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Recent highlights

  • Open Arms reached a tragic record of 6 rescue operations and 300 people rescued on July 6 only. SOS Méditerranée had to face fire from the Libyan coastguard during a rescue operation at sea on July 7.
  • The investigation into the sinking of Pylos is continuing, and is pointing the finger at the coastguards. At the same time, push-backs by the Hellenic coastguard are still ongoing.
  • Caminando Fronteras has revealed that an average of 5 people die every day at Spain’s borders. 951 people died at sea in the first half of the year trying to reach Spain, on the route to the Canaries.

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Positive News

  • On 4 July, the ECHR condemned Switzerland for refusing family reunification to four refugees between 2008 and 2012, claiming they were not financially independent.
  • The Court of Appeal in London ruled on June 29 that the deportation to Rwanda of asylum seekers who had arrived in the UK illegally was “unlawful”.

EU updates

European commissioner Ylva Johansson visited Lampedusa’s hotspot on July 4. MEPs in Plenary discussed a Resolution on Search and Rescue and one on the situation in Lebanon.

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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