne e bambini a partire verso le coste italiane in cerca della salvezza. La crisi del paese balcanico fa paura. In molti in Italia alimentano il terrore dell’invasione e prospettano la necessità del blocco navale. Così, tre giorni prima del naufragio, il governo italiano vara delle misure di controllo e pattugliamento nelle acque tra i due Stati che prevedono anche il ricorso a procedure di «harassment», ovvero «azioni cinematiche di disturbo e di interdizione». Prima dello scontro, la Sibilla insegue la Kater i Rades per un tempo che agli uomini e alle donne sulla carretta appare incredibilmente lungo. Il processo per accertare le responsabilità dell’accaduto è lunghissimo. Le indagini vengono ostacolate e intralciate, alcune prove scompaiono o non vengono mai recuperate. Alla fine, gli unici responsabili del disastro risultano essere il comandante della Sibilla e l’uomo al timone della Kater. Intanto in Albania, i sopravvissuti e i parenti delle vittime creano un comitato per ottenere giustizia. Alessandro Leogrande ha indagato a lungo sul naufragio del Venerdì Santo: ha incontrato i sopravvissuti e i parenti delle vittime, i militari, gli avvocati, gli attivisti delle associazioni antirazziste e ha girato per le città e i villaggi dell’Albania da cui sono partiti i migranti.

      https://www.feltrinellieditore.it/opera/il-naufragio

      #livre #Alessandro_Leogrande

  • Zarzalejos denuncia que Francia «está haciendo #devoluciones_en_caliente»

    De Andrés, líder del PP vasco, ha lamentado «la deslegitimación de instituciones del conjunto de España como la Justicia y los medios de comunicación»
    El Correo, Jesús J. Hernández, 07-06-2024

    avier Zarzalejos ha denunciado este jueves que Francia «está haciendo devoluciones en caliente» y ha asegurado que, además, «está suspendiendo, de manera arbitraria y reiterada, el espacio Schengen». El candidato del PP en las elecciones europeas ha anunciado el envío de una carta a la comisaria de interior Ylva Johansson para informarla de estos hechos y «pedirle que Los investigue y tome las medidas oportunas».

    El PP ha celebrado este jueves su acto de campaña en la avenida de Irun, muy cerca de la frontera francesa, por donde «pasan a diario» los migrantes hacia Francia y Alemania. Y ha aprovechado la ocasión para denunciar allí las políticas fronterizas del país galo. Según la vicesecretaria de Igualdad, Conciliación y políticas sociales del Partido Popular, Ana Alós, «la situación humanitaria con los migrantes que vive nuestro país y la Unión Europea no tendría que ocurrir».

    A juicio de Alós, «la política migratoria necesita de equilibrio entre una protección, que hoy, por parte del Gobierno de España no se está llevando a cabo, y el impulso de las medidas regulatorias de migración». Esa segunda parte se fundamenta en que «también necesitamos a personas venidas de otros países y que vienen a trabajar y buscar empleo», por lo que ha abogado por buscar «soluciones estructurales y una visión integral».

    «Irregularidad sobrevenida»
    Según los populares, «el PSOE entra en contradicción cuando habla de proteger a los inmigrantes pero luego les aboca a una irregularidad sobrevenida». Por eso reclamaron «la puesta en valor del pacto migratorio europeo y el equilibrio sensato que promueve el Partido Popular para acabar con la inmigración irregular en la Unión Europea». También Muriel Larrea, presidenta del PP de Gipuzkoa, ha denunciado «el drama humano» en el que se ha convertido este puente para los migrantes en tránsito que proceden de África.

    https://medios.mugak.eu/noticias/687486/noticia

    #refoulements #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #refoulements_à_chaud #refoulements #push-backs #France #pays_basque #Irun

  • Sea-Eye vince in tribunale contro il decreto Piantedosi-Meloni
    https://www.meltingpot.org/2024/06/sea-eye-vince-in-tribunale-contro-il-decreto-piantedosi-meloni

    Nell’udienza del 5 giugno 2024, il tribunale di Reggio Calabria ha dato ragione alla causa intentata da Sea-Eye e.V. e ha dichiarato illegittimo il fermo di 60 giorni della Sea-Eye 4 nel marzo 2024. Il giudice ha ritenuto non provate le accuse secondo cui l’equipaggio della nave non avrebbe seguito le istruzioni della cosiddetta guardia costiera libica ed ha quindi confermato che le operazioni di salvataggio #In_mare da parte della Sea-Eye 4 sono sempre state doverose e corrette in base alla pertinente la normativa internazionale. Secondo le autorità italiane che bloccarono la Sea-Eye 4, la nave il 7 (...)

    #Notizie #Giovanni_Marenda

  • 31.05.2024 :

    People stuck on an islet in the #Evros region, near the Greek village of #Nea_Vyssa. The group of 4 say they were beaten by @Hellenicpolice & pushed on the islet. One of the travellers needs medical assistance. We informed authorities on both sides, but so far no help arrived!

    https://x.com/alarm_phone/status/1796476691831046363
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    #Turkish authorities refuse to help as they claim the position is on #Greek territory. At the same time, a Greek officer told the people if they come back, they’ll beat them again. One person is in serious conditions. Stop playing with people’s lives, rescue them now!!

    https://x.com/alarm_phone/status/1796476696763465933

    #limbe #zone_frontalière #île #Evros #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #fleuve_Evros #Turquie #Grèce #Thrace #îlots

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    ajouté à la métaliste sur #métaliste sur des #réfugiés abandonnés sur des #îlots dans la région de l’#Evros, #frontière_terrestre entre la #Grèce et la #Turquie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/953343

  • Alina, non una di meno
    (pour archivage)

    Tutti assolti perché “il fatto non costituisce reato” i poliziotti e dirigenti della questura accusati di sequestro di persona e omicidio colposo per la morte di #Alina_Bonar_Diachuk, morta suicida a 32 anni il 16 aprile 2012 nel commissariato di Opicina. Il 14 aprile era stata prelevata da una volante al carcere del Coroneo dove aveva finito di scontare una pena per favoreggiamento dell’immigrazione clandestina ed era stata portata a quello che fu subito definito il “commissariato degli orrori”.
    Alina Bonar Diachuk era in attesa d’espulsione ma non in stato di fermo, non c’era alcun motivo legale per portarla al commissariato e trattenerla lì. Aveva già tentato il suicidio, dopo due giorni si è impiccata con il cordino della felpa davanti alle telecamere di sorveglianza. La sua agonia è durata 40 minuti, nessuno si è accorto di niente né tantomeno è intervenuto.

    Le indagini hanno permesso di scoprire che Alina non era stata l’unica ad aver subito un sequestro di persona in commissariato: era una prassi abituale. Nel corso delle perquisizioni si è scoperto che il funzionario dirigente Carlo Baffi aveva cambiato il cartello dell’ufficio immigrazione con la scritta “ufficio epurazione” che teneva in bella mostra vicino a un busto di Mussolini. All’epoca, Baffi era anche membro della Commissione territoriale di Gorizia che esaminava le domande d’asilo presentate in Friuli Venezia Giulia: Baffi ha continuato a partecipare alle riunioni della Commissione anche dopo il suicidio di Alina. L’allora questore Padulano disse che i poliziotti coinvolti avevano fatto il loro “dovere”.

    A febbraio 2018 il pm De Bortoli aveva chiesto pene per 20 anni e 9 mesi per i poliziotti coinvolti. A sei anni dalla morte di Alina, era giunta l’assoluzione per tutti in primo grado: il giudice Nicoli aveva ritenuto che i poliziotti avessero messo in atto direttive della Questura, conosciute e condivise ai massimi livelli istituzionali, anche dalla Pretura, secondo quanto riportato dalla stampa. In breve, i poliziotti hanno fatto il loro dovere e hanno obbedito agli ordini. Tuttavia, nonostante l’omertà istituzionale, noi sappiamo che il sequestro di persona non è legale in Italia e la detenzione di Alina e delle altre centinaia di persone a Opicina era abusiva. Ora, dopo due anni, arriva il giudizio in appello: tutti assolti non più perché “il fatto sussiste” ma perché “il fatto non costituisce reato”.

    È la banalità del male: non c’è reato e nessuno è responsabile dell’annientamento della vita di una giovane donna.

    Siamo in attesa di leggere le motivazioni della sentenza ma già possiamo dire che non ci stiamo: Alina, donna e migrante, è stata per la seconda volta uccisa da questa seconda sentenza che non condanna nessuno per la sua morte.

    Verità e giustizia per Alina. Le vite delle donne contano tutte, NON UNA DI MENO!

    Nell’immagine, l’azione toponomastica di rinominazione di via del Coroneo, dove si trova il carcere di Trieste, con il nome di Alina Bonar Diachuck, vittima di Stato.

    https://www.rivoluzioneanarchica.it/alina-non-una-di-meno
    #suicide #asile #réfugiés #migrations #Opicina #homicide #détention #Italie #violences_policières #Carlo_Baffi #détention_arbitraire

    #toponymie #toponymie_politique #toponymie_migrante #victime_d'Etat

  • Zëri i Shqipërisë. L’accordo Italia-Albania, visto dagli albanesi

    Il 6 novembre 2023 la premier Giorgia Meloni e il suo omologo albanese Edi Rama presentano il protocollo d’intesa bilaterale in materia di gestione dei flussi migratori.

    Come si può guardare a questo accordo da un’altra prospettiva, quella della popolazione e della società civile albanese?
    Per capirlo abbiamo deciso di partire per l’Albania e ascoltare cosa aveva da dire chi vive sul territorio.

    Racconteremo il nostro viaggio in due episodi.

    In questo ascolterete i sopralluoghi a #Shëngjin e #Gjadër (dove sono in costruzione rispettivamente l’hotspot e il Centro di Permanenza per il Rimpatrio) e le interviste a:

    Dorian Pali, avvocato residente nel Comune di Lezhë, dove ricadono entrambe le località in cui verranno costruiti i centri detentivi italiani. Quando lo incontriamo ci parla di come si sente, in qualità di albanese e residente locale, al pensiero di come questo accordo impatterà sulla vita e le aspirazioni delle persone coinvolte.
    «[…] per gli albanesi l’Italia all’inizio dell’inizio degli anni 90 era un sogno. E gli albanesi proprio ci volevano andare – con dei costi che poi ovviamente ci sono stati: allontanarsi dalle famiglie, eccetera. Ma c’era un sogno. Invece le persone che verranno qua.. l’Albania, non è la loro scelta».

