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Arkiveringsdatum 190609:

Aftonbladet debatt 19-95-25:

Europeerna vill ha en ny Berlinmur till sidans topp

Martin Aagård

Migrationen har visst blivit en ödesfråga - utvandringskritiska rörelser växer i Europa

Det är dags att ta bort skygglapparna.

Visst är migrationen en ödesfråga för Europa.

Desperationen är på sina håll så stark att flera nationer är beredda att stänga gränserna. Men inte nödvändigtvis för muslimska flyktingar. Utan för de egna medborgarna.

30 år efter att den revs vill stora delar av Europa resa en ny Berlinmur för att hindra folk att fly utomlands.

- Stäng landet för migration och ni kommer att skapa det perfekta äldreboendet!

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Medium 19-06- 01:

Remembering Youssef: Tracing the hidden violence along the EU's external border till sidans topp

Author: Karolína Augustová

I met Youssef the first week I arrived in Velika Kladu?a (Bosnia and Herzegovina). He was a tall young man, in his early 20's, very skinny, with dark black hair, and gentle contours on his face. I saw him walking in the main square, looking tired and with each step, his chin was falling. When we started talking, he occasionally closed his eyes for few seconds, but when I touched his shoulder to ensure he was fine, he opened them and continued in conversation like nothing happened. He said that he had just returned from the Croatian border and showed me bruises and scratches around his chin, arms and belly.

After seeing a doctor, we went for a coffee. Slowly pulling from his cigarette, he described how the Croatian authorities had caught him and violently brought him back to Bosnia; a narrative that I would hear almost daily for the following eight months. The border patrols had smashed his phone, stole his money, ripped his passport apart, laughed at him when he asked for asylum, and then took him to the Bosnian border, hit him several times with batons and shouted at him to run back to Bosnia.

Later, Youssef talked about his mother, how much he loved her. He asked if he could call her from my phone. He hid his cigarettes and said: "My mum still sees me as a small boy, she does not know I am smoking". When the camera opened, his mother was surprised and happy to see him. Youssef attempted to give her a smile, but she started crying and told him to come home. He refused because, as he said, he left his country to help his family; not to "fail". At the end of the call, he promised his mother that he was going to keep trying to reach Europe.

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Arkiveringsdatum 190503:

The Nation 19-04-24:

John Washington: What would an open-borders world actually look like? till sidans topp

Borders have turned the American Southwest, the Mediterranean, and countless other areas of our world into unnecessary graveyards for migrants. It's time for a new way.

In the summer of 1947, the British lord and lawyer Sir Cyril Radcliffe found himself in charge of the fate of a subcontinent. As the freshly appointed head of the Boundary Commission, he was tasked with dividing up the British India territories of Bengal and Punjab-and he had just a few weeks to complete the task.

After three and a half centuries of brutal and exploitative involvement in the region, the last 90 years as official imperial overlord of the British Raj, the United Kingdom was officially abdicating colonial rule. Deeply in debt from two world wars, and facing pressure from increasingly militant anti-colonial movements, the UK was to cede control of the crown jewel of the British Empire to its inhabitants. It was left to Radcliffe to sort out the borderlines of the new territories.

What Radcliffe and his commission contrived was to divide the subcontinent according to religion: The so-called "Radcliffe line" separated a Hindu-majority India in the center from Muslim-majority East and West Pakistan on its wings, with a smattering of independent princely states throughout. But neat division wasn't remotely possible, and what resulted was a labyrinthine confusion of over 100 enclaves (a portion of a nation entirely inside another nation), counter-enclaves (an enclave within an enclave), and even a counter-counter-enclave, in which a little pocket of India sat in a little pocket of East Pakistan which sat in a bigger pocket of India which was entirely enisled in East Pakistan. His carving done, and the heat of the subcontinent not agreeing with him, Radcliffe returned to England.

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Arkiveringsdatum 190302:

Medium krönika 19-02-18:

On a World without Borders till sidans topp

Aranyo Aarjan

A coalition of campaigning groups has carried out a series of direct actions last week, aimed at the Home Office's inhumane immigration policies. Beginning on Monday, the Home Office itself was put on trial, as its policies were held to question by a people's tribunal at their Marsham Street office. On Wednesday morning, campaigners dyed the fountain outside the Home Office red to symbolise the blood on their hands. The entrances were blockaded for three hours. Two people were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. There was a further anti-raids workshop in front of the immigration reporting centre at Becket House on Friday.

The actions had been planned to take place in the wake of last week's sentencing of the Stansted 15, activists who had prevented a deportation charter flight headed to West Africa from taking off at Stansted Airport in March 2017, who faced a guilty verdict on terrorism charges in December last year.

