20 October 2020 — Statewatch
The EU is expanding a host of databases used for migration and border control. A key focus of this is the increased collection and use of personal data to facilitate forced removals. Continue reading
18 September 2020 — Statewatch
Join Statewatch and TNI on 28 September at 13:30 BST/14:30 CET for the first webinar of a three-part series accompanying the publication of the report Deportation Union: Rights, accountability and the EU’s push to increased forced removals.
21 August 2020 — Statewatch
Deportation Union provides a critical examination of recently-introduced and forthcoming EU measures designed to increase the number of deportations carried out by national authorities and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex. It focuses on three key areas: attempts to reduce or eliminate rights and protections in the law governing deportations; the expansion and interconnection of EU databases and information systems; and the increased budget, powers and personnel awarded to Frontex.
12 August 2020 — Medium
Imagine the courage and fortitude, borne of desperation, it requires to embark on a do or die attempt to cross the sea in a dinghy from a land where you’ve already been met with the fist of fury rather than the hand of friendship, to another land where more hostility and rage awaits your arrival.
4 August 2020 — Foxglove
Wonderful news – our legal challenge has forced the government to abandon its racist visa algorithm.
Lawyers from the Home Office wrote to us yesterday afternoon. The Home Secretary Priti Patel has agreed to scrap the visa streaming algorithm from this Friday – and pledged a full review of the system, including for issues of ‘unconscious bias’ and discrimination.
4 August 2020 — FIRM
Covid-19, it turns out, is not the great equaliser. The pandemic and lockdown, together, have exposed the different social realities experienced by those on either side of the race and class divide. One differential is that between citizens and those who crossed borders. Within weeks of the pandemic BAME essential workers started dying in disproportionately higher numbers than white counterparts. The government dragged its feet in acknowledging the problem, and commissioning a review, then refused to publish its findings about structural inequalities that contributed to these deaths. [read more]
14 July 2020 — Statewatch
Also available as a pdf file: https://www.statewatch.org/media/1230/email-14-7-20.pdf
1. Analysis: Spain/Portugal/Italy: Partial relief: migrant regularisations during the COVID-19 pandemic by Yurema Pallarés Pla
21 May 2020 — Statewatch
An internal Frontex report published today by Statewatch highlights a series of issues in implementing the agency’s new legislation, including uncertain legal terminology and delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
28 November 2019 — Open Democracy
Debt and trafficking were used to explain why 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in a lorry in Essex, but whom did the migrants owe?
Phong, 27, is an undocumented Vietnamese migrant working eleven hours a day, six days a week at a Vietnamese restaurant in Paris for €1,550 a month. He lives a minimal existence. Every penny Phong can spare goes to repaying the €15,000 debt he incurred while travelling from Nghe An in central Vietnam to France. The smuggler had charged him €4,000 up front, which was enough to get him to Moscow on a tourist visa. The trip to Poland cost a further €6,000: €2,000 for the arrangements to leave and €4,000 for arriving safely. A final €5,000 was due once he arrived in France.