    Gjergi Erebara, giornalista investigativo di BIRN (Balkan Investigative Reporting Network) residente a Tirana.
    «Il nostro Primo Ministro è stato un richiedente asilo politico in Francia dopo essere stato malmenato da giovane. Fondamentalmente è stato picchiato perché le sue opinioni politiche, ha scritto articoli giornalistici con cui possiamo essere d’accordo o meno, ma non importa. Di fatto è stato perseguitato per le sue opinioni».

    https://www.meltingpot.org/2024/05/zeri-i-shqiperise-laccordo-italia-albania-visto-dagli-albanesi
    #audio #podcast #migrations #réfugiés #asile #Albanie #accord #Italie #externalisation

    –-

    ajouté à la métaliste sur l’#accord entre #Italie et #Albanie pour la construction de #centres d’accueil (sic) et identification des migrants/#réfugiés sur le territoire albanais...

    https://seenthis.net/messages/1043873

  • Challenging the Complicity of Frontex’s Aerial Surveillance Activities in Crimes Against Humanity

    #front-LEX and #Refugees_in_Libya filed a legal notice pursuant to Art. 265 TFEU requesting Frontex’s Executive Director, Mr. Hans Leijtens, to partially terminate the Agency’s aerial surveillance activities in the ‘pre-frontier area’ in the Central Mediterranean.

    To prevent asylum seekers fleeing crimes against humanity in Libya from reaching the EU, Frontex systematically and unlawfully transmits the geolocalisation of refugee boats at high seas to the Libyan Coast Guard/Libyan Militia. Every day, Frontex allows for the systematic interception and ’pulling back’ of refugees to Libya, from where they have managed to escape by the skin of their teeth, and where they are subjected once more to crimes against humanity. Now, front-LEX, on behalf of X.Y. a refugee trapped in Libya, brings an unprecedented legal challenge against Frontex’s airborne complicity.

    Between 2021 and 2023, Frontex has shared 2,200 emails communicating the exact geolocalisation data of refugee boats with Libyan actors to enable their unlawful interception and forcible return back to Libya. There, the ‘pulled back’ refugees are arbitrarily detained and subjected to crimes against humanity of, inter alia, murder, enforced disappearance, torture, enslavement, sexual violence, rape, and other inhumane acts. It is Frontex’s sharing of geolocalisation data which enables the commission of these crimes – making the Agency complicit in the ongoing and systematic attack directed against refugees and asylum seekers in the Central Mediterranean.

    Frontex’s complicity in these ‘pullbacks’ and ensuing crimes against humanity committed against refugees has been well-documented by leading human rights organisations, UN organs, and investigative journalists. Now, based on this clear-cut evidence, front-LEX and Refugees in Libya filed an unprecedented legal notice challenging the Agency’s airborne complicity in crimes against humanity committed against people on the move.

    https://www.front-lex.eu/frontex-complicity-crimes-against-humanity

    #Frontex #complicité #justice #surveillance_aérienne #asile #migrations #réfugiés #contrôles_frontaliers #géolocalisation #gardes-côtes_libyens #crimes_contre_l'humanité #Méditerranée #mer_Méditerranée #pull-back #pullbacks #poursuite_judiciaire

    • Profugo sudanese intrappolato in Libia fa causa a Frontex: “L’agenzia europea è complice di crimini contro l’umanità”

      Per la prima volta, un richiedente asilo ancora intrappolato in Libia ha potuto presentare una sfida legale contro Frontex – l’agenzia europea per la sorveglianza dei confini terrestri e marini dell’Unione – relativamente alla sorveglianza aerea sul Mediterraneo centrale. Il profugo sudanese ha potuto denunciare “l’esercito” dei pattugliatori europei grazie a Front- Lex, Ong umanitaria olandese, in partnership con l’organizzazione “Rifugiati in Libia”. L’avvocato di Front-Lex, Iftach Cohen, ha presentato una comunicazione legale a Frontex ai sensi dell’articolo 265 TFUE, invitandola a sospendere e interrompere immediatamente tutte le comunicazioni con entità libiche in relazione alle cosiddette “situazioni di pericolo” nel Mediterraneo. Inoltre l’Ong intima che Frontex proibisca all’Italia e a Malta di condividere con i libici i dati di sorveglianza raccolti dagli aerei dell’agenzia europea.

      Si tratta di un’azione legale senza precedenti innanzitutto perchè basata sulla presunta complicità dell’Ue riguardo ai crimini contro l’umanità verificatisi in Libia. In secondo luogo, è la prima volta che un rifugiato ancora intrappolato in Libia senza protezione riesce ad avviare un procedimento per vedere riconosciuti i propri diritti. Il team di Front-Lex ha raccolto prove che evidenziano peraltro come tutti i precedenti direttori – incluso il penultimo, Fabrice Leggeri, oggi candidato alle Europee per il partito di Marine Le Pen – e altre entità di Frontex abbiano ammesso che consegnare la posizione delle imbarcazioni dei rifugiati a entità libiche sia illegale secondo il diritto europeo.

      Dal rapporto della Missione d’inchiesta indipendente sulla Libia del Consiglio per i diritti umani Ue del 23 marzo, i richiedenti asilo intercettati e rimpatriati forzatamente in Libia, una volta risbarcati in Libia, vengono detenuti e diventano “vittime di crimini contro l’umanità“. Frontex giustifica la condivisione con Tripoli del tracciamento delle imbarcazioni di profughi con il proprio obbligo, “ai sensi del quadro giuridico internazionale della Sar”, di trasmettere tutte le informazioni sull’”imbarcazione in pericolo” all’RCC competente della zona di ricerca e salvataggio, che è Tripoli nella maggioranza dei casi.

      Cohen non è d’accordo perchè l’obbligo legale di Frontex di trasmettere informazioni al competente RCC in caso di pericolo ai sensi del diritto marittimo internazionale è solo uno dei tanti obblighi legali dell’Agenzia, come il divieto dei respingimenti collettivi dei richiedenti asilo intercettati in mare in rotta verso Paesi dove si rischiano persecuzioni. “Questi obblighi derivano dalla Carta dei diritti fondamentali dell’Unione Europea che è di natura costituzionale. Abbiamo a questo punto raccolto prove sufficienti per dimostrare che nella zona Sar libica praticamente tutte le imbarcazioni di rifugiati rilevate da Frontex vengono automaticamente classificate come in ‘situazione di pericolo’ in modo tale che Frontex possa trasmettere immediatamente la posizione a Tripoli e astenersi dall’ingaggiare le navi di soccorso delle Ong nelle vicinanze”, spiega Cohen. Le imbarcazioni dei profughi di conseguenza non vengono contattate dagli aerei Frontex come richiede la legislazione dell’Ue per verificare se abbiano bisogno di assistenza.

      “D’altra parte, quando Frontex rileva un’imbarcazione di rifugiati nella zona Sar o nelle acque territoriali di uno Stato membro, come nei casi di Pylos (Grecia) o in Italia a Cutro non classifica i casi che sono chiaramente ‘situazioni di pericolo’ in modo che possa astenersi dall’allertare l’RCC dello Stato membro lasciandogli sufficiente potere e tempo per coinvolgere i libici anche nelle proprie acque territoriali e impedire così lo sbarco in Europa. È una vera e propria strumentalizzazione della ‘situazione di disagio’. Queste non sono persone che hanno telefonino e scarpe alla moda come dice il vostro vice premier Salvini nel descrivere i richiedenti asilo ma persone che subiscono i peggiori abusi contro l’umanità”.

      https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2024/05/30/profugo-sudanese-intrappolato-in-libia-fa-causa-a-frontex-lagenzia-ue-e-complice-di-crimini-contro-lumanita/7568712

      #plainte

  • 01.06.2024, #Nfansou_Drame , Ventimiglia, cadavere di un migrante nell’accampamento sul fiume Roja

    Un migrante è stato trovato morto all’interno di una tenda nell’accampamento di fortuna allestito nel greto del torrente Roja, sotto il cavalcavia di via Tenda a Ventimiglia.
    Al momento non si conoscono i motivi del decesso, che sembrerebbe comunque essere dovuto a cause naturali.
    Sul posto sono accorsi carabinieri e polizia, atteso il medico legale per una prima ispezione sulla salma.
    A compiere accertamenti su quanto accaduto saranno i militari dell’Arma.

    https://www.riviera24.it/2024/06/ventimiglia-cadavere-di-un-migrante-nellaccampamento-sul-fiume-roja-868284
    #Ventimille #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontière_sud-alpine #Italie #France #Alpes_Maritimes #décès #mort #mourir_aux_frontières

    –—

    ajouté au fil de discussion sur les morts à la frontière de Vintimille :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/784767

    lui-même ajouté à la métaliste sur les morts aux frontières alpines :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

    • Ventimiglia, identificato il migrante trovato morto sotto il cavalcavia di via Tenda
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZwwNho2qes

      Una corona di fiori appassiti posata davanti a una tenda sgualcita nel greto di un fiume in cui vivono ratti e piccioni. E’ un gesto di rispetto e affetto, probabilmente l’unico, nei confronti del giovane trovato morto intorno a mezzogiorno sotto il cavalcavia di via Tenda, a Ventimiglia.

      A dare un nome a quel corpo magro sono stati i carabinieri della compagnia della città di confine, che sono riusciti a identificare l’uomo, nonostante i tanti alias utilizzati dal suo arrivo in Italia. Si tratta di un senegalese di 32 anni, irregolare in Italia e richiedente asilo in Francia. Secondo quanto appurato fino ad ora, anche grazie ad un primo esame esterno del corpo da parte del medico legale Andrea Leoncini, il giovane sarebbe morto per le conseguenze di una malattia.

      Intorno al corpo si è formato un mesto capannello di uomini, tutti giovani africani, che alle forze dell’ordine hanno dichiarato di conoscere il 30enne morto. Qualcuno di loro, per dargli una sorta di saluto, deve aver raggiunto il vicino cimitero di Roverino dove ha trovato una corona di rose ormai vecchie, l’ha presa e l’ha adagiata sull’uscio della tenda dove è stato ritrovato il corpo del giovane.

      Ora gli investigatori cercheranno di rintracciare la famiglia per restituire, oltre alla salma, gli oggetti personali della vittima: uno zainetto, con dentro tutto quello che possedeva.

      https://www.riviera24.it/2024/06/ventimiglia-identificato-il-migrante-trovato-morto-sotto-il-cavalcavia-di-

    • Supporting a family for the loss of a son

      On June 1st, after feeling sick for a day, N. passed away in his tent in Ventimiglia.

