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May 2015
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Frontex: Update on Operation Triton; Growing Use of Larger Vessels by Smugglers NEW
Migrants at Sea 4 Months, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Frontex last week released updated information on Operation Triton since its launch on 1 November. Frontex also reported on the growing use by smugglers of older freighters and cargo vessels which are being obtained primarily in south-eastern Turkey...
Non-Schengen (and non-French law?) compliant border control at Perpignan, 31st May, 1106 NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 11 Months, 2 Days, 7 Hours ago
Three officers of the French Police Nationale boarded TGV 9702 at Perpignan at around 11am on 31st May, reaching my seat at 1106. The TGV was still stationary in Perpignan at this time, due to an obstacle on the tracks further north that held th...
Non-Schengen compliant border control between Rzepin and Frankfurt (Oder), 11th March 2014, 2156 NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 1 Year, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Minutes ago
3 police officers or border guards, 2 Polish and 1 German as far as I could tell (the one who spoke to me was Polish) boarded train EC 40, the Warszawa – Berlin express, at Rzepin on 11th March 2014. I was in the front carriage of the train, wh...
Trotz Lampedusa: “Frontex hilft” NEW
Lost in EUrope 1 Year, 6 Months, 4 Weeks, 11 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Nach dem neuen Flüchtlingsdrama vor Lampedusa hat die EU-Kommission jede Verantwortung zurückgewiesen. Man tue alles, um Flüchtlingen zu helfen. Dies gelte auch für den europäischen Grenzschutz Frontex.  Die Frontex-Mita...
Technology and Schengen Governance NEW
Library of the European Parliament's Blog 2 Years, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 20 Minutes ago
On the 21 March 2013 the LIBE Committee organised a hearing on Schengen Governance and Border Management with the aim of presenting the state of play and latest developments, with a particular eye to the switch-on of the revised Schengen Information...
A border control dressed up as a customs control, inside Schengen. Buchs, Switzerland, 1020, 14 March 2013 NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 2 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Switzerland is in the Schengen Area. But it is not part of the EU Customs Union. Therein is the newest excuse I’ve heard for a border control within the Schengen...
Visa facilitations for the benefit of tourists NEW
Cecilia Malmström 2 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Today's pressconference Photo: EbS To facilitate travelling for tourists willing to visit Europe, and to spend their time and money, is crucial for our economy, and this is particularly important in a time of crisis, like the one that we are expe...
Visumförenklingar för turisternas skull NEW
Cecilia Malmström Mitt Europa 2 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 20 Hours ago
Att underlätta för turister som vill besöka Europa, att spendera sin tid och sina pengar, är viktigt för vår ekonomi, och därför särskilt viktigt i kristiderna som råder nu. Antalet visumansökningar till EU fortsätter att öka. Vi såg en...
Interview With Lampedusan Activist , Giacomo Sferlazza: “Trying to change the world and realizing that the biggest risk is to be changed by the world.” NEW
Title of the blog ...Sempre Sicilia: Immigration , Migration and 2 Years, 6 Months, 4 Days, 8 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Giacomo Sferlazzo is a most gracious man.  He is also a very busy man so I am so grateful that …Continue reading »...
Imigrace | Zavedení víz pro Balkán: pro a proti NEW
Presseurop Blogy (CZ) 2 Years, 6 Months, 6 Days, 9 Hours ago
Evropská unie usiluje o znovuzavedení vízové povinnosti pro státy západního Balkánu. Šest členských zemí v čele s Německem a Francií žádají pos&iacu...
Sverige optimistiskt om europeisk flyktingpolitik NEW
Europabloggen 2 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 7 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Att sätta en tidsgräns för när ett asylbeslut ska tas vore direkt skadligt, menar migrationsminister Tobias Billström (M).
Frontex, sauvetage des migrants en mer: un rôle pas toujours très claire dans le cadre européen. Le directeur, Ilkka Laitinen, auditionné par le Parlement européen NEW
Mieux connaître vos droits en Europe 2 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Pendant la dernière réunion LIBE (11 octobre 2012), le directeur de l’agence Frontex, Ilkka Laitinen, a fait une présentation des mesures de sauvetage en mer des migrantes dans le cadre des opérations Frontex. Cette agence  s’occupe de la ge...
EASO's October newsletter NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
A few days ago we received EASO's October newsletter, giving updated information on the Agency's activities and recruitment opportunities. The newsletter (in .pdf) can be downloaded here.
Espaço Schengen | Búlgaros e romenos permanecem na segunda divisão (Sega, Sófia) NEW
Presseurop Blogue (PT) 2 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Discriminação no emprego, ameaças de cancelamento de vistos, entre outras. Mais de 5 anos após a adesão à UE, búlgaros e romenos são tratados como cidadãos de segunda, lastima um colunista de Sófia. E isso não parece incomodar ninguém, a...
Schengen-Raum | Bulgaren und Rumänen, immer noch Bürger 2. Klasse (Sega, Sofia) NEW
Presseurop Blog (DE) 2 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Diskriminierung auf dem Arbeitsmarkt, Androhung von neuen Einreiseauflagen... Über fünf Jahre nach dem EU-Beitritt werden Bulgaren und Rumänen noch immer wie Bürger zweiter Klasse behandelt, bedauert ein Kolumnist aus Sofia. Schlimmer noch: Niema...
Schengenský prostor | Bulhaři a Rumuni zůstávají ve druhé lize (Sega, Sofie) NEW
Presseurop Blogy (CZ) 2 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Diskriminují je v práci, hrozí jim vízy... Více než pět let po vstupu do Evropské unie se s Bulhary a Rumuny zachází jako s občany druhé kategorie, stěžuje si sofijský novinář. A nikomu – jejich vlastními politiky počínaje - to...
Askavusa, Lampedusa, and a Meditation on the Condition of the Refugee NEW
Title of the blog ...Sempre Sicilia: Immigration , Migration and 2 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Refugees live in a divided world, between countries in which they cannot live, and countries in which they may not …Continue reading »...
Mr Consul: you may suspect she is a prostitute – but you may not presume NEW
Blogactiv 2 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
  I live in Thailand. Last summer I decided to take my wife and two-year old son to France for a holiday. I invited another couple to join us, Martin and Helen, both in their fifties. My wife wanted to take her favourite cousin, Nangnoy, a young...
Sverige pressar på för reglerad visumfrihet NEW
Europabloggen 2 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Sverige är bekymrade över det stora antalet asylsökande som kommer utan asylskäl från västra Balkan. Tobias Billström vill skynda på ett EU-beslut om en möjlighet att dra tillbaka visumfrihet.>>>...
Für ein Europa ohne Grenzen! NEW
Treffpunkt Europa 2 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Heutzutage ist Europa der Kontinent auf dem alle Bürger in den Genuss aller ihrer politischen Rechte, der Menschenrechte und des Rechts auf Freizügigkeit innerhalb der EU kommen sollten. Im Anblick der abnehmenden Stellung all dieser Rechte in Euro...
EASO's 2nd Consultative Forum: where is Civil Society? NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Some days ago the European Asylum Support Office announced the organisation of its 2nd Consultative Forum.  A a quick refresher, the founding Regulation requires EASO to engage in dialogue with those members of civil society that are active in t...
Biometric Passports and ID Cards – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Having finally got around to the core issue of Stage 1 relating to the road map on Visa-free travel as per the document from the EU, the RADA has passed the necessary laws for biometric passports and identified the company that will produce them. Jus...
Along the border NEW
Cecilia Malmström 2 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
At the Venna detention centre, talking to Syrian, Pakistani, Palestinian & Eritrean migrants. Photo: Michele Cercone I have had an intense day in Greece, in the border areas near Turkey – Komotini, Venna, Feres and Poros. I am here with Greek m...
Längs gränsen NEW
Cecilia Malmström Mitt Europa 2 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Det har varit en intensiv dag i Grekland vid gränstrakterna mot Turkiet – Komotini, Venna, Feres och Poros. Jag är här med minister Nikos Dendias, ansvarig för asyl- och migrationsfrågor. Vi har besökt olika förvaringscenter för migrant...
« Xénophobie Business » : des frontières qui servent à générer des profits financiers, politiques et idéologiques.(claire Rodier) NEW
Mieux connaître vos droits en Europe 2 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 17 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Xénophobie Europe, c’est le livre que publie le 4 septembre, Claire Rodier, une figure reconnue sur les questions migratoires. Son enquête sur la gestion des flux migratoires par les Etats l’amène à conclure que cette gestion tend à leur pri...
Minori non accompagnati. L'UE intensifica il piano d'azione NEW
L'Europa@TorVergata 2 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Maggiore impegno a livello nazionale ed europeo. Questa è la richiesta della Commissione, contenuta nella relazione presentata alla fine di settembre. Il miglioramento delle procedure di accoglienza di questi soggetti è auspicato anche dalla commis...
{News-Scanner} Europas unmenschliche Flüchtlingspolitik: Kormoran-Vergrämung als Vorbild NEW
Faires Europa 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Europas Menschenrechts- und Flüchtlingspolitik nimmt immer groteskere und unmenschlichere Formen an. Schon in der mildesten Form gleicht sie der Kormoranvergrämung (Vergrämen bezeichnet in der Jagdliteratur das dauerhafte Vertreiben, Verscheuchen...
Agencies with close(r) ties: EASO & Frontex NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 7 Months, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
As hinted at in an earlier post, EASO and Frontex have just formalised a Working Arrangement.  You can read about this arrangement in the joint press statement issued by both Agencies today.
La Cour de justice affirme la centralité du Parlement dans la prise de décisions politiques NEW
Mieux connaître vos droits en Europe 2 Years, 7 Months, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Le 5 septembre 2012, la Cour de Justice de l’Union européenne a émis un arrêt. Ce dernier a annulé la décision du Conseil de l’Union européenne introduisant les modalités supplémentaires sur la surveillance des frontières extérieures. L...
Resettlement, a transatlantic meeting, Frontex, GENSEN... NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 7 Months, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
In May the European Asylum Support Office participated in a skills share day organised by the EU Resettlement Network, indicating it's clear role in ensuring that solidarity does not remain an intra-EU term and principle but that it is understood in...
Dr. Visser meets MEP Kyriacos Triantaphyllides NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 7 Months, 1 Week, 2 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
...and just following our earlier post on MEP Triantaphyllides' report on intra-EU solidarity, we're also sharing with you EASO's press release on the meeting between the MEP and EASO's Executive Director, Dr. Robert K. Visser.
EASO & intra-EU relocation of protection beneficiaries NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 7 Months, 1 Week, 3 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Yesterday afternoon, the European Parliament Office in Malta organised a Citizens' Forum on Burden-sharing and Asylum.   The main aim of the event was to present the recent EP report "Report on enhanced intra-EU solidarity in the field of asy...
LIBE committee, Frontex, Greece, EMN... NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 7 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 5 Minutes ago
We've gathered a number of information items for your attention: Plenty of press coverage relating to the recent adoption (19th September) by the Parliament's LIBE committee of its position on the proposals to amend the Dublin II Regulation. &nb...
For a Europe without borders ! NEW
The New Federalist 2 Years, 7 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Mobility is officially regarded as having an intense impact in fostering European citizenship and pluralist societies on one hand, and as a prime asset for a competitive labour force on the other. Europe nowadays is the continent where all citizens s...
A Turkish tale of cafebabel.com and borders: an insider/outsider story NEW
Babelblogs 2 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 16 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
I am not a journalist. I sometimes practice journalism, extensively study journalism, and mostly hang out with journalists, but I wouldn’t identify myself one. However, when Café Babel team asked me to join their project briefly this summer, I kne...
The Mediterranean as Liquid Coffin: One Man’s Desperation is Another Man’s Golden Opportunity NEW
Title of the blog ...Sempre Sicilia: Immigration , Migration and 2 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Though in the traditional sense, we equate water with life, the past few years, with seemingly no let up in …Continue reading »...
Visser in Portugal, increased solidarity, Greece NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
We're happy to bring you some news items that have been sitting in out Inbox for some time now...more to follow as we clear out the info backlog: Dr. Visser (second from left) in Portugal. Visit by EASO's Executive Director to the Portugues...
Belarus, Ukraine: No More Gratis UK Visas for Chernobyl Children? NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
According to this online petition, bringing Belarusian and Ukrainian children affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster to the UK for recuperative charity-sponsored visits would soon cost an additional £86 per child in visa fees. Odessablogger posts a...
Embarrassment as a motivational lever? EU Visa-free and Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 4 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Last week the EU appraised Moldova against the Visa-free road-map it was given, pretty much at the same time as Ukraine was given the same road-map. The up-shot of that appraisal?  Moldova has overtaken Ukraine and can now move from Stage 1 to Stage...
Schengen: what can they ask, and what am I obliged to tell? NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 2 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Bleary eyed and grumpy last week due to a delayed night train, I was nevertheless rather surprised when a Danish policeman demanded to see my passport abord the night train to København H at Padborg (border station from Germany). When I asked him wh...
EU Court of Justice Annuls Frontex Sea Borders Rule – EU Parliamentary Approval Required NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
The EU Court of Justice, Grand Chamber, issued a judgment on 5 September 2012 annulling Council Decision 2010/252/EU of 26 April 2010 supplementing the Schengen Borders Code as regards the surveillance of the sea external borders in the context of &#...
PACE Rapporteur Strik and HRW Respond to Recent Migrant Boat Tragedies NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on “Lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea: who is responsible?”, issued a statement on Friday in response to the deaths of 61 persons from Syr...
Question Raised Whether Migrant Boat Sank Off Lampedusa Last Week NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Italian authorities are questioning survivor reports that the boat on which they were sailing from Tunisia actually sank or capsized near Lampedusa on 7 September.  Authorities have raised the possibility that the survivors were intentionally landed...
High Death Toll in Turkish Migrant Boat Sinking Likely Caused by Persons Trapped Below Deck NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Last week’s sinking of a migrant boat off the Turkish coast took place about 50 metres from shore.  The high death toll of 61 persons, including 31 children and infants, seems to have occurred in part because many of the … Continue reading &...
Fortress Europe NEW
Revolting Europe 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
IN THE RADICAL PRESS / IL MANIFESTO Welcome to the European Union: migrant marine cemeteries and concentration camps  By Tommaso Di Francesco You can’t get into Fortress Europe. Less than 24 hours after the shipwreck in the Aegean of a boat of...
Docs & photos on the opening of EASO's premises NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Malta Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi (left) & EASO Executive Director Dr. Robert K. Visser (right) We've received a number of documents related to the opening of EASO's premises, just a few days ago.  There are a couple of photos, in case...
So where is EASO now? NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
...a few days ago we told you EASO's moved into its originally-intended premises. If you want to see the official inaugaration of the premises by the Malta Prime-Minister, you can go to the Times of Malta's article here.  There's also a short...
An open letter to the Foreign Office – Chernobyl Children’s Visas NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 3 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
To the very clever people in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London UK. I write that opening sentence with some sincerity, despite the sarcastic tone it may convey.  I have in my many  years living in Russia and latterly Ukraine met a good n...
Schengen and the meaning of borders NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
The debate about the Schengen Agreement (see post of 23 August 2012) also raises the question of what borders mean. What are borders? It’s question posed by places like Drielandenpunt near Aachen where Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands meet and...
Španělsko-Maroko | Dohoda má zastavit migrační tlak na španělské ostrůvky NEW
Presseurop Blogy (CZ) 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
„Zhruba 3 000 obyvatel subsaharské Afriky čeká v Maroku na příležitost dostat se do Španělska,“ píše v titulku list ABC den poté, co Rabat a Madrid podepsaly dohodu, která m&aacu...
Notre Europe : Newsletter Août - Septembre 2012 NEW
Regards citoyens 2 Years, 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 3 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
  Newsletter Août - Septembre 2012 En ce début du mois de septembre nous vous proposons une...
Bulgaria to Launch Integrated Surveillance System at Turkish Border NEW
Euro-Police 2 Years, 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 4 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Bulgaria will launch an integrated control and surveillance system on its Turkish border on Tuesday. The system will be officially launched by Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov in the border town of Svilengrad, the Ministry has said in a...
Frontex to Increase Sea and Air Patrols in Aegean at Greece’s Request NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 7 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Greek news reports say that Greek officials have made requests to Commissioner Malmström and Frontex for assistance to respond to “increasing migratory pressures on the islands of the Eastern Aegean.”  The Greek islands of Lesvos, Samos, Patmos...
HRW Briefing Paper: Hidden Emergency-Migrant deaths in the Mediterranean NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 8 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Human Rights Watch released a briefing paper on 16 August entitled “Hidden Emergency-Migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.”  The briefing paper, written by Judith Sunderland, a senior researcher with HRW, reviews recent events in the Mediterranea...
Espace Schengen | Bulgarien könnte Rumänien zuvorkommen NEW
Presseurop Blog (DE) 2 Years, 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 22 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Wird Bulgarien ohne Rumänien dem Schengen-Raum beitreten? Die Verhandlungen für beide Länder sind seit ihrem gemeinsamen EU-Beitritt 2007 miteinander verbunden. Das könnte sich nach den Erklärungen zweier hoher EU-Funktion&au...
Schengenský prostor | Bulharsko by mohlo dát Rumunsku vale NEW
Presseurop Blogy (CZ) 2 Years, 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 22 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Mohlo by se Bulharsko připojit k schengenskému prostoru bez Rumunska, i když obě země postupovaly od svého vstupu do EU v roce 2007 v přijímacích procedurách vždy společně? Otázka vyvstala po ned&aacu...
Espaço Schengen | A Bulgária poderá virar costas à Roménia NEW
Presseurop Blogue (PT) 2 Years, 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 23 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Irá a Bulgária entrar no espaço Schengen sem a Roménia, apesar de o dossiê dos dois países ter estado sempre ligado, desde a adesão à UE, em 2007? A questão coloca-se após as rec...
EASO moves into its (new) office NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 23 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
We've been wondering all day whether the Commission, the Malta Government of EASO itself will issue a press statement breaking the news that the Office has finally moved into its originally intended premises! Sources tell us that the move is plann...
The Schengen visa…and jesus NEW
http://schengenalia.wordpress.com/ ... 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Day, 2 Hours ago
Getting a Schengen visa on time? It is often beyond the control of us mortals. So maybe somebody up there can help…. http://www.prayerrequest.com/topic/124176-let-me-get-a-schengen-visa-this-week-i-ask-in-christ-jesus-name-amen/...
Ukraine: Striving for Unguarded EU Borders NEW
Global Voices Western Europe 2 Years, 8 Months, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
“We are Europeans” grassroots initiative (whose launch GV covered in Oct. 2011) re-posted on its Facebook page a photo collage [en] comparing the Iraq-Syria and the Netherlands-Belgium borders: the former is heavily guarded, the latter is...
IOM and Japan Launch Border Management Programme in South Sudan NEW
Euro-Police 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
IOM and the Government of Japan yesterday (20 August) signed an agreement to launch a new initiative to work with the Government of South Sudan to develop its capacity to police and manage its borders through the building of 16 border posts, the cons...
400 Migrants Reach Lampedusa Over Past Weekend; Detention Centre Over Capacity; Former Interior Minister Maroni Calls for Resumption of Italy’s Push-Back Practice NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Two large migrant boats reached Lampedusa over the past weekend.  One of the boats was carrying about 250 persons, believed to be Sub-Saharan Africans, and is thought to have departed from Libya.  The boat was a 15 meter wooden fishing … Cont...
6 Persons Die During Rescue Off Malta; 235 Migrants Reach Malta Over Past Week NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
A rescue operation that began last week off Malta was successful in saving 158 persons on board two separate migrant boats.  Six persons died.  Two fell into the sea and were lost while being transferred from their boat to a … Continue readin...
Meeting with FRA, UAM questionnaire, Procedures Directive NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
These are some news updates we've been wanting to post for some time now…apologies for the delays! On 13th April Dr. Robert Visser, EASO Executive Director, visit the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).  The FRA press statement can be read...
The Shehyni-Medyka border post NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
OUR correspondent crossed from Ukraine into Poland by foot at the busy Shehyni-Medyka border post, which is one of the crossings of the European Union's eastern border since the EU's enlargement in 2004. The pedestrian route is a recent add...
Malta Expresses Interest in Use of Drones for Migrant Surveillance at Sea NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 20 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Malta Today reported last week that the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) “have expressed interest in benefitting from a European Union-sponsored project involving the deployment of unmanned drones to assist in migrant patrols at sea.”  “An AFM spok...
Slight Decrease in Number of Migrants Arriving by Boat in Spain in First Half of 2012 NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 22 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Frontex reports a 3% decrease in the number of irregular migrants arriving by boat in Spain over the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011: 2,637 in 2011 versus 2,559 in 2012.  Most migrant boats attempt … Continue reading ...
Visas et Code Schengen : Vers une coopération gagnant-gagnant entre l’UE et ses voisins ? par Yves Bertoncini et Valentin Kreilinger (Notre Europe) NEW
Regards citoyens 2 Years, 9 Months, 9 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Notre Europe publie la synthèse du débat « L’accès à l'Europe et les politiques de visas : un défi majeur pour l’UE et ses voisins » co-organisé par Notre Europe, le CERI et la Fondation Stefan Batory le 28 juin 2012 à Paris.
L’UE, ses voisins et ses frontières, par Yves Bertoncini et Sami Andoura (Notre Europe) NEW
Regards citoyens 2 Years, 9 Months, 9 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
La récente signature du traité d’adhésion de la Croatie et les discussions relatives à l’espace Schengen relancent le débat sur les frontières de l’UE et, plus généralement sur les relations qu’elle doit établir avec ses voisins.
Restrict citizenship in Southern Europe to fight irregular migration? More rhetoric than reality NEW
Migrant Integration Policy Index Blog 2 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 35 Minutes ago
Written by Thomas Huddleston, MIPEX Research Coordinator, Co-author and Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Group The new Greek government wants to undermine its landmark 2010 Nationality Reform by aligning the law with other southern European countrie...
Dimenticati nel mare nostrum NEW
Giovani Federalisti Europei Parma -Young European Federalists Pa 2 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
L’UNHCR ha riportato il 10 luglio l’intervista all’unico superstite dell’odissea di una barca di migranti partita a fine giugno da Tripoli al fine di raggiungere Lampedusa  con 55 persone a bordo e ritrovata, dopo 14 giorni alla deri...
SOS til Europa NEW
Erlend Sands Europablogg 2 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 20 Minutes ago
De siste årene har over 18 000 båtflyktninger omkommet.  I fjor døde over 1500 mennesker. Det er kun de vi har lest om i media. I tillegg er det et stort antall som aldri når nyhetsdesken, kun havbunnen. Europeiske politikere ser mer engasjert i...
Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the EU NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
EASO has just published its first 'Annual report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union and on the Activities of the European Asylum Support Office.' Article 12 of the Regulation states: "The Support Office shall draw up an annual rep...
HRW Report on Malta’s Migrant Detention Policy: “Boat Ride to Detention” NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 11 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Human Rights Watch has issued a report, “Boat Ride to Detention – Adult and Child Migrants in Malta”, documenting the treatment of migrants and asylum seekers arriving by boat in Malta and concluding that the mandatory detention policy violates...
Heinrich Böll Foundation Study: Borderline- The EU’s New Border Surveillance Initiatives, Assessing the Costs and Fundamental Rights Implications of EUROSUR and the ‘Smart Borders’ Proposals NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
The Heinrich Böll Foundation released a study written by Dr. Ben Hayes from Statewatch and Mathias Vermeulen (editor of The Lift- Legal Issues in the Fight Against Terrorism blog) entitled “Borderline – The EU’s new border surveill...
Ingen flyktninger på Lampedusa? NEW
Erlend Sands Europablogg 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Viste du at det ikke er en eneste flyktning eller asylsøker på Lampedusa i dag? Er det ikke merkelig at den europeiske øya som er nærmest Afrika og kun 2-3 timers båttur fra Tunisia og Libya ikke har en eneste flyktning her? Det er dag to av pro...
Visa restrictions are shutting Turkey out of the EU | Egemen Bağış NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
The idea of Turks flooding into the EU is absurd, yet ours is the only candidate country to be kept outside the Schengen zoneIstanbul enjoyed the honour of being recognised as the European capital of culture in 2010, and the European capital of sport...
Lampedusa øy, port og himmel og helvete. NEW
Erlend Sands Europablogg 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Er ankommet Italias sørligste øy som heter Lampedusa. Lampedusa ligger etter all normal fornuft i Afrika, men er altså en av Europas mange yttergrenser mot “resten” av verden. Jeg ankom Lampedusa i går kveld etter en flytur fra Bergen...
Europa rettet kein Leben NEW
Karpfenteich 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 21 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Wieder einmal sind mehr als 50 Menschen bei der Flucht in ein neues, vermeintlich besseres Leben in Europa ums Leben gekommen. Doch anders, als schon so oft berichtet werde musste, ist das Boot, mit dem die Afrikaner auf dem Mittelmeer unterwegs ware...
Vision eines gerechteren Asylsystems für Europa NEW
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UNHCR Reports 54 Persons Dead After Migrant Boat Drifts in Mediterranean for 15 Days NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
The UNHCR reported yesterday that UNHCR staff interviewed the sole survivor of a migrant boat that departed from Tripoli for Italy in late June with 55 people on board.  The survivor was interviewed in Zarzis, Tunisia. “According to the survivor,...
Things You Ought to Be aware Regarding Polish Visa and Immigration Poland NEW
WeAreProEU Community Blog 2 Years, 10 Months, 18 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Immigration Poland stats have increased in number and folks indicated great pursuits in migrating to the country. Poland is one of the European union countries and provides cheaper labour when compared to rest. The nation is endowed with professional...
Visser on joint processing of asylum applications NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Every month Eurasylum publishes a short interview with a key person in migration and asylum affairs.  Last May the interviewee was Dr. Robert Visser, the Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office. In the interview Visser outlin...
Russia to modernize border security NEW
EuroDialogueXXI 2 Years, 10 Months, 4 Days, 8 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
By Trude Pettersen Russia is modernizing protection of its outer border by replacing outdated protective installati...
EASO's June Newsletter NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 10 Months, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
We're happy to disseminate the June newsletter for the European Asylum Support Office.  Until EASO sets up its own website, you can download it from our own site, here.   Enjoy the reading!
Refugee day and the agreement with Libya: let’s not repeat the mistakes of the past NEW
Euro-Police 2 Years, 10 Months, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
ASGI [Associazione di Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione] expresses its deep concern and great bewilderment about the agreement/recorded document sealed between the Italian and Libyan governments in Tripoli on 3 April 2012, for the purpose of enacting...
EASO and EFTA...where do things stand? NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 16 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
To follow up on Switzerland’s role in relation to the European Asylum Support Office posted here inJuly last year, we should give you another update on the relations between EASO and Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. ...
Italien gentager Gaddafi-lignende indvandringsaftale med Libyen NEW
Folkebevægelsens Fælles Blog 2 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 16 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
NYT FRA EU-FRONTEN: Uden sikring af menneskerettigheder og humanitære forhold, har Italien indgået en hemmelig aftale med Libyen om tilbagesendelse af indvandrer. - Nyheder / Søren Søndergaard, Nyt fra EU-fronten...
Les Européens et leurs « murs » NEW
Le Taurillon 2 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Le langage médiatique et commun est prompt à dégainer le terme de « mur » pour décrire les « remparts » de « l'Europe forteresse ». Au-delà de leur matérialité physique, leur érection relève de politiques sécuritaires appliquant parto...
Cyprus Reportedly Preparing for Possible Influx of Syrian Boat Refugees NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
The EU Observer reported two weeks ago that Cyprus “is worried that Syrian refugees could arrive en masse in the island-nation and in the EU more broadly if the conflict gets worse [and that Cyprus] is drawing up plans in … Continue reading &...
Frontex Director is Leading Candidate for Finnish Interior Ministry Position NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 3 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Frontex Executive Director Ilkka Laitinen is a leading candidate for the recently vacated position of Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior in Finland.  He was passed over for the position when it was last open.  Prior to becoming ...
Agenda: Der europäische Flüchtlingsschutz wartet auf rechtmäßige Organisation NEW
Faires Europa 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 8 Hours ago
Eine Entscheidung des Europäischen Menschenrechtsgerichtshofs (EGMR) macht deutlich, dass die europäische Flüchtlingspolitik grundlegend verändert werden muss. Der EGMR hat der Grenzschutzstrategie vorverlagerter Migrationskontrollen eine klare A...
Bulgarian resources dominate Greek border assistance (euobserver) NEW
NewropMag BlogPressReview 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Bulgaria has devoted vastly bigger resources than Germany to help Greece manage its irregular migrant problem. Poseidon was launched in early 2011 and brings together border guards from 23 member states and associated countries in the Schengen pass...
The March 2012 JHA Council Meeting NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 8 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
We've mentioned this meeting in several of our previous posts, but we thought we better make the most interesting EASO-related conclusions easily accessible to our readers.  The full meeting press release can be found here.  In the meeti...
The Historical Evolution of Europe's Borders | information aesthetics NEW
infosthetics.com, 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
2012 Frontex Annual Risk Analysis NEW
Migrants at Sea 2 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 16 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Frontex posted its 2012 Annual Risk Analysis (“ARA”) on its website on 20 April.   (The 2012 ARA is also available on this link: Frontex_Annual_Risk_Analysis_2012.)  The stated purpose of the ARA is “to plan the coordination of operational ac...
Finally, some information on EASO in Greece! NEW
EASO Monitor 2 Years, 11 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
We came across a very interesting document that describes the current asylum situation in Greece, particularly looking at the role played by EASO's Asylum Support Team.  The 'Implementation of the Greek National Action Plan on Migration Manag...
Orwellian EU Borders? NEW
Babel in Brussels 3 Years, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 3 Minutes ago
By Bibbi Abruzzini Photo: Santosh Thatal "Dear Mr Laitinen, I am writing to inform you that I have decided to open an own-initiative inquiry into the implementation by Frontex of its fundamental rights obligations." With this agglomeration of words...