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In the Central Mediterranean, a stand-off between the Italian government and rescue NGOs led to strong debates at the EU level on Search and Rescue and internal solidarity. Firsty, Italy only allowed for the selective disembarkation of survivors on rescue ships. Then, the rescue ship Ocean Viking disembarked the survivors in France, after remaining stranded at sea for weeks. This led to tensions between France and Italy, with France saying it will stop relocations of 3,000 people from Italy.  Meanwhile, about 15,000 people disembarked in Italy either autonomously or after being rescued by Italian authorities.  

Moroccan authorities transferred 500 people from sub-Saharan nationalities to the center of the country after having arrested them near Ceuta. The LIBE Committee of the European Parliament held an exchange of views on the incidents at the Nador-Melilla border in June 2022 but the Spanish Interior Minister refused to appear. After the release of a BBC reportage on the happenings of 24 June 2022, 116 NGOs demand a parliamentary investigation.  

About 500 people rescued in the Aegean. At least Four people died in a shipwreck after having departed from Algeria. A shipwreck off Tunisia led to the death of at least 2 people, while 4 went missing. Nine people missing after a shipwreck in the Atlantic

France and the UK signed an agreement to manage crossings of the Channel. The Czech Republic will extend the temporary checks on its borders with Slovakia.   

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Good news

The charter airline Privilege Style, which was hired by the UK government to deport people to Rwanda, has pulled out of this scheme following a successful campaign by CSOs and activists.

EU updates

The European Commission issued an Action Plan on the Central Mediterranean and announced a high-level forum on resettlement and the launch of the Team Europe Initiative on the Central Mediterranean by the end of the year. Emergency Justice and Home Affairs meeting will be held on the Central Mediterranean and Western Balkans routes.  

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Return Mania

Mapping policies and practices in the EuroMed region

The research provides an overview of the current return policies and practices in the Euro-Mediterranean region and sheds a light on the violations of human rights entailed by this “return obsession”, which is shared across Member States, EU institutions and third countries alike. The report covers national return policies and practices in the Mashreq and Maghreb regions, focusing on returns from Turkey and Lebanon to Syria, and on readmission agreements between Italy and Tunisia, Spain and Morocco as well as France and Morocco. It also looks at returns from Germany and Italy to Egypt. Read More