• #Deûlémont : un commerçant de bateaux incarcéré pour avoir vendu des embarcations à des migrants

    Un #concessionnaire de bateaux basé à Deûlémont dans la métropole lilloise a été placé en #détention, dans l’attente de son jugement le 2 mai prochain, pour avoir vendu des embarcations à des migrants. Dans ce même dossier, un #chauffeur_de_taxi est également incarcéré.

    Le gérant d’une société de commerce de bateaux de Deûlémont a été placé en détention vendredi 22 mars, sur décision du tribunal correctionnel de Boulogne-sur-Mer, dans l’attente de son jugement le 2 mai prochain pour « aide aux migrants en bande organisée ». Une information de La Voix du Nord confirmée par le parquet de Boulogne et par l’avocat du prévenu, Me Mathieu Masse.

    Il est reproché à l’entrepreneur d’avoir depuis début octobre vendu plusieurs #bateaux_pneumatiques (semi-rigides, d’une valeur d’une dizaine de milliers d’euros) à des réseaux de migrants en vue de traverser la #Manche.

    Mesure « extrêmement coercitive »

    Me Masse a d’ores et déjà fait une demande de remise en liberté de son client, jugeant son incarcération « extrêmmement coercitive et complètement injustifiée ».

    « Le fait d’avoir vendu des bateaux ne fait pas de lui quelqu’un qui a aidé les migrants à traverser la Manche. Il fait juste du commerce et ça le met dans une situation catastrophique », plaide l’avocat. « On ne peut pas poursuivre un concessionnaire de voitures pour avoir vendu un bolide qui plus tard servirait à du trafic de drogues », poursuit-il.

    Dans ce dossier, un chauffeur de taxi a également été placé sous mandat de dépôt, accusé d’avoir transporté des migrants sur les plages d’où sont parties des embarcations pour l’Angleterre. Me Masse conteste par ailleurs la qualification de « #bande_organisée » : « En réalité ce sont deux personnes qui sont prévenues, un chauffeur de taxi et un vendeur de pneumatiques, mais il n’y a ni migrant, ni passeur. Pourquoi il n’y a que deux personnes ? » s’interroge-t-il.

    Selon lui, le parquet de Boulogne avait requis à l’encontre du patron de Fluvyalis un simple placement sous contrôle judiciaire dans l’attente de l’audience qui a été reportée à début mai.

    https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/hauts-de-france/nord-0/lille-metropole/deulemont-commercant-bateaux-incarcere-avoir-vendu-emba
    #commerce #bateaux #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #criminalisation #France #justice #passeurs
    #it_has_begun

    via @isskein



  • Nouvelle #condamnation d’un militant solidaire

    #Loïc, 29 ans, membre de l’Anafé, vient d’être condamné par la cour d’appel d’Aix-en-Provence à 3 000 euros d’amende avec sursis pour « aide à l’entrée d’un étranger en France » alors même qu’il avait été relaxé par le tribunal correctionnel de Nice en première instance le 14 mars 2018.

    « L’Anafé apporte son soutien à Loïc, qui a été condamné alors qu’il a répondu à un élan de solidarité et d’humanité et dont la motivation au quotidien est la défense des droits des personnes à la frontière franco-italienne. Censée sanctionner les personnes et les organisations qui font du passage illégal des frontières un business hautement lucratif, exploitant les personnes étrangères qui souhaitent entrer sur le territoire français, cette pénalisation a une nouvelle fois été déviée de sa cible », déclare Laure Palun, co-directrice de l’Anafé.

    « Cette condamnation montre à quel point il est temps de changer d’approche sur la question des frontières. L’État français a la responsabilité d’administrer sa frontière. Pour autant, cela ne justifie pas que le seul franchissement irrégulier ou l’aide à un tel franchissement, sans contrepartie, puisse être considéré comme un délit, passible d’une peine de prison. C’est pourtant ce que prévoit la loi française. Et les effets produits sur les personnes sont disproportionnés. Ces questions sont de nature administrative. Elles devraient le rester », ajoute Jean-François Dubost, responsable du Programme protection des populations civiles à Amnesty International France.

    Nos associations demandent à ce que la loi française soit modifiée en ce sens.

    Des porte-paroles sont disponibles pour des interviews.

    Complément d’information

    Le 18 janvier 2018 Loïc est arrêté lors d’un contrôle d’identité au péage de La Turbie dans le sens Italie-France. À bord de son véhicule, il y avait un ressortissant éthiopien. Ils ont tous les deux été arrêtés. Loïc a reconnu avoir aidé cette personne dans son parcours migratoire pour des motifs humanitaires. Quelques jours avant, un homme avait été retrouvé mort sur le toit du train en provenance de Vintimille – il avait été électrocuté. Le ressortissant éthiopien a été immédiatement renvoyé en Italie.

    À l’issue de sa garde à vue, Loïc a été présenté au tribunal correctionnel de Nice en comparution immédiate. L’audience a été reportée au 14 mars. Pendant cette période, il avait l’interdiction de sortir du département des Alpes-Maritimes et devait se présenter une fois par semaine au commissariat.

    Le 14 mars 2018, le tribunal correctionnel de Nice a relaxé Loïc en raison notamment de l’absence d’audition du ressortissant éthiopien dans la procédure pénale et de l’absence de procédure relative à la situation administrative de cette personne sur le territoire français. Le tribunal avait en effet estimé que « la culpabilité ne peut être retenue sur la seule base de l’auto-incrimination, le délit poursuivi n’apparaît pas suffisamment caractérisé en l’absence d’enquête sur la situation administrative de l’étranger visé à la procédure ».

    Le parquet avait alors fait appel de la décision. L’audience en appel s’est tenue le 20 mars 2019 à la cour d’appel d’Aix-en-Provence.

    https://solidaires.org/Nouvelle-condamnation-d-un-militant-solidaire-Alerte-Amnesty-Internation
    #solidarité #délit_de_solidarité #France #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #amende #justice



  • Outil pour une #répartition plus équitable des réfugié·e·s en Europe

    L’#accueil de personnes réfugiées peut se révéler très positif à long terme pour une société sur le plan démographique et économique, mais il est très coûteux pour l’Etat social durant les premières années de séjour et suscite de violents débats politiques. Au cours des dernières décennies, les pays d’Europe ont donc, à quelques exceptions près, tout fait pour laisser la #responsabilité de l’accueil à leurs voisins.

    Quelle serait une #répartition_équitable de cette #responsabilité ? Certains ont mis en avant la taille du pays, d’autres sa richesse ou un faible taux de chômage. Grâce à un nouvel outil cartographique développé par #Andreas_Perret, data manager du « nccr – on the move », le Pôle de recherche national (PRN) consacré aux études sur la migration et la mobilité de l’Université de Neuchâtel, sur la base de mon étude de 2014, il est désormais possible de choisir et de pondérer les critères de répartition sur la période 2008-2018. Il s’agit d’une base de réflexion fondamentale dont on espère qu’elle stimulera les Etats à coopérer.

    Une première série de cartes permet de comparer l’effectif de demandeurs·euses d’asile reçu·e·s (représenté par un demi-cercle rouge) avec l’effectif « équitable » en proportion de différents critères (autre moitié du cercle, en gris).

