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ITALY / Two people die on a coast guard boat in Lampedusa
88 migrants from Northern Africa were rescued on 30 March 2013 by coast guards near the island of Lampedusa who tried to reach the Sicilian Coast on a 10-meter dinghy. Two subsequently died from hypothermia. A public prosecutor of Agrigento started an inquiry to investigate the case. Mauro Casinghini, National Director of the Order of Malta’s Italian Rescue Corps (CISOM), blamed the absence of first aid on the coast guard boat for the death. He said that the Order of Malta was in charge to guarantee the presence of two doctors on each border patrol boat until March 2011, when the Italian government refused to renew the assistance agreement. Meanwhile, the island of Lampedusa again faces issues with over-crowding. In the last week alone, more than 800 immigrants reached the island.
Source: Corriere della Sera, 30 March 2013
UK / UK Border Agency to be abolished for failing to combat irregular migration adequately
UK / UK Border Agency to be abolished for failing to combat irregular migration adequately
The British Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced that the UK Border Agency (UKBA) will cease to exist, following “its poor performance to combat irregular migration” and for having failed “to carry out its enforcement role well enough”. The UKBA was created in 2008 and was responsible for securing the UK borders at air, rail and sea ports and for migration controls. This announcement was made a day after the Common Home Affairs Committee of the Parliament issued a report on 25 March 2013, criticising the Agency’s poor results and failure to provide accurate statistics to the Parliament about the size of its asylum backlog and unresolved immigration cases. The Home Secretary announced that two new organisations will be created, which will be run within the Home Office, to take over the UKBA’s work. One body will be in charge of dealing with irregular migration and of ensuring that “more irregular migrants are removed from the country” and a second will be responsible for issuing visas and dealing with other administrative tasks.
Source: BBC News, 26 March 2013 and London Evening Standards, 26 March 2013
REPORT / European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presents report on the EU’s southern sea borders
A new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presents the results of research in four EU member states with southern EU sea borders (Greece, Spain, Italy and Malta). The research includes testimonies from border guards, fishermen and migrants themselves and discusses current maritime surveillance mechanisms and cooperation with third countries as well as the treatment of migrants when they arrive on shore. The report makes a total of 50 recommendations, targeted at EU and national policymakers, on means of improving fundamental rights protection at the EU’s sea borders. Among others, the EU should develop clear guidance on where to disembark migrants intercepted or rescued at sea, particularly for Frontex-coordinated operations. This guidance must include a ban on the return of migrants to third countries if this could put them in danger of inhumane or degrading treatment. Practical steps need to be taken by those using the Eurosur system to avoid the unintentional storing and sharing of personal data. There are still aspects that remain to be addressed concerning Frontex operations and practical training for border officers should integrate fundamental rights issues from the very beginning.
MOROCCO / Spanish NGO lodges complaint against Morocco to the UN Committee against Torture for the violation of refugees’ rights
The UN Committee against Torture will examine the complaint lodged by the Spanish NGO CEAR (Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado) against Morocco for the deportation of 42 sub-Saharan refugees recognized by UNHCR, together with 206 other sub-Saharan irregular migrants, to the Algerian border. CEAR accuses Morocco of having violated Article 3 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which states that “no State Party shall expel or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture”. The deportation took place in December 2006 within the framework of the bilateral readmission agreement between Morocco and Spain. Moroccan police are accused of using violence during the arrest of the refugees and migrants and of having left them near the Algerian border without any protection. The complaint also refers to acts of torture that led a woman to miscarry as well as to a case of rape of two young women and to people beaten by the police.
Source: Yabiladi, 8 April 2013
UNITED NATIONS / High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development
The General Assembly will hold the second High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development during its sixty-eighth session from 3 to 4 October 2013. There will be several preparatory activities ahead of the event, including one-day informal interactive hearings with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organisations and the private sector, which will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 15 July 2013 to provide inputs for the High-level Dialogue. The deadline for civil society organizations to register for the informal interactive hearings is 15 May. For registration and more information, click here.
