Les enfants en migration doivent être protégé.e.s / Children in migration must be protected


A l’heure où des responsables politiques remettent ouvertement en cause l’accueil ou la prise en charge des mineur.e.s isolé.e.s étranger.e.s, nous faisons état des violations des droits que ces enfants subissent aux frontières françaises. La France doit redoubler d’efforts pour les protéger. C’est une obligation légale d’assurer que ces enfants très vulnérables aient accès à … Continue reading Les enfants en migration doivent être protégé.e.s / Children in migration must be protected

Potential trafficking survivors denied financial support in the UK


By Lily Sparks and Lucrezia Bosio  Hundreds of potential human trafficking survivors in the UK have been denied financial support due to new measures brought in during lockdown. The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is the system through which potential trafficking victims are assessed and supported in the UK in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act … Continue reading Potential trafficking survivors denied financial support in the UK

The UK government’s criticism of “activist lawyers” is harmful and undermines those protecting the legal rights of asylum seekers


By Reanna Smith Last month a record number of asylum seekers crossed the English Channel in an attempt to seek a better life in the UK. Following this, the British government has pushed immigration to the top of the agenda, resuming deportation flights that were halted due to COVID-19. As a result, heightened media coverage has produced … Continue reading The UK government’s criticism of “activist lawyers” is harmful and undermines those protecting the legal rights of asylum seekers

New Pact on Migration: An exacerbation of past failures in shiny new packaging


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

Closure of the Red Cross Reception Centre in Ventimiglia


By Melis Ozbardakci, RRE Programme Associate The prefecture of Imperia in northern Italy recently announced the shutdown of a reception centre in Ventimiglia; a border town sometimes dubbed the ‘Italian Calais’ given its bottle-neck scenario and poor living conditions. The Campo Roja reception centre, managed by the Red Cross, officially closed on 31 July 2020, … Continue reading Closure of the Red Cross Reception Centre in Ventimiglia

A Youth Welfare Officer pilot scheme launches in the UK


By Melis Ozbardakci, RRE Programme Associate The vulnerability and the special needs of young asylum seekers are far too often overlooked. Most young asylum seekers in the UK would have left their home countries as children and subsequently experience harmful and traumatic environments that impact them deeply. In 2019, there were reportedly over 6,600 18 … Continue reading A Youth Welfare Officer pilot scheme launches in the UK

“They beat us every time they get a chance.” A frontline perspective on police violence towards displaced people in Calais


By Rory Goldring, Calais Food Collective When the police shut down our food distribution again, the people that were waiting for a meal were understandably frustrated. Accessing food is not straightforward for displaced people in Calais right now. An arguably racist application of Covid-19 precautions has meant that people of colour are often being denied … Continue reading “They beat us every time they get a chance.” A frontline perspective on police violence towards displaced people in Calais

EU funding for closed centres in Greece is further sustaining a failing Hotspot approach


By Selma Mesic, RRE Greece and Balkans Coordinator Photo of Leros Hotspot by: Bohm Rothenberg On 3 August, the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum announced that the funding they had requested in June for the building out of closed centres on the hotspots Samos, Kos and Leros had been approved by the European Commission. … Continue reading EU funding for closed centres in Greece is further sustaining a failing Hotspot approach

On the arrival of prospective UK asylum seekers by boat, and the need for humane policy change


Harmful narratives The current narrative and political framing of boat arrivals as a “major threat” to the UK border needs to be challenged and put into perspective. In fact, the total number of arrivals by boat in 2020 thus far is expected to be just over 4,000 (compared with 1,890 in Jan-Dec 2019). This is … Continue reading On the arrival of prospective UK asylum seekers by boat, and the need for humane policy change

RRE submits evidence to the UN Committee against Torture


We recently submitted a briefing document, with substantial contributions from the non-governmental organisations Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration (ASGI), WeWorld, Diaconia Valdese and Befree, in advance of the adoption by the Committee against Torture (hereafter The Committee) of a list of issues prior to the Committee’s consideration of Italy’s Seventh Periodic Report on its … Continue reading RRE submits evidence to the UN Committee against Torture