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16.09.21 Romania: a new National Strategy on Immigration finally adopted. On 2 September 2021, the Government of Romania enacted a new National Strategy on Immigration, covering the period of 2021-2024. The previous strategy ended in 2018. Without a top policy document, the coordination between various public institutions was defective, impacting mostly the integration component. The poor coordination and the lack of implication from certain public authorities were among the structural faults underlined by the NIEM reports in Romania. more>>
 
15.09.21 International protection in Poland: the first half of 2021. According to the information of the Office for Foreigners, 1678 people lodged applications for international protection during the first half of 2021. The main group of migrants seeking protection in Poland were citizens of Belarus, Russia Federation and Afghanistan. more>>
 
14.09.21 Refugees and housing: law and reality. With the drama in Afghanistan, the refugees issue has returned to the headlines. And perhaps it is time to remember that, with their gradual arrival, and in a changing context, the member states of the European Union have been applying integration policies with unequal results in which one can see a large gap between what the law says and what is applied afterwards. more>>
 
09.09.21 Serious violations of human rights and access to healthcare for new arrivals of asylum seekers on Lesvos island in 2021. During 2021, Greek and foreign human rights organisations witnessed severe violations of asylum seekers’ rights in the field of healthcare, even though civil society has repeatedly urged EU and Greek authorities to ensure a dignified and appropriate response for the prevention and control of the COVID-19 outbreak, including the cooperation with the foreigner communities on the Greek islands more>>
 
26.08.21. Polish-Belarusian Border: Asylum Seekers Stranded in Limbo. From the beginning of 2021, the officers from the Podlasie Border Guard Unit detained 871 people for unauthorized crossing of the Polish-Belarusian border (as per information dated on 9th of August). On the 4th of August alone, 62 people were detained for crossing the Polish-Belarusian border. more>>
 
21.07.21. EASO Asylum Report 2021: COVID-19 exposes strengths and weaknesses of EU asylum systems. On 29 June 2021, EASO published its Asylum Report 2021, which describes the situation and latest trends of asylum in the EU in 2020. The report provides that five countries (Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Myanmar) account for two-thirds of the world’s refugee population. more>>
 
20.07.21. Greece: A new report by Amnesty International Condemning Systematic Pushbacks. A report published by the human rights group condemns Greece for violently and illegally detaining refugees and migrants before pushing them back to Turkish territory, in contravention of human rights obligations under international and European Union law. more>>
 
17.06.21. World Refugee Day - A Hope for Solidarity: Asylum Seekers and Vaccination Campaigns in the EU. Since World Health Day on April 7th, equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines has been a cornerstone of the UNHCR’s call for solidarity with refugees and migrants. Ensuring the rights of all people regardless of their circumstance or country of origin, especially in the midst of a global pandemic, means ensuring equitable access to essential healthcare as a public good. more>> 
 
11.06.21. Legislative changes in the awarding of Greek citizenship render the social integration of refugees even more difficult. On Thursday, April 22, six months after the adoption of Law 4735/2020 which introduced changes to the system for awarding Greek citizenship, a very important Decision by the Ministry of Interior was published in the Government's Gazette more>>
 
09.06.21. The National Strategy on Migration of the Republic of Bulgaria 2021-2021. In March 2021, Bulgaria adopted its new national strategy in the field of migration management: the  National Strategy on Migration of the Republic of Bulgaria 2021-2025. more>>
 
26.05.21. Syrian reporters have started Spain’s first refugee-led news site. Baynana, meaning ‘between us’ in Arabic strives to prove useful and important information to the Arabic-speaking community in Spain, while building bridges between migrants, refugees, Spanish people of foreign origin, and the rest of society. more>>
 
24.05.2021. Germany: Higher Administrative Court revokes the return of beneficiaries of international protection to Greece. On 19 April 2021, the Higher Administrative Court of in Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, ruled that two Syrian refugees entitled to international protection in Greece cannot be returned to Greece from Germany. The Court indicated that the human rights of the women could be jeopardized if they were deported to Greece. more>>
 
21.05.2021. Denmark has revoked residency from Syrian refugees, as they have deemed Syria ‘safe’ for return.  This controversial decision has raised domestic and international criticism.
Denmark has begun revoking residency permits for refugees from Syria. A decade after the fighting in Syria that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced even more of the population started, the Danish government has decided that Damascus and neighbouring regions are now ‘safe to return to’. They are the first European country to come to this conclusion. more>>
 
