Mutual Trust Still not enough - Vulnerable asylum seekers returned to Italy risk inadequate reception facilities
It is arbitrary how vulnerable asylum seekers transferred to Italy are received upon arrival. That’s among the conclusions in this new report from the Swiss Refugee Council and the Danish Refugee Council. States transferring vulnerable asylum seekers to Italy infringe on their obligations under European and international law – and risk exposing asylum seekers to indignity.
The experiences of the 13 case studies in this report show how they are received upon arrival back to Italy as Dublin returnees, and that they risk being unable to access reception conditions in Italy. When vulnerable Dublin returnees do access reception conditions, these are often far from adequate to meet their special reception needs and they risk losing the right to accommodation without due consideration of their vulnerable situation.
Read the report, published by Danish Refugee Council on 12/13/2018.
This is the story of Essam and wife Maria’s decision to start Humanity Crew, an international aid organization that “deploy[s] mental health and psychosocial support to displaced populations… to restore order in their lives, and to prevent further psychological escalation.”
Their passion for this cause perseveres, even in a philanthropic realm, mental health is continually marginalized.
When asked about helping people recover from their extreme traumas, Essam says “I think my interactions with refugees, whether at sea or on the beach or in a camp, are the kind that rarely occur in everyday life: meetings between two human beings without any shields or concerns about identity; encounters based on pure empathy. These are not easy engagements, to be sure, but I think each one has made me a better person.”
Written under a pseudonym by an Eritrean refugee held in Libyan detention, this condensed piece summarizes the injustices he and those with him experience.
Thomas Issak, published by The Guardian. November 8, 2018.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Read this summary from UNHCR on November 8, 2018.
Photo: Refugee families at the Vathy Reception and Identification Centre on the island of Samos, Greece. © UNHCR/Markel Redondo
In this open letter from MSF clinical psychiatrist Dr Alessandro Barberio, Moria camp, Lesbos, Greece, he explain why the island should be considered in a state of emergency, and what has caused the deplorable conditions he has witnessed.
He writes, “I have never witnessed such overwhelming numbers of people suffering from serious mental health conditions, as I am witnessing now amongst refugees on the island of Lesbos. The vast majority of people I see are presenting with psychotic symptoms, suicidal thoughts – even attempts at suicide – and are confused. Many are unable to meet or perform even their most basic everyday functions, such as sleeping, eating well, maintaining personal hygiene, and communicating.
Considering the outright violation of human rights and the grave medical and psychiatric needs we face every day, it is clear that Moria camp is in a state of emergency. It would be both unreasonable and unethical not to consider the situation as such and take decisive action immediately.”
“Saving lives at sea is not a crime,” continued Kleijer. Yet, the message from European governments is loud and clear: humanitarian assistance is not welcome. Scapegoating NGOs is a tactic to distract from the real issues: lack of solidarity or vision in the EU, and a broken asylum system. These actions block and obstruct us from doing the work EU governments are failing to do, all the while dehumanising people in need. Any deaths caused by this are now at their hands.”
Read this report from MSF, published June 29, 2018
Stuck with no shelter, no washing facilities, only a few possessions: the scene repeats itself in border towns across the EU.
Alex Fusco reports from Ventimiglia, on the French-Italian border.
Getty image, Ventimiglia Italy
Along the dangerous Alpine route from Italy to France, Annalisa Camilli of Internazionale meets young migrants desperate to reach northern Europe, and the local volunteers trying to make sure their villages are not another deadly stop on the migration trail.
Photo: Migrants start to walk in the direction of the Colle della Scala (Col de l'Echelle) a snow-covered pass to cross the border between Italy and France, on January 13, 2018. PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP/Getty Images
Part I of Refugees Deeply investigation finds key individuals in the Khartoum regime complicit in smuggling and trafficking. Reporting from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and the Netherlands reveals security services involved in a trade they are meant to police.
Photo: Migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia are detained in Omdourman, on the western outskirts of the capital Khartoum, after Sudanese forces caught them travelling illegally on the Libyan-Sudan border on January 8, 2017. (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)
Refugees Deeply investigates failures in the most expensive humanitarian response in history, which played out during the refugee crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean.
photo: Melanie McCarthy