      This tragedy is not an isolated incident, but a consequence of structural discrimination against people on the move.

      In theory, everyone has the right to access healthcare. Unfortunately, the reality is that people face numerous obstacles imposed by institutional racism.

      The brother and some friends of N. are now in Ventimiglia, trying to arrange for his body to be sent back to his parents and wife in Senegal. This process is time-consuming and expensive, costing up to 6,000 euros.

      We are reaching out for help to support the family in this difficult situation. There is no consolation for losing a loved one in such an unjust manner. With your donation you can accompany them in their grief.

      Le 1er juin dernier, N. est décédé dans sa tente à Ventimille après avoir été souffrant.

      Ceci n’est pas un cas isolé mais bien l’une des conséquences de la discrimination systémique envers les migrants.

      En théorie, tout un chacun a le droit d’accéder aux soins de santé. Malheureusement, en pratique, des personnes se retrouvent à devoir faire face à de nombreux obstacles mis en place par un racisme ancré et institutionnel.

      Le frère de N. ainsi que certains de ses amis se sont rendus à Ventimille afin de rapatrier le corps de N. au Sénégal, où l’attendent ses parents ainsi que son épouse. Malheureusement, cette procédure requiert beaucoup de temps et d’argent (environ 6 000€).

      Nous faisons donc appel à vous afin d’apporter notre soutien à la famille de N. durant leur deuil. Il n’existe bien évidemment pas de consolation après la perte d’un être cher dans de conditions aussi injustes. Votre donation pourra néanmoins accompagner la famille dans cette dure épreuve qui se présente désormais à elle.

      https://donorbox.org/supporting-a-family-for-the-loss-of-a-son-1

  • Demandeurs d’asile : « Derrière les “défaillances systémiques” du dispositif d’accueil français, il y a un refus d’adopter des solutions pragmatiques »
    https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2024/05/31/demandeurs-d-asile-derriere-les-defaillances-systemiques-du-dispositif-d-acc

    Demandeurs d’asile : « Derrière les “défaillances systémiques” du dispositif d’accueil français, il y a un refus d’adopter des solutions pragmatiques »
    Tribune Guillaume Rossignol, directeur du Jesuit Refugiee Service
    En mars 2024, un arrêt du Conseil du contentieux des étrangers belge a empêché le transfert d’un demandeur d’asile vers la France au vu de « défaillances systémiques » du dispositif d’accueil de l’Etat français. Selon cet arrêt, ce demandeur d’asile risquait d’être traité de manière incompatible avec ses droits fondamentaux. « Certaines nuits, je reste assis sur une chaise près des agents de sécurité d’un hôpital, par crainte d’être de nouveau agressé durant mon sommeil », témoigne, par exemple, M. N., demandeur d’asile, accompagné par le Service jésuite des réfugiés (JRS France).
    Les défaillances dans l’accueil des demandeurs d’asile ne sont pas nouvelles. La France a ainsi été condamnée par la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme en 2021 pour les traitements inhumains et dégradants dont avaient été victimes des personnes en demande d’asile. Mais le plus inquiétant est l’ampleur de ces défaillances.
    Au 31 mars 2024, selon les chiffres issus d’Eurostat et de l’Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration (OFII), un organisme chargé de délivrer les « conditions matérielles d’accueil », c’est-à-dire une domiciliation, un hébergement et une allocation minimale assurant aux demandeurs un niveau de vie digne qui garantisse leur subsistance et protège leur santé physique et mentale, plus de 46 000 personnes en demande d’asile en étaient privées.
    Or, plus qu’une crise du système d’accueil contre laquelle « on ne pourrait rien » – elle résulterait, par exemple, de l’impossibilité de traiter de trop nombreuses demandes –, certains cas manifestent une volonté délibérée de laisser perdurer ces situations et de justifier l’injustifiable, en s’abritant derrière le paravent du « droit ».
    Ainsi en est-il de la politique française envers les demandeurs d’asile dits « dublinés », par référence au règlement européen de Dublin, organisant les procédures d’asile au sein de l’Union européenne (UE) et dont les principes ont été globalement repris par le pacte européen sur l’asile et la migration adopté le 14 mai 2024.
    Ces personnes, qui ont demandé la protection internationale de la France et y séjournent, sont entrées sur le territoire de l’UE par un autre pays. En application des textes précités, la France peut, pendant une durée de dix-huit mois, demander leur transfert dans le pays par lequel elles sont entrées dans l’UE (procédure Dublin) afin que ce pays assume et instruise lui-même la demande d’asile. Mais, une fois passé ce délai, la France devient responsable de leur demande d’asile. Or, nos autorités refusent à ces personnes tout moyen de subsistance, prétendant ne pas y être tenues en application du droit en vigueur.
    Quelle que soit l’interprétation que l’on donne du droit français ou européen applicable, les priver d’une allocation et d’un hébergement en plus d’un accès au travail, c’est laisser les demandeurs d’asile dans une situation inhumaine et dégradante qui ne peut être conforme à aucun droit. Une première en la matière, le Service jésuite des réfugiés (JRS France) vient d’introduire devant le Conseil d’Etat une requête « en reconnaissance de droits » − un dispositif original introduit par une loi de 2016 sur la modernisation de la justice du XXIe siècle − pour faire reconnaître les droits individuels de l’ensemble de ces personnes au bénéfice des « conditions matérielles d’accueil ».
    Nous ne devons pas laisser justifier l’injustifiable, mais garder le souci de la justice. Derrière ces « défaillances systémiques » du dispositif d’accueil français, il y a aussi un refus d’adopter des solutions pragmatiques, en laissant l’idéologie prendre le dessus. Selon l’économiste El Mouhoub Mouhoud, président de l’université Paris-Dauphine-PSL, nous assistons à un « recul inquiétant de l’argumentation rationnelle » sur les questions d’immigration.
    Ainsi, une grande pluralité d’acteurs, y compris le Medef et les syndicats de salariés, se sont prononcés en faveur d’une solution simple : l’accès au travail des demandeurs d’asile. Cela réduirait, en effet, les coûts de leur accueil tout en leur permettant de se sentir utiles et en faisant rentrer des ressources dans le budget de l’Etat, à l’heure où les finances sont au rouge, le tout dans un contexte de pénurie de main-d’œuvre, puisque les trois quarts des PME françaises déclaraient, fin 2023, rechercher en vain du personnel.
    Renoncer aux discours réducteurs
    D’après un rapport de JRS France, fondé sur les données d’enquêtes publiques de la Commission européenne, la France est le seul pays de l’Union européenne, avec la Hongrie, à ne pas accorder aux demandeurs d’asile un accès effectif au marché du travail.
    Si tous les autres pays européens le font, ce n’est pas uniquement parce que c’est un droit établi par la directive européenne accueil mais aussi, et peut-être d’abord, parce que cela sert leurs intérêts économiques et sociaux sans que soit constaté pour autant un quelconque « appel d’air ». Il nous faut garder le souci de la réalité ; la réalité, c’est bâtir des solutions viables qui ne renoncent pas à l’humain.
    Si les situations indignes se propagent, c’est que nous n’y résistons pas avec assez de force, parce que nous perdons la perception de l’unicité et du caractère irremplaçable de chacun. C’est là le danger qui nous menace et menace l’Europe. Dans son poème Restons éveillés, dédié aux travailleurs immigrés, Missak Manouchian nous l’intimait déjà : il nous faut renoncer aux discours réducteurs pour garder claire vision et hauteur de vue.
    Guillaume Rossignol est directeur de JRS France (Service jésuite des réfugiés), une organisation catholique internationale qui agit aux côtés des demandeurs d’asile et des réfugiés.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#france#UE#asile#droit#sante#refugie#accueil

  • Comment des migrants sont abandonnés en plein désert en #Afrique

    Une enquête de plusieurs mois menée par « Le Monde », le média à but non lucratif « Lighthouse Reports » et sept médias internationaux montre comment des dizaines de milliers de migrants en route vers l’Europe sont arrêtés et abandonnés en plein désert au Maroc, Tunisie et Mauritanie.

    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8yrqiy

    #vidéo #migrations #désert #abandon #Mauritanie #Maroc #Tunisie #réfugiés #externalisation #frontières #rafles #racisme_anti-Noirs #Fès #déportations #Rabat #forces_auxiliaires #refoulements #arrestations_arbitraires #enlèvements #centres_de_détention #Ksar #détention_administrative #Espagne #bus #Algérie #marche #torture #Gogui #Mali #accords #financements #expulsions_collectives #Nouakchott #forces_de_l'ordre #Sfax #Italie #équipement #aide_financière #UE #EU #Union_européenne #forces_de_sécurité #gardes-côtes #gardes-côtes_tunisiens #droits_humains #droits_fondamentaux

    ping @_kg_

  • Européennes : les propositions irréalistes et illégales du #RN sur l’immigration

    Le #Rassemblement_national peine à expliquer comment il compte mettre en place la « #double_frontière » que promet #Jordan_Bardella dans son programme. La proposition est à la fois irréaliste et contraire au droit international.

    LaLa formule est rodée, répétée à longueur d’interview, martelée à chaque meeting. Pour lutter contre ce que le Rassemblement national (RN) qualifie de « submersion migratoire » qui menacerait « nos valeurs de civilisation », sa tête de liste, Jordan Bardella, avance une solution : une « double frontière », aux niveaux européen et français. Une proposition qui tient en trois lignes dans le programme officiel du parti et n’était pas davantage développée dans le projet qui accompagnait la première candidature de son président aux européennes de 2019.

    Impossible à appliquer, elle supposerait surtout la remise en cause par la France de nombreux traités internationaux et l’isolement diplomatique, économique et politique du pays vis-à-vis de ses partenaires européens.

    Jordan Bardella, qui reprend régulièrement à son compte la thèse complotiste et raciste du « grand remplacement », affirmait encore le 6 avril au Journal du dimanche que « le projet de la Commission européenne, c’est la submersion de l’Europe et le remplacement d’une partie de la population européenne par une population venue du Sud ». Revendiquant de faire du scrutin européen un « référendum sur l’immigration », la tête de liste propose « le refoulement systématique des bateaux de migrants qui arrivent sur les côtes européennes », comme il le répétait encore récemment sur le plateau de TF1.