20.05.2021. Recent investigations have linked EU border agency Frontex to illegal action resulting in the inhumane treatment and deaths of thousands of asylum seekers. Reports allege that Frontex engaged in misconduct and unlawful operations including violence and mistreatment during detention and transport aimed at preventing asylum seekers from reaching EU countries. more>>
 
18.05.2021. Violations of the right of refugees to education. A research of the Greek Ombudsman published on April 22, 2021 found serious violations of the basic rights of refugee children in education. This was found to be due to delays in individual procedures, inaction of the administration (especially in centers of reception and identification called KYT), understaffing (in reception classes, Reception Structures and Refugee Education, etc.), problems in the transfer of students, issues of structures due to pandemic, lack of places in schools, and the untimely creation of new ones. The Ombudsman this year collected data from all refugee mass accommodation structures operating under the supervision of the Ministry of Immigration and Asylum regarding the inclusion of children on the move (accompanied or unaccompanied) in schooling. more>>
26.04.2021. On World Health Day, the UNHCR called for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for refugees.  Policy action to ensure availability of vaccines for refugees and migrants throughout the EU has been inconsistent. more>>
 
09.04.2021 New EU-Afghanistan Joint Declaration on Migration. A renewed document called the 'Joint Declaration on Migration Cooperation between Afghanistan and the EU' will shortly be approved by the Council of the EU. The aim of this document is to facilitate and increase deportations from EU member states to Afghanistan, despite a growing security threat to civilians in the country. The ongoing deportations from the EU member states, which have been conducted from 2016, have already been strongly criticised by the human rights NGOs, which continue to voice their concerns on the continuous security threat for the Afghan returnees. more>>
 
08.04.2021 Kantar survey for UNHCR: Majority of Poles now in favour of accepting refugees A majority of Poles declares a favourable attitude towards accepting refugees in the country, according to a recent survey conducted by Kantar for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in January 2021. According to the latest research, the vast majority of Poles are convinced that refugees should be supported, and they are ready to provide the help needed to do so. As many as 77% of the respondents agreed with the statement that Poland should support those who are forced to flee their country. more>>
 
06.04.2021 Spain: Supreme Court confirms the right to free movement of asylum seekers throughout national territory. On 10 February 2021, the Chamber of Contentious-Administrative Proceedings of the Supreme Court of Spain issued its judgment, validating the right of asylum seekers to move freely throughout the national territory. more>>
 
01.04.2021 The Italian 2020 reform of the reception system. At the end of 2020, Italy enacted the Law 173/2020 (which converted the Law Decree 130/2020) and introduced amendments to the Security Decrees n. 113 of 2018 and n. 53 of 2019. more>>
 
09.03.2021 Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be responsible for visa applications Amendment to the Act on Foreigners (Journal of Laws 2020, item 35) provides a solution to shorten and facilitate national visa procedure. The novelisation came into force on 9 February 2021. According to the information from the official website of the Spokesman for small and medium-sized enterprises, the necessity to shorten visa procedures was raised by entrepreneurs in Poland. more >>
 
11.02.2021 Common position of V4 countries, Estonia and Slovenia on The New Pact on Migration and Asylum. In December 2020, the Polish Minister of Interior together with his counterparts in V4 countries, Estonia and Slovenia signed a common position on the EU’s proposal of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. more>>
 
01.02.20 International protection in Poland: 2020 overview Looking back at 2020 we can find out that there were two main tendencies that characterised migration trends to Poland. On the one hand, in 2020 number of people, non-EU citizens, who decided to settle down in Poland increased and statistics of various institutions (Office for Foreigners (UdSC), Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) or Central Statistical Office (GUS)) were dominated by economic migration. According to the Office for Foreigners, 281,000 applications for residence permits (+ 12% compared to 2019) were submitted by non-EU citizens during 2020. more>>
 
21.01.2021 Poland: New Migration Policy Document Announced. The Interministerial Migration Policy Team has recently published a document “Polish Migration Policy – Baseline Analysis” (“Polityka migracyjna Polski – diagnoza stanu wyjściowego”), which provides a description of the current state of affairs and aims to point in the direction of the new Polish migration policy. more>>
 
20.01.2021 Poland revises the Social Assistance Act. In 2020 the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in Poland proposed a draft amendment to the Social Assistance Act (Journal of Laws of  2020 item 1876). The legal act,  among other things, regulates the Individual Integration Programmes (IPI), assistance programme for recognised refugees, people granted subsidiary protection and their families in Poland. more>>
 
