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  • United Kingdom: UK Government publishes new Immigration Bill

    Date: 
    Monday, October 21, 2013

    The new Bill published on 10 October 2013 is designed, according to the Home Secretary, to create a ‘hostile environment for illegal migrants’. The Bill will require private landlords and banks to carry out checks on immigration status and gives more search and data recording powers to police and immigration officers. In addition, UK courts, when considering deportation appeals, must accord ‘little weight’ to the appellant’s family life established while their status was ‘precarious’ or unlawful.

  • Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) publishes third Annual Report

    Date: 
    Monday, October 21, 2013

    The report, published on 17 October 2013, covers the activities of the group from August 2012 to July 2013, and identifies 'five key priorities for the international fight against human trafficking': (1) Increasing the number of signatories to the anti-trafficking convention, to eliminate 'black spots'; (2) Widening focus on all different types of trafficking including 'trafficking for labour exploitation and organ removal, as well as for forced begging and other types of criminal activity'; (3) Developing the role of the private sector and the media, by preventing exploitation in the prod

  • EASO to Provide Support to Bulgaria

    Date: 
    Monday, October 21, 2013

    The Operating Plan for the period up to September 2014, signed by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and Bulgaria on 17 October 2013, will focus on: the identification and pre-registration of mixed migration flows; referral of vulnerable asylum seekers to appropriate procedures; support for the asylum decision-making process; updating Country of Origin information; delivering EASO training to new staff; providing advice on use of EU financial assistance. The Plan arises from an official request for support from Bulgaria, in light of the country's overburdened asylum system.

  • European Commission Memo on EU action in the fields of asylum and migration

    Date: 
    Monday, October 21, 2013

    The Memo sets out the EU's broad range of policies and instruments deployed in asylum and migration reception and security of external borders. Starting with surveillance and border control, the Memo summarises Frontex and the new EUROSUR system. The EU's 'Global Approach to Migration' is then described, with details of EU cooperation with countries of origin and the transit of migrants. Regarding the field of asylum, the Memo explains the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), common principles for integration, and the Returns Directive.

  • European Parliament: EUROSUR Regulation approved

    Date: 
    Monday, October 21, 2013

    The European Parliament has approved the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) Regulation during the Plenary Session and it is now ready for adoption by the Council.

  • European Parliament: Plenary Session votes in support of Resolution on Member State reception of refugees from Syria

    Date: 
    Monday, October 21, 2013

    The Resolution, passed on 9 October 2013, calls on Member States and the EU to guarantee safe entry and access to fair asylum procedures in the EU for refugees from Syria, and encourages Member States to address acute needs through resettlement in addition to existing national quotas and through humanitarian admission. The Resolution also urges the EU to continue its funding for humanitarian and non-humanitarian actions in the region and to monitor the distribution of that funding.

  • ECtHR decision in Budrevich v. the Czech Republic, Application No. 65303/10 [Articles 3 and 13], 17 October 2013

    Date: 
    Monday, October 21, 2013

    The applicant, from Belarus, sought asylum in the Czech Republic in 2006 due to a fear of imprisonment for importing advertisements in support of an opposition candidate in the Belarusian presidential elections. The Czech authorities rejected his original application and three subsequent requests as not credible. His commission of several criminal offences resulted in an expulsion order in 2009. A Rule 39 Interim Measure halted his removal to Belarus in 2010.

  • ECtHR decision in K.K. v. France, Application No. 18913/11 [Articles 3 and 13], 10 October 2013

    Date: 
    Monday, October 21, 2013

    The applicant is an Iranian national and former member of the Iranian intelligence services (IRS). His retirement from the IRS in 2006 resulted in the authorities allegedly abducting and imprisoning him, hanging him upside down and beating him, and ordering him to re-join the IRS. This caused him to flee to France, where his application for asylum was dismissed and he was detained pending removal.

  • ECtHR decision in Nizomkhon Dzhurayev v. Russia, Application No. 31890/11 [Articles 3, 5, 34 and 38], 3 October 2013

    Date: 
    Monday, October 21, 2013

    The applicant, a former Tajik politician and businessman allegedly experienced state interferences with his business and survived an assassination attempt. He fled to Russia in 2010, where he was detained for the purpose of extradition to Tajikistan on charges of misappropriation, embezzlement and money laundering. The applicant originally complained to the ECtHR that his extradition to Tajikistan would put him at risk of ill-treatment contrary to Article 3, and obtained a Rule 39 Interim Measure halting his extradition.

  • Call for Papers for Conference on Access to Asylum - Monash University

    Date: 
    Friday, October 18, 2013

    Monash University has issued a call for papers for an international conference on the challenges faced by asylum seekers in gaining access to international refugee protection.

    The conference will take place in Prato, Italy, on 29-30 May 2014. Abstracts should be submitted by 5pm, 8 November 2013 and it is intended that selected papers from the conference proceedings will be published.

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