    « Le refoulement est la violation flagrante du droit international des droits humains », prévient Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche, professeure de droit public à l’université Jean-Moulin-Lyon 3, avant de lister les normes et traités que cette proposition remet en question : « La Convention de Genève relative au statut des réfugiés dispose explicitement le principe de non-refoulement, comme la Charte des droits fondamentaux de l’UE. De manière indirecte, en interdisant les traitements inhumains et dégradants, le Pacte international des droits civils et politiques et la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme [CEDH] prohibent aussi les refoulements. L’interdiction est claire : il est impératif de ne pas renvoyer des individus vers des pays où ils risqueraient d’endurer de tels traitements. »

    « Ça voudrait dire, concrètement, prendre les personnes, pour les ramener dans une zone internationale, pour que les gens se noient ?, s’indigne de son côté Anna Sibley, chargée d’études au Groupe d’information et de soutien des immigré·es (Gisti). C’est ça qu’il se passe en pratique. Quand il y a des refoulements, car il y en a, même si c’est illégal. Les gens se noient ou sont renvoyés vers des États où ils risquent la torture ou l’esclavage. »
    Plusieurs conventions internationales à dénoncer

    Troisième sur la liste du RN, porte-parole de la campagne et ancien patron de l’agence européenne de garde-frontières Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri assure à Mediapart – après avoir dénoncé « les discours politiques des ONG promigrants et de la Commission » – que « les personnes qui font l’objet d’un sauvetage maritime seront mises en sécurité et raccompagnées vers le port sûr le plus proche, le plus souvent situé hors de l’Union européenne, sur les côtes d’où sont parties ces personnes ».

    Pour mettre en place le premier volet de cette « double frontière » vendue par le RN, « il faudrait que les États dénoncent la Convention de Genève, le Pacte international des droits civils et politiques et la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme, et qu’ils modifient la Charte des droits fondamentaux de l’UE, ce qui supposerait une unanimité et une ratification par chacun des États », analyse Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche.

    Pendant des années, Marine Le Pen et le RN prônaient justement la sortie de la CEDH, qualifiée de « camisole », avant de faire demi-tour sur la question pendant la campagne présidentielle de 2022.

    Fabrice Leggeri réclame lui aussi de refouler systématiquement les bateaux d’exilé·es qui arrivent sur les côtes européennes. Responsable de l’agence Frontex de 2015 à 2022, il est visé par une plainte pour complicité de crime contre l’humanité et complicité de crime de torture, pour avoir participé au refoulement d’embarcations de migrant·es.

    Deux associations, la Ligue des droits de l’homme (LDH) et Utopia 56, l’accusent d’avoir soit couvert, soit facilité ces pratiques illégales, contraires au droit international, avec l’objectif affiché de faire obstacle, « quel qu’en soit le prix », à l’entrée de personnes migrantes au sein de l’UE. « L’exécution de cette politique s’est faite au détriment du respect des droits fondamentaux des migrants, que Fabrice Leggeri a délibérément ignoré », peut-on lire dans leur plainte.

    L’ex-patron de Frontex dénonce pour sa part une « plainte fantasque » et une « opération de communication politique destinée à [lui] nuire et à nuire au RN », tout en affirmant que « certaines ONG voulaient contraindre Frontex à les assister pour faciliter le travail des passeurs » et tenteraient de « criminaliser le travail des garde-frontières ».
    Jordan « à peu près » Bardella

    Le deuxième volet du programme de Jordan Bardella sur les migrations n’est pas plus clair. Le président du RN revendique, en plus du refoulement systématique des migrant·es aux frontières de l’UE, « la restriction de la libre circulation de l’espace Schengen aux seuls ressortissants des pays membres ». Une proposition ancienne du parti d’extrême droite, qui se heurte là encore à de nombreuses règles juridiques.

    « Si l’optique est de restaurer un contrôle strict des frontières intérieures de l’Union européenne, deux voies sont envisageables : la sortie de l’UE ou l’abandon par l’UE de l’esprit de Schengen, ce qui supposerait une réforme des traités qui exige l’unanimité des États membres et sa ratification dans tous les États membres », détaille Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche.

    En débat face à Gabriel Attal, Jordan Bardella a été bien en peine de détailler sa proposition, finissant par admettre qu’il comptait « renforcer les contrôles aléatoires » aux frontières françaises, sans s’aventurer sur l’impossibilité de faire adopter par l’ensemble des pays européens une telle renégociation des traités.

    Sur le plateau de Public Sénat, le 29 mai, la tête de liste du RN a assuré s’en remettre « au flair du policier » pour mener ces contrôles aléatoires, avant de reconnaître que la mise en place de cette proposition ne pouvait pas se décider au Parlement européen, malgré sa présence dans le programme européen de son parti : « Évidemment, aller contrôler nos frontières, ça se fera demain avec le ministère de l’intérieur quand nous serons à la tête de l’État », a-t-il balayé.

    Auprès de Mediapart, Fabrice Leggeri émet aussi l’hypothèse de rétablir pour les étrangers non citoyens de l’UE une « déclaration d’entrée sur le territoire » associée à un QR code, tout en assurant que « le dispositif ne pénaliserait pas la circulation des Français et les citoyens de l’UE » et que son efficacité reposerait « sur la sévérité des sanctions contre les contrevenants et la possibilité élevée de contrôles aléatoires ».

    "Le pacte asile et immigration s’est nourri des positions de l’extrême droite." (Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche, professeure de droit public)

    Sur la nécessité de réformer les traités pour mettre en place de telles mesures, le porte-parole de la campagne du RN affirme qu’il « n’est pas nécessaire de réformer les traités pour instaurer ces mesures » avant de s’en remettre à une future révision de la Constitution française – leur marotte sur le sujet – qui permettrait à la France de s’affranchir des traités européens.

    Sur cette proposition, Jordan Bardella peut compter sur le soutien de Reconquête et du parti Les Républicains (LR). François-Xavier Bellamy, tête de liste de LR, appelle dans son projet à « rétablir les contrôles aux frontières intérieures » de l’UE. Il y a cinq ans, Laurent Wauquiez, alors président du parti, présentait le programme européen de ce dernier en affirmant que « redonner un avenir à notre civilisation, c’est ne plus subir l’immigration de masse », avant de défendre la nécessité d’« établir une double frontière : une frontière européenne, défendue en commun, et une frontière nationale, chaque pays gardant la possibilité d’arrêter les migrants comme à Menton ».

    Du côté de Reconquête, la troisième de liste Sarah Knafo a publié une vidéo pour déplorer que « le rétablissement des frontières a[it] pu sembler impraticable » à l’issue du débat entre Gabriel Attal et Jordan Bardella. Elle veut d’ailleurs aller plus loin, en proposant carrément un projet de « triple frontière », « un plan qui peut se mettre en œuvre facilement », selon elle.

    « Ces gens défendent un modèle de société de repli sur soi complètement déconnecté de la réalité. Les migrations sont un fait, pas un problème. Il faut déconstruire tout ça, affirme Anna Sibley du Gisti. Le fait de débattre de la maîtrise de l’immigration, c’est une conception terriblement éloignée de la réalité de terrain. »

    Pour Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche, l’adoption au Parlement européen des différents volets du pacte asile et immigration a marqué un tournant peu de temps avant la campagne : « Le pacte introduit une politique très restrictive, une politique de fermeture drastique et de contrôle majeur aux frontières extérieures de l’Union. Les instruments qui le composent se sont nourris des positions de l’extrême droite. Ont ainsi été intégrées en droit de l’UE des idées radicales – notamment de restriction du droit d’asile – qui sont énoncées par les partis d’extrême droite. »

    À Strasbourg, Jordan Bardella et les autres eurodéputé·es RN ont voté contre les textes du pacte, qualifié de « pacte de submersion » par le président du parti.

    Jeudi soir, les principales têtes de liste se retrouveront sur le plateau de CNews pour un nouveau débat – sans Raphaël Glucksmann et Marie Toussaint, qui boycottent le rendez-vous. Dans la bande d’annonce de la soirée, le journaliste d’Europe 1 Pierre de Vilno annonce la couleur, reprenant sans hésiter les éléments de langage de l’extrême droite : « Comment la France peut-elle contrôler ses frontières dans une Europe submergée par les flux migratoires ? »

    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/politique/300524/europeennes-les-propositions-irrealistes-et-illegales-du-rn-sur-l-immigrat

    #frontière_sud-alpine #France #frontières #migrations #réfugiés

  • #statistiques sur les #arrivées et les #décès de migrants en #Grèce (consulté le 30.05.2024)

    Commentaire de Lena K. sur X :

    In 2023, the number of dead and missing in Greece was the same as in 2015, with recorded arrivals being about 17 times lower. The effect of necropolitics indeed.

    https://twitter.com/lk2015r/status/1795529812133753169

    Et importante note de Κάποιος Ταδόπουλος :

    Note: The number of dead includes only recovered bodies. The Pylos shipwreck (over 600 victims) is not counted in...

    https://twitter.com/_Wiesenthal_S_/status/1795557159192633439

    https://data.unhcr.org/en/situations/mediterranean/location/5179
    #nécropolitique #mourir_aux_frontières #létalité #mourir_en_mer #chiffres #migrations #réfugiés #Méditerranée #mer_Méditerranée

  • The automated Fortress Europe : No place for human rights

    29,000 people have died in the Mediterranean over the past ten years while trying to reach the EU. You would think that the EU wanted this tragedy to stop and scientists across Europe were working feverishly on making this happen with the latest technology. The opposite is the case: With the help of so-called Artificial Intelligence, digital border walls are being raised, financed with taxpayers’ money.

    Drones, satellites, and other digital monitoring systems: For decades, the EU’s external borders have been upgraded with state-of-the-art surveillance technology to create so-called smart borders. Now, algorithms and Artificial Intelligence are increasingly adding to the wall.

    Their development is funded with millions of euros by EU research programs with names like Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe. The funded projects read like a catalog of surveillance technologies. Instead of trying to save people from losing their lives, they put all of us in danger.

    It doesn’t come as a surprise that most initiatives are kept secret. The public learns next to nothing about them. Law enforcement and border authorities prefer not to be bothered with giving insights into their work. They try to avoid a democratic debate about the research and development of this sort of AI-driven surveillance technology.
    WE FOUND OUT ABOUT WHAT THE EU PREFERS TO KEEP OUT OF THE PUBLIC’S EYE

    When we asked for information on research projects in which such systems are being developed, we received many responses that wouldn’t give us any substantial information.

    The European Research Executive Agency (REA) is mandated by the EU Commission to fund and manage innovative projects in virtually all areas of research, including Horizon 2020. Still, the REA isn’t particularly outspoken about their research projects.