07.01.2021 Humans in the Loop (HITL) which employs asylum-seekers and refugees won the national prize for Employment-Related Social Innovation more>>
 
17.12.2020 Four areas of integration: EU Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion (2021-2027)
On the 24 November 2020, the European Commission has released Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion (2021-2027). more>>
 
16.12.2020 Awareness among Bulgarians about refugee-related issues decreases significantly, a new study shows
Awareness about refugees is very low and decreases further over the years. This is one of the main findings presented by UNHCR Bulgaria in their latest study on public opinions on refugee-related issues published on 11 November 2020. more>>
 
15.12.2020 Poland: Access to the labour market for holders of humanitarian visas
The amendment of the Act of 28th October 2020 on Foreigners facilitates the access to the labour market for some groups of migrants. According to the novelisation,  migrants with humanitarian visas or with “Poland. Business Harbour” annotation on visas can work legally with no additional permits. The Act of 28th October of 2020 amending the Act on Foreigners entered into force on 1st December 2020. more>>
 
27.11.2020 Awareness of refugee men of human rights
Peace Institute (Slovenia) conducted a focus group discussion with eight male beneficiaries of international protection who live in Slovenia for at least four years or more. The topic of focus group discussion was refugee experience with integration in Slovenia and the obstacles they are dealing with. more>>
 
14.10.2020  The influence of Covid-19 pandemic and preventive measures on lives of refugees in Slovenia. In the light of the global Covid-19 pandemic on March 12 2020 the epidemic was declared also in Slovenia. From that day on, several measures have been adopted on the state level to prevent further spread of the virus. In June and July 2020 we have conducted 45 interviews with refugees and asylum seekers, asking them about how these measures have influenced their lives. more>>
 
14.10.2020 Preliminary remarks on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. The European Commission launched the New Pact on Migration and Asylum on 23/09. Its complexity, which reflects the complexity of migration, allows for multiple considerations. more>>
 
08.10.2020 ISMU comments the new Pact on Migration and Asylum
On 23th September the European Commission presented the highly anticipated New Pact on Migration and Asylum, a reform package that changes and integrates most of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) by introducing new mechanisms. more>>
 
07.10.2020 Comments on the New Immigration and Asylum Pact of the European Union on behalf of “ANTIGONE"
The changes proposed by the new Immigration and Asylum Pact of the European Union (EU) are likely to lead to a recycling of existing EU policy deadlocks, as they are moving towards an institutional ratification of the EU increasingly restrictive policies. more>>
 
17.09.2020 Outsourcing asylum: the Danish government suggestion for the new EU asylum pact? 
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced that the EU's new pact on migration and asylum will be unveiled on 23th of September. According to Politico, the Commission previously planned to unveil the document on September 30, but the work on a long-delayed plan were intensified after the tragedy in Moria camp in Greece. The Danish government states for a new approach on migration to Europe outsourcing asylum and preventing people form entering Europe. more>>
 
16.09.2020 The Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw supports the Appeal to the Polish Authorities to evacuate children from the Moria camp initiated by the Polish Migration Forum Foundation.  Together with other humans rights and migrant organisations in Poland we demand the authorities to take responsibility and immediately admit unaccompanied migrants from the Moria camp. more>>>
 
15.09.2020 Moria fire: Call for urgent evacuation and radical change
On September 8 the fire broke out at Moira camp and destroyed the biggest camp in Europe, leaving over 12,000 people without any shelter. The  scale of human tragedy in Moria camp unveiled the insufficiency of the EU and national asylum policies, highlighted political crisis, divisions and reluctance in asylum responsibility sharing within the EU member states.  We strongly believe that it is a time for a change and urgent turn in migration and asylum policies towards new standards and attitudes that will respect human rights and dignity, ensure safety and improve reception and asylum mechanisms. more>>
 
15.09.2020 Briefing on the situation in Moria camp after the recent developments
Just after midnight, on September 8 the fire broke out at Moira camp and destroyed the biggest camp in Europe. New blazes continue to hit facilities while thousands of people are forced to sleep under improvised shelters in surrounding areas. more>>
 
03.09.2020 Poland elaborates mechanism of temporary protection for people from Belarus 
In Belarus mass protests continue since the 9 August presidential election. Tens of thousands of demonstrators take to the streets while media report dozens of people arrested and detained. Following the escalation of the political crisis in the neighbourhood country Poland declare willingness to provide support and reception to repressed Belarussians.   The Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki introduced a 5-point aid plan "Solidarity With Belarus”. more>>
 