EUROPEAN POLICY DEVELOPMENTS
EVENT / EU immigration policy criticised at World Social Forum in Tunis
At the World Social Forum which took place from 26 to 30 March in Tunis, human rights associations criticised the EU for avoiding responsibility for human rights violations through bilateral agreements with North African countries. The transitional government in Tunisia, for example, is developing its immigration policy in tandem with EU negotiations on a new immigration treaty, the so-called Mobility Partnership. But it is not clear to what extent the transitional government has a mandate to sign treaties that are as comprehensive as the Mobility Partnership. According to the German organization Pro Asyl, European policies have increased border controls in African states and there has been a clear increase in racism against people from sub-Saharan nations within the Maghreb.
Source: Deutsche Welle, 29 March 2013
EU COMMISSION / Publication of report with data on trafficking in human beings in Europe
The European Commission published its first report on trafficking in human beings in Europe on 15 April 2013. The data finds that the number of identified victims of trafficking increased by 18% in the EU between 2008 and 2010. Only 6 out of the 27 EU Member States have fully transposed the EU Anti-Trafficking Directive and about half of the traffickers convicted had EU citizenship. The majority of identified victims were trafficked for sexual exploitation (62%), followed by forced labour (25%). The number of identified victims who are not EU citizens disproportionately increased: from 12 % in 2008 to 37 % in 2010 for the male victims and from 18% to 39 % for the female victims. Leading countries of origin for those victims are Nigeria and China. The report calls on member states to give higher priority to addressing trafficking in human beings and concludes that the protection of victims and the persecution and conviction of traffickers should be strengthened.
FRANCE / Associations denounce the French Interior Ministry’s denial of police harassment against migrants in Calais
The European Association for the Defense of Human Rights, AEDH, together with French migrants’ and human rights associations, issued a press release criticising the French Interior Ministry’s reaction after the publication of an in-depth study conducted by the French Human Rights Ombudsman (Le Défenseur des droits) showcasing police harassment against migrants in Calais. The French Interior Ministry denied the results of the study in a public statement, objecting that the study is based only on the declarations of representatives of associations who are helping the migrants and on non-verifiable facts. Following a complaint lodged by several migrant associations, the study was carried out over the course of one year in the city with the aim to collect evidence of mistreatment of migrants by the police. The findings of the study demonstrate that migrants have been constantly subjected to identity controls and police arrests within a short period of time, and repeated police interventions took place near food distribution and social care locations. The joint press release calls on the Interior Ministry to investigate incidents and to respect the human rights of migrants in all cases. The public statement of the French Interior Ministry is available here.
GERMANY / “Refugees’ Revolution” protests
On the occasion of the first anniversary of major refugee protests in Germany, several thousand people including refugees and members of civil society organisations protested in front of the German Bundestag in Berlin. The protest addressed discriminatory practices in the treatment of migrants and criticised the residential obligation of asylum seekers and tolerated persons which confines them to move freely only in a limited area defined by authorities.
Source: Die Tageszeitung, 24 March 2013
GREECE / Launch of campaign for solidarity with the victims of the crisis in Greece
The Open Society Foundation has launched the project SolidarityNow to call for solidarity with the people of Greece who are suffering from the economic crisis, including migrants and refugees. The aim of the project is to provide support to civil society organisations working in Greece by setting up Solidarity Centres that will offer them a space for exchange to allow them find common solutions. These Solidarity Centres will also provide essential services to those most affected, including healthcare, heating, housing, legal aid and assistance to find employment. SolidarityNow is a collaborative initiative funded by small donations from people across Europe and by larger contributions from philanthropists. Individuals and civil society organisations can join the network or make a donation to the project.
ITALY / Italian news agency Adnkronos drops the term “clandestino”
Following the terminology campaign led in Italy by the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini, the Italian news agency Adnkronos announced on 4 April 2013 that the term “clandestino” (an Italian term often related to criminalisation of migration, racism and xenophobia), will no longer be used when referring to migrants. The word “clandestino” will therefore be replaced by words such as irregular migrant or asylum seeker. This terminology is in line with the Charter of Rome of June 2008, a code of conduct regarding asylum seekers, refugees, victims of trafficking and migrants, adopted by the National Council of the Journalists’ Association (Consiglio Nazionale dell’Ordine dei Giornalisti) and by the Italian National Press Federation (Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana).