    We had tried, for example, to obtain details about the ROBORDER project‘s “methodology applied for the evaluation of the system performance” through access to information requests. At first, we were denied it in reference to the “protection of the public interest as regards public security.” The identity and affiliation of individuals involved in the ethics review process would also not be shared, to protect their “privacy and integrity.” REA also cited “commercial interests” and the protection of intellectual property as lawful grounds to refuse disclosure: “releasing this information into public domain would give the competitors of the consortium an unfair advantage, as the competitors would be able to use this sensitive commercial information in their favour.” These reasons given to us to avoid disclosure were common reactions to all the requests we sent out. But in the end, REA did provide us with information on the methodology.

    More transparency is urgently needed. ROBORDER aims at developing unmanned vehicles to patrol EU borders, capable of operating in swarms. Such capabilities would most likely be of interest to the military as well. In fact, research by AlgorithmWatch and ZDF Magazin Royale shows that in a market analysis conducted within the ROBORDER project, “military units” have been identified as potential users of the system. Documents we obtained show that members of the research team met with prospective officers of the Greek Navy to introduce the ROBORDER system.

    Military applications would exclude ROBORDER from Horizon 2020 funding, which is reserved for civilian applications. However, an EU Commission’s spokesperson said that the mere fact that a “military audience” was also chosen to disseminate the project does not “per se call into question the exclusively civilian application of the activities carried out within the framework of this project.”

    The ROBORDER project was executed as planned until its scheduled end in 2021. Its output contributed to later projects. At a national level, one is REACTION, which is funded by the EU’s Border Management and Visa Instrument and coordinated by the Greek Ministry of Immigration and Asylum. AlgorithmWatch and ZDF Magazin Royale tried to ask the Greek research center CERTH – which coordinated ROBORDER and is now working on REACTION – what results or components exactly were adopted, but we didn’t get an answer.

    Due to our persistence, we managed to obtain documents for various EU-funded projects. Some of them we received were so heavily redacted that it was impossible to get an idea what they were about. The grant agreement and the annexes to the NESTOR project contained 169 consecutive redacted pages.
    JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE AUTOMATED WALL

    An automated Fortress Europe would also impact everyone’s rights, since the technology it facilitates allows governments to find out everything about us.

    How do they do it, you ask? By using face recognition, for example, and by reducing your identity to your face and other measurable biometric features. Faces can be captured and analyzed by increasingly sophisticated biometric recognition systems. In the D4FLY project, they combine “2D+thermal facial, 3D facial, iris and somatotype biometrics.” In projects such as iBorderCtrl, they examine emotions and “micro-expressions,” fleeting facial expressions that last only fractions of a second, to assess whether travelers are lying to (virtual) border officials. That way, risk assessments are automatically created, which could lead to stricter security checks at EU borders.

    Such EU-funded projects are designed to digitalize, computerize, and automate human mobility. The EU envisions a future where law-abiding travelers enjoy uninterrupted freedom, while “risky” people are automatically flagged for further checks.

    As Frontex’ deputy executive director, Uku Särekanno, put it in a recent interview: „What comes next is a very serious discussion on automation. We are looking into how, in the next five to ten years, we can have more automated border crossings and a more seamless travel experience.”

    According to various scientists, this is the result of over two decades’ work, ultimately leading to total remote surveillance and thus to a perfect panoptic society, in which we are utterly dominated by such digital technologies and the underlying logic of security policy.

    WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? SKIMMING THROUGH THE SURVEILLANCE CATALOGUE

    Checking people requires time and resources. Therefore, some projects aim to automatically “relieve” border officials, which means make them auxiliaries for automated systems that are falsely assumed to be more objective or reliable.

    Automated systems are supposed to detect “abnormal behavior,” increase “situation awareness,” and derive real-time information and predictions ("nowcasts") from multiple sensors attached to individuals, groups, but also freighters or other vehicles. Migration movements are to be predicted algorithmically, by analyzing Google Trends data, content on social media platforms such as Facebook and X (formerly Twitter), and “quantitative (geo-located) indicators of telephone conversations.” But such automated systems can’t replace political decisions by taking available data and leaving the decision to algorithms. The decisions have to be justified. Political decisions are also not only a byproduct of technological solutions and have to be put first.

    Risks become apparent by looking at the ITFLOWS project’s EuMigraTool. It includes “monthly predictions of asylum applications in the EU” and is supposed to “identify the potential risks of tensions between migrants and EU citizens” by providing “intuitions” on the “attitudes towards migration” in the EU using “Twitter Sentiment Analysis model data as input”. The very project’s Users Board, in which organizations such as the Red Cross and Oxfam are represented, warned in a statement against misuse, “misuse could entail closing of borders, instigating violence, and misuse for political purposes to gain support and consensus for an anti-migration policy.” The tool was developed nonetheless.

    In these EU-funded projects, people on the move are constantly portrayed as a threat to security. The FOLDOUT project explicates this core premise in all frankness: “in the last years irregular migration has dramatically increased,” therefore it was “no longer manageable with existing systems.” Law enforcement and border agencies now assume that in order to “stay one step ahead” of criminals and terrorists, automation needs to become the norm, especially in migration-related contexts.

    FRONTEX: IT’S EVERYWHERE

    A driving force in border security is also one of the main customers: Frontex. Founded in 2004, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency has played an increasingly important role in the EU’s research and innovation projects in recent years. The agency’s budget has increased by 194 percent compared to the previous budget, and by an incredible 13,200 percent in the last 20 years. But Frontex’ influence goes far beyond the money at its disposal. The agency intervened to “help,” "actively participate in," and “push forward” several Horizon 2020 projects, addressing “a wide spectrum of technological capabilities critical for border security,” including Artificial Intelligence, augmented reality, or virtual reality.

    In 2020, the agency formalized their collaboration with the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG-HOME). It allowed Frontex to provide assistance to DG-HOME “in the areas of programming, monitoring and the uptake of projects results.” The agency is now responsible for “identifying research activities,” evaluating research proposals, and the supervision of the Horizon Europe research projects’ “operational relevance.”

    The agency therefore joined EU-funded projects trials, demonstrations, and workshops, held events involving EU-funded projects, and even created a laboratory (the Border Management Innovation Centre, BoMIC) to help implement EU-funded projects in border security. This is complemented with Frontex’s own “Research Grants Programme”, whose first call for proposals was announced in November 2022, to “bring promising ideas from the lab to real applications in border security.”
    HOW IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BECOME REALITY?

    The NESTOR project promises “an entirely functional, next-generation, comprehensive border surveillance system offering pre-frontier situational awareness beyond sea and land borders.” The system is based on optical, thermal imaging, and radio frequency spectrum analysis technologies. Such data will be “fed by an interoperable sensors network” comprised of both stationary installations and mobile manned or unmanned vehicles (that can operate underwater, on water surfaces, on the ground, or in the air). The vehicles are also capable of functioning in swarms. This allows for detecting, recognizing, classifying, and tracking “moving targets” such as persons, vessels, vehicles, or drones. A “Border Command, Control, and Coordination intelligence system” would adopt “cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence and Risk Assessment technologies”, fusing “in real-time the surveillance data in combination with analysis of web and social media data.”

    The key term here is “pre-frontier awareness.” According to the EU, “pre-frontier” refers to “the geographical area beyond the external borders which is relevant for managing the external borders through risk analysis and situational awareness.” Or, to put it bluntly: the very notion of “border” ultimately dissolves into whatever the authorities want it to mean.
    CONCLUSION: ONLY FEW BENEFIT FROM THE AUTOMATED EU FORTRESS AND YOU ARE DEFINITELY NOT ONE OF THEM.

    The list of projects could go on and on (see the box below), but you get the EU’s gist: They perceive migrants as a threat and want to better protect their borders from them by constantly improving automation and ever-increasing surveillance − far beyond existing borders. The EU conjures up the image of a migration “crisis” that we can only hope to end through technological solutions.

    This belief is extensively and increasingly affirmed and shaped by the border and coast guard community in lockstep with the surveillance and security industries, as has been well documented. But it threatens social justice, non-discrimination, fairness, and a basic respect of fundamental rights. “Ethics assessments” only scratch at the surface of the complexity of automating migration. The systems will be developed anyway, even if the assessments fundamentally question whether the systems’ use can be justified at all. Many of these projects should not have been funded in the first place, so they should not be pursued.

    https://algorithmwatch.org/en/automated-fortress-europe
    #AI #IA #intelligence_artificielle #migrations #réfugiés #contrôles_frontaliers #mur_digital #frontières_digitales #technologie #drones #satellites #frontières_intelligentes #smart_borders #Horizon_2020 #Horizon_Europe #surveillance #complexe_militaro-industriel #European_Research_Executive_Agency (#REA) #recherche #ROBORDER #REACTION #Border_Management_and_Visa_Instrument #CERTH #Grèce #NESTOR #biométrie #D4FLY #iBorderCtrl #Frontex #ITFLOWS #risques #EuMigraTool #FOLDOUT #pré-frontière

    ping @reka

  • A Sliver of Hope on the Deadly Route to the Canary Islands

    In Western Sahara, one local aid association has pioneered new ways to keep migrants from making the journey.

    “Papa Africa, Papa Africa,” calls a voice in an alleyway in Laayoune, Western Sahara’s largest city, as #Abdelkebir_Taghia walks past fish stalls. Since 2005, this Moroccan of Sahrawi origin, now in his 50s, has devoted all his free time to helping and protecting migrants who try to reach Europe by crossing the murderous Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara region to the Canary Islands. In the process, he gained his nickname and established himself as one of the few indispensable direct observers of migration in this area. Official data is scarce here, hampered by a lack of access to migrants’ points of departure in a huge and sparsely populated region where one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts, over the status of Western Sahara, rumbles on.

    In 2023, “The Atlantic route to the Canary Islands was once again the deadliest migratory region in the world,” according to #Caminando_Fronteras, a Spanish nongovernmental organization that defends human rights in border regions. It reports that just over 6,000 people died on the “Canary route” over the year, including hundreds of children and many on makeshift boats that disappeared without a trace. Taghia cooperates with Caminando Fronteras to try and count the number of victims and missing persons who leave from the Sahara coast. An estimated 1,418 of those who died during the crossing in 2023 set off from this stretch of coastline, on a route mostly taken at the end of a long and often violent migration process.

