Refugee Rights Europe’s preliminary reaction to the European Commission’s Migration and Asylum Pact For years, women, men and children in displacement have suffered human rights violations across Europe: left to drown at sea, beaten, violently and illegally pushed back at EU borders, contained without dignity at the EU’s edges, returned to danger under cynical deals … Continue reading New Pact on Migration: An exacerbation of past failures in shiny new packaging
By Barbara Joannon, Head of Programme and Advocacy The EU Commission’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum offers an opportunity. A chance to move away from a security driven approach to migration and asylum within the EU, to one based on human dignity, the rule of law and human rights. But the New Pact comes … Continue reading What we want to see in the New Pact on Migration and Asylum
By Loraine Masiya Mponela Loraine Masiya Mponela, the chairperson of Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group (CARAG), reflects on the unique challenges being faced by asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in the UK during the pandemic. Asylum seekers are people whose request for protection is yet to be processed. International law provides that anyone has … Continue reading Asylum Seekers Face Isolation and Destitution amid Covid-19
By Luke Buckler The recently reelected mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart has proposed the state repurpose a disused military base near Calais as a place to confine the displaced people in the region. This plan might be presented as a helpful measure to support people who otherwise don’t have shelter, or a way for them … Continue reading Coronavirus as a pretext for detention? On the latest disconcerting developments in Calais
By Jay Burgess As the UK finishes marking both Refugee Week and World Refugee Day, one advocacy campaign is gaining mainstream traction. Lift the Ban, an award-winning coalition of 200 members, is campaigning to give asylum seekers in the UK access to work. Work allows asylum seekers to provide for themselves and their families with … Continue reading Ready, Waiting. The UK must let its asylum seekers work.