Source: Adnkronos, 4 April 2013
UK / David Cameron announces tougher measures on immigrants’ access to welfare benefits
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced new measures on 25 March 2013 to fight “illegal migration” and to discourage immigrants from coming to live in the United Kingdom. “Net migration (to the UK) needs to come down radically from hundreds of thousands a year to just tens of thousands”, he said to justify the adoption of these new measures which are restricting immigrants’ access to welfare benefits, mainly housing and social protection. The waiting period for accessing social housing, for instance, will be extended to five years. In addition, access to unemployment benefits payments for non-UK nationals will be stopped after six months if those receiving cannot prove they have a “genuine chance” of getting a job. He also announced the doubling of fines for people employing irregular migrants and fines for landlords who rent their property to irregular migrants. His speech was welcomed by France’s right wing party, the Front National, which declared “The Front National hails the speech by the British Prime Minister which has smashed the taboo surrounding the unsustainable cost of immigration for European nations”.
Source: Euronews, 25 March 2013 and Huffington Post, 27 March 2013
UNITED STATES / Associated Press drops the word “illegal” when applied to migrants
The news agency Associated Press (AP) whose stylebook is a guide for principles and practices of reporting for media outlets internationally, has decided to drop the word “illegal” when referring to migrants. However, the term “illegal immigration” is still used when referring to the action of entering the country unauthorised. This shift in the terminology is due to a widespread campaign which is mainly driven by migrants and other civil society organisations in the United States which call on media outlets to stop labeling human beings “illegal”. The aim is to use more specific terminology considering various circumstances leading to irregularity.
Sources: AP Blog “The Definitive Source”, 4 February 2013 and The Washington Post, 2 April 2013
UNITED STATES / Tens of thousands rally for immigration reform
On 10 April tens of thousands of people rallied for pathways to citizenship for undocumented migrants in Washington D.C. while lawmakers inside the U.S. Capitol reportedly neared a consensus on an immigration reform bill. The bipartisan group of eight senators working on a reform bill has reportedly agreed on its general shape. With the slogan “Time is Now”, participants from all over the country protested against deportation practices and urged the government to end breaking up families.
Source: Voice of America, 10 April 2013
REPORT / Doctors of the World launches report and documentary about the exclusion of undocumented migrants from health care
Doctors of the World Spain, Greece, France and Belgium held a conference on “Access to health care in Europe in times of crisis and rising xenophobia” in Brussels on 9 April 2013 to present their 2012 report. The conference addressed the destruction of public health systems in Europe, the increase of xenophobia, the assessment of data collected in 14 European cities, including social determinants of health, barriers to health care and how it impacts the health status of people facing multiple vulnerability factors including undocumented migrants. Their documentary “Cuánto ganamos, cuánto perdimos: crónica de la exclusión sanitaria en España” (How much we won, how much we lost: A chronicle of health exclusion in Spain) was presented during the Doctors of the World’s Human Rights Festival from 5 to 7 April 2013. The documentary highlights the distress undocumented migrants face after losing their right to free universal health care in Spain. The documentary gives a voice to experts, activists, doctors, journalists and politicians, NGOs such as Doctors of the World and Amnesty International and to migrants themselves in Spain. To see the trailer, click here.
Source: Eldiario.es, 8 April 2013
FRANCE / PUBLICATION / Study of Doctors of the World on the situation of Chinese sex workers in Paris
Doctors of the World France has issued a report on the multiple forms of violence Chinese sex workers experience in Paris, as well as on the strategies they use to tackle it. The report is based on a study carried out between 2010 and 2012 in the framework of the Lotus Bus Médecins du Monde Programme which is aimed at promoting access to health care and the rights of Chinese sex workers. Migrant women sex workers are among those most exposed to violence. In addition, the criminalisation of soliciting and the stigmatisation of their activities in France increase their vulnerability and prevent them from accessing justice. The report reveals that of the 86 women interviewed, the majority has been subject to physical and or sexual and psychological violence at least once since their arrival in France. The study also details the numerous obstacles preventing them from accessing health care services and from realising respect of their rights. The report recommends basing public policies on a harm reduction and a public health approach to improve the security, rights and health of all sex workers. Here you can read a summary report.
PORTUGAL / Undocumented migrants with HIV face obstacles to access health care
According to Luis Mendão, head of the Pedro Santos Portuguese Group of Activists for HIV/AIDS Treatment (GAT), undocumented migrants in Portugal have limited access to HIV detection, treatment and prevention. Although the law passed in 2001 grants every individual the right to access the Portuguese National Health System regardless of his or her migration status, in practice undocumented migrants are offered a health card but without a number. This card is rejected by the computer system, preventing them from receiving treatment. He claims that the most vulnerable group is undocumented migrant sex workers. Mendão also criticises the current reduction of support for fighting HIV/AIDS because of the crisis.
Source: Inter Press Service, 28 March 2013
SPAIN / Irregular migrant women left without access to gynecological health care
The amendment of the Foreigners Act (Ley de Extranjería) to restrict irregular migrants’ access to health care in Spain (see PICUM Bulletin 9 May 2012 and PICUM Bulletin 29 May 2012) has particularly negative consequences for undocumented women when accessing sexual and reproductive health services. The amendment states that undocumented migrants are granted free access to health care only in the case of emergency or for maternity and child care reasons. Doctors of the World (Médicos del Mundo) estimate that between 150,000 and 900,000 migrants have lost their health card in Spain and denounce this violation of human rights in a communication. Nonetheless, some health professionals offer treatment for free. But prescriptions remain costly which makes it difficult for women to get contraceptives and they can only get abortions in private clinics. Moreover, they are afraid of being reported and deported.
Source: Diario Público, 18 March 2013, Doctors of the World, 28 February 2013
UNITED STATES / Hospitals assist in deportations of patients
Based on findings of a study from the Center for Social Justice and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Lori A. Nessel, Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law, argues that immigration reform will have to integrate health care needs of migrants. The study reports on hundreds of cases of deportation of seriously ill or injured migrant patients directly from their hospital beds. Lori Nessel recommends the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to do more to regulate trans-border hospital discharges and to sanction hospitals which engage in deportations. Moreover, the Department of State should also implement a formal procedure for verifying international medical transfers with receiving hospitals before travel documents are issued.
Source: Access Denied, 27 March 2013
LABOUR AND FAIR WORKING CONDITIONS
RESOURCE / Toolkit on Compensation for Trafficked Persons
La Strada International and Anti-Slavery International published a toolkit as a result of their three- year project “European Action for Compensation for Trafficked Persons” (COMP.ACT). The project was carried out between December 2009 to December 2012 in 13 different countries to collect information on the existing possibilities and obstacles in procedures that prevent those trafficked from accessing compensation. Key success include that more trafficked persons apply for and receive compensation, anti-trafficking policies include access to compensation and a strong international coalition was set up to ensure access to justice for trafficked persons. While some cases are still pending, there are various success stories of cases initiated during the COMP.ACT project such as in Austria where seven trafficked persons received compensation in 2012, with the highest award being €30,000 or in Italy, where compensation of €15,000 and €10,000 was awarded to exploited Pakistani and Indian workers in an extra-judicial setting, (in the Provincial Labour Directorate,) by bringing civil action into criminal proceedings. The toolkit provides the main findings of the project and aims to provide a comprehensive description of the right to compensation for trafficked persons. The report is available here.
ITALY / Immigrant farm labourers still exploited in southern Italy
Not much has changed three years after the Revolt of Rosarno in January 2010 in Italian Southern Region of Calabria. This was reported by the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano showing that exploitation of foreign labour in Southern Italian remains unchanged. Undocumented migrants are still working about 15 hours a day in informal contract situations receiving a payment of 20 euro per day.
Source: Il Fatto Quotidiano, 6 April 2013.
UNITED STATES / Legal Immigration Policies for Low-Skilled Foreign Workers in the US
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) has issued a policy brief entitled “Legal Immigration Policies for Low-Skilled Foreign Workers”. One of the main debates of the reform is the small number of visas for low-skilled workers (5,000 out of 140,000 employment-based green cards per year). This limitation on legal ways to enter the country is one reason for the increase in the number of undocumented migrants in the country over the last 20 years. After lengthy discussions of labour unions and the US Chamber of Commerce, a new visa category for the admission of low-skilled workers, the W visa, was agreed. The MPI’s policy brief discusses current policies and major policy issues for low-skilled work visas such as requirements for employers, numerical limits and the maintenance of employment standards, and visas for long-term or permanent employment as a new future flow, where eligibility for initial entry, the duration of the visa and the eligibility for permanent residence are analysed. In conclusion, MPI declares that although the visa programmes for low-skilled workers are still controversial, the recent agreement attained represents a starting point for a portable visa between employers and for workers to seek permanent residence. To read the policy brief, click here.
UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES
REPORT / EAPN and Eurochild’s guide on child poverty in the EU
“Towards Children’s Well-Being in Europe” is a guide on child poverty in the European Union recently released by the European Anti-Poverty Network and Eurochild in order to raise awareness on this issue and to suggest effective solutions. The report highlights that one out of four children in the EU is at risk of poverty or social exclusion, that is 25 million children, and describes this situation as a social crime, calling on governments, local and regional authorities as well as individuals to act. The guide includes an explanation of the causes for child poverty and solutions to end child poverty and improve children’s well-being. The particular situation of children of undocumented migrants is addressed in the report as one of the groups with a greater risk of experiencing absolute or extreme poverty. However they are usually not visible in data collection. “Towards Children’s Well-Being in Europe” aims at mobilising public and political support for the reduction of child poverty and the promotion of their well-being in parallel to the implementation of the European Commission’s Recommendation against child poverty (Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage, 20 Feb 2013). To see the publication in English click here or in French here.
SPAIN / Bilateral agreement with Morocco on undocumented unaccompanied children published
The Spanish government published in the Spanish Official Journal on 22 March 2013 a bilateral agreement between Spain and Morocco for close cooperation to prevent irregular migration of unaccompanied children and to return unaccompanied children to Morocco. The agreement was not yet public, although it was originally signed on 6 March 2007 and has been in force since 2 October 2012. Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced this situation in its 2008 report “Returns at Any Cost – Spain’s Push to Repatriate Unaccompanied Children in the Absence of Safeguards”. HRW’s report criticised that Spanish funded care centers in Morocco could be used to accelerate repatriations, that repatriations procedures lacked clarity and that children did not have access to independent representation in Spain. The study “Migration des enfants non accompagnés de l’Afrique de l’ouest vers l’Afrique du nord” published in January 2013 attach pdf funded by UNICEF , notes the inexistence of an exhaustive list of agreements between EU southern member states and South Mediterranean countries and criticises their lack of transparency, giving the example of this agreement between Spain and Morocco.
UK / Checks on children’s migration status before admission to schools
Leaked emails show that UK ministers are discussing the establishment of checks on migrant status prior to children’s admission to schools to deter migrants from settling in the country, considering undocumented migrants as “education tourists”. The emails indicate that the inter-ministerial group on migrants’ access to benefits and public services considered banning education for irregular migrant children but the idea was dropped because it would be an infringement of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Although Home Secretary Theresa May rejects the idea of banning migrant children from school, she claims that the objective is to reduce net migration to the UK. PM David Cameron’s speech on 25 March 2013 focused on measures to achieve this goal. The recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General Day of Discussion in 2012 say that “states are strongly encouraged to expeditiously reform legislation, policies and practices that prevent or discriminate against children affected by migration and their families, in particular those in an irregular situation, from effectively accessing services and benefits such as health care, education, long -term social security and social assistance, among others”. The National Union of Teachers has released a statement opposing the involvement of head teachers and schools in the checks on migration status since it undermines every child’s right to an education (article 28 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child).
Sources: The Guardian, 27 March 2013, Daily Mail, 28 March 2013.
UNITED STATES / Children’s march for immigration reform and against deportation
Hundreds of children and their families, mainly from the state of Illinois, took part in a march for immigration reform on 26 March 2013. Most of the participating children were either undocumented themselves or experienced the threat of having one or both parents deported. The group marched to Federal Plaza where they appealed to President Obama and U.S. Senators for a fair immigration reform which keeps families together.
Source: People’s World, March 27, 2013
DETENTION AND DEPORTATION
GREECE / Immigrants detained in reception centres on hunger strike
In Greece, more than 2,000 immigrants who are being detained in reception centres are on hunger strike to call the attention to living conditions which are intolerable for them. The United Movement Against Racism and Fascist Threat (KEERFA), a Greek non-governmental organisation which provides support to migrants, denounced in a press conference the inhumane living conditions in reception centres that have led to at least three suicide attempts in the Amygdaleza centre in northern Athens since the beginning of April.
Source: The Greek Reporter, 8 April 2013
SPAIN / Pueblos Unidos launches report on detention centres for undocumented migrants in Spain
“Atrapados tras las rejas” (Trapped behind bars) is a report on the situation in detention centres for undocumented migrants in Spain issued by the NGO Pueblos Unidos. In Spain, there are eight detention centres (CIEs) under the responsibility of the Minister of Interior and run by the National Police Force. The aim of the report is to raise awareness of an issue that is still largely unknown to most of the population and to contribute to the improvement of detention conditions and the rights of detainees with the ultimate objective of abolition of such detention. The NGO estimates that there are about 1,000 new arrivals each month in al centres across Spain. The study was conducted in the CIE of Madrid, where NGO visits are allowed, and for the first time also in the CIE of Barcelona, where civil society organisations usually cannot get access. The study shows that complaints and human right violations in both centres are similar. The report concludes that the rate of detention in Spain is too high and it highlights the detrimental impact of detention on detainees’ mental health, of which 83% did not have any criminal record. Only in 63% of the cases is the outcome of a detention case known. Acts of racism and violence are frequent and the detainees are deprived of their freedom of movement.
PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER RESOURCES
CAMPAIGN / Frontexit campaign launches website
The Frontexit campaign launched by the Migreurop network and organisations on both sides of the Mediterranean Sea (PICUM Bulletin 25 March 2013) has a new website. It includes information about Frontex and the Frontexit campaign, testimonies, photos, videos, maps, documents, an awareness-raising kit, a news section and information regarding different ways to participate. To visit the website click here.
REPORT / Hidden talents, wasted talents?
The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) published a report outlining the cultural, social and personal contributions of migrants to create vibrant societies. The report entitled “Hidden talents, wasted talents?” highlights talents and capabilities of migrants and ethnic minorities which are less visible in mainstream media and public discourse. Ranging from language competences, arts, food and fashion to sports, care work and political participation, the publication showcases migrants’ efforts to contribute to society although they face barriers to full participation. Click here, to read the report.
WORLD SOCIAL FORUM / Boat trip of the International Coalition of Undocumented and Regular Migrants to claim freedom of movement
The Coalition Internationale des Sans-Papiers et des Migrants (International Coalition of Undocumented and Regular Migrants) organised a boat trip from Italy to Tunisia to attend the World Social Forum (WSF) which took place from 26 to 30 March 2013. The 40 passengers of the boat were an international group of people, 14 of whom were undocumented migrants from West Africa and Tunis. The Italian, French and Tunisian governments, as well as Frontex, had been informed of the initiative. However, the passengers did not succeed in attending the WSF as Tunisian authorities had issued an expulsion decision. They spent one night in detention in Italy. The group arrived in Paris on 27 March and a small delegation of 12 people took a plane to eventually attend the WSF in Tunisia where they claimed people’s right to the freedom of movement. Demonstrations took place in several European cities to support the group’s initiative and to prevent their detention. Member of the European Parliament, Hélène Flautre, wrote a letter to the Italian Minister of Interior, Annamaria Cancellieri, asking her to refrain from detention and/or deportation.
Sources: Ministère de la Régulation de Tous les Sans Papiers, 27 March 2013, 25 March 2013
PICUM IN THE NEWS
GLOBAL / Europe’s Invisible Children
Following an interview with PICUM’s Director Michele LeVoy at the Children rights conference in February 2013, the news agency published an article on the situation of undocumented children in Europe.
Source: Inter Press Service, 2 April 2013
EU / How relevant, effective and humane is the EU border control regime?
PICUM wrote an article for the Government Gazette’s border security special discussing how increased border security influences perceptions on irregularity and favours criminalisation of undocumented migrants.
Source: Government Gazette, March 2013
EU / Children first and foremost – Tackling child poverty of undocumented children is vital for Europe
PICUM’s Director, Michele LeVoy, talked in a guest blog of EurActiv about the urgency to tackle poverty and social exclusion of undocumented migrant children in the EU and how the European Commission’s Recommendation “Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage”, adopted on 20 February 2013, is a step into the right direction.
Source: EurActiv, 21 March 2013
DENMARK / Privatization of border control obscures the EU’s responsibility for human rights violations
The Danish newspaper interviewed PICUM about the risks of outsourcing EU border control to private firms. PICUM was quoted about the consequences for monitoring human rights violations.
source: Dagbladet Information, 11 March 2013