    Since 2017, the number of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, Palestine, Syria and Yemen seeking to cross the ocean here has continued to rise, as the authorities have increased controls at the usual crossing points in northern Morocco. Migration is documented mainly on the arrivals side, by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, which counts almost 40,000 migrants as having landed in the Canary Islands in 2023. In January 2024 alone, more than 7,270 migrants arrived in the archipelago, according to data from the Spanish authorities, over 10 times the number in January 2023.

    Over many years, and with modest resources, Taghia has set up the only migrant aid association in #Laayoune, covering the whole region. It raises awareness of the dangers of crossing and offers an alternative, facilitating integration into the local society and organizing discussion workshops for migrant women. “In the Sahara, Rabat, Marrakech or Tangiers, everyone knows me as Papa Africa. Since 2014, with my team, I’ve been able to help 7,000-8,000 people in the region. Looking back, I can’t believe it,” says Taghia, who is always the first to open the door of his association in the morning. The premises were set up in 2016, in a working-class district of the city near to the ocean, helped by the Catholic charity federation Caritas Internationalis and subsidies from the Moroccan government. The main hall, where a poster reads “Solidarity is not a crime, it’s a duty!” is crowded all day long. “We chose to be in the immediate vicinity of where the migrants live. Our aim has always been to focus on the most vulnerable population. It’s important to give them a place to express themselves, with all that they have endured during their migration,” he explains.

    Historically, the region is a crossroads of cultures and peoples, and in the surrounding area the local population rubs shoulders with Wolofs, Peuls, Mauritanians and Ivoirians. “We’ve always been used to seeing Black people here. There is less racism than in the north of the country. The locals rent flats to migrants, which is not the case elsewhere in Morocco,” Taghia says, as he sips a Touba coffee from Senegal, the only one to be found in the neighborhood. Pointing to several flags of African and Middle Eastern countries on a shelf in the main room, the humanitarian estimates that between 15,000 and 18,000 migrants are currently in Laayoune.

    The desert area of Western Sahara is bordered to the east by a front line between Morocco and the Sahrawi nationalist Polisario Front, known as the “wall of sands,” and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The varied and shifting behavior of migrants in this area makes it hard to ascertain their numbers: Some decide to settle and make Morocco their home, some make the crossing and others wait to cross. And the crossings depart from a wild coastline — a sort of no-man’s-land — stretching as far as the eye can see, for more than 680 miles. This expanse offers illegal immigrants a multitude of possible departure zones when night falls, as they hope to reach the Canary Islands, the small Spanish archipelago that has become the new gateway to the European Union.

    Throughout the year, Taghia roams the coastline of dunes falling into the ocean, from Tarfaya in the north to Dakhla in the south, reaching out to migrants preparing to cross and making them aware of the dangers of the ocean. “We don’t encourage them to make the crossing because it’s too dangerous. They think that the Canaries are not far away, but the weather conditions are difficult, hence the many shipwrecks,” he says.

    The vastness of the coastal strip facilitates the departure of makeshift boats from scattered crossing points. In places, it is sometimes possible to see the lights coming from the Spanish islands on a fine day. At the closest point, in the Tarfaya region, the Moroccan coast is 62 miles from the Canaries — a mere stone’s throw, but across some of the world’s most dangerous waters for migrants.

    As Caminando Fronteras outlines in its recent report, migrants’ chances for survival on this route are strongly affected by relations between Morocco and Spain. Morocco has sought to use its willingness to oversee migration routes to gain recognition for its control of the region and its waters, and in 2023 the Spanish search and rescue agency Salvamento Maritimo did effectively recognize Moroccan control of the route by distributing maps drawn up by the kingdom. Rescues are delayed as the Spanish authorities encourage Morocco to take responsibility for migrants at sea, adding to the dangers faced by those making the crossing.

    The flow of migrants taking the route from both Western Sahara and from the West African coast in general to the Canaries began in the 1990s and intensified in 2006 with the “pirogue crisis,” when thousands attempted the crossing from the coasts of Senegal and Mauritania to the Canaries, spurred by conflicts in several countries, tightening border controls at Ceuta and Melilla and the collapse of traditional fisheries under pressure from intensive fishing practices. This period coincided with the start of Taghia’s humanitarian involvement. “My commitment began some 20 years ago, when I was drinking coffee with friends here in this local cafe. At the time, next to this cafe, there was a detention center where migrants were held after being rescued at sea. They had just come out of the water, still wet, and they were going to be sent straight back to Mauritania at that point,” he remembers, adding: “I couldn’t stand by and do nothing. At the beginning, in 2005, I started to help by simply collecting and distributing clothes and food. It wasn’t as structured as it is today with the association premises. There was no help for immigrants, and nobody understood why we were helping them.”

    From 2017, the association was able to observe an increase in the arrival of migrants seeking to cross to the Canaries. “First, the Moroccan authorities blocked departures in northern Morocco. Then, in Libya, migrants are victims of rape and human trafficking. And recently, in Tunisia, the authorities abandoned them in the desert. More and more migrants are leaving here, despite the risks of the fatal ocean,” he explains. But these are not the only reasons that people continue to come. “The flow increased enormously during and after the COVID crisis. With the problem of building sites and shops closing all over the world, and particularly in Africa, this has led to a loss of jobs,” he adds. With the number of crossings on the increase, the watchword at the association’s office is “raising awareness” of the dangers involved.

    Taghia has surrounded himself with volunteers: two women, Aicha Sallasylla and Diara Thiam, and two men, Aboubakar Ndiaye and Abdou Ndiaye, all from Senegal. This team is a symbol of what Taghia has achieved over the past 20 years. Some of those now working with him considered the crossing to Europe themselves. It was after meeting Taghia that they decided to stay in Laayoune to help prevent further deaths and to try to help others envisage a future in Morocco like their own.

    Every morning, the group gathers in the meeting room to plan the tasks ahead and take stock of the weather situation, worrying about the survival of any migrants who might take to the ocean. “When we are confronted with dozens of corpses, regularly, we have to take the lead. We must raise awareness among young people so that they take the necessary measures. People’s lives are important, which is why we turn to community leaders. But some of them are smugglers, so our message doesn’t always get through,” says Taghia, who organizes the monthly awareness campaigns with Thiam. According to Taghia, nearly 1 in 10 of the boats run aground. Sallasylla, a volunteer with the association who wanted to cross in the past, says: “Clandestine migration is financed by family investments. Relatives sell their land to get to Europe, hoping to be able to pay off the journey. By the time they get here, it’s often too late, because they’ve already taken out a loan with a bank or their family.” “Cross or die” is the migrants’ motto. In debt or under family pressure, migrants feel they have no choice but to continue their journey. “All this encourages people to leave. And we can only convince two or three people out of 10,” she admits.

    Not far from Laayoune, Taghia and Abdou walk along an endless sandy beach. They usually come here when there is a risk of shipwreck, hoping to find survivors. They are close; Taghia saved Abdou from his attempted crossings. Abdou, 38, has since become a volunteer with the association. “This beach was a starting point, but now the gendarmes are on the lookout,” he says, pointing to soldiers on patrol. The two men watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean, worried.

    Over the last few days, as is often the case, dozens of people have gone missing in the open sea. Abdou shows a message on his phone: “SOS in the Atlantic! We were alerted to the presence of a boat with 47 people in distress coming from Tarfaya. We lost contact 42 hours ago. To date, we’ve had no news.” It was sent by Alarm Phone, a group of volunteers offering telephone assistance to people in distress in the Mediterranean, the Aegean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, with whom the association works. Testimonies from families and alerts from civilians in the departure areas are vital to the rescue operation. “When we receive these alerts, we share the GPS coordinates of the last known positions with the Moroccan maritime forces,” Taghia explains.

    On the beach, Abdou discusses the mechanisms of clandestine migration in the light of his own story, under Taghia’s benevolent gaze. Abdou has tried to cross three times. He entered Morocco illegally in 2012 and for three years he worked in fish-freezing factories. Every year, at the time of Eid el-Kebir, a public holiday, Abdou traveled to Tangiers with friends, with a single goal in mind: the crossing to Europe. Each time they arrived in northern Morocco, Abdou and his friends tried to find a so-called “captain” to take them out to sea. “The captains are often sub-Saharan fishermen who want to immigrate. The fishermen don’t pay for the journey, and in exchange, they guide us out to sea. It’s a win-win situation,” Abdou confides, adding: “In the north of Morocco, we can’t use motorboats, because we don’t want to make noise and be spotted. So, we paddle.” Abdou was arrested twice in a forest before he had even touched water, and the third time at sea.

    In 2015, Abdou found a new job in a factory in El Marsa, a few miles from Laayoune: “That’s where I heard about Papa Africa. Since then, it has given meaning to my life, by giving me the opportunity to help people,” Abdou says, looking out over the ocean. Taghia, moved, replies: “You have to have love and desire. You must know how to live for others.” Since then, Abdou has decided to save lives alongside Papa Africa, a commitment that has earned him respect and turned him into an unofficial leader of the Senegalese community in Laayoune.

    hile the association works to save lives, others take advantage of the “European dream” and turn it into a business. “There are two kinds of prices for the Canaries: the ‘classic pack’ for which you pay $550 on departure and $2,100 on arrival. And then there’s the ‘guaranteed’ option, which costs $3,200 if you arrive at your destination,” explains Abdou. It’s a financial windfall for the local mafia and the smugglers. A small 9-meter Zodiac inflatable boat carrying 58 people can make $150,000. According to our information, the people at the head of the networks are Moroccan nationals. They never physically move. They organize the clandestine crossings from their homes and instruct the sub-Saharan smugglers to bring the Zodiacs to the beach.

    For Taghia and Abdou, this illegal business is distressing: “It hurts us to see people dying. We are eyewitnesses to these tragedies. We regularly see inanimate bodies washed ashore. Families with no news contact me to find out if their loved ones are still alive,” Abdou says. To facilitate the search, Abdou visits the local morgues. “The family sends me a passport photo and a photo of the missing person taken in everyday life. The last time, I was able to identify a corpse in a morgue thanks to a scar on the forehead,” says Abdou.

    The association’s goal of saving lives is ultimately at odds with the smugglers’ activities, and when asked if he has experience of pressure from the mafia, Taghia replies: “Not directly. But I hear things here and there.” Hundreds of criminal networks involved in migrant smuggling and human trafficking are dismantled every year by the Moroccan authorities, sponsored since 2019 by the EU and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, with a budget of 15 million euros allocated over three years for Morocco and the rest of North Africa (Egypt, Libya, Algeria and Tunisia).

