News Selection – Migration
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Migration.
UK migrant ‘crisis’ bears no comparison to EU's 2015 influx
30/12/2018: The numbers of people attempting to cross the Channel are minuscule compared to the height of the EU’s 2015 crisis when 10,000 people landed in a single day in Greece. Source: The Guardian
Tread Softly Comment: This calm presentation of simple statistics debunks all the frothy hysteria generated by the combination of an emotive topic and news-starved holiday media. Relevant Briefing: Rights of Refugees and Migrant Workers
UN report sheds light on ‘unimaginable horrors’ faced by migrants and refugees in Libya
20/12/2018: The UN independent human rights expert on torture estimates that transfers and returns to Libya can be considered a violation of the international legal principle of “non-refoulement”, which protects asylum seekers and migrants. Source: UN News
Nearly 300