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  • Statewatch publishes analyses on EU immigration and asylum law in 2012 and the EU Justice and Home Affairs agenda for 2013

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    In the first analysis of the steps taken in 2012 with regard to the new EU legislation on asylum, Statewatch reviews the pieces of legislation which were agreed, but not adopted, in 2012, and those which were still under negotiation by the end of the year. Under the first category fall the Directive on Reception Conditions and the Dublin Regulation, while negotiations are still on going for the Directive on asylum procedures and the Eurodac Regulation. The outstanding issues concerning these two pieces of legislation are also analysed.

  • Frontex releases its Working Programme for 2013

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Frontex has made public its Working Programme for 2013. It announces changes to the structure and allocation of resources owing to issues such as the implementation of the EUROSUR system, the operational support to Greece for its border management and the utilization of new structures and types of officers.

    Frontex's Working Programme for 2013 is available here.

  • The Court of Justice of the European Union: Opinion of Advocate General Trstenjak in case C-245/11, K, reference for a preliminary ruling from the Asylgerichtshofs [Austria]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    (Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 – Determining the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application lodged in one of the Member States by a third‑country national – Article 3(2) – Sovereignty clause – Article 15 – Humanitarian clause – Application of Regulation No 343/2003 consistent with fundamental rights – Article 4 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights – Prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment – Article 7 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights – Respect for private and family life)

  • Swiss Administrative Court: Judgment of 2 October, D-2797/2010

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The asylum seeker is a young man from Libya who had arrived in Malta in 2010 with a Maltese Schengen visa. He only spent one day in Malta and then took a plane to Switzerland, where he asked for asylum. The Swiss Federal Office for Migration (FOM, first instance asylum authority) asked Malta to take him back (based on art. 9.2 Dublin Regulation), to which the Maltese authorities agreed. The FOM took a negative Dublin decision with the intention of transferring the asylum seeker to Malta.

  • European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment: Report on Visit to Malta

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment adopted a report drawn up following its visit to Malta in September 2011. The CPT examined conditions at detention centres for foreigners.

  • Firoz Muneer v. Belgium (no. 56005/10) [Article 5 ECHR]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant, Mr. Muneer, is an Afghan national who arrived in Belgium in 2009 and applied for asylum. As it appeared that he had been in Greece previously, Belgium arranged for his return under the Dublin regulation. Mr. Muneer was ordered to quit the Belgian territory and placed in a detention centre. His return to Greece was organised, but after he refused to board the plane, a second detention order valid for two months was issued.

  • European Commission: report published for Parliament and the Council on the requirements for children crossing the borders of the Member States, 2 August 2013

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The report presents the various requirements in EU and national law and policy 'aiming at securing border crossings of children, safeguarding their rights as well as fighting against abduction and trafficking', and makes recommendations. It expresses support for the implementation of the 'one person-one passport' requirement, as replacing the 'family passport'. The Commission does not endorse a proposed requirement that the names of the child's legal guardian(s) be included in the child's passport.

  • ECtHR decision in Athary v. Turkey (no. 50372/09) [Article 5]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant is an Iranian national who applied for asylum in Turkey in 2004. Pending a decision on his application, he was granted a temporary residence permit. In 2007 he was convicted of a drugs offence and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. Following his release in December 2008, he was placed in a foreigners' removal centre from which he only was released when he was granted refugee status in The Netherlands and moved there in April 2010.

  • European Parliament: the European Refugee Fund, the European Return Fund and the European Fund for Integration of Third-Country Nationals adopted in first reading

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    During its plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament adopted in first reading the proposals for decisions of the Parliament and the Council with a view to increasing the co-financing rate of the European Refugee Fund, the European Return Fund and the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals. This proposal aims at increasing the co-financing rate for certain Member States experiencing or threatened with serious difficulties with respect to their financial stability.

  • Singh and Others v. Belgium (no. 33210/11)[Articles 3 and 13-Rule 39]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicants, Nam Singh, Meena Kaur and their three children are Afghan nationals who reside in Sint-Gillis (Belgium). The applicants arrived in Belgium in March 2011 on a flight from Moscow. As they did not have the legally required documents, they were refused entry into Belgium and the Aliens Office issued directions for their removal. The applicants, at the same time, applied for asylum.

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