- Standard Operating Procedures implementing the mechanism for resettlement from Turkey to the EU as set out in the EU-Turkey Statement of 18 March 2016
- EU-Turkey refugee deal: staff shortages and rights concerns pose twin threat / Fears grow over refugee safety with EU returns plan set to take effect / Greece insists refugee deportations will begin despite doubts over EU-Turkey deal
- 02.04.2016: EU suspects Russian Agenda in Migrants’ shifting Arctic route
- AI: Turkey: illegal mass returns of Syrian refugees expose fatal flaws in EU-Turkey deal
- 01.04.2016: Greece cannot meet deadline for sending first migrants to Turkey / Amid clashes, Greece presses on with plan to deport migrants / Take a country on the brink. Now add 10,000 asylum hearings a week
- 5 deadlines to watch on the EU-Turkey migration deal
- A proper comparison might show Italy is more hospitable to refugees than Sweden
- Hungary FM: Unchecked migration increases risk of terror
- EU must face up to risks of dirty deal withTurkey (ECRE)
- Legal considerations on the return of asylum-seekers and refugees from Greece to Turkey as part of the EU-Turkey Cooperation Tackling the Migration Crisis under the safe third country and first country of asylum concept – UNCHR
- Put the refugee ‘crisis’ in context — UNHCR
- The Paradox of the EU-Turkey Refugee Deal (MPI)
- 10 Insights About the Syrian Refugee Crisis Five Years On – Amin Awad (UNHCR)
- Refugee sets himself alight as EU’s grand plan to staunch exodus of asylum seekers unravels (Telegraph)
- Commission makes immediate proposal to implement EU-Turkey agreement: 54,000 places allocated for resettlement of Syrians from Turkey
- Relocation out, “one-for-one” in (Statewatch news roundup 21.03.16)
- Secret EU plan to deport 80,000 Afghans (Telegraph)
- UNHCR redefines role in Greece as EU-Turkey deal comes into effect (UNHCR)
- EU-Turkey Statement, 18 March 2016
Justin Schon over at the Monkey Cage writes about drives behind population displacement, studying Somalia using UNHCR’s Population Movement Tracking system data —
What factors influence the timing of displacement? Why do certain crises prompt displacement floods while others only elicit a trickle? Unique daily internal displacement data from Somalia in the mid-2000s, which I published in a recent article, can offer insights into these critical policy questions. Since Ethiopia’s 2006 invasion, Somalia has produced some of the world’s largest displacement flows. As Anna Lindley observes, two-thirds of Mogadishu’s population fled between the end of 2006 and the end of 2008. Somali displacement flows furthermore exhibit substantial variation over time. Its lessons may be more broadly applicable, since Somalia contains characteristics that exist in many cases of civil conflict: a weak state, proliferation of armed groups and militias, protracted conflict, poverty, and environmental challenges.
The data derives from an UNHCR project called the Population Movement Tracking system. Begun in mid-2006, the project works with 48 local partners inside Somalia to track displacement on a daily basis. Analyzing this daily displacement data reveals that there were actually 15 distinct cycles of displacement in Somalia from 2008 to 2013. The structural conflict characteristics of geographic scope and balance of power are the most important drivers of displacement timing – and not individual events, as is commonly believed.
[Links in original; emphasis added.]
Sam Cowie at IRIN discusses Brazil’s use of humanitarian visas —
Until recently, Haitians escaping their homeland after the utter devastation of the 2010 earthquake took hazardous overland routes through South America in the hope of finding a better life in Brazil, often putting their lives in the hands of unscrupulous smugglers. Now, it’s simple: they walk into an office in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and apply for a humanitarian visa. No need for smugglers or sneaking across borders.
Brazil has introduced a similar system for Syrian refugees who can apply for special visas at Brazilian consulates in the Middle East. The visas facilitate their travel to Brazil. After arriving, they can register asylum claims. So far, 8,000 Syrians have been granted the visas.
25.01.16: updated statistics: 257 relocated from Italy, 157 from Greece
05.01.16: Member States’ Support to Emergency Relocation Mechanism [hint: things aren’t looking so good]
The fear is that if too many other countries want to send refugees away and too few want to take them in, a domino effect could collapse the whole process, which is already proving a nightmare to implement.
Lisa de Bode at Al Jazeera America notes that the first 20 individuals are being relocated to Sweden from a camp in Italy under the EU refugee quota system.
Lithuania offered to resettle 1,105 refugees in the next two years but doesn’t appear to have any takers yet.
[updates as I hear of more relocations.]