    In Abdou’s view, the smugglers are not the only ones responsible for the human tragedies in the Atlantic: “The European Union is guilty of these deaths. It allocates large subsidies to third countries to combat immigration. Instead of externalizing its border protection, the EU could fund humanitarian development projects or vocational training centers in the countries of departure,” he says, adding: “In Senegal, it’s mainly the fishermen who are leaving. There are no fish left because of the fishing contracts signed with China and South Korea, which practice industrial overfishing. They’ve taken everything.” According to a report published by the Foundation for Environmental Justice, almost two-thirds of Senegalese fishermen say that their income has fallen over the last five years. One of the causes of this decline is overfishing, notably the destruction of breeding grounds following the arrival of foreign industrial fishing fleets off the Senegalese coast. “In five to 10 years’ time, there won’t be any young people left in Senegal,” Abdou says.

    In June 2023, the European Commission presented an EU action plan on the migratory routes of the Western Mediterranean and the Atlantic, supporting the outsourcing of border management and strengthening “the capacities of Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal and the Gambia to develop targeted actions to prevent irregular departures.” To prevent migrants from organizing themselves to make the crossing to the Canary Islands, Morocco is deploying measures to keep them away from the departure areas and move them to other towns.

    In support of integrated border and migration management, Morocco received 44 million euros from the EU between December 2018 and April 2023. Yet for Taghia, the tactics funded in this way are inadequate. “Morocco has a duty to limit departures under bilateral agreements. The financial aid granted by the EU is mainly distributed to the Moroccan coast guards and security services. They mustn’t take an exclusively security-oriented approach. We need to have a long-term humanitarian vision, aimed at vocational training and the integration of migrants in their countries of origin or when they arrive here,” he says. “In Laayoune at the moment, there are arrests everywhere, because recently, following several shipwrecks that left many dead and missing, the authorities have arrested and moved migrants all over the Sahara, to keep them away from the departure areas.”

    According to some witnesses in the region interviewed by New Lines, migrants are regularly subjected to police violence and forced displacement in efforts to keep them away from the departure points and dissuade them from taking to sea. New Lines was able to visit a migrants’ hostel to gather testimonies from direct victims of police violence and view several videos documenting human rights violations against migrants. To protect the victims, we will not give details of their identities or backgrounds.

    A man who testified that he had been subjected to police violence on several occasions said: “During the day, we hide to avoid police raids. When the police arrive at the houses to arrest us, some of us jump off the roofs to try and escape, and some of us break a leg.” Several victims told of how these “displacement” operations to move migrants away from the departure zones are carried out. “Often, the police are in civilian clothes. When we ask to see their identity papers or badges, they hit us,” one person said. “They force us into vans or buses, then take us to a center outside Laayoune. We remain detained in unsanitary conditions for a few days until we can fill a bus with 40 to 50 people to take us to other Moroccan towns.” Measures are different for migrants rescued at sea or arrested by coastguards at the time of crossing, who are systematically incarcerated in detention centers and released after several days. “I left my country because of a political crisis, so I wanted to take refuge in Morocco. I had no intention of crossing, but the violence here might force me to take the risk,” a young woman from Ivory Coast told New Lines in tears.

    Taghia has just returned from Dakhla, where he met with the Senegalese consul, installed in the coastal town in April 2021, to obtain permits for access to the detention center in Laayoune, in the hope of finding Senegalese migrants reported missing after shipwrecks or rescues, and providing news to their families. According to our information, there are four detention centers in the area: one on the outskirts of Laayoune, two in Dakhla and one in Tan-Tan.

    “Morocco is caught between the African countries and the European Union,” Taghia says. The Cherifian Kingdom does not wish to carry out mass expulsions of sub-Saharan immigrants to their countries of origin, which could jeopardize its strategic and diplomatic relations with the rest of Africa. In this context, from 2014 the Moroccan government adopted a new comprehensive national strategy called “immigration and asylum,” aimed at regularizing the situation of irregular migrants present on Moroccan territory and facilitating their social integration. This initiative, partly funded by the European Union, is one of the policy levers intended to reduce the migratory flow to Europe. In January 2024, the UNHCR estimated that there were 10,280 refugees and 9,386 asylum seekers from 50 different countries in Morocco. “In Laayoune, in 2015, a Migrant Monitoring Commission was set up to facilitate access to healthcare, and regularization. But we don’t have the exact figures for the number of migrants regularized in the region, because they are not public data. The Regional Human Rights Commission and the Wilaya have helped to integrate migrants. Today, migrant children can enroll in school. And doors have started to open for humanitarian projects,” Taghia says.

    “We don’t stop migration at the last minute. If someone has traveled from Guinea to Algeria and then on to Morocco, you can’t ask them to stop along the way. So, we must meet their economic needs by giving them a professional perspective here,” he says. Taghia is aware that the situation of migrants remains fragile and precarious across the region. “We would like to be able to obtain grants from the European Union to help us develop humanitarian projects like the ones we are currently setting up,” he points out. He perseveres, using his own contacts and seeking support from the Catholic Church in Laayoune. He regularly crisscrosses the city to convince companies to recruit migrants. “We’ve become a sort of employment agency,” he says with a smile. “This year, we managed to find work for 25 people who were already qualified in their country of origin. Today, they are working, for example, in gardening, mechanics or catering.”

    Since 2023, he has been trying to create partnerships with local schools to provide vocational training for migrants, making it more likely that they choose to stay and avoid tragedy at sea. Amie Gueye, 28, is one of them. A Senegalese mother, she came to Morocco with her husband and two children. In the salon where she is training to become a hairdresser, she explains that the association helped to find her the opportunity.

    Day after day, Abdou’s phone keeps ringing. One morning, he listens to an audio message — “I’ve arrived in Spain” — looking reassured. Abdou confides: “He’s a Burkinabe who’s had a problem with his leg since he was born. He wanted to go to Spain for treatment because, despite several operations in Burkina Faso, it wasn’t getting any better,” adding, “Like Papa Africa, my days are focused on the needs of migrants. My phone even rings at night. Yesterday, I took a woman who was about to give birth to the hospital by taxi at 3 in the morning.” The needs are regularly medical, and the association activates its personal networks to take care of the migrants. Sometimes there are happy days, like this time with the new baby, and Taghia decides to drive his team to the hospital. A rock fan, he puts on a song by an artist he likes; Sallasylla starts humming to the tune of Dire Straits’ “Sultans of Swing.” The volunteers arrive enthusiastically with gifts for the mother and baby Abdou has helped. Sallasylla dances as she enters the room, Taghia shouts “Congratulations,” while Thiam takes the newborn in her arms and exclaims: “He looks just like his brother.”

    https://newlinesmag.com/reportage/a-sliver-of-hope-on-the-deadly-route-to-the-canary-islands

    #Canaries #îles_Canaries #migrations #réfugiés #Papa_Africa #solidarité #mourir_aux_frontières #morts_aux_frontières #route_Atlantique #Espagne #contrôles_frontaliers #Sahara_occidental #Maroc #dissuasion

  • #Foligno, inaugurata piazza 3 ottobre

    Per ricordare le vittime delle migrazioni. Il Sindaco Mismetti: “la città ha capito che le differenze sono una ricchezza. Con l’indifferenza si creano nuovi muri, mentre noi abbiamo fatto la scelta dell’integrazione”.

    “Piazzetta tre ottobre: giornata delle vittime di tutte le migrazioni”. E’ questo il nome scelto dalla Diocesi e dal Comune di Foligno per rendere incancellabili le tragedie che ancora oggi avvengono quotidianamente in tutto il mondo. C’è ancora chi in cerca di speranza e di un futuro migliore perde la propria vita. Esempio tangibile quello delle vittime in mare, che dall’Africa cercano di arrivare in Europa attraverso l’Italia. Ne sa qualcosa Tareke Brhane, presidente del Comitato 3 ottobre, uno dei superstiti della strage di Lampedusa del tre ottobre 2013.

    Presente all’inaugurazione della piazza, Tareke Brhane ha ricordato che da quella data ad oggi, nelle traversate del Mediterraneo sono morte 11.400 persone. Con questo gesto Foligno vuole promuovere la realtà dell’accoglienza e dell’integrazione. “Tareke è il rappresentante di chi ha perso la voce – ha spiegato il vescovo di Foligno, Gualtiero Sigismondi -. Il primo ponte da creare tra le culture – ha poi proseguito – è quello della stretta di mano”. Per don Luigi Filippucci, è importante “affermare sempre di più la vita e dire no alla morte”, mentre la presidente del consiglio regionale Donatella Porzi ha sottolineato come “il dialogo è la prima forma di solidarietà per attuare una strategia comune”. La nuova piazzetta sorge nell’area del polo scolastico di viale Marconi.

    Dopo Roma, quella di Foligno è la seconda piazza d’Italia a portare questo nome, “segno – ha affermato il sindaco Mismetti – che la città ha capito che le differenze sono una ricchezza. Con l’indifferenza – ha concluso il primo cittadino – si creano nuovi muri, mentre noi abbiamo fatto la scelta dell’integrazione”. Non solo piazzetta Tre ottobre. Nella giornata di mercoledì infatti, in viale Marconi sono stati piantati degli ulivi come simbolo di pace. Alla cerimonia erano presenti, tra gli altri, Rita Barbetti, vicesindaco, l’assessore Maura Franquillo, i consiglieri comunali, Vincenzo Falasca e Michela Matarazzi, rappresentanti delle forze dell’ordine e gli studenti delle scuole medie superiori. Atteso anche il prefetto di Perugia, che però non ha partecipato alla cerimonia.

    http://www.perlapace.it/foligno-inaugurata-piazza-3-ottobre
    #3_octobre #commémoration #migrations #toponymie #toponymie_politique #toponymie_migrante #réfugiés #mourir_en_mer #morts_en_mer #3_octobre_2023 #naufrage #Italie

  • Lumière sur les #financements français et européens en #Tunisie

    Alors que la Tunisie s’enfonce dans une violente #répression des personnes exilées et de toute forme d’opposition, le CCFD-Terre Solidaire publie un #rapport qui met en lumière l’augmentation des financements octroyés par l’Union européenne et les États européens à ce pays pour la #sécurisation de ses #frontières. Cette situation interroge la #responsabilité de l’#UE et de ses pays membres, dont la France, dans le recul des droits humains.

    La Tunisie s’enfonce dans l’#autoritarisme

    Au cours des deux dernières années, la Tunisie sous la présidence de #Kaïs_Saïed s’engouffre dans l’autoritarisme. En février 2023, le président tunisien déclare qu’il existe un “un plan criminel pour changer la composition démographique de la Tunisie“, en accusant des “hordes de migrants clandestins“ d’être responsables “de violences, de crimes et d’actes inacceptables“.