01.09.2020 Poland simplified visa procedures for citizens of Belarus
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to reopen embassy, consulates, and visa centres in Belarus in response to the political turmoil and violent reaction of national authorities on protests all over the country. more>>
 
31.08.2020 Italy is expected to improve hosting system for asylum seekers
After submitting asylum application the person enters the first phase of her or his life on a new place full of uncertainties and challenges related to long-lasting administrative procedure,  facing difficulties related to inability to work and meet basic needs, ensure appropriate housing nad heath care for themselves and family members. more>>
 
27.08.2020 Step forward in asylum procedure  for women asylum-seekers from Chechnya
The Viovidship Administrative Court stated in judgement that the Council for Refugee Affairs is responsible for examination of the situation of women in the country of origin in the context of the risk of being victims of domestic violence. more>>>
 
27.08.2020 Italy: Excluding asylum seekers from civil registration is  irrational and unconstitutional
Italian Constitutional Court stated that excluding asylum seekers from civil registration in the Italian Registry Office is constitutionally illegitimate and violates the principal of “equal social dignity”. more>>
 
27.08.2020 Handcrafting: employment, art and therapy
According to the newest report of the international research project NIEM (The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism ) vocational training presents one of the diverse dimensions of effective and long-term integration of beneficiaries of international protection in a new environment. more>>>
 
26.08.2020 Security of European shores for the price of human lives
While EU member states and EU institutions are divided, can not elaborate any effective solutions to face the humanitarian crisis and are unable to eliminate tragic consequences of desperate journeys and protect human lives, the international community witnesses multiply deaths and tragic accidents on various migration routs to the EU. more>>>
 
25.08.2020 COVID-19 pandemic and the situation of refugees and asylum seekers in Poland: overview of challenges based on the case of Warsaw and Warsaw metropolitan area
In the case of refugees - as in the case of other socially vulnerable groups – the coronavirus pandemic highlighted lack of actions and processes neglected by central and local institutions in Poland. The text sums up main difficulties and challenges that asylum seekers and refugees experienced due to pandemic and introduction of anti-pandemic measurements in Poland, especially in the capital city Warsaw. more>>>
 
24.08.2020 Migration after BREXIT How will the future British migration policy affect asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants?
The transition period for the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, commonly known as BREXIT, will end on December 31st, 2020. The British Home Office has already published a new policy regarding migration to the UK as this topic was one of the most influential to the debate around leaving the EU. A new points-based program and the enforcement of UK external borders shall limit migration and especially stop the entry of refugees and asylum seekers over the English Channel. more>>>
 
19.08.2020 Lithuania express willingness to grant protection to Belarusian citizens
Although the national external borders remain closed due to anti-covid  measures Lithuania express willingness to grant protection to Belarusian citizens  in relation to the political turmoil in the neighbourhood country. more>>
 
19.08.2020 The ECHR ruled:  the Polish border guards violated the right to asylum procedure
The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Polish border guards violated several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights by repeatedly sending asylum seekers back to Belarus in 2017.more>> 
 
18. 08.2020 International protection in Poland: 1st half of 2020
The Office For Foreigners (UDSC abbreviation in polish) summed up the  first half od 2020.  The newest data confirm that the national authorities maintain unfavourable environment for asylum seekers. more>>
 
18.08.2020 COVID-19 hamper relocations - authorities refused relocation of a Syrian family to Lithuania.
Lithuania's cabinet of ministers blocked the resettlement of a Syrian family to the country, quoting COVID-19 risks. At the same time, it has allowing several third-country basketball teams to enter the country for training camps. more>>
 
17.08.2020 People remain stranded in overcrowded camps in Greece as relocations and transfers slow down. National authorities revoke repatriations
Official figures confirmed that there are currently almost 100,000 asylum applications pending in Greece. The UNHCR released the newest data, that around 120,000 asylum seekers (39,700 people on the islands and 80,300 on the mainland)  are currently stay in Greece. The findings shows that the majority of asylum seekers comes from Afghanistan and Syria.more>>
 
10.08.2020 The European benchmark for refugee integration: Are EU countries improving their policies? Findings of the new NIEM report
The new NIEM Comprehensive European Report  has assessed the refugee integration framework of 14 EU member states as of 2019, using 120 indicators and scoring country results on a scale from 0 to 100. In a Q&A with the coordinating researchers of the project, Carmine Conte and Alexander Wolffhardt from the Migration Policy Group explain the key lessons from the first evaluation study. more>>
 