On the very same morning the Stansted 15 were sentenced, narrowly avoiding prison, yet another deportation charter flight took off carrying 40 people, the first one to Jamaica since the Windrush scandal broke headlines less than a year ago. This highlights the absolute necessity to call on the Home Office to answer for the damage it continues to cause, as this week's actions have been aimed at bringing to light. The fight is far from over.

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Arkiveringsdatum 190209:

Metro UK 19-01-26:

I spoke to 48 refugees trying to reach Britain about why they want to come here till sidans topp

Clare MoseleyDirector of Care4Calais

Since small dinghies full of terrified men, women and children started arriving in British waters in late December, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has been questioning whether they are 'genuine' refugees and what we can do to stop them coming.

The grubby deal to ship refugees back to France - rather than hearing their asylum claim and seeing whether Britain could offer them protection - is the latest iteration of that approach.

At its root, Javid's view of the situation ignores the answers to some crucial questions: who are the people arriving on our shores? Where have they come from? Why are they trying to reach the UK?

So, to help Mr Javid, we went in search of facts. Four volunteers and I spent a cold, wet Sunday afternoon in Calais talking to 48 people who are trying to reach Britain to apply for asylum.

We wanted to hear straight from the source about what their stories were. The group we talked to was mostly Iranian but included several Afghans and some people from African countries, too.

Our 'survey' wasn't scientific. But I think it's still useful: we wanted to help paint a picture of who the people on our TV screens are, where they came from, and why they seem willing to take horrific risks to reach the UK.

Here's what we found:

We started with why they had left their home country. The most common reason given by Iranians was persecution, mostly political (45 per cent) but some religious (18 per cent) and sexual (two per cent), too. Most of the Afghans and Africans said they were fleeing war or conflict.

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Arkiveringsdatum 190123:

Harpers Magazine 19-01-20:

Without a Trace - Missing, in an age of mass displacement till sidans topp

Matthew Wolfe report: In December 2015, a twenty-two-year-old man named Masood Hotak left his home in Kabul, Afghanistan, and set out for Europe. For several weeks, he made his way through the mountains of Iran and the rolling plateaus of Turkey. When he reached the city of Izmir, on the Turkish coast, Masood sent a text message to his elder brother Javed, saying he was preparing to board a boat to Greece. Since the start of the journey, Javed, who was living in England, had been keeping tabs on his younger brother s progress. As Masood got closer to the sea, Javed had felt increasingly anxious. Winter weather on the Aegean was unpredictable, and the ramshackle crafts used by the smugglers often sank. Javed had even suggested Masood take the longer, overland route, through Bulgaria, but his brother had dismissed the plan as excessively cautious.

In December 2015, a twenty-two-year-old man named Masood Hotak left his home in Kabul, Afghanistan, and set out for Europe. For several weeks, he made his way through the mountains of Iran and the rolling plateaus of Turkey. When he reached the city of Izmir, on the Turkish coast, Masood sent a text message to his elder brother Javed, saying he was preparing to board a boat to Greece. Since the start of the journey, Javed, who was living in England, had been keeping tabs on his younger brother's progress. As Masood got closer to the sea, Javed had felt increasingly anxious. Winter weather on the Aegean was unpredictable, and the ramshackle crafts used by the smugglers often sank. Javed had even suggested Masood take the longer, overland route, through Bulgaria, but his brother had dismissed the plan as excessively cautious.

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Arkiveringsdatum 181018:

Dagens Nyheter 16-09-18:

"Skapa en frizon för flyktingar i Sverige" till sidans topp

/Asylnytt: Artikeln porträtterar en av årets ekonomipristagare. OBSERVERA ARTIKELNS DATUM/

Sverige kan upprätta en frizon för flyktingar där de ska vara helt självförsörjande. De får i så fall leva och arbeta där, utan att kosta något för svenska skattebetalare. Det föreslår Paul Romer, tillträdande chefsekonom vid Världsbanken.

Paul Romer är en världsberömd amerikansk ekonom, sedan länge väntad som mottagare av ekonomipriset till Alfred Nobels minne.

Hans stora forskningsinsats gäller teorin om endogen tillväxt, där den ekonomiska tillväxten förklaras av faktorer som teknisk utveckling och ökad kunskap.

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Men det är i en intervju med DN som han släpper loss sina idéer:

- Flyktingfrågan är ett jättelikt problem, men det finns möjliga lösningar. Sverige, som är ett glesbefolkat land, skulle kunna hyra ut ett landområde av Hongkongs storlek. Där kunde man ta emot miljontals människor som får försörja sig själva och inte behöver kosta något.

Som jämförelse kan nämnas att Hongkong har en yta som motsvarar Ölands och en befolkning på över sju miljoner.

- Det viktiga är då att denna frizon ska räknas som en fristående enhet, med egna lagar och regler - inte som en del av Sverige. De som bor där ska inte bli svenska medborgare, utan leva sitt liv helt separat från övriga samhället, framhåller Paul Romer.

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Arkiveringsdatum 180804:

IPS News 18-07-18:

Immigration, Lot of Myths and Little Reality till sidans topp

by Roberto Savio

According to the latest statistics, the total flow of immigrants that reached Europe so far in 2018 is 50.000 people, compared with 186,768 last year, 1,259,955 in 2016 and 1,327,825 in 2015. The difference between reality and perceptions is so astonishing, we are clearly witnessing one of the most brilliant manipulations in history.

The latest survey carried out of 23,000 citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States shows an enormous level of disinformation. In five of those countries, people believe that immigrants are three times higher than they actually are.

Italians believe they account for 30% of the population when the figure is actually 10%, an average which is lower than the media of the European Union. Swedes are those closest to reality: they believe immigrants account for 30%, when in fact the figure is 20%.

Italians also believe that 50% of the immigrants are Muslim, when in fact it is 30%; conversely, 60% of the immigrants are Christian, and Italians think they are 30%.

In all six countries, citizens think that immigrants are poorer and without education or knowledge, and therefore a heavy financial burden. Italians think that 40% of immigrants are jobless, when the figure is close to 10%, no different from the general rate of unemployment.

Meanwhile, the 7th report on the economic impact of immigration in Italy from the Leone Moressa Foundation, which based its research on Italian Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) data, has presented some totally ignored facts.

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Arkiveringsdatum 180718:

ECRE kommentar 18-06-29:

Protecting migrants - value of life and respect of the dead till sidans topp

By Syd Bolton & Catriona Jarvis, Co-Conveners, the Last Rights Project

Migrants' and refugees' lives have become increasingly devalued through a political rhetoric and practices in 'developed' countries that classifies them as an unwanted problem - a threat to their economy, resources, cultural coherence and even security rather than acknowledging the positive and varied contributions they make to the societies they arrive in. Where no legal access to escape persecution and violence or seek a way out of poverty exist, an alternative and deeply risky travel network for the unwanted now spans the globe. In the seas separating Europe, Africa and Asia, and land borders between Central America and the USA, on the oceans between Myanmar and Bangladesh, Australia and East Asia, in the high security border zones of Calais and Melilla, and many other places, death is the common currency of migration when the direction is from countries with less resources to countries with more. Freight trains, unseaworthy vessels, container trucks, perilous walks through hostile terrains are now the standard forms of transport for so many. Whether refugee or migrant the journey, the risks and resulting deaths are the same.

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Arkiveringsdatum 180625:

ETC ledare 18-06-19:

Somar Al Naher: Äger du ett svenskt pass? Grattis! till sidans topp

Utan passet är dina rättigheter idag nästan lika med noll. Som människa är du inget. Det borde åtminstone mana till eftertanke.

Äger du ett svenskt pass är det bara att gratulera. Med den vinröda saken i handen kan du flyga kors och tvärs över hela världen. Har du däremot ett syriskt pass kommer du ingenstans. Så har världen sett ut ett tag men på sommaren blir skillnaden extra tydlig.

Ett svenskt pass och en medelinkomst kan ta dig till en restaurang i Tokyo, en strand i Madrid eller en retreat på Sri Lanka. Välj vad du vill, hela världen ligger som ett uppdukat smörgåsbord.

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Källor: Informationen på denna sida är hämtad från följande källor (externa länkar): EU (kommissionen, ministerrådet, parlamentet och domstolen), Europarådet (mr-kommissionären, domstolen, kommittén mot tortyr), FN:s flyktingkommissariat UNHCR, FN:s kommitté mot tortyr m.fl. FN-organ, svenska media via Eniro och pressmeddelanden via Newsdesk, utländska media främst via I Care och IRR, internationella organisationer som Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ECRE, ENAR, Statewatch, Noborder och Picum, organisationer i Sverige som Rädda Barnen, Röda Korset, Svenska Amnesty, FARR, Rosengrenska och InfoTorg Juridik (betaltjänst) samt myndigheter och politiska organ som Migrationsverket, Sveriges domstolar, JO, Justitiedepartementet m.fl. departement och Sveriges Riksdag.

Bevakning: Josefin Åström, Hjalte Lagercrantz, Karin Nilsson Kelly, Sanna Vestin. Sammanställning: Sanna Vestin. Asylnytt är ett ideellt projekt.