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

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