News from the Borders

Here I would like to inform you regularly about the most important developments and decisions in European asylum and migration policy and keep you up to date about what is currently happening at the European external borders. The Border-News now daily directly to your mobile phone: Here’s the Telegram-Channel. 04.08.2021: Deportation flight to Afghanistan stopped +++ Lithuania considers 508 kilometer long …

Question: Does the EU support closed mass camps in Greece?

On 28.5.2021 the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum published a tender for the construction of the planned new "multi-purpose reception and identification centres" on Lesvos and Chios. A total of €142 million will be allocated for this purpose. The tender explicitly mentions that these will be "closed, controlled structures", 100 % of which will be financed with funds from the European …

Question: Construction of walls around Greek refugee camps

The Greek government is building more and more walls around the mass camps. This separates the refugees from the local population and makes the camps look more and more like prisons. That is why I, together with other MEPs, have asked the Commission what its position is on the construction and whether it is being supported with EU funds. The Commission replied, …

On its 70th birthday, the Geneva Convention on Refugees lies dying

Tomorrow we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Refugee Convention (GRC). The Refugee Convention is the most important document for the protection of refugees. A total of 149 states have signed up to it. But in the meantime it has become increasingly obvious that Europe is using force to close itself off instead of helping people in need. This is out of touch with history and a breach of the principles of the rule of law and …

What was important this week

Here, at the end of the week, I give an overview of my work and the currently important debates and issues in the European Parliament. Calendar week 28/2021 Outcome of the Frontex Scrutiny Group For four months, the European Parliament has been investigating allegations against Frontex in the Frontex Scrutiny Group. During the investigation it has become very clear that there are systemic problems at …

Open letter to Heiko Maas on deportations to Afghanistan

The Taliban are conquering more and more territory, people are fleeing and the Afghan Government asked for a ban on deportations. I have taken all these events as an opportunity to write a letter to Heiko Maas. I ask him to reassess the current security situation in the situation report independently of any domestic political motives and in accordance with the new findings and developments …

EU Parliament adopts migration fund: almost €10 billion for asylum, migration and integration

The €9.88 billion Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) for 2021-2027 aims to strengthen the common European asylum policy. We have achieved that funds can be applied for directly by regional and local authorities, so that EU states can no longer so easily prevent funding for committed cities and regions. As asylum spokesperson for the Greens/EFA in the European …

A chronology of civilian rescue at sea

Tens of thousands of people drowned while fleeing in the Mediterranean. Instead of rescuing people, civilian sea rescuers are increasingly blocked and criminalized. Here I have written a chronicle of the civilian sea rescue of the past years. Background Silvio Berlusconi and Muammar al-Gaddafi signed a friendship treaty in 2008, in which Berlusconi apologized on behalf of Italy for colonial crimes and Gaddafi committed himself to …

Question: Readmissions between Turkey and Greece

Greece rejects asylum applications from people seeking protection and issues exit orders to Turkey. However, Turkey has not allowed any readmissions for over a year now – people have to leave, but cannot. This leads to a situation „of perpetual refugees“ living in miserable conditions in Greece because they no longer receive benefits. I …

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