    Depuis cette rhétorique anti-migrants, les #violences à l’encontre des personnes exilées, principalement d’origine subsaharienne, se sont exacerbées et généralisées dans le pays. De nombreuses associations alertent sur une montée croissante des #détentions_arbitraires et des #déportations_collectives vers les zones frontalières désertiques de l’#Algérie et de la #Libye.

    https://ccfd-terresolidaire.org/lumiere-sur-les-financements-francais-et-europeens-en-tunisie
    #EU #Union_européenne #externalisation_des_frontières #migrations #réfugiés #désert #abandon

    ping @_kg_

  • Gaza and the European border regime: Connecting the struggles

    As Israel’s genocidal assault[1] on the Gaza Strip shows no signs of relenting, the situation increasingly lays bare broader inequalities, hypocrisies, and tendencies in global politics. This moment compels those of us working against European borders and border externalization to think about the many connections and parallels between the genocidal Israeli occupation and the global border regime. Israeli apartheid and the global border regime share an assumption that segments of humanity can be permanently confined, contained, and warehoused, surrounded by affluence that springs from their dispossession.

    Israel has long been a part of the European border regime, and its technologies of surveillance and control inform bordering practices elsewhere. The state of Israel inflicts racial violence and hierarchies upon the Palestinian people akin to the violence that migrants experience in the Sahara, the Mediterranean, and on Europe’s eastern maritime and land borders. In the Occupied Territories, a regime of legal apartheid severely restricts human mobility and access to social resources enacting a hierarchy of racial exclusion and privilege. Scholars who think of border regimes as global apartheid describe this in similar terms. In Gaza, meanwhile, the same logic of racial supremacy has degenerated into outright genocide against those deemed racially inferior. Whether this becomes a blueprint for how “unwanted” populations are treated in the future is a question that concerns all of us.

    Both border regimes and the war on Gaza involve extensive Western support to authoritarian governments and the nourishment of fascist tendencies. In the face of Israel’s policies of deliberate starvation, the systematic targeting of civilians, and the destruction of vital infrastructure, Western allies continue to fund and arm these war crimes. The most extreme elements of Netanyahu’s war cabinet are among the main beneficiaries of this Western policy approach. In a similar vein, Western backing and funding to non-democratic governments has contributed to the gross human rights violations carried out by European externalization partners like Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Sudan. In each case, the values that “the West” claims to uphold are eroded, exposing an authoritarian, fascist, and genocidal underside.

    Indeed, when placed in a historical context, events in Gaza today are the latest destructive episode in a continuous history of enclosure, expulsion, dispossession, displacement, and ethnic cleansing going back 76 years in the region. Palestine, moreover, is not an exception. Colonial conquest and genocide are constitutive of modernity. This connection between nation-statehood, genocide and extreme political violence can be seen in Tigray/Amhara (Ethiopia), in Darfur (Sudan), the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere. The situation in the West Bank and Gaza is not a departure from this colonial genealogy of the nation-state. On the contrary, it is a direct consequence of this genocidal history as it unfolded in the 20th century, including global population displacements after the Second World War, the persecution and expulsion of Jews from Europe (the flight from the Holocaust), and the export of European nationalism and racial ideologies.

    At the same time, Gaza is a 21st-century refugee camp, where the wretched of the earth are warehoused in increasing numbers. Combining the governmental form of the prison with that of the concentration camp, the Gaza siege aspires for total control and surveillance of its incarcerated population, which it frames as a threat deserving its fate. In a global context of climate breakdown and economic crisis, this could well become a global model of refugee containment. Yet to paraphrase Yasmeen Daher, why should Palestinians and the formerly colonized be the perpetual refugees in our world?
    Unprecedented destruction

    The scale of destruction and atrocities committed after the Hamas attack on 7 October, 2023 by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza is in many ways unprecedented. Using publicly available data, Oxfam calculated that the number of average deaths per day in Gaza (250) is higher than in any recent major armed conflict including Syria (96.5 deaths per day), Sudan (51.6), Iraq (50.8), Ukraine (43.9) Afghanistan (23.8) and Yemen (15.8).2 More UN workers have been killed since October in Gaza than in any other conflict since the founding of the UN. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, more journalists have been killed in the first 10 weeks of the Israel-Gaza war than have ever been killed in a single country over an entire year.

    By December 30, 2023, almost half of Gaza’s buildings had been damaged or destroyed, a figure that also accounts for almost 70 percent of its 439,000 homes. Satellite images show the widespread and targeted destruction of the entire Gaza Strip through Israel’s bombing campaign, including farmland. In December 2023, more than 8,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails amid an intensified wave of arrests and detentions in Gaza and the West Bank since the 7 October attacks by Hamas, according to human rights groups. Even before October 7, 2023, Israel was holding 5,200 Palestinian political prisoners.

    This is a war not just against Hamas but against the “stateless” population in Gaza and, by extension, against the population of the other occupied Palestinian territories. The war waged by Netanyahu and his right-wing extremist coalition and war cabinet is also further militarizing Israeli society and turning the entire region into a war zone, with an imminent risk of potential for global escalation.

    Early and repeated warnings of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe and genocide went unanswered. In February, the United Nations World Food Programme warned of an impending famine. With the threat of defunding UNRWA[2], the largest humanitarian agency active in Gaza and on which 2 million people are depending for shelter and basic supplies, the situation has further deteriorated. A CNN report shows that Israel’s security forces are confiscating items such as water filtration systems, dates, and sleeping bags, thus violating the requirements by the International Court of Justice’ to allow adequate aid deliveries. On March 28, 2024, the International Criminal Court ordered the Israeli government to allow unimpeded access to food aid in Gaza, where sections of the population are facing imminent starvation. While states and non-governmental organizations have made efforts to provide humanitarian aid via planes and ships, the only solution is an immediate ceasefire.

    In sum, Israel’s willful withholding of essential humanitarian aid is responsible for famine in Gaza, and the situation is set to deteriorate further with an impending military campaign in Rafah.[3] At the same time, decisive calls for an immediate ceasefire remain marginalized and shunned by Western political leaders and Western mainstream media, and their proponents are regularly attacked as Hamas supporters or anti-Semites.[4] Without concrete actions to pressure the Netanyahu government, such as stopping arms exports or imposing sanctions, recent calls for a ceasefire by some Western governments are bound to remain mere lip service.
    Repression of opposition and anti-migrant racism

    The intensification of war, occupation and expulsion of Palestinians has been accompanied by a crackdown on democratic opposition and the weaponization of anti-Semitism. Critical voices, journalism and peaceful protests are being repressed in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Western societies. Civil liberties such as freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly as well academic freedom have also been restricted in Western Europe. This is exacerbated by a sustained news blockade from Gaza, where the killing of at least 107 journalists has prompted investigations by the International Criminal Court.

    The governing powers in Germany frame criticism of the Israeli right-wing extremist government or the war as „Israel-oriented anti-Semitism“.This concept, essential to repressing all opposition to Israel’s genocidal actions and German complicity, relies on the German government’s restrictive interpretation[5] of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) „working definition of antisemitism“. The two-sentence-long IHRA definition, embraced by many governments, media, cultural and educational institutions, does not itself equate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. However, the list of 11 examples, often considered as part of the definition, strongly suggests this equation. This interpretation and the definition itself have been criticized and challenged by many. Jewish and Israeli historians and scholars have, for instance, argued that it undermines the fight against antisemitism.[6] As the Diaspora Alliance notes: „The Israeli government and its allies are promoting the use of the IHRA definition in order to curtail protected free speech… [and] to reframe legitimate criticism of well-documented Israeli state violence against Palestinians as anti-Jewish bigotry …to silence critics of the State of Israel and of Zionism.“

    European governments and public institutions have issued bans on demonstrations, excluded critical voices from public forums and universities and defunded cultural spaces, particularly harshly in Germany. This amounts to a systematic violation of the constitutional principles of freedom of expression and opinion and therefore erodes the freedoms of all. The shutting down of the Palestine Congress in Berlin in April exemplifies this regression. Ultimately, this strategy will only reinforce societal division and polarization – instead of combating anti-Semitism or racism. In fact, the equation of criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism has been used to fuel racism against Arabs and Muslims.

    This trend of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism provides a fertile ground for the ongoing deportation campaigns, European asylum reform and intensification of border externalization. The German Chancellor Olaf Scholz explicitly made the link between 7 October, deportations and suspicion of Arabs in his November 2023 announcement of “deportations on a large scale” The major opposition party CDU (Christian Democratic Union) at the same time called for “physical violence” against “irregular migrants” at Europe’s external borders. This institutionalization of direct violence is also evident in the adopted reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), which envisions the massive incarceration of newly arriving migrants at the EU’s external borders. And while the German right-wing party AfD is openly discussing the “re-migration” of persons with “migration background” – a plan to revoke citizenship and deport millions – members of the Netanjahu cabinet are doing the same for the Palestinian population in Gaza.

    If the current conjuncture is one of escalating border violence, apartheid, global militarization, and expanding far-right forces, it is vital to connect the struggles against these forces.
    Connecting struggles: Against borders and apartheid?

    To summarize, there are at least four elements connecting Israeli apartheid and the global border regime. Apartheid and global border regimes are both productive of racialized difference and segregation; they both feed authoritarian and fascist tendencies; they are bound up in the history of colonial genocide and nation-state building, and they provide respectively a framework for containing the displaced and dispossessed in a 21st century of climate and economic crisis. At present, Gaza is the site of unprecedented destruction and violence. Precedents are also being set in “the West” in that constitutionally protected freedoms are being withdrawn to repress those protesting this violence and destruction. All of this feeds a growing overlap between racist sentiment, far-right exclusionary nationalism, and liberal technocratic border governance projects.

    In such a conjuncture, it is neither feasible nor desirable to separate the struggle for freedom in Palestine from the struggles against racism and border regimes “at home” in Europe. Many groups and individuals already participate in several of these struggles. Our infinite respect and solidarity goes to those already doing this work. Yet matters have now become entangled in a fashion that heightens the urgency to deepen these connections in our movements. As an activist research collective documenting and critiquing European border externalisation, we wish to provide resources and perspectives towards this end.

    https://migration-control.info/en/blog/gaza-european-border-regime

    #Gaza #externalisation #Israël #externalisation_des_frontières #réfugiés #destruction #résistance #luttes