    Ainsi, compte tenu de sa population en 2018 (1.6% de l’UE+AELE), la Suisse a reçu « trop » de demandeurs·euses d’asile (2.3%, soit 15’160 au lieu de 10’386) tout comme l’Allemagne, le Luxembourg, la Belgique, la France, la Suède et surtout la Grèce (66’965 au lieu de 13’615 !), tandis que le Portugal, la Norvège, Le Danemark, le Royaume-Uni et tous les pays de l’Est n’en ont pas reçu « assez ». Compte tenu de son produit intérieur brut (PIB) qui pèse 3.72% de celui de l’UE+, la Suisse aurait, par contre, dû accueillir nettement plus de personnes (24’418). Les mêmes simulations peuvent être effectuées en fonction de la surface géographique et du taux de chômage (proportion inverse) ou d’une combinaison de critères. Si l’on adopte la pondération suggérée dans un rapport de la fondation Mercator (Angenendt et al.), soit 40% pour le PIB et la population et 10% pour le chômage et la surface, on observe que la Suisse reçoit une proportion assez équilibrée des demandeurs·euses d’asile en 2017 et 2018. En 2016 par contre, en pleine crise syrienne, elle aurait « dû » accueillir plus de demandes, surtout en comparaison de l’Allemagne.

    Débat politique informé à l’aide de simulations cartographiques

    La deuxième série de cartes (#Choroplèthe) permet d’identifier en un coup d’œil les pays qui devraient recevoir plus (en rouge) ou moins (en vert) de demandeurs·euses d’asile.

    Un tableau de synthèse (Heat) permet de suivre l’évolution entre 2008 et 2018. Il en ressort – toujours avec la pondération « Mercator » – que si certains pays sont chroniquement « trop peu accueillants » (pays de l’Est européen, Portugal, Espagne, Irlande, Luxembourg, Royaume-Uni), d’autres comme la Suisse, la Grèce et la France ont alterné des périodes d’ouverture et de fermeture. L’Allemagne, la Suède, l’Autriche et la Belgique sont les pays qui ont le plus souvent été aux avant-postes de l’accueil.

    Les cartes n’apportent pas de réponses directes à la question d’une répartition « équitable ». Elles ne donnent pas non plus de réponses à la question des #critères à utiliser ni du nombre total de personnes qui devraient être accueillies. En permettant d’effectuer des simulations, elles ont pour ambition de faciliter un débat politique informé visant à faire progresser l’indispensable #harmonisation des politiques d’accueil à l’échelle du continent européen.

    Note : Exemple pas à pas pour créer une carte : dans le volet « Symbolic » choisir l’année 2018 et affecter un poids de 100% à l’effet de la surface : la carte présentée donne en demi-cercle rouge le nombre effectif de demandes d’asile reçues et en gris le nombre qu’un pays aurait dû recevoir compte tenu de sa taille (surface) par rapport à la surface totale de l’UE+. Pour la France, on compte 119’190 demandes d’asile effectives en 2018, mais la France occupe 11% du territoire ce qui correspond à 73’370 demandes d’asile (11% du total). La France a donc reçu « trop » de demandes d’asile si l’on prend la surface comme unique clé de répartition. En choisissant une autre pondération on peut combiner l’effet de la population, du chômage, du PIB et de la surface.

    https://blog.nccr-onthemove.ch/outil-pour-une-repartition-plus-equitable-des-refugie%c2%b7e%c2%b7s-en-europe/?lang=fr
    #cartographie #visualisation #équité
    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Europe #quotas #coopération #pondération #statistiques #chiffres

    #Simulation interactive :
    https://public.tableau.com/profile/nccr.on.the.move#!/vizhome/FairShare_0/Symbolic
    #carte_interactive

    –--------------------

    –-> Petit commentaire (mais qui, évidemment, me semble indispensable pour une réforme du droit d’asile européen) :
    Mais... aucune référence est faite sur les besoins, envies, projets et aspirations des demandeurs et demandeuses d’asile !!!!!
    Les demandeurs d’asile sont considérés comme des paquets interchangeables qu’un bureau central pourrait envoyer à droite et à gauches selon son besoin et le besoin des petits bureaux situés sur le territoire européen... la poste, quoi !
    Il n’y a pas du tout l’idée de #matching entre les besoins et nécessités du pays et ceux des personnes concernées...

    ping @karine4 @isskein


  • #Sursaut_citoyen

    Nous sommes des citoyen.ne.s. Français.e.s ou non. Bénévoles ou salarié.e.s. Grands-parents ou étudiant.e.s. Toutes et tous engagé.e.s auprès des migrant.e.s et réfugié.e.s arrivé.e.s en France, dans des associations*, des collectifs citoyens*, des collectifs de voisins*, formels ou informels, ou parfois même individuellement.

    Venant d’horizons variés, nous avons choisi de nous réunir car nous avons été confronté.e.s à ce double constat :

    Les frontières se ferment, piétinant de plus en plus les idéaux de solidarité ; des personnes qui fuient la guerre ou la misère se retrouvent affamées, laissées pour compte, abandonnées dans nos rues : à Paris, Nantes, Dijon et dans bien d’autres villes encore.
    Malgré un discours politique de fermeture et de sécurité, largement repris par les médias, qui lie chaque jour un peu plus délinquance et migrants, terrorisme et migrants, chômage et migrants, la solidarité citoyenne s’organise. Des Hauts-de-France à la vallée de la Roya, des centaines d’initiatives citoyennes ont émergé de manière spontanée.

    À nous tous, associations de solidarité avec les migrant.e.s et initiatives citoyennes, une alliance s’imposait donc pour combattre ensemble, des discours et des politiques migratoires inacceptables et honteux. Réuni.e.s régulièrement depuis le mois de novembre 2016, nous avons décidé de construire une cartographie pour recenser ces initiatives et atteindre un triple objectif :

    mieux connecter les militants entre eux, se faire connaître les uns et des autres ;
    être un outil d’information au service des personnes ayant des besoins de formation, d’accompagnement juridique, de soins médicaux, etc. ;
    rendre visible cette solidarité et montrer que nous sommes la preuve qu’une autre France existe, accueillante et mobilisée aux côtés des migrant.e.s…

    Appeler à un sursaut citoyen, c’est grossir les rangs de ces initiatives partout en France qui ne se voient pas, ne se connaissent pas et sont pourtant une vraie source de réenchantement. C’est faire en sorte qu’elles deviennent l’affaire et l’histoire de chacune et de chacun. C’est oser clamer haut et fort qu’accueillir des migrants ne pose aucun problème, sauf aux tenants d’une politique et d’une administration de plus en plus xénophobes. C’est montrer que nous, citoyens, avons une autre idée de la France, que nous voulons solidaire, accueillante, ouverte.

    Compliquer la vie de quelques milliers de personnes qui ont déjà des parcours de vie douloureux est une erreur que nous œuvrons à corriger.
    Nous sommes des millions, nos actes et ce qu’ils posent comme vision de la France, doivent être pleinement pris en considération par les futur.e.s élu.e.s de la République, président.e et parlementaires !


    https://sursaut-citoyen.org
    #France #migrations #asile #réfugiés #solidarité #initiatives_citoyennes #cartographie #visualisation


  • European Border and Coast Guard: The Commission welcomes agreement on a standing corps of 10,000 border guards by 2027

    Today, the Council green-lighted the political agreement reached last week to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard, giving it the right level of ambition to respond to the common challenges Europe is facing in managing migration and borders.

    The centre piece of the reinforced Agency will be a standing corps of 10,000 border guards – ready to support Member States at any time. The Agency will also have a stronger mandate on returns and will cooperate more closely with non-EU countries, including those beyond the EU’s immediate neighbourhood. Agreed in the record time of just over 6 months, the new European Border and Coast Guard represents a step-change in the EU’s ability to collectively better protect Europe’s external borders.

