The impact of asylum-decision limbo on refugees’ reduced employment rates


  By Maria Stankiewicz It is not rare to hear the terms ‘asylum-seeker’ and ‘refugee’ used interchangeably. In many situations – when chanting at the top of your lungs that ‘refugees are welcome here’, for instance, the specific definitions are of secondary importance. The implications of this legal distinction become crucial in immigration policy. Whether … Continue reading The impact of asylum-decision limbo on refugees’ reduced employment rates

Update on our Youth Welfare Officer work: We’ve been shortlisted!


  By Fae Mira Gerlach, Youth Welfare Project Manager   Our work on Youth Welfare Officers has recently been recognised through the shortlisting for the Equality, Access Rights category of the Community Integration Awards. Being shortlisted for this award is not just an honour for us at RRE but also extremely helpful to raise the … Continue reading Update on our Youth Welfare Officer work: We’ve been shortlisted!

Risks of SGBV and Trafficking Facing Women on the Move in Italy


By Denise Ottavi In recent years, Italy has been one of the countries with the most arrivals of refugees and displaced people.[1] Between 2014 and 2018, 648,117 displaced people arrived in Italy, and 32,000 more have joined them since the beginning of 2020.[2] According to UNHCR data,[3] analysed by AGI,[4] 10% of the displaced people … Continue reading Risks of SGBV and Trafficking Facing Women on the Move in Italy

THE LIPA CRISIS: THE PREDICTABLE CULMINATION OF A DETERIORATING EMERGENCY


By Selma Mesic, RRE Greece and Balkans Coordinator The already desperate situation for displaced people on the Bosnian side of the Croatian-Bosnian border has drastically worsened in the last few weeks. Intensified by brutal pushbacks from Croatian authorities, the northwest region of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) – in particular Una-Sana Canton (USC) – has become a bottleneck … Continue reading THE LIPA CRISIS: THE PREDICTABLE CULMINATION OF A DETERIORATING EMERGENCY

Outsourcing Violence, Erasing Responsibility at the EU’s Borders


By Elisabetta Deidda In 2019, the European Commission approved Croatia’s entry in the Schengen area, despite the allegations – acknowledged by the Commission itself – of violence and pushbacks happening at the border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)[i]. I asked “why” to a Commission representative during an online event recently hosted by RRE. … Continue reading Outsourcing Violence, Erasing Responsibility at the EU’s Borders

Barriers to education for children in northern France


By Mina Tawanda, RRE Programme Associate   New report sheds light on barriers to education A growing number of displaced children are growing up in camps across Calais and Grande-Synthe in northern France. The conditions in these camps that children are forced to live and grow up in for extended periods are becoming increasingly hostile … Continue reading Barriers to education for children in northern France

Asylum seekers in Maximilian Park, Brussels – Face to face with the Covid-19 crisis


By Melis Ozbardakci and Smret Gebreslassie Hundreds of refugees and displaced people are left to fend for themselves, out in the streets around Maximilian Park in Brussels. Refugee Rights Europe has previously reported the heightened risk facing displaced people in Brussels, many of whom are UK-bound but others who wish to seek sanctuary in Belgium. … Continue reading Asylum seekers in Maximilian Park, Brussels – Face to face with the Covid-19 crisis

The UK Government’s hostile use of Immigration Detention Centres


By Harriet Morphy-Morris  The UK government has continued to prioritise the use of immigration detention centres, despite a huge public backlash over the lack of welfare for those detained. The treatment got significantly worse during the first coronavirus lockdown, 19,000 people were placed in immigration detention centres across the UK, despite there being a lack … Continue reading The UK Government’s hostile use of Immigration Detention Centres

Turning rhetoric into reality: New monitoring mechanism at European borders should ensure fundamental rights and accountability


The shocking images of migrants and asylum-seekers abused by Croatian authorities are part of the persistent and well-documented trend of human rights violations taking place at European borders. They are also a reflection of the widespread impunity of European Union (EU) Member States’ border authorities and demonstrate the urgent need to address this in a … Continue reading Turning rhetoric into reality: New monitoring mechanism at European borders should ensure fundamental rights and accountability