AYS Daily Digest 19/10/17: Proposal for a new Dublin regulation

New asylum policy proposal passed to the EU Council / Efforts to close the sea route from Libya / Sunken boat found in the Mediterranean / Seven boat arrivals to the Greek islands / Dunkirk area camp evicted / And more news…

Only today 237 refugees arrived on 4 rubber boats to Chios! The “Hot Spot” Vial has no capacity anymore and the people are facing an inhumane treatment. Either they remain on the streets or in very poor tents while the winter season is coming soon!— Refugee Law Clinics Abroad in Chios

FEATURE: Proposal for a new Dublin regulation

The key principles of the draft report are that all member states must participate and share responsibility, reducing the disproportionate burden on “frontline” member states, improving security measures, registering all asylum seekers upon arrival and faster procedures on both asylum and returns.

The new proposal asks for the first countries of arrival no longer to be automatically responsible for the asylum seekers. Instead, the assignment of responsibility would be based on “genuine links” to a member state, such as family, prior residence or studies EP’s press release reads. In order to disburden countries that are first on the line of new arrivals, mainly Greece and Italy, asylum seekers would be assigned to an EU member state based on a permanent and automatic resettlement mechanism. Furthermore, for the first time the family bonds are considered, with a stretch of the concept of family (siblings and adult sons living with the parents) and the concept of significant bond is introduced as well. This means that if a person has attended a school in a country, or he/she has had previous stays in that country, then this person can actually ask to be shifted there. Finally, the sponsor system is introduced. Access to EU funds could possibly be restricted to countries who wouldn’t oblige.

Gianfranco Schiavone, expert of the asylum European law and vice president of Asgi mentioned some negative elements, related to minors. “This new approach foresees that the minors would also be subject to this sharing, not considering the first place the minor has reached: the risk is to move them from one country to another, while the Court of Justice reminded us that the minors’ movements should be limited as much as possible”.

The proposal has now been passed to the EU Council, but it is still far from coming into practice. The plenary will now be asked to formally confirm the decision by the Committee to enter into negotiations during its November session in Strasbourg. Find more in detail on the EU asylum policy here.

Efforts to close the Central Mediterranean route

SEA

Photos by Rebecca Kupfner

GREECE

Authorities have started transferring members of vulnerable groups, such as unaccompanied minors, pregnant women and the elderly, to reception facilities on the mainland in a bid to ease pressure on overcrowded centers on the islands. On Tuesday night a ferry brought 107 people to Piraeus from the islands and yesterday morning another 67 were moved to Kavala. Authorities plan to move 2,000 people to the mainland in the coming week, 1,000 of whom from Lesvos, ekathimerini writes.

Epanomi shelter will officially close on 15.11.17, UNHCR has informed the community accordingly. From this week on, every Friday 50 people will be moved to urban accommodation in Northern Greece, Athens and Crete.

Aegean islands

The only available accommodation, if they are lucky, are tents outside the Vial hotspot, with no electricity, no heat, no running water, no protection from the elements, from snakes or insects (two scorpion bites recorded so far) or from antagonistic residents of the nearby village that have held anti-refugee protests before, local source writes. Bus service into town is dramatically reduced, leaving them cut off from resources and services. Occupants of the last boat, 64 people, will spend the night at the port hut.

In Kara Tepe, the ISO boxes, which do have heaters, cannot use the heaters because the substation can’t supply enough electricity. Fire broke out very close to a camp on Samos today, luckily no one was hurt.

Tensions rise in overcapacitated reception centers as dozens continue to land daily. A total of 438 people arrived on the islands aboard smuggling boats from Turkey in the first three days of the week, with another 175 people arriving on the islet of Oinousses yesterday morning. They were transferred to a center on Chios which is very cramped with 1,600 people living in facilities designed to host 850. On Samos, a reception center designed to host 700 people is now accommodating 2,850, ekathimerini writes.

Today’s arrivals

ITALY

Rome

This Saturday Baobab Experience will meet in the square with the migrants of the humanitarian spot of Piazzale Maslax. They will walk the city centre streets, touching base in symbolic places like Piazza Indipendenza and Piazza Vittorio, ending with joining the national manifestation against racism at 14.30h at Piazza della Repubblica. Follow the event here.

On 21 October in Rovereto (TN), the construction of the structure Hospital(ity) will take place, a project within the campaign Overthefortress and promoted by Collettivo Mamadou in Bolzano, Brave New Alps in Rovereto and Area 527 in Venice. Hospital(ity) is not just a structure, but a symbol of a migrant architecture, mixed, bottom-up, the condensation of daily fights, antiracism and freedom, Melting Pot writes. The structure, once completed with the support of the volunteers, will be transported to Rosarno (RC) and incepted in one of the many ghettos inhabited by the African agricultural workers. It will turn into a school spot and health spot, with the support of some associations already working in the field. Contact Collettivo Mamadou if you wish to participate [collettivomamadou@gmail.com or through their facebook page].

Gorizia

FRANCE

Dunkirk/Grande-Synthe

Metz

Photos from Care4Calais

SWEDEN

Fredrik Beijer, head of legal issues (“rättschef”) at the agency said that their process is such that a decision should be able to be reevaluated and changed, but in this specific case there unfortunately wasn’t enough time. After the older brothers suicide the younger one was granted permanent residency since there was no one left to take care of him in Afghanistan. Fredrik Beijer also says that it was wrong of them to judge the older brother as enough and capable to care for the minor.

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