    Welcoming the agreement, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “In an area of free movement without internal border controls, strengthening and managing Europe’s external borders is a shared responsibility. I am glad to see that a 10,000-strong standing corps with the necessary equipment will help Member States to better protect our borders and our citizens. By working together constructively and swiftly, we can create a safer Europe.”

    Commissioner for Home Affairs, Migration and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos added: “From now onwards, the European Border and Coast Guard will have the full operational capacity and powers needed to effectively and fully support Member States on the ground, at all times. Better controlling our external borders, fighting irregular migration, carrying out returns and cooperating with third countries – we can only succeed if we do this together. Ultimately, this will also help preserve the long-term viability of the Schengen area of free movement.”

    The Agency supports Member States and does not replace their responsibilities in external border management and return. The reinforced European Border and Coast Guard Agency will be equipped with more resources and capabilities including:

    A standing corps of 10,000 border guards: A standing corps of 10,000 border guards will be set up by 2027 and will ensure that the Agency can support Member States whenever and wherever needed. The standing corps will bring together Agency staff as well as border guards and return experts seconded or deployed by Member States, who will support the over 100,000 national border guards in their tasks. In addition, the Agency will have a budget to acquire its own equipment, such as vessels, planes and vehicles.

    Executive powers: The standing corps will be able to carry out border control and return tasks, such as identity checks, authorising entry at the external borders, and carrying out borders’ surveillance – only with the agreement of the host Member State.
    More support on return: In addition to organising and financing joint return operations, the Agency will now also be able to support Member States at all stages of return process with Member States remaining responsible for taking return decisions. This support will include for example by identifying non-EU nationals with no right to stay or acquiring travel documents.
    Stronger cooperation with non-EU countries: The Agency will be able – subject to prior agreement of the country concerned – to launch joint operations and deploy staff outside the EU, beyond countries neighbouring the EU, to provide support on border and migration management.
    Antenna offices: The Agency will be able to set up antenna offices in Member States and in a non-EU country (subject to a status agreement) to support logistically its operational activities and guarantee the smooth running of the Agency’s operations.

    Next steps

    The European Parliament’s LIBE Committee still has to confirm the political agreement reached in trilogues on 28 March. Then both the European Parliament and the Council will have to formally adopt the Regulation. The text will then be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and the European Border and Coast Guard’s enhanced mandate will enter into force 20 days later. The new European Border and Coast Guard standing corps will be available for deployment starting from 2021, once it becomes fully operational and will reach its full capacity of 10,000 border guards by 2027.

    Background

    The European Border and Coast Guard was established in 2016, building on existing structures of Frontex, to meet the new challenges and political realities faced by the EU, both as regards migration and internal security. The reliance on voluntary Member States’ contributions of staff and equipment has however resulted in persistent gaps affecting the efficiency of the support the European Border and Coast Guard could offer to Member States.

    In his 2018 State of the Union Address President Juncker announced that the Commission will reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard even further. The objective of this upgrade was to equip the Agency with a standing corps of 10,000 operational staff and with its own equipment to ensure that the EU has the necessary capabilities in place — constantly and reliably. On 28 March, the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the Commission’s proposal, which was confirmed by the Council.

    http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-1929_en.htm
    Après #Frontex, #Frontex_plus (https://seenthis.net/tag/frontex_plus)
    Après Frontex plus, #Frontex_plus_plus

    #renvois #expulsions #frontières #contrôles_frontaliers #asile #migrations #réfugiés #externalisation #business


  • #Entry_Hub – because integration is local

    In a time of apps, websites and automation, connecting in-person can seem like a thing of the past. But for job-seeking refugees, it can be the key to their success. For refugees, the challenge of finding employment seems daunting. How does job-seeking work in this new country? Where does a newcomer even begin? What are employers looking for? For employers, the challenge is equally challenging: not knowing how to assess refugee education, work experience or skills can mean missing out on talent and opportunity.

    Bridging these gaps is critical, but their success only comes because of the power of local partnerships. Starting small, but already spreading across the country, We Link Sweden’s Entry Hub (https://www.welinksweden.se/entryhub) project is playing an important role as a broker between refugee job seekers and the companies that want to hire them.

    The We Link Sweden model champions close relationships with local city governments, non-government organizations, employers, researchers, and the refugees themselves to craft local, customized solutions that meet all their needs.


    http://citiesofmigration.ca/good_idea/entry-hub-because-integration-is-local
    #intégration_professionnelle #asile #migrations #réfugiés #intégration #Suède


  • Ankommen in Deutschland: Cities of Arrival

    Cities of Migration showcases good ideas in immigrant integration and promotes innovative practices that create inclusion and urban prosperity.
    Having the right people at the table is essential to build an integration and labour market strategy to effectively address an influx of refugees.

    In 2015, German cities were overwhelmed with the sudden influx of refugees. The #Bertelsmann_Stiftung foundation wondered how they could help. A future-focused operational foundation, its programs range across a number of activities from education to employment to social cohesion. Focused on strengthening society’s ability to help individuals reach their full potential, Bertelsmann Stiftung develops the resources needed to achieve those goals.

    With the challenges posed to receiving cities and a lack of preexisting coordination and organization to address these challenges, Bertelsmann Stiftung recognized it had a role to play and previous experience to leverage to support cities.

    http://citiesofmigration.ca/good_idea/ankommen-in-deutschland-cities-of-arrival
    #villes-refuge #Allemagne #villes #réfugiés #asile #migrations #urban_matter

    –-> Bertelsmann created an online bank of good practices to share what cities are doing, and a guidebook to share their experiences and #best_practices with the broader public. German cities still struggling with how best to integrate refugees benefit from this knowledge sharing:


    https://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/de/unsere-projekte/ankommen-in-deutschland/projektthemen/good-practice-beispiele


  • CASE LAW ON RETURN OF ASYLUM SEEKERS TO AFGHANISTAN, 2017-2018

    This document compiles information from selected European countries, specifically, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. It covers cases from 2017 and 2018 that relate to the return of Afghan nationals, assessed in light of their personal circumstances and the security situation in the country. Whilst every effort has been put into finding relevant case law, the cases cited are, by no means, exhaustive. Where court decisions were not available in English ECRE has supplied a translation.

    #Afghanistan #retour_au_pays #expulsions #renvois #asile #migrations #réfugiés #réfugiés_afghans #Autriche #Belgique #Finlande #France #Allemagne #Pays-Bas #Norvège #Suède #Suisse #UK #Angleterre

    ping @karine4


  • Queer Muslim Asylum in Germany

    Queer Muslim Asylum Spaces is a European Commission funded research project under the #H2020 programme. Queer, trans, gay, and intersex asylum seekers belong to the least visible and most vulnerable group within Germany’s asylum system. Based on the experiences of LGBTQI+ Muslim asylum seekers in Germany, this study examines how access to asylum can be influenced by Westernized ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity as well as anti-Muslim sentiments and politics. The findings will be useful to different groups, including community organisations and policymakers. They will be used to support the development of policies and politics that are based on a better understanding of the many different experiences of Muslim LGBTQI+ asylum seekers. The study will also challenge social attitudes about “the Muslim” and “the refugee” through working with artists and photographers and the launch of a podcast series.

    https://www.queerasylum.org
    #LGBT #queer #homosexualité #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Allemagne


  • Homeless asylum-seekers fall through the cracks in the UK

    When asylum-seekers register for asylum in Britain, having fled their home countries, they qualify for asylum support while their claim is assessed by the Home Office. This support should include safe, clean accommodation and a living allowance for food and other necessities.

    If the asylum-seeker’s claim is granted, they then gain refugee status, which means they can live in the UK as a settled person – they can then take on work or study, as they wish.

    If their claim is refused however, the asylum-seeker is given a strict 14-day deadline in which to lodge an appeal. This deadline is usually even shorter in practice, as it corresponds with the date provided on the refusal letter, which is usually dated a few days before it is received. If they do not lodge this appeal in time, they lose their right to remain in the UK, along with all forms of asylum support.

    While many would argue that this process – on paper – makes sense, there are certain flaws it presents when put into practice and when considered alongside the British government’s current attitudes towards asylum and immigration.

    The number of initial asylum denials which are overturned at the appeal stage year-on-year is rising. While in 2017 the number of rejected asylum claims which were granted on appeal was 57%, in 2018 this figure rose to 75% – in other words, three-quarters of all the asylum claims that were denied were later found to be genuine.

    This number shows the frequency with which the Home Office misjudges asylum claims in the first instance, begging the question, what happens to all the genuine asylum-seekers who do not lodge an appeal in time?

    Unable to return to their home countries, many turn to the streets and become part of the ever-growing UK homeless community.

    Homelessness in the UK is steadily rising. Shelter released analysis this winter that showed an increase of 13,000 people becoming homeless in 2018, with an average of 1 in every 200 people across the UK now homeless (including those sleeping on the streets and in temporary accommodation).

    In 2018, the outsourcing giant Serco, which is responsible for housing many asylum-seekers across the UK, launched a mass-eviction policy for those it deemed to be “failed asylum-seekers”. The contractor changed the locks on hundreds of asylum-seekers’ doors, including many who still had a legal right to remain in the UK. The occupants, most of whom were Glasgow-based, were then left to fend for themselves and many slept rough on the streets.

    This is one instance which shows the severity of the impact that the “hostile environment” policy has had on vulnerable people. The policy, which was first introduced by (then Home Secretary) Theresa May in 2012, targeted “illegal immigrants” with the sole aim of making the UK so inhospitable and unwelcoming to them that they would choose to “leave voluntarily”. It culminated last summer with the Windrush scandal, which saw hundreds of Windrush-generation citizens threatened and deported by the Home Office after their documents had been lost and destroyed by the Government. Following this, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has rebranded the policy, replacing “hostile environment” with the phrase “compliant environment.”

    Despite this change in name, the programs developed under the policy continue to impact the lives of legitimate migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees.

    For example, asylum-seekers are still not able to work in most instances in the UK while they wait for the outcome of their claim. The only current exception to this is for those who are able to fill a role on the UK Shortage Occupation list. This list is a resource used by the British government showing the professions that cannot be filled with domestic workers. Roles on this list include chemical engineers, physical scientists and classical ballet dancers – all positions which most asylum-seekers (many of whom are from war-torn or less-developed countries where access to wealth and education is limited) cannot fill. Even if an asylum-seeker were able to fill one of these positions, that person could only do so after being in Britain for 12 months.

    It is this restriction that makes life even harder for vulnerable asylum-seekers, who are seeking much needed refuge in the UK. With no access to work, individuals are unable to save funds, making them entirely reliant on the GBP 5.50 per day that they receive as support. If they then have their initial claim refused, they have nothing to fall back on – no income and no network of work colleagues. It is no wonder then that asylum-seekers are turning to the streets, falling through the cracks of the system.

    It is vital that the asylum process is reviewed, to account for this issue. The UK is able to welcome those who are fleeing from persecution: we must continue to meet our responsibilities if we are to consider ourselves an ethical nation.

    http://rightsinexile.tumblr.com/post/183856311837/homeless-asylum-seekers-fall-through-the-cracks-in
    #UK #Angleterre #hébergement #logement #réfugiés #demandeurs_d'asile #migrations #asile #SDF #sans-abri


  • The trouble with plans to send 116,000 Burundian refugees home

    Under pressure to go home, Burundian refugees in Tanzania face two bad options: return to face social and economic hardship and possible rights violations; or remain in chronically under-resourced camps that restrict their opportunities.

    With both governments confirming plans to return 116,000 Burundians by the end of 2019, it’s crunch time for the international community if it wants to ensure returns are truly voluntary and offer returnees the level of support they will need to reintegrate properly back in Burundi.

    More than 400,000 people fled Burundi, most into neighbouring Tanzania, following violent unrest and repression that accompanied 2015 elections, which saw former rebel leader Pierre Nkurunziza returned to power for a controversial third presidential term.

    Limited repatriations began in 2017, but funding shortages mean the process has so far been little more than an offer of free transport back across the border, with a return package of food, non-food items, and cash that doesn’t even last the three months it’s expected to cover.

    https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/opinion/2019/03/05/Burundian-refugees-Tanzania-plans-send-home
    #retour_au_pays #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Tanzanie #réfugiés_burundais

    Pour les #retours_volontaires initiés en 2017, voir le doc publié par @reka:
    https://seenthis.net/messages/636524
    #retour_volontaire


  • Quand des écoles servaient de camps pour trier les réfugiés

    La Ville a inauguré hier une #plaque commémorative à l’école des Cropettes. En 1943, l’armée y décidait du sort des réfugiés.


    https://www.tdg.ch/geneve/actu-genevoise/Quand-des-ecoles-servaient-de-camps-pour-trier-les-refugies/story/24277782
    #tri #catégorisation #Suisse #Genève #Cropettes #réfugiés #histoires #WWII #deuxième_guerre_mondiale #seconde_guerre_mondiale #camps #Juifs #camps_de_réfugiés #mémoire #armée

    –-> un article de 2016, mis ici pour archivage


  • Une nouvelle qui revient régulièrement... la volonté de fermer le camps de réfugiés de #Dadaab au #Kenya

    Kenya Plans End of 210,000 Strong Refugee Camp Near Somalia

    Kenya’s High Court blocked earlier planned closure in 2017. Refugee Camp was once world’s largest with over 500,000 people


    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-28/kenyan-government-renews-plans-to-close-dadaab-refugee-camp
    #réfugiés #camps_de_réfugiés #asile #migrations #réfugiés #fermeture #2019

    En #2016 :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/518080
    https://seenthis.net/messages/486837

    En #2015 :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/361559


  • #UNHCR Libya

    Try to think for one second about refugees freedom and the infinite search for dignity. Imagine the pain of living in confinement, facing persecution and a feeling of death from the constant sorrow. Those brave citizens, who because of their words, actions or thoughts are forced out of their houses, communities and political identities. While liberty and autonomy lead to hope, hope is lost during the persistent begging for protection. Is lost because of the fear of imminent death. Is lost together with the control over their lives. Look at this image: it was shared by a creative thinker who is slowly dying, suffering because was left on fire with no where to go...

    source : Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10218932430851698&set=a.1092169114377&type=3&theater

    #Libye #HCR #dessin #barbelé #piège #protection #asile #migrations #réfugiés


  • Les Yéménites oubliés

    Parmi les quelque deux cent mille personnes qui ont fui le Yémen, quinze mille se trouvent en #Jordanie où elles bénéficient d’une aide dérisoire. La Chaîne du bonheur récolte ce jeudi des dons pour le Yémen.

    Dans la difficulté, ils se sont regroupés. A Amman, la capitale de la Jordanie, les réfugiés yéménites fréquentent les mêmes restaurants, les mêmes mosquées et les mêmes commerces. « Nous nous entraidons parce que nous sommes loin de chez nous. Ce restaurant nous nourrit gratuitement », se réjouit Tahar*, un Yéménite de 47 ans, assis sur les tapis élimés d’un établissement d’Al Baladiyah, un quartier nord d’Amman. Il a fui le Yémen en 2011. Il y est revenu à plusieurs reprises mais a finalement décidé de rester en Jordanie, loin de sa femme et de ses enfants. Ayant servi dans l’armée de son pays, Tahar craint d’être pris pour cible par les forces houthis s’il s’établissait à nouveau au Yémen.

    Environ 15’000 Yéménites ont été enregistrés par le Haut Commissariat aux réfugiés (HCR) en Jordanie, dont le tiers l’an dernier. Comme Tahar, la plupart sont des hommes venus seuls et ils vivent à Amman. Officiellement, beaucoup sont arrivés en Jordanie pour suivre un traitement médical ou faire du tourisme. Puis ils y sont restés afin d’obtenir le statut de réfugié. Chaque année, à l’approche de l’hiver, le HCR leur verse une aide financière. Douze mille cinq cents personnes en ont bénéficié l’an dernier. « Le montant se situe autour de 270 dinars [380 francs] et varie selon le nombre de personnes dans le foyer », détaille Mohammad, un autre réfugié assis à la même table que Tahar.
    Coûteux permis de travail

    Cette somme ne suffit pas à couvrir les besoins annuels d’un foyer dans un pays comme la Jordanie où les prix des produits de première nécessité et les loyers sont élevés. Les réfugiés yéménites doivent donc travailler. « Chaque fois que je trouve un emploi dans un restaurant, on me demande mon permis de travail. Et sans ce document, on m’engage rarement », regrette Mansour, 39 ans, un habitué du restaurant d’Al Baladiyah.

    En théorie, Tahar, Mohammad et Mansour peuvent obtenir un permis de travail. Mais dans les faits, le sésame leur est difficilement accessible puisqu’il coûte entre 500 et 600 dinars, soit 700 à 850 francs, selon le secteur d’activité. S’il parvenait à économiser, Mansour affirme qu’il enverrait le peu qu’il aurait réussi à épargner à sa famille restée au Yémen. Il ne verserait pas ce précieux pécule au Ministère jordanien du travail.

    Dans ces conditions, ces réfugiés n’ont d’autre choix que de vivre au crochet des autres et de travailler illégalement quand l’opportunité se présente. Mansour exerce occasionnellement dans des restaurants. « Je regarde alors souvent autour de moi pour vérifier que des contrôleurs du Ministère du travail ne sont pas dans les environs. Ils sont déjà venus sur mon lieu de travail et j’ai dû m’enfuir », se souvient-il. En cas d’interpellation, le Ministère assure qu’il n’expulse pas le travailleur yéménite – qu’il ait le statut de réfugié ou pas – et qu’il se contente d’un rappel à la loi à l’employeur, voire d’une amende si ce dernier récidive. Cela dissuade bien sûr les patrons d’engager des Yéménites. « Après une courte période d’activité, on me remercie, relate Mansour. La Jordanie donne en fait la priorité à ses ressortissants sur le marché du travail. »
    Syriens oui, Yéménites non

    Cette préférence nationale s’explique par le haut niveau de chômage. Officiellement, 19% de la population active est à la recherche d’un emploi en Jordanie. Mais cette mise à l’écart des Yéménites interroge, dans la mesure où d’autres réfugiés, bien plus nombreux, peuvent obtenir gratuitement un permis de travail. Plus d’un million de Syriens, soit 10% de la population en Jordanie, peuvent exercer librement dans différents secteurs d’activité, comme l’agriculture, l’hôtellerie et la construction. Pourquoi pas les Yéménites ? « Nous traitons les Syriens comme des réfugiés, pas les Yéménites, justifie Mohammad Alkhateeb, porte-parole du Ministère jordanien du travail. Officiellement, ils sont venus chez nous en visite, pas en tant que réfugiés. » La reconnaissance de leur statut par le HCR n’a pas infléchi la position gouvernementale à ce sujet.

    Le fonctionnaire reconnaît qu’ils ne sont pas traités à égalité avec les Syriens. « Peut-être que personne n’écoute leur voix parce qu’ils ne sont pas plus de 15’000 », se hasarde-t-il. Le gouvernement jordanien peut décider de rendre gratuit le permis de travail pour certains ressortissants. Interrogés sur leurs intentions, le bureau du premier ministre, Omar Razzaz, ainsi que le Ministère jordanien des affaires étrangères n’ont pas donné suite aux sollicitations du Courrier.
    Une politique internationale

    La précarité des Yéménites s’explique aussi par la politique discriminatoire des bailleurs de fonds qui financent l’aide humanitaire au Moyen-Orient. Beaucoup se détournent de la crise yéménite, qui a fait moins de réfugiés que le conflit syrien, et dont les victimes sont donc moins visibles. De fait, la presse internationale a longtemps ignoré la guerre au Yémen. De son côté, le HCR souhaite soutenir les réfugiés en Jordanie sans condition de nationalité.

    « Mais cette approche est de plus en plus difficile à tenir car nos financements sont souvent assignés à la crise syrienne, analyse Lilly Carlisle, porte-parole du HCR à Amman. Nous ne pouvons donc pas dépenser cet argent pour des populations qui ne sont pas syriennes. » Pour le moment, seul 1% des besoins du HCR pour les réfugiés non syriens de Jordanie est financé pour cette année, notamment grâce à des contributions des Pays-Bas.

    Sans emploi stable et sans perspective intéressante en Jordanie, beaucoup espèrent se réinstaller dans des pays tiers. Les offres d’accueil sont rarissimes. « En 2018, onze réfugiés yéménites de Jordanie sont partis vivre au Royaume-Uni, trois au Canada et un aux Pays-Bas », reprend Lilly Carlisle, qui regrette la priorité donnée sur ce dossier à certaines nationalités, et le préjudice subi par d’autres. Quatre mille cinq cents Syriens aujourd’hui établis en Jordanie devraient être relocalisés dans des pays développés en 2019.

    Reste l’éventualité du retour au pays, une option fort périlleuse, que considère Zohra. Cette grand-mère yéménite ne parvient plus à payer son loyer à Amman. Elle craint d’être expulsée. « Je vais mourir ici, se lamente-t-elle dans un sanglot. Alors autant rentrer dans mon pays. Et je mourrai là-bas. »


    https://lecourrier.ch/2019/03/27/les-yemenites-oublies
    #réfugiés_yéménites #discriminations #catégorisation #tri #réfugiés_syriens #asile #migrations #réfugiés #urban_refugees #réfugiés_urbains #Amman #travail


  • L’ONG #Sea-Eye va identifier les embarcations en détresse grâce aux #images_satellites

    L’ONG allemande Sea-Eye se lance dans un nouveau projet : le #Space-Eye. Objectif : utiliser les images satellites d’une société privée pour alerter sur la présence de migrants en détresse au large de la Libye, et documenter d’éventuelles violations des droits de l’Homme.

    Après les navires humanitaires et les avions de reconnaissance qui sillonnent les côtes libyennes à la recherche d’embarcations de migrants en détresse, Sea-Eye s’intéresse désormais aux images satellite avec un nouveau projet, Space-Eye. L’ONG allemande vient de signer un contrat avec Planet, une société privée américaine de fournisseur d’images satellites, afin de surveiller les côtes libyennes.

    Les images satellites fournies permettront à Sea-Eye d’alerter les ONG présentes au large de la Libye ou le MRCC italien et maltais, lorsqu’un navire est en difficulté.

    Mais ce n’est pas la seule mission que s’est donné Space-Eye. L’ONG cherche aussi à recenser les canots qui n’ont pas pu être secourus ; comment ? En comparant les images satellites actuelles à celles plus anciennes. En effet, #Planet peut fournir des images remontant sur plusieurs années, qu’elle garde en stock.

    « On veut ainsi vérifier si Frontex [garde-côtes européens, ndlr] vient secourir les migrants ou non lorsqu’ils reçoivent un appel de détresse. On a des doutes. Avec les images satellites et les signaux émis par Frontex, on pourra y voir plus clair », explique à InfoMigrants Hans-Peter Buschheuer, chargé de la communication de Space-Eye.

    La zone de surveillance définie englobe 4 500 kilomètres, au large des côtes libyennes. Elle s’étend sur 100 km de long et 30 km de large, au plus près de la région où les départs sont les plus importants.

    Pour l’ONG, ce projet est nécessaire car la politique européenne les inquiète. En effet, l’Italie n’accueille plus aucun navire sur son sol depuis l’arrivée au pouvoir de Matteo Salvini l’année dernière. Pire, les navires humanitaires sont régulièrement maintenus à quai dans les ports européens. « On pense qu’à terme il n’y aura plus aucun navire humanitaire dans la zone et que les avions comme le #Moonbird seront cloués au sol. Les images satellites seront le seul moyen de surveiller ce qu’il se passe le long des côtes libyennes », précise encore Hans-Peter Buschheuer.
    Space-Eye espère publier un rapport sur d’éventuelles violations des droits de l’Homme au large de la Libye dans les prochains mois.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/15933/l-ong-sea-eye-va-identifier-les-embarcations-en-detresse-grace-aux-ima
    #sauvetage #Méditerranée #ONG #asile #migrations #réfugiés #nouvelle_stratégie #droits_humains #forensic_architecture

    métaliste ici :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/706177


  • #Cheltenham will be recognised as a ’Town of Sanctuary’ for refugees

    Refugees who were forced out of Syria by the civil war and who arrive in Cheltenham will be helped to integrate with the town.

    Cheltenham Borough councillors unanimously backed a motion this week calling for further support to integrate refugees with local communities through basic language lessons and education opportunities.

    Cheltenham will now be recognised as a ’Town of Sanctuary’ which offers places of safety to people who flee violence.

    In 2015 the borough council pledged to take-in 100 refugee families by 2020 in the wake of the migrant crisis.

    Councillor Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing, told the meeting Cheltenham has housed 25 refugees to date.

    Liberal Democrat councillor Max Wilkinson, who tabled the motion, told full council members helping refugees to integrate is “a challenge our country often hasn’t worked hard enough to meet in recent years”.

    Gloucestershire Association of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) and Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees (CWR) currently work to help refugees integrate into the county.

    A fund has been set up on crowdsourcing website JustGiving to help support a refugee student at the University of Gloucestershire once a year.

    The fund, called The Michael Perham Sanctuary Scholarship, has so far raised more than £1,550.

    https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/cheltenham-news/cheltenham-recognised-town-sanctuary-refugees-2688791
    #villes-refuge #réfugiés #asile #migrations #solidarité #réfugiés_syriens #UK #Angleterre


  • Lebanon looks to hardline eastern Europe approach for Syrian refugees

    Lebanon said on Wednesday it wanted to follow the example of eastern EU states that have largely rejected refugees as a way of resolving its own refugee crisis.
    Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil sympathized with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia’s refusal to accept refugee distribution quotas proposed by the EU after the 2015-16 migrant crisis, when more than a million people streamed into Europe, mostly from Syria.
    Populist eastern EU leaders including Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Poland’s powerbroker Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Czech President Milos Zeman, among others, blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “open door” policy on accepting migrants during that period.
    These countries “were acting in their national interest and decided that the redistribution of refugees among European countries is not in their national interest, although they faced EU sanctions for that,” Bassil told reporters in Prague.
    “I would like this attitude to be an inspiration for Lebanon, because every state must make national interests its top priority and at this moment Lebanon’s key national interest is the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland,” he added.
    Lebanon says it is hosting 1.5 million Syrians — around a quarter of its own population. Less than one million of them are registered with UN refugee agency the UNHCR.
    Most of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in insecurity and depend on international aid.
    The International Monetary Fund has said their presence has led to increased unemployment and a rise in poverty due to greater competition for jobs.
    The influx has also put strain on Lebanese water and electrical infrastructure.
    Lebanese government officials and politicians have ramped up calls for Syrians to return home, but the United Nations has consistently warned that conditions in the war-ravaged country are not suitable for such returns.
    “I would like Prague or Beirut to host a meeting, an initiative of countries seeking to plan and ensure the return of Syrian refugees to their country,” said Bassil.
    “This would be immensely useful for both Lebanon and Syria and in general it would be the best solution to the human, humanitarian and political crisis we have right now and which could get worse in the future,” he said.


    http://www.arabnews.com/node/1473496/middle-east
    #Liban #it_has_begun #modèle_hongrois #asile #migrations #réfugiés #réfugiés_syriens #intérêt_national #populisme #modèle_Visegrad #retour_au_pays


  • EU to end ship patrols in scaled down Operation Sophia

    The European Union will cease the maritime patrols that have rescued thousands of migrants making the perilous Mediterranean Sea crossing from North Africa to Europe, but it will extend air missions, two diplomats said on Tuesday (26 March).

    A new agreement on the EU’s Operation Sophia was hammered out after Italy, where anti-migrant sentiment is rising, said it would no longer receive those rescued at sea.

    Operation Sophia’s mandate was due to expire on Sunday but should now continue for another six months with the same aim of deterring people smugglers in the Mediterranean. But it will no longer deploy ships, instead relying on air patrols and closer coordination with Libya, the diplomats said.

    “It is awkward, but this was the only way forward given Italy’s position, because nobody wanted the Sophia mission completely shut down,” one EU diplomat said.

    A second diplomat confirmed a deal had been reached and said it must be endorsed by all EU governments on Wednesday.

    The tentative deal, however, could weaken Operation Sophia’s role in saving lives in the sea where nearly 2,300 people perished last year, according to United Nations figures.

    From the more than one million refugees and migrants who made it to the bloc during a 2015 crisis, sea arrivals dropped to 141,500 people in 2018, according to the United Nations.

    Still, Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, has said his country would no longer be the main point of disembarkation for people trying to cross the Mediterranean by boat and rescued by Sophia’s patrol ships.

    Rome called for other countries to open up their ports instead, but no other EU states came forward. Diplomats said countries including Spain, France and Germany signalled they were not willing to host more rescued people – most of whom are fleeing wars and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

    However, EU governments did want the mission to continue because they felt it had been effective in dissuading smugglers.

    The compromise discussion in Brussels did not discuss military aspects of the role of air patrols. But the new arrangement will involve more training of the coast guard in Libya, where lawlessness has allowed smugglers to openly operate sending people to Europe by sea.

    But it would be in line with the EU’s policy of turning increasingly restrictive on Mediterranean immigration since the surge in 2015 and discouraging people from risking their lives in the sea in trying to cross to Europe where governments do not want them.

    The bloc has already curbed operations of EU aid groups in the part of the Mediterranean in question and moved its own ships further north where fewer rescues take place.

    https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/eu-to-end-ship-patrols-in-scaled-down-operation-sophia
    #opération_sophia #méditerranée #asile #réfugiés #sauvetage #missions_aériennes #migrations #frontières #contrôles_frontaliers #mer_Méditerranée #sauvetages

    • Commissioner calls for more rescue capacity in the Mediterranean

      I take note of the decision taken by the EU’s Political and Security Committee with regards to Operation Sophia. I regret that this will lead to even fewer naval assets in the Mediterranean, which could assist the rescue of persons in distress at sea. Lives are continuing to be lost in the Mediterranean. This should remind states of the urgency to adopt a different approach, one that should ensure a sufficiently resourced and fully operational system for saving human lives at sea and to safeguard rescued migrants’ dignity.

      Whilst coastal states have the responsibility to ensure effective coordination of search and rescue operations, protecting lives in the Mediterranean requires concerted efforts of other states as well, to begin with the provision of naval assets specifically dedicated to search and rescue activities, deployed in those areas where they can make an effective contribution to saving human lives. Furthermore, I reiterate my call to all states to refrain from hindering and criminalising the work of NGOs who are trying to fill the ever-increasing gap in rescue capacity. States should rather support and co-operate with them, including by ensuring that they can use ports for their life-saving activities.

      Finally, the decision to continue only with aerial surveillance and training of the Libyan Coast Guard further increases the risks that EU member states, directly or indirectly, contribute to the return of migrants and asylum seekers to Libya, where it is well-documented, in particular recently by the United Nations, that they face serious human rights violations. So far, calls to ensure more transparency and accountability in this area, including by publishing human rights risk assessments and setting up independent monitoring mechanisms, have not been heeded. The onus is now on EU member states to show urgently that the support to the Libyan Coast Guard is not contributing to human rights violations, and to suspend this support if they cannot do so.

      https://www.coe.int/en/web/commissioner/-/commissioner-calls-for-more-rescue-capacity-in-the-mediterranean
      #droits_humains #gardes-côtes_libyens #Libye

    • EU to end ship patrols in scaled down migrant rescue operation: diplomats

      The European Union will cease the maritime patrols that have rescued thousands of migrants making the perilous Mediterranean Sea crossing from North Africa to Europe, but it will extend air missions, two diplomats said on Tuesday.
      A new agreement on the EU’s Operation Sophia was hammered out after Italy, where anti-migrant sentiment is rising, said it would no longer receive those rescued at sea.

      Operation Sophia’s mandate was due to expire on Sunday but should now continue for another six months with the same aim of detering people smugglers in the Mediterranean. But it will no longer deploy ships, instead relying on air patrols and closer coordination with Libya, the diplomats said.

      “It is awkward, but this was the only way forward given Italy’s position, because nobody wanted the Sophia mission completely shut down,” one EU diplomat said.

      A second diplomat confirmed a deal had been reached and said it must be endorsed by all EU governments on Wednesday.

      The tentative deal, however, could weaken Operation Sophia’s role in saving lives in the sea where nearly 2,300 people perished last year, according to United Nations figures.

      From the more than one million refugees and migrants who made it to the bloc during a 2015 crisis, sea arrivals dropped to 141,500 people in 2018, according to the United Nations.

      Still, Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, has said his country would no longer be the main point of disembarkation for people trying to cross the Mediterranean by boat and rescued by Sophia’s patrol ships.

      Rome called for other countries to open up their ports instead, but no other EU states came forward. Diplomats said countries including Spain, France and Germany signaled they were not willing to host more rescued people - most of whom are fleeing wars and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

      However, EU governments did want the mission to continue because they felt it had been effective in dissuading smugglers.

      The compromise discussion in Brussels did not discuss military aspects of the role of air patrols. But the new arrangement will involve more training of the coast guard in Libya, where lawlessness has allowed smugglers to openly operate sending people to Europe by sea.

      But it would be in line with the EU’s policy of turning increasingly restrictive on Mediterranean immigration since the surge in 2015 and discouraging people from risking their lives in the sea in trying to cross to Europe where governments do not want them.

      The bloc has already curbed operations of EU aid groups in the part of the Mediterranean in question and moved its own ships further north where fewer rescues take place.

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-sophia/eu-weighs-up-awkward-migration-compromise-on-mediterranean-mission-idUSKCN1

    • En Méditerranée, l’UE retire ses navires militaires qui ont sauvé 45.000 migrants

      Les États membres de l’Union européenne ont décidé, mercredi 27 mars, de retirer leurs navires militaires engagés en Méditerranée dans le cadre de l’opération militaire dite « Sophia », au moins temporairement. Depuis 2015, ces bateaux ont pourtant permis de sauver 45 000 migrants environ.

      https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/280319/en-mediterranee-l-ue-retire-ses-navires-militaires-qui-ont-sauve-45000-mig

    • #EUNAVFOR_MED Operation Sophia : mandate extended until 30 September 2019

      The Council today extended the mandate of EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia until 30 September 2019.

      The Operation Commander has been instructed to suspend temporarily the deployment of the Operation’s naval assets for the duration of this extension for operational reasons. EU member states will continue to work in the appropriate fora on a solution on disembarkation as part of the follow-up to the June 2018 European Council conclusions.

      The Operation will continue to implement its mandate accordingly, strengthening surveillance by air assets as well as reinforcing support to the Libyan Coastguard and Navy in law enforcement tasks at sea through enhanced monitoring, including ashore, and continuation of training.

      The operation’s core mandate is to contribute to the EU’s work to disrupt the business model of migrant smugglers and human traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean. The operation has also supporting tasks. It trains the Libyan Coastguard and Navy and monitors the long-term efficiency of the training and it contributes to the implementation of the UN arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya. In addition, the operation also conducts surveillance activities and gathers information on illegal trafficking of oil exports from Libya, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. As such, the operation contributes to EU efforts for the return of stability and security in Libya and to maritime security in the Central Mediterranean region.

      EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia was launched on 22 June 2015. It is part of the EU’s comprehensive approach to migration. The Operation Commander is Rear Admiral Credendino, from Italy. The headquarters of the operation are located in Rome.

      Today’s decision was adopted by the Council by written procedure.

      https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/03/29/eunavfor-med-operation-sophia-mandate-extended-until-30-september-2


  • Solidarité sans frontières | Le SEM pratique activement le dumping salarial !
    https://asile.ch/2019/03/27/solidarite-sans-frontieres-le-sem-pratique-activement-le-dumping-salarial

    La restructuration de la loi sur l’asile est entrée en vigueur le 1er mars dernier. Nouveauté, la représentation juridique des personnes réfugiées est gratuite en cours de procédure. Au sein des cantons, le Secrétariat d’État aux migrations (SEM) a pour cela mandaté des bureaux de conseil juridique afin de suivre des dossiers de personnes qui […]


  • Renvoi des demandeurs d’asile : vive les #cancres !

    Les cantons « punis » par Karine #Keller-Sutter pour leur manque de zèle dans le renvoi des requérants d’asile #déboutés ont de multiples arguments pour résister, écrit Aldo Brina, du Centre social protestant


    https://www.letemps.ch/opinions/renvoi-demandeurs-dasile-vive-cancres
    #renvois #expulsions #asile #migrations #Suisse #sanctions #classement #cantons #réfugiés #efficacité #punition #machine_à_expulsion


  • ‘Where are you from?’ Facing fines and bureaucracy, refugee children in Jordan go undocumented

    Located off the highway in the southern Amman suburbs, the Syrian embassy in Jordan almost looks like it’s made for long waits.

    It’s a quiet day outside, as a group of elderly Syrians wearing traditional keffiyeh scarves sit on a patch of grass next to the sand-colored building smoking cigarettes and passing the time.

    Aside from two flags attached to the roof of the embassy, the steel bars across the windows—shaped in classic Umayyad patterns—are one of the few hints of the otherwise rather anonymous building’s affiliation with Damascus.

    On the wall between the counters, a large bulletin board is plastered with instructions for various civil status procedures: births, marriages and identity cards. Flyers address the “brothers and sisters of the nation” waiting quietly outside.

    But not all Syrians feel welcome here.

    “I feel uncomfortable going to the embassy,” says Bassam al-Karmi, a Syrian refugee in Jordan originally from Deir e-Zor.

    “I can’t control my feelings and might start rambling on about politics and other things,” he explains, adding with a laugh, “I really can’t stand seeing the red [Syrian] flag, either.”

    If possible, al-Karmi says, he avoids approaching the embassy. But when he had his first daughter two years ago, there was no way around it. That’s where he needed to go to register her birth—at least if he wanted her to be recognized as a Syrian national.

    At last week’s international “Brussels III” donor conference, Jordan was commended for its efforts to provide Syrians with legal documentation. The civil status department of Jordan’s Ministry of Interior even maintains a presence in refugee camps, tasked with issuing official birth certificates.

    But acquiring Jordanian documents is only one part of the process. Having them authenticated by the Syrian authorities is a whole other story.

    According to several Syrian refugees in Jordan, bureaucratic procedures, lack of information and high costs are deterring them from registering their children’s births at the Syrian embassy—leaving thousands of Jordanian-born Syrian children without proof of nationality, and some potentially at risk of statelessness.

    When Ahmad Qablan’s second son was born in 2014, one year after the family’s arrival in Jordan, he went through all the procedures and paperwork that were required of him to register them first with the Jordanian authorities and then with the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR.

    When his third son was born, he did the same.

    Even so, years later, neither of them have Syrian documents officially proving their nationality.

    A resident of a refugee camp some 70 kilometers east of the capital, Qablan would have to travel for two and a half hours each way to get Syrian birth certificates for his two sons—by submitting the papers at the Syrian embassy—only to come back again a week later to pick them up.

    But the biggest obstacle to registering, he says, is the fees involved with late registration.

    Even though, as a teacher, Qablan claims to have one of the highest salaries in the camp, the family is only just getting by, he says.

    “Why would I go spend that money at the embassy?”

    If a Syrian child is registered at the embassy later than three months after his or her birth, a $50 fine is added on top of the standard $75 registration fees. For a delay of more than a year, the fine goes up to $100.

    According to al-Karmi, those costs make families postpone the procedure. But the longer they wait, the more expensive it gets. As a result, he and others around him find themselves caught in a spiral of increasing costs.

    “You know the fees will increase,” he says, “but in the end people keep postponing and saying, ‘Maybe there’s another solution’.”

    According to a source from the Syrian embassy, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press, some refugees even choose to send family members across the border to go through the procedures in Syria itself just to save on consular fees.

    Reports: ‘125,000’ Syrian refugee children born in Jordan

    Since the beginning of the Syrian uprising and ensuing conflict, more than 125,000 Syrian children are estimated to have been born on Jordainan soil, according to reports in Jordanian media. However, with many children going unregistered with the Jordanian government, an accurate number can be hard to find.

    UNHCR counts 107,268 children under the age of five in Jordan.

    Even though the Jordanian government has issued nearly 80,000 birth certificates to Syrian children born in Jordan since 2015, experts say that the vast majority of those remain unregistered with the Syrian embassy.

    One of the largest obstacles to registration, according to aid workers and Syrian refugees alike, is a lack of information about the procedures.

    A former Daraa resident, Qasem a-Nizami attempted to navigate registration after the birth of his now three-month-old daughter, but he wasn’t sure of where to start.

    According to a UN source speaking to Syria Direct on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, there is no coordination between UNHCR and the Syrian embassy.

    However, refugees can consult UNHCR about steps they need to take to register civil status procedures in Jordan.

    After asking around in his community and finally talking to the Jordanian Civil Status Department’s office in Zaatari camp, where he resides—sometimes receiving contradictory information—a-Nizami soon discovered that the procedures were much more complicated than he thought.

    To get a birth certificate at the Syrian embassy, refugees need to present the passport of the mother and father as well as a Jordanian birth certificate and marriage contract validated by the embassy.

    When a-Nizami got married in Syria, his town was under siege, and—like many other Syrians—the couple wasn’t able to access the government civil registries responsible for recording civil status events. Instead, the couple settled with a traditional Islamic marriage, involving a sheikh and witnesses.

    Today, a-Nizami has finally registered his marriage with the Jordanian authorities and is currently waiting to get the papers.

    “I can’t register my daughter until I’m finished with the trouble that I’m going through now,” he says.

    ‘Undocumented children’

    According to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), having valid identity papers is crucial for refugees to access basic rights in a host country like Jordan, and children lacking a Jordanian birth certificate are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, trafficking and child marriage.

    “Undocumented children in Jordan cannot prove their identity, access justice and face difficulties in enjoying rights,” the NRC said in an email to Syria Direct.

    The worst case scenario is that some children end up stateless—and because of Syria’s patrilineal nationality laws, this is particularly a risk for female-headed households unable to prove the nationality of the father.

    But a lack of Syrian documents issued by the country’s embassy also has much more immediate consequences.

    Since the Jaber-Naseeb border crossing between Syria and Jordan reopened for traffic in October after a three-year closure, at least 12,842 Syrians have made the trip across the border, according to the UNHCR.

    Crossing the border, however, either requires a passport or an exit permit issued by the Syrian embassy in Jordan—neither of which can be obtained without Syrian identity documents.

    For years, experts have advocated that the lack of civil documentation could be one of the most significant barriers to the return of Syrian refugees, and as governments, UN bodies and humanitarian organizations increasingly grapple with the infinitely complex question of return, the issue of civil documentation is ever more pressing.

    Last week’s international “Brussels III” donor conference also underlined the need for affordable access to civil documentation for Syrians.

    ‘Cut from the tree of her father’

    While the vast majority of Syrians in neighboring countries surveyed by UNHCR earlier this month have a hope of returning to Syria some day, less than six percent expressed intentions to return within the next year.

    For al-Karmi, the hope of things changing in Syria was part of the reason why he kept postponing registration.

    “I was hoping that by the time we had our first child, maybe Assad would be gone,” he explains.

    And although he eventually registered his first-born daughter, the family’s youngest—who is nine months old—still only has Jordanian documents.

    “For the next child we also thought, ‘Bashar will be gone by then’,” al-Karmi says. “But that didn’t happen.”

    Now, he says, the family is doing what they can to make sure their daughters will grow up identifying with their Syrian roots.

    “She’s been cut from the tree of her father,” he says, explaining how they’ve turned to the internet as the only way of nurturing the children’s ties to family members spread out across the globe.

    “We are currently teaching her to remember the answer to, ‘Where are you from?’ and then responding, ‘I’m from Syria’,” he says.

    “This is the most we can do in exile.”

    But not everyone feels a need to raise their children to feel Syrian.

    Abu Abida al-Hourani, a 28-year-old resident of Jordan’s Zaatari camp, is not even interested in registering his two-and-a-half-year-old son at the Syrian embassy.

    “It’s better to belong to a country that will protect my son and make him feel safe and doesn’t deprive him of the most basic rights,” he explains.

    “How am I supposed to raise my son to feel like he belongs in a country full of killing, displacement and injustice?”

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