4.08.2020 COVID-19 and its effects on refugees and asylums seekers How will the Virus affect future European migration and asylum policy?
The outbreak of the novel COVID-19 virus has quickly escalated into a global pandemic, resulting in crisis that affects people worldwide. The measures taken by States and State actors heavily implicated restrictions on individual mobility and basic rights. The vulnerability of certain groups and the overcoming of the global crisis are the justification of such measures, but how do these policies affect refugees and asylum seekers? And even more so, how do these steps shape future migration and asylum policies more>>
 
3.08.2020 Parliament approved an amendment to Portugal’s ‘’Law on Nationality’’.
New regulation provides easier access to citizenship for children (born in Portugal) of migrants who have held a residence permit and lived in Portugal for a year. more>>.
 
2.08.2020 Romania: draft National Strategy on Immigration under public debate
In Romania, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) has put in public consultation a draft of the National Strategy on Immigration for the period 2020-2023. It is a necessary and long awaited document. The previous national strategy was due in 2018, and since then, there is no guiding policy regarding the sector. more>>>
 
16.07.20 The 1st Forum of Cross-cultural and Roma Assistants in Poland
The first Forum of Cross-cultural and Roma Assistants in Poland was held (online) by the Foundation for Social Diversity (FSD) on 30th of June. Cross-cultural Assistants and Roma Assistants in schools in Poland help to overcome the greatest challenges related to education and integration in a multicultural school environment. more>>>
15.07.2020 Refugees exposed to homelessness in Greece
A new law adopted in March 2020 shortens the period for recognized refugees from six months to 30 days to make a transition from organized accommodation and basic support to an independent living. In practice, the new regulation put at risk of poverty and homelessness thousands of people,  pushed refugees again on the edge of uncertainties and fear about their lives. more>>>
 
13.07.2020 Germany stands for reforming EU migration and asylum policy 
The German presidency of the Council of the European Union from the 1st of July to the 31st of December seems to be overshadowedby the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, which affects every corner of daily political and social life. The question comes to mind whether the presidency will focus solely on resolving the crisis, or if Germany can use its presidency to implement the rightsteps needed in urging matters regarding the European Union. more>>>
 
12.07.2020 Germany leads the work on the reform the Common European Asylum System
In Autumn 2019  Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Vice-President Margaritis Schinas delared the one of priorities for the European Commission would be the intensive work on sufficient solutions on European migration and asylum policies. more>>>
 
11.07.2020 How Eurostat will collect the data on migration?
The European Council for Refugees and Exiles explains the new mechanism of collecting data by the Eurostat, as on the middle of June the European Parliament adopted the proposal on the reform of the Migration Statistics Regulation, governing the asylum and migration data supplied by Member States to Eurostat. more>>>
 
9.07.2020 Hungary’s new asylum law makes it harder for people to gain protection
In May 2020 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Hungary’s  measures of keeping the asylum seekers in the transit zones should be classified as a detention and were illegal.  Nevertheless, the Prime ‘Minister Viktor Orban’s government continued to follow it’s extreme anti-immigrant policies. more>>>
 
16.06.2020 Relocations of unaccompanied children to EU+: contribution of states, cities and civic society  
Since 2015, almost 1,400 unaccompanied children have been transferred from Greece to another EU+ state in aim to address overcrowding in reception centres. more>>>
 
09.06.2020 Standard Minimum in Integration – the new document elaborated in Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot
Metropolitan Area Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot is the first Metropolitan Area in Poland, where the authorities presented the document which provides minimal standards for public institutions involved into multi-dimensional integration of migrants. more>>>
08.06.20 Bulgaria: What was the anti-Covid-19 measures impact on migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers
In Bulgaria the „state of emergency” ended on 13 May but it was replaced by „emergency epidemic situation” which will be in place until 14 June. What were the measures the state authorities implemented to prevent the outbreak of corona virus and how did it impact on situation ofmigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers? more>>>
04.06.20 Anti-covid measures and employment: overview of the situation in Spain 
Employment is an important issue for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, in views of organising life in a new environment. The health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic over the EU members states only unveils vulnerabilities that create barriers in finding employment and make them work on unfavourable conditions and temporary contracts,or push migrants to work without contracts and no rights to social security and public benefits. more>>>
29.05.2020 The Italian regularization of migrants
The Italian agricultural sector, from May to October, makes use of seasonal migrant workers entering through the national quota system. Because of the current health emergency, this kind of regular entry system was blocked with a consequent negative impact on the primary national system. The agricultural crop could have suffered serious damage so the government decided to regularize foreign workers already in Italy without a residence permit. more>>
28.05.2020 State of emergency in Spain: how the border lockdown impacts on asylum seekers and migrants
In response to the coronavirus outbreak the Spanish government introduced a state of emergency on March, 14th. The Royal Decree came into force the next day. On March, 16th Spain close its borders and the Government posed restrictions on travel for third-country nationals. Although the new regulation did not suspend the right to asylum, the number of asylum applications has dropped significantly. From the 9th to the 15th of March 3,800 applications were filed, whilst the third week of March after the beginning of the quarantine only 25 were registered. more>>>
28.05.2020  State of emergency in Hungary
Amid coronavirus pandemic, on 11th March, 2020, the Government of Hungary declared the state of emergency , what empowers the government to adopt decisions that deviate from the legislation and provide only measures that are necessary to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. On 30 March 2020, the Hungarian Parliament adopted a “coronavirus law” and empowered the government to continue its emergency operation for an undetermined period. more>>>
11.05.2020 International protection in Poland: 1st quarter of 2020
The Office for Foreigners shared the newest data on the international protection in Poland. There were 899 applicants for international protection, including 567 first-time claims,  in the 1st quarter of 2020. This represents a 6% decrease in the number of asylum applications compared to the same period a year ago. People with Russian (594), Ukrainian (66), Tajik (53), Georgian (27) and Turkish (24) citizenships lodged the most of all applications. more>>>
21.04.2020 Challenging period for Slovenia: coronavirus outbreak and the new  right-wing government
Slovenia is the first state to declare the end of the COVID-19 epidemic within its territory. Nevertheless, it remain to be a challenging period for the country. Slovenia faced not only coronavirus threat but also further-reaching political changes as soon as the right-wing conservative opposition formed the new government. more>>>
 25.04.2020 COVID-19 outbreaks in Greek refugee camps
NGOs raise concerns about the dramatic sanitation condition in overcrowded migrants camps on five Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Currently more than 34,875 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers stay in camps on islands of Chios, Kos, Leros, Lesvos, and Samos.more>>>
25.04.2020 COVID-19 in Greece: How the government manages access to asylum in time of pandemic
In response to the Corona virus COVID-19 the Greek government through acts of legislative content and ministerial acts  has gradually provided restrictions since the end of February 2020 more>>
23.04.2020 Poland: Deportations continued despite the nationwide lockdown
In response to coronavirus outbreak EU member states provided restrictive measures to limit  migration. In March EU leaders confirmed the closure of the EU’s external and Schengen borders and  banned "non-essential" travel to the bloc. Restrictions aimed to tackle the Coronavirus public health crisis put under the question the right to asylum in some member states. more>>>
21.04.2020 The Austrian Ministry of the Interior introduce measures to suspend access to the asylum procedures for the people seeking protection in Austria. more>>
Lithuania: how the nationwide quarantine impact on refugees and migrants
Amidst the coronavirus epidemic, the Lithuanian government has announced a nationwide quarantine which came into effect on 16th of March. The measures include closing state borders, educational institutions, client-servicing businesses, bars, restaurants and shops, excluding groceries and pharmacies. more>>>
Romania: supporting migrants in times of pandemic
Refugees and beneficiaries of international protection are among the most vulnerable groups facing the Covid-19 outbreak. In Romania, civil society organizations continue to work with the state, and pressuring the state, to provide the necessary supports to the migrants. more>>>
Access to the labour market for asylum applicants in Belgium
As EU countries have implemented preventive restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic and frizzed travels and border crossing, some of the members states share concerns regarding the crisis in the agri-food sector. more>>> 
Anti-crisis shield act 2.0 extends all types of residency in Poland
Spokesman for the Office for Foreigners Jakub Dudziak has announced that, the novelization of the project Anti-crisis Shield Act 2.0 contains solutions  that will allow to extend all types of residency, which would expire during the epidemic, including the stay in Poland on the basis of visa-free travel or Schengen visas also issued by the other EU Member State or long-term visa issued by another European Union Member State other than a Schengen State more>>>
09.04.2020 How quarantine measures regulate migration in Italy?
The key measures aimed to face challenges brought by the COVID-19 in Italy have been provided through different ministerial acts from the end of February. On the 4th of March the epidemiological state  and mandatory lockdown was declared at the national level. 
07.04.2020 Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic “failed to fulfill their obligations under European Union law” – the ECJ ruled
The European Court of Justice statedMarch 2nd, 2020 that three EU member states – the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary -  have broke EU law by refusing to uphold their obligations regarding the relocation and resettlement scheme of forced migrants stuck in Italy and Greece more>>>
26.02.20 Spain: Reform proposal of the Asylum Law in Spain what is proposed? Pushed by challenges related to migration management and reception procedures, the Spanish government is working on a proposal for the reform of asylum law. The European Council on Refugees and Exiles comments the propositions of novelization. more>>>
24.02.20 Belgium:  Minister of Asylum and Migration Maggie announced two new measures  intended to  restrain reception of asylum seekers who have bypassed EU asylum rules. more >>>
06.12.19 Romania: new legislation is expected to strengthen the policy framework for migrants’ integration. The Romanian Parliament has recently passed legislation aiming at improving the integration of beneficiaries of international protection in the Romanian society. By amending the national legislation on social inclusion of migrants, the Parliament is introducing stronger instruments for cooperation between central and local governments, and the civil society organizations. Access to education and housing are among the areas expected to improve. The new legislation is expected to strengthen the policy framework for migrant’s integration, an area previously shown as week by the NIEM evaluation tool. more>>>
20.11.19 Poland: Diverse possibilities with some implementation troubles - refugee and migrant children support in Polish education system. Although the national legislation guarantees the children who are not Polish citizens the equal access to education and care in public kindergartens and primary schools and junior high schools on the same basis as Polish citizens, do the children with refugee background fully benefit from this right? more>>>
20.11.19 France: Government announces tougher measures on immigration and integration. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe unveiled twenty measures on immigration and integration last November 6th 2019. more>>>
14.11.19 Poland: The right to education: Access of children with migration experience to Polish schools of different levels. 30 years after the adoption of  the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a moment to remind it and take measures to strengthen awareness, understanding and the actual realisation of children’s rights worldwide. more>>>
13.11.19 Greece: The new controversial law on asylum that has been introduced in Greece includes sweeping changes that narrow the criteria for eligibility for refugee status and introduces several stringent provisions that, if not strictly followed, would render one’s asylum’s application void. more>>>
17.10.19 Brexit - UK withdrawal from the EU’s Dublin System.  What  implications are expected for asylum policy and for vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in Europe. Answers ca be found in a  new report prepared by the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Committee. more>>>
02.09.19 Sweden: The consequences of the new Swedish government after the 2018 national election and the extension of the temporary migration law. It took 131 days to form a government after the 2018 national elections, which is a record number of days for Sweden. more>>>
 
01.08.19 New Greek government announced trends of the changes within immigration policy plans. It is a fact that new immigration policy of Greece tends to be less liberal and tolerant than the previous one. Although Prime Minister Mitsotakis asked from his ministers to focus their actions on the immediate future on issues that will include the immediate improvement of living conditions for refugees and migrants in Greece, especially for vulnerable groups, with top priority given to the protection of unaccompanied children living in the country, there will also be a strengthening of the protection of European borders, especially the maritime borders, with a new integrated plan, which will place the European force (FRONTEX) under Greek command with clear operational rules of action.more>>>
 
30.06.19 Sweden: Regulations on the residence permit for beneficiaries of international protection in Sweden. The Swedish Riskdag extended the restrictive temporary law on residence permits until July 2021. Asylum seekers granted refugee status and subsidiary protection will continue to receive residence permits of three-year and thirteen-month duration respectively, rather than permanent residence permits, however, the regulation will lift the ban on family reunification for subsidiary protection beneficiaries. 
The Swedish Refugee Law Centre has criticised the reform for prolonging lower protection standards without an impact assessment based on the current situation in Sweden. more>>>
 
20.06.19 Slovenia: Strategy in the field of migration finally in the making in Slovenia. There is no strategy on integration of refugees in Slovenia, neither a strategy on integration of migrants in general. The only strategy that exists is the one on working migrants for the period 2010–2020 and even this one is not very »useful« since it was prepared during the economic / financial crisis and the reality in last years is completely different than it was in 2010 more>>>
15.05.19 At the beginning of the 2019 Lithuania has offered to receive up to five persons who have been rescued at sea by the boat Sea Watch 3. The decision was welcomed by UNHCR as an “important message of responsibility-sharing and example” for other countries to translate a good will into concrete action. The Refugees Reception Centre is providing newest information on  asylum seeker and asylum granted  population in Lithuania. According to the latest overview, there were 53 foreigners granted asylum staying in The Refugees Reception Centre in April 2019 (http://www.rppc.lt/3190/faktai-ir-skaiciai.html) 
During Seventy-second World Health Assembly WHO member states have approved a  five-year global action plan for migrant health. The document focuses on providing universal  health coverage, strengthening the humanitarian response and monitoring of the health of refugees and migrants worldwide. The plan bases on a number of overarching guiding principles and priorities. It encourages member states to  “promote  the right to health,  support actions to minimize vulnerability to ill-health and to address the social determinants of health by promoting refugees’ and migrants’ ability to access promotive, preventive, curative and palliative health services”. The Secretariats report on Promoting the Health of Refugees and Migrants: more>>>
05.04.19 France
New integration measures entered into force on March 1st, 2019.
The provisions of the Law on asylum and migration, adopted in France on September 10th 2018, related to integration entered into force on March 1st, 2019. They strengthen linguistic and civic trainings, foster the right to family reunification as well as access to social rights. more>>>
 01.03.19, Hungary
Hungary’s top court rejects petition to annul ’Stop Soros’ law

The Hungarian Constitutional Court has rejected a petition by the Hungarian branch of human rights watchdog Amnesty International to scrap a controversial refugee law criminialising individuals and NGOs helping migrants. more >>>
21.02.2019, Denmark
Denmark’s parliament passes 'paradigm change' asylum bill

New legislation providing for what has been described by its proponents as a ‘paradigm shift’ in Denmark’s refugee and asylum policy was passed by parliament on Thursday.
The government, the Danish People’s Party and the Social Democrats all voted in favour of the legislation, which has been the subject of criticism by humanitarian organisations. more>>>
New Italian security decree adds to unofficial clampdown on aid to asylum seekers
New decree law on immigration and security, known as “salvini law”, brings far-reaching restrictions for Italian system of protection. more>>>
Legislative initiative for separate act establishing humanitarian visas.
The European Parlament, backed by 429 MEPs, 194 voted against and 41 abstained, upheld legislative initiative for separate act establishing humanitarian visas. The Commission is requested to prepare the legislative proposal till 31 march 2019. 
Surveys alarm that 90% of those granted international protection in EU member states had arrived through irregular means. The European Parlament highlights the role and responsibility of European Union to establish clear lagislative framework for humanitarian visas procedure. 
Those initiative is expected to improve the efficiency of measures to combat human smuggling and prevent drastic death and suffering on the migration routes. Any consulate or embassy of a Member State will assess visa applications  on a prima facie basis. Moreover, the initiative tends to serve for strengthening security within EU member states. According to assumptions „each applicant would be subject to a security screening via the relevant national and European databases to ensure that they do not pose a security risk”. more>>
03.12.2018 Danmark

New restrictions for refugees in the finance act 2019 in Danmark. 
Worrying changes toward tightening anti-immigration policies are declared in Denmark. The government and Danish People’s Party have agreed on finance act for 2019. New restrictions for refugees and asylum-seekers are included. Revoking  or denying extension of various residence permit, constraint during border control, more severe punishment for breaking rules by refugee-seekers up to 40 days unconditional prosion, displacement of  „unwanted” imigrants to Lindholm Island, limited access to education for refugee and asylum-seekers children  -  these are few of initiatives proposed by authorities as a continuation  of policy course of tighter migration laws https://goo.gl/ELi7pm  
 
23.11.2018 FRANCE

New law brings positive changes for the integration of refugees
On September 10th 2018, a new law on asylum and migration was adopted in France. With regards to the integration of refugees the law brings some positive changes, with regards to residence permits, language courses or support to access the labour market more>>> 
 
16.11.2018,  MALTA

New residency rights for failed asylum seekers in Malta
The new policy will grant failed asylum seekers, who have demonstrated integration efforts the right to obtain a more stable, two-year residency permit. The Specific Residence Authorisation Policy was launched on 16 November in collaboration between the Ministry for Home Affairs of Malta and National Security and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification of Administrative Processes. more>>>
 
29.06.2018, HUNGARY

Hungary passes anti-immigrants "Stop Soros" laws

Hungary’s parliament has passed a series of laws that criminalise any individual or group that offers to help an illegal immigrant claim asylum. The legislation restricts the ability of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to act in asylum cases and was passed in defiance of the European Union and human rights groups. More: