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Frontex Director: EU Military Operation Near Libya May Shift Migration Routes to Eastern Mediterranean NEW
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In an interview published earlier this week in Les Echos, Frontex Director Fabrice Leggeri noted that there already exists a small shift in migration flows from the central Mediterranean to the eastern Mediterranean: “The pressure is growing st...
Efforts to Secure Security Council Resolution on EU Migrant Plan “Paused” NEW
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From ANSA: “Preparation of a draft UN Security Council resolution to authorize a European mission against migrant traffickers in the Mediterranean ‘has been suspended until the issue of the consent of the Libyan authorities has been resol...
Libyan UN Ambassador to Oppose Security Council Resolution on EU Migrant Plan NEW
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AFP reports that Libyan UN Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi (representing the internationally recognised Tobruk government) will refuse to consent to a UNSC Resolution authorizing the EU to use military force against smugglers in Libya “as long as E...
Security Council Negotiations Regarding EU Call for Use of Force Against Smugglers Ongoing; Russia Warns Against Repeating “Abuse” of 2011 UNSC Resolution NEW
Migrants at Sea 1 Month, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
The Security Council Report reports that “[t]he negotiations on the EU draft aimed at tackling the smuggling of migrants on the Mediterranean were still ongoing at press time between some Council members and the Libyan authorities. (For at leas...
European Migrant Death Database – Deaths at the Borders of Southern Europe NEW
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VU University Amsterdam has released a border death database documenting migrant deaths along the Southern European borders. Here is a web post from DIIS (Danish Institute for International Studies) describing the project: “On 12 May 2015, rese...
WikiLeaks Releases Classified Documents Describing EU Plans For Military Strikes Against Libyan Migrant Smugglers NEW
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WikiLeaks has released two documents which describe the EU plans for possible military attacks on boats used by migrant smugglers in Libya: Document 1: “Military Advice on the “Draft Crisis Management Concept for a possible CSDP operation...
20 May – Informal Meeting between Members of UN Security Council and EU Political and Security Committee NEW
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From “What’s In Blue”: On 20 May, “members of the Security Council will hold an informal meeting with members of the EU Political and Security Committee (PSC). Since this is an informal meeting, it will not be held in the &hel...
Via Statewatch: Non-public Crisis Management Concept document – EU plan for CSDP operation to disrupt migrant smugglers in Libya NEW
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The non-public Crisis Management Concept document outlining the EU plan for a CSDP operation to disrupt migrant smugglers in Libya has been made available via Statewatch. See p. 6, Section IV, for the military operation plans. (Also available he...
Statewatch Analysis: The EU’s Planned War on Smugglers NEW
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Statewatch has issued an Analysis, “The EU’s Planned War on Smugglers,” written by Steve Peers, Professor of EU Law, University of Essex: “The EU’s Foreign Affairs Council is meeting today to discuss the possibility of a...
UN Security Council President on Mediterranean Migrant Crisis: It’s Not About Protecting Europe; It’s About Protecting the Refugees. NEW
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After meetings on Tuesday this week between HRVP Federica Mogherini and the current UN Security Council President, Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar (Lithuania assumes the Presidency of the Security Council on 1 May), the AP reported that “diplom...
Mogherini at UN Seeking “Framework of International Legality” for Military Strikes on Smuggling Boats; Security Council Expected to Consider Issue in Coming Weeks NEW
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Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, is currently at the United Nations and seeking support for the authorisation of EU military strikes on smuggling boats in Libya: “[The EU] need[s] to make s...
Frontex Releases Annual Risk Analysis 2015 Report NEW
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Frontex Press Statement regarding Annual Risk Analysis 2015 (also here): “2015-04-28 Last year, the European Union detected the biggest number of illegal border crossings since Frontex data-collection started eight years ago. The record nu...
Migration Policy Centre – Policy Brief: “Drowned Europe” NEW
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“Drowned Europe“, policy brief by Philippe FARGUES and Anna DI BARTOLOMEO, Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute, Florence. ABSTRACT: The drowning of 800 migrants, 19 April 2015, after the capsizing of a smuggling b...
UNHCR Assisting 1200+ Migrants in Libya Intercepted by Libyan Coast Guard Over Past 10 Days NEW
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Full Text of UNHCR Press Statement, 28 April 2015: “In Libya, UNHCR and its partners have been assisting some of the 1,242 people rescued at sea from unseaworthy boats or intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard in waters near Tripoli … Con...
Very Few Migrants Reaching Italy Apply for Asylum NEW
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While roughly 170,000 migrants over the past 14 months have reached Italy or been rescued and brought to Italy, according to UNHCR and Eurostat figures, very few of them are applying for asylum in Italy. Eurostat data through November 2014 … C...
IOM Report on Recent Use of Cargo Ships to Transport Syrians to Italy NEW
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Excerpts from a short IOM report released on 6 January 2015 on the recent use of cargo ships, specifically the Blue Sky M and the Ezadeen, to transport Syrians towards Italy: “IOM analysts do believe the prospect of single-nationality cargoes &...
Turkish Coast Guard Reports Intercepting 12,872 Migrants in Aegean Sea in 2014; Some Migrants Pushed-Back into Turkish Territorial Waters NEW
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“A total of 12,872 migrants trying to cross into Greece from Turkey over the Aegean Sea were captured by Turkish Coast Guard Command teams in 524 separate incidents in 2014, while 74 people were also arrested on charges of smuggling … Co...
Frontex: Preliminary Figures Indicate 270,000 Irregular Migrants and Asylum Seekers Reached EU in 2104 – Double Previous Record Set in 2011 NEW
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In an interview with EFE, “Frontex Deputy Executive Director Gil Arias Fernandez said the numbers for 2014 nearly doubled the previous record of 141,000 that was registered in 2011 and attributed to spillovers from the Arab Spring. … [Ar...
Record Number of Migrant Deaths at Sea Off Yemen in 2014 NEW
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From Al Jazeera: the UNHCR estimates that over 82,000 people reached Yemen from the Horn of Africa in 2104, compared to 65,000 in 2013. “The number of Africans who perished off Yemen’s coast this year is bigger than the last … Cont...
Frontex Update on Incident Involving Ezadeen Cargo Vessel NEW
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Frontex press statement: The cargo vessel was carrying 360 migrants and had departed from Turkey. “People smugglers began using cargo vessels like Ezadeen last summer, and it has now become a new method of bringing migrants to Europe. These dec...