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Recent highlights

  • According to the MRCC civil network, 1,902 people died or went missing in 2023 in the Central Mediterranean. During two rescue operations, early 2024, 332 migrants disembarked in the port of Livorno and Brindisi in Italy aboard of the vessel Ocean Viking.
  • Along the Atlantic route, the arrival of migrant boats to the Canary Islands, over 80% of them from Mauritania, increased exponentially in January. Migrant minors find themselves in a highly vulnerable situation. The XIth March for Dignity took place in Ceuta and other Spanish cities to commemorate the Tarajal massacre. Demonstrators who continue to demand “truth, justice and reparation” paid tribute to the 14 migrants killed by Spanish police in Ceuta on the border with Morocco.
  • At the start of 2024, more than 6,500 attempts to cross the Eastern Mediterranean have been recorded by the IOM. 23 migrants have been declared dead or missing.

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Positive News

  • On the weekend of 18 February 2024, the Italian Court of Cassation handed down a judgement upholding the illegality of turning back migrants at sea to Libya. A man who had intercepted around a hundred migrants at sea was convicted of having landed them on the Libyan coast, thereby compromising their safety.

EU updates

On 14 February 2024, the LIBE parliamentary committee approved the new inter-institutional legal framework of the Asylum and Migration Pact. This new framework replaces the Dublin regulations on asylum. Along with 80 other NGOs, EuroMed Rights denounced the new migratory pact. The new pact represents a real departure from European law and runs counter to the idea of universal protection for migrants.

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

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