The exacerbation of a crisis: The impact of Covid-19 on people on the move at the French-Italian border


  By Selma Mesic, RRE Greece and Balkans Coordinator  Refugees and asylum seekers in transit at the French-Italian border have faced critical conditions for years[1]. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation has further deteriorated in the Italian border town of Ventimiglia. RRE’s latest report[2] investigates and outlines the gravely negative impact of … Continue reading The exacerbation of a crisis: The impact of Covid-19 on people on the move at the French-Italian border

The violent abuse of migrants at Europe’s borders


By Theo Jackson Thousands of firsthand testimonies have revealed a brutal regime of violence at Europe’s borders. Although extreme, it is certainly not exceptional for an EU-wide response to migration that is characterised by racialised hostility, violence, and complete disregard for fundamental human rights.           “They stole me €150, the only money … Continue reading The violent abuse of migrants at Europe’s borders

The Atlantic route, possibly the most dangerous way to Europe.


By Chiara Fabbro Perhaps counter-intuitively, there is a way to reach Europe from Africa through the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, many people on the move make a perilous sea journey from West Africa to the Canary Islands, a Spanish territory off the coast of Morocco and Western Sahara, in search of safety and a dignified … Continue reading The Atlantic route, possibly the most dangerous way to Europe.

Ground update from Ventimiglia – April and May 2021


During the months of April and May 2021, Progetto 20K and other groups operating in Ventimiglia have observed the following trends – all pointing towards a further exacerbation of the situation at the French-Italian border: A sustained increase in arrivals from the Central Mediterranean route. Covid related restrictions gradually lifted for Europeans, while racial profiling … Continue reading Ground update from Ventimiglia – April and May 2021

Flawed asylum seeker accommodation and mental health


By Aaron Gates-Lincoln The issue of accommodation provision for individuals seeking asylum within a country has recently been a topic heavily discussed in the field of immigration studies. In contribution to this, a new report by British Red Cross has highlighted how the UK asylum system is deeply flawed and has caused increasingly negative impacts … Continue reading Flawed asylum seeker accommodation and mental health

Romania: Another twist along the Balkan Route


By Nidžara Ahmetašević In 2020, the arrival of people to Romania from neighbouring countries increased by 238 percent. The situation for people on the move in Romania thus represents one of the most recent noteworthy shifts on the Balkan Route, which is explored in this article. Together with a group of friends from Afghanistan, Ali[1] … Continue reading Romania: Another twist along the Balkan Route

New Age Assessment Rules for Asylum- Seeking Young People


By Aaron Gates-Lincoln The UK government announced in March a set of proposals looking to overhaul the asylum system. The proposed new age assessment procedures are being criticised for putting asylum-seeking young people and children at risk of being mistakenly judged as adults. The plans advocate for more invasive tests for determining age and may … Continue reading New Age Assessment Rules for Asylum- Seeking Young People

Open letter: Five years after the EU-Turkey Statement, European Civil Society Demands an End to Containment and Deterrence at the EU’s External Borders


Five years after the EU-Turkey Statement, European Civil Society Demands an End to Containment and Deterrence at the EU’s External Borders The 18th of March 2021 will mark five years since the announcement of the “EU-Turkey Statement”, under which EU and Turkish leaders agreed, among other things, that asylum seekers crossing from Turkey into Greek islands … Continue reading Open letter: Five years after the EU-Turkey Statement, European Civil Society Demands an End to Containment and Deterrence at the EU’s External Borders

A crisis ignored: new report highlights the need for trauma-informed care for asylum-seeking youth


By Fae Mira Gerlach, Youth Welfare Project Manager In advocating for young people seeking protection in the UK, RRE has continuously worked to raise awareness about the urgent need for a vast expansion of support provisions across key areas of life, including mental health, legal support, secure shelter, etc. The high rate of psychological vulnerability … Continue reading A crisis ignored: new report highlights the need for trauma-informed care for asylum-seeking youth

International Women’s Day: Update on the Situation in Northern France for Displaced Women, Girls and Families


By the Refugee Women’s Centre Team This International Women’s Day, we at the Refugee Women’s Centre are celebrating the inspiring ingenuity, care, and resilience shown by the women that we work with show despite the increasingly hostile environment around them. In the past year, we have witnessed a rise in dangerous small boat crossings across … Continue reading International Women’s Day: Update on the Situation in Northern France for Displaced Women, Girls and Families