18. Juni 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Gabriele del Grande: Lettera al Ministro dell’Interno Matteo Salvini · Kategorien: Afrika, Italien, Lesehinweise · Tags:

facebook | 12.06.2018

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Confesso che su una cosa sono d’accordo con Salvini: la rotta libica va chiusa. Basta tragedie in mare, basta dare soldi alle mafie libiche del contrabbando. Sogno anch’io un Mediterraneo a sbarchi zero. Il problema però è capire come ci si arriva. E su questo, avendo alle spalle dieci anni di inchieste sul tema, mi permetto di dare un consiglio al ministro perché mi pare che stia ripetendo gli stessi errori dei suoi predecessori.

Blocco navale, respingimenti in mare, centri di detenzione in Libia. La ricetta è la stessa da almeno quindici anni. Pisanu, Amato, Maroni, Cancellieri, Alfano, Minniti. Ci hanno provato tutti. E ogni volta è stato un fallimento: miliardi di euro persi e migliaia di morti in mare.

Questa volta non sarà diverso. Per il semplice fatto che alla base di tutto ci sono due leggi di mercato che invece continuano ad essere ignorate. La prima è che la domanda genera l’offerta. La seconda è che il proibizionismo sostiene le mafie.

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16. Juni 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für How Cities Can Help Solve Europe’s Crisis Over Refugees · Kategorien: Lesehinweise · Tags:

News Deeply | 13.06.2018

Local authorities are often responsible for supporting refugees, but excluded from resources and policymaking. We talk to Frederic Vallier, secretary-general of the ‎Council of European Municipalities and Regions, about why cities should have a seat at the table.

When Italy’s hard-line new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, declared Italy’s ports closed to migrant rescue boats – effectively stranding 629 people at sea – the city of Palermo rebelled. Mayor Leoluca Orlando said he was ready to accept the MS Aquarius at the Sicilian capital’s port, but without the help of the Italian coast guard it was impossible for him to do so.

The conflict between the mayors of southern Italian cities and the national government, as well as recent disputes in Paris between Mayor Anne Hidalgo and President Emmanuel Macron over who is responsible for that city’s ever-shifting migrant camps, are only the latest manifestation of long-building tensions between European cities and nation-states over what to do about refugee populations.

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15. Juni 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Refugee children abused and illegally returned at France-Italy border, says Oxfam report · Kategorien: Frankreich, Italien, Lesehinweise, Schengen Migration · Tags:

The Independent | 15.06.2018

‚Children should never be kept in jail cells or subjected to cruel abuse‘, the charity said

Samuel Osborne

Child refugees are being abused, detained and illegally sent back to Italy by French border guards, according to a new report from Oxfam.

Some children as young as 12 were being held overnight in cells without food, water or blankets, or access to an official guardian, the report states.

These conditions are contrary to French and European Union (EU) law.

French police routinely stop unaccompanied children and put them on trains back to Italy after altering their paperwork, either to make them appear older or to make it look as though they want to be sent back, the report states.

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10. Juni 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für How we all colluded in Fortress Europe · Kategorien: EN, EU, Lesehinweise

The Guardian | 10.06.2018

In a keynote speech in Budapest last week, the Observer columnist argued that hostility to migrants is not a fringe project – mainstream politicians have long helped promote fear of ‘the other’

by Kenan Malik

In October 2013, a ship carrying migrants sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa. Some 300 people drowned.

It was not the first time that migrants had drowned in the Mediterranean. In fact, at that time it was estimated that in the previous 25 years at least 20,000 people had died trying to reach the shores of Europe. The real figure was most likely much higher. But that sinking in October 2013 was the first time that such a tragedy had truly impressed itself upon the conscience of Europe.

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05. Juni 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Five myths about the refugee crisis · Kategorien: EN, Lesehinweise

The Guardian | 05.06.2018

The cameras have gone – but the suffering endures. Daniel Trilling deconstructs the beliefs that still shape policy and public opinion

Myth 1: The crisis is over

The refugee crisis that dominated the news in 2015 and 2016 consisted primarily of a sharp rise in the number of people coming to Europe to claim asylum. Arrivals have now dropped, and governments have cracked down on the movement of undocumented migrants within the EU; many thousands are stuck in reception centres or camps in southern Europe, while others try to make new lives in the places they have settled.

But to see the crisis as an event that began in 2015 and ended the following year is a mistake, because it obscures the fact that the underlying causes have not changed. To see it in those terms only gives the impression of a hitherto unsullied Europe, visited by hordes of foreigners it has little to do with. This is misleading. The disaster of recent years has as much to do with immigration policies drawn up in European capitals as it does with events outside the continent, and the crisis also consists of overreaction and panic, fuelled by a series of misconceptions about who the migrants are, why they come, and what it means for Europe.

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08. Mai 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Ordnung statt Gerechtigkeit“ · Kategorien: Deutschland, Lesehinweise · Tags:

taz | 07.05.2018

Funktionäre der Linkspartei fordern eine Abkehr vom Bekenntnis zu offenen Grenzen. Sie leugnen damit die politische Dimension der Migration

Mario Neumann

Ein 19-köpfige Gruppe, bestehend aus Abgeordneten und Funktionär*innen der Linkspartei, hat sich mit einem „Thesenpapier linke Einwanderungspolitik“ im migrationspolitischen Konflikt in­nerhalb der Partei zu Wort gemeldet. Die Zusammensetzung der Gruppe suggeriert innerparteiliche Breite und soll offensichtlich eine mögliche programmatische Lösung des seit Monaten öffentlich ausgetragenen Konflikts in Aussicht stellen. Die Botschaften des Papiers sind eindeutig: Die Partei soll ihr bisheriges, in Partei- und Wahlprogrammen verankertes Bekenntnis zu „offenen Grenzen“ räumen und stattdessen Vorschläge für eine staatliche „Regulierung“ machen. Auf knappen acht Seiten entfalten die Autor*innen ihre in die Partei gerichtete Erzählung: Asyl und Einwanderung seien politisch voneinander zu trennen und ein globales Recht auf Einwanderung weder juristisch gegeben noch pragmatisch machbar.

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04. Mai 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Le grand débarras“ · Kategorien: Lesehinweise

AOC | 02.05.2018

Par Achille Mbembe

HISTORIEN

Les routes migratoires les plus mortelles d’un monde par ailleurs de plus en plus balkanisé et enclavé ? L’Europe ! Les nombres de squelettes en mer et le plus vaste cimetière marin en ce début de siècle ? L’Europe ! Le nombre de déserts, eaux territoriales et internationales, bras de mer, îles, détroits, enclaves, canaux, fleuves, ports et aéroports transformés en rideaux de fer technologiques ? L’Europe !

Quelque chose d’extrêmement grave est de nouveau en train de se passer au cœur de l’Europe. Certes, des voix de plus en plus nombreuses se font entendre. La force du vivant aidant, des chaînes humaines se forment. Dans la nuit de la peur et de la délation et face à l’irrépressible demande de répression, des femmes et des hommes de bonne volonté cherchent à réveiller les lucioles endormies de l’hospitalité et de la solidarité. Au milieu d’une anesthésie autrement inquiétante, une minorité agissante s’est mise debout et dénonce désormais avec une vigueur renouvelée ce qui se fait en son nom contre les Autres, ceux-là qui, pense-t-on, ne sont pas des nôtres.

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19. April 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Pushing Migrants Back to Libya, Persecuting Rescue NGOs: The End of the Humanitarian Turn – Part II · Kategorien: Italien, Lesehinweise, Libyen

University of Oxford | 19.04.2018

PART II

Guest post by Paolo Cuttitta, Researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His most recent articles focus on humanitarianism and human rights, as well as on search and rescue NGOs, at the Central Mediterranean EU border.

In the first part of this post, I, first, described the establishment of a humanitarianized space of the sea between Italy and Libya after the 2012 ECtHR judgment and the 2013 Lampedusa shipwreck. Then, I showed how the EU, Italy and other European countries gradually moved away from humanitarian concerns: by enhancing cooperation with Libyan authorities, by terminating governmental SAR missions, as well as by focusing on border control operations and de facto restricting their operational areas. In this second installment, I show that SAR NGOs have been increasingly exposed to harassment from the Libyan authorities, as well as to restrictions from the Italian ones. I further address the three points that make the Open Arms case unique, namely Italy’s claims that: a) Libya can coordinate SAR operations autonomously; b) the Open Arms acted in breach of the code of conduct; c) the Open Arms should have brought the rescued to Malta. In doing so, I argue that Italy can be held legally accountable for push-backs carried out by the Libyan Coast Guard, that the code of conduct has little if any relevance, and that trying to involve Malta means increasing the death risk at sea.

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19. April 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Pushing Migrants Back to Libya, Persecuting Rescue NGOs: The End of the Humanitarian Turn – Part 1 · Kategorien: Italien, Lesehinweise, Libyen · Tags:

University of Oxford | 18.04.2018

PART I

Guest post by Paolo Cuttitta, Researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His most recent articles focus on humanitarianism and human rights, as well as on search and rescue NGOs, at the Central Mediterranean EU border.

The vessel Open Arms of the NGO Proactiva Open Arms, which has been engaged in search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Southern Central Mediterranean since 2016, was involved in an incident with the Italian and Libyan authorities on 15 March 2018. The ship was instructed by the Italian MRCC (the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, managed by the Italian Coast Guard), to reach a vessel in distress in international waters. However, after its speedboats reached the migrant boat and started taking people on board, the Open Arms was informed by the Italian MRCC that the responsibility for coordinating the rescue lay with the Libyan authorities from that moment on. When the Libyan Coast Guard arrived, it requested the Open Arms to hand them over the migrants. The NGO crew refused, because Libyan ports are no ‘places of safety’ where rescued people can be brought according to international law. Indeed, Libya is not safe for migrants, as innumerable reports (e.g. from the United Nations and Amnesty International, to cite but two among the most recent ones) and the judgment of an Italian court have documented. After a long back-and-forth, the Libyans gave up their demand.

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18. April 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Route geschlossen?“ · Kategorien: Balkanroute, EU, Lesehinweise, Türkei · Tags:

Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung | 16.03.2018

Zu den Auswirkungen der EU-Türkei-Erklärung auf die Fluchtbewegungen nach Europa

by Marcus Engler

Die Zahl der Flüchtlinge und Migranten, die über das östliche Mittelmeer nach Europa gelangt ist, ist 2015 stark angestiegen und anschließend genauso rapide wieder gesunken. Vertreter von Politik und Medien führen diesen Rückgang häufig ausschließlich auf politische Maßnahmen der Migrationskontrolle zurück. Dabei werden aber die Komplexität der Faktoren, die Fluchtbewegungen beeinflussen, und die Unsicherheiten bei der Datenlage ausgeblendet. Ziel dieses Beitrags ist es am Beispiel des EU-Türkei-Abkommen zu zeigen, dass restriktive Maßnahmen der Migrationskontrolle nicht nur normativ zu kritisieren sind, sondern dass auch die kausalen Wirkungszusammenhänge einer kritischen Analyse unterzogen werden müssen.

Trotz erheblicher menschenrechtlicher Kritik und großen Zweifeln bezüglich seiner politischen Haltbarkeitsdauer hat die EU-Türkei-Erklärung, die am 18. März 2016 verabschiedet wurde, nun zwei Jahre Bestand. Sie hat sogar den Putschversuch in der Türkei im Juli 2016 und die dadurch ausgelösten erheblichen Erschütterungen der EU-Türkei-Beziehungen inklusive eines de facto Aussetzens des Beitrittsprozesses und der Nicht-Umsetzung der für die Erdoğan-Regierung zentralen Visaliberalisierung überstanden. Vertreter der türkischen Regierung hatten sogar mehrfach mit einer Aufkündigung des Flüchtlingspaktes gedroht.

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