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  • Medical Justice report: Expecting change: the case for ending the immigration detention of pregnant women

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The NGO Medical Justice released this week its report on the consequences that detention may have on the pregnancy of detained women. The report shows that, although migrant pregnant women are detained with a view to their removal, only 5% of those held in one particular detention centre in the UK in 2011 were successfully removed. It also finds that the healthcare these women received in detention was inadequate and that asylum seeking women have poorer health outcomes during and after childbirth than others.

  • European Commission: 4th Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum (2012)

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The European Commission has released its Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum for 2012 which summarises the developments in these areas during the last year and includes an overview of challenges and a forward-looking perspective into 2013. It covers several areas of immigration as well as asylum, and provides the asylum figures for 2012.

    Read the full report here.

  • ECtHR decision in K.A.B. v Sweden, Application No. 17299/12, 5 September 2013

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The applicant, from Mogadishu (Somalia), sought asylum in Sweden in April 2009, allegedly to escape persecution by al-Shabaab, an Islamist group in Somalia. He claimed to have been persecuted for working with the American Friends Service Community from 1992 to 2005, including by way of threatening telephone calls telling him to stop spreading Christianity. After five interviews with the Swedish Migration Board, and an oral hearing before the Swedish Migration Court, the applicant's asylum claim was rejected, on grounds of vagueness and lack of credibility.

  • Eurostat releases statistics on asylum applications and first instance decisions on asylum applications for the second quarter of 2012.

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    Eurostat published recently the figures on asylum applications and first instance decisions in the European Union for the second quarter of 2012. Nearly 70,000 applications were lodged in that period, which means a 10% decrease in comparison to the same period of 2011. 65,260 first instance decisions were taken, of which 18,260 were positive (granting either refugee status, subsidiary protection or protection for humanitarian reasons) and 47,000 were negative.

  • Human Rights Watch: New report on summary returns from Italy to Greece

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    Human Rights Watch has published a report documenting summary returns of migrants from Italy to Greece. According to its findings, migrants and potential asylum seekers who try to reach Italy from Greece as stowaways in ferryboats are summarily sent back to Greece by Italian authorities, without being given the chance to enter the Italian territory and without proper screening procedures. In addition, unaccompanied children do not always undergo age determination procedures and guardians are not assigned to them.

  • New ECtHR fact sheet on case law relating to child protection

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The European Court of Human Rights Press Unit recently published a new fact sheet on ECHR case law relating to child protection.

  • France: implementation of the CJEU judgment in the El Karem El Kott case: recognition of refugee status to Palestinians who had to flee an UNRWA camp

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The case concerns a couple of Palestinians who were recognised as refugees by the UNRWA. In 2003 they were forced to leave the refugee camp where they used to live in Jordan owing to a conflict with a local family, and went to France. They applied for asylum, but their claims were rejected by the French Asylum Office.

  • ECtHR decision in Baysultanova and Others v. Russia (no. 7461/08) [Arts. 2, 3, 5 and 13 ECHR]

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The applicants are Russian nationals who live in Grozny, the Chechen Republic. The case concerned the disappearance of Beslan Baysultanov, the applicants’ son and brother, respectively, in May 2000, after he had been taken away by armed men in uniforms.

  • The Dutch Refugee Council reports on the situation of Uyghur asylum seekers

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The Dutch Council for Refugees reports that it has been revealed that Chinese informants working as interpreters in asylum cases were passing on information regarding Uyghuri applications for asylum in the Netherlands. Seeking asylum is treated as an act of treason by the Chinese Government, which places returned Uyghurs in danger if suspected of applying for asylum

    More information is available at the DCR's website.

  • Asylum and migration on the agenda of the Parliamentary Assembly

    Date: 
    10/04/2013

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will be holding the second part of its 2013 Ordinary Session next week, during which two reports concerning asylum and migration issues will be discussed and adopted together with related resolutions and recommendations: Frontex: human rights responsibilities and Management of mixed migration and asylum challenges beyond the European Union's eastern border. Both reports have been prepared by the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons. The debates are scheduled for Thursday 25 April.

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