The Easter break is over and most pupils across Europe are now back to school. Sadly, school is just a distant memory for some of the 1 million children who have applied for asylum in Europe since 2015. No classroom, no homework and no playground for up to 4 years! Those children need to be [...]
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Friday 9 March marked the beginning of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games. During the next few days, hundreds of athletes living with an impairment will inspire the world with their outstanding performances. This is the perfect time to call policy-makers to take the necessary measures to improve disabled people’s living conditions, notably those fleeing to safety. Years [...]
More than 2,300 people took part in the Brussels demonstration on 12 November, which raised awareness of the need to regularise the situation of undocumented migrants. The demonstration was organised by a number of groups that offer support to undocumented migrants, including, The Coordination des sans-papiers of Belgium together with Ciré (which supports asylum seekers), [...]
The issue of refugees and migration is often discussed in Germany’s social and political circles. However, concern was raised that refugees and migrants had no voice in the public sphere and didn’t have the opportunity to talk about their experiences themselves. InfoMigrants however highlights a new platform in multiple languages for migrants and refugees to [...]
Twenty-Six Nigerian women tragically died as they tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea on their way to reach the Italian coast. The bodies of the young Nigerian women and girls aged between 14 and 18 were retrieved from the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend and taken to Italy, where officials said on Tuesday 7 November [...]
Tensions have increased in Lesbos over crowded camps, with Lesbos Mayor Spyros Galinos accusing the Greek government of allowing the island to become “a giant prison camp,” where “all human dignity is denied.” Boycotting celebrations on Wednesday 8 November marking the 105th anniversary of Lesbos’s liberation from Ottoman Turkish rule, local officials gave the coalition [...]
More than 8,000 Syrian refugees have come to the UK under the Government’s Syrian resettlement scheme, which has made a "successful start" in helping its beneficiaries integrate in their new country, according to a study by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and partners. Under the Syrian vulnerable persons resettlement scheme (VPRS), refugees are referred to the Home Office [...]
Supreme Court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou ordered an investigation on Tuesday 7 November into last week’s attack on the home of an 11-year-old Afghan boy in the Athens suburb of Dafni. Amir was chosen to carry the Greek flag at an Ochi Day parade in Athens, but became a target for attack after the selection. A [...]
Greek political party Syriza condemned the coalition government for the plight of the thousands of refugees and migrants stranded in Greece. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his migration minister particularly came under fire on Monday 30 October during a meeting of the party’s political secretariat when they were blamed for delays in providing migrants and refugees [...]
Hundreds of refugee children seeking family reunification in Britain are stuck in France, say human rights lawyersPaola Mikaba 2017-11-03T14:45:09+00:00
Up to 400 unaccompanied children claiming to have relatives in Britain are stuck in France where their asylum cases are not being actively considered, senior human rights lawyers said in a Guardian article on 8 October 2017. A study by the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) released a year after the [...]
Vulnerable women are still routinely detained in Yarl's Wood immigration centre in Bedford, UK in clear breach of a Home Office policy which states that the "clear presumption" is that detention will not be appropriate if a person is considered to be "at risk". People would fall into this category if they declare they are [...]
Civil society report: Local authorities should receive necessary support to implement migrant integration strategiesPaola Mikaba 2017-11-07T13:42:16+00:00
The global migrant crisis which has resulted in over 65.6 million people fleeing their homes worldwide, with 40.3 million internally displaced requires a more coordinated response from the Irish Government, the Irish Refugee and Migration Coalition said in a press release on 24 October 2017. Their new report, “Pathways to Protection and Inclusion,” proposes a new framework for [...]