August 2011

Lampedusa: 135 km from Tunisia, 225 km from Sicily and 176 km from Malta

The Migration News Sheet is your reliable source of news, policy and legal updates on migrants and refugees. Below is a selection of the headlines in the August issue.

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Migration Policies

EU: Home Affairs Commissioner expresses hope that qualification Directive will soon be adopted buy optimism does not seem to be founded

ECJ: Austria’s Supreme Court asks for clarity on family reunion for third country nationals

EU: Proposals for a comprehensive EU immigration policy still have a long way to go

UK: Immigrants and asylum-seekers lose major institution providing advice and legal aid

Irregular Migration

EU: Coalition of European NGOs decide to hire a vessel and go out to the Mediterranean Sea to rescue people fleeing Libya

SPAIN: Police union claims instructions to carry out identity checks are ‘ineffective and risky’ for police agents

NETHERLANDS: On-the-spot verification of fingerprints with mobile devices

Asylum/Refugees

BULGARIA: Serious doubts about Bulgaria’s judicial system after several provisions of the Convention violated in the case of an Afghan refugee

DENMARK: Stateless Palestinians denied Danish citizenship – lawsuit widens to include another former immigration minister

MALTA: Government to make post-humous award to an Eritrean refugee who died after saving a French student

Racism/Discrimination

EU: Call for EU response in the wake of Oslo massacre

FRANCE: Anti-racism association accuses far-right parties of having played a role in Oslo massacre

GERMANY: The German pensioner who perseveres in removing racist stickers and posters from the streets

Integration/Diversity

EU: European agenda for integration

ECHR: Complaint against Switzerland for minaret ban is declared inadmissible

ITALY: Public indignation at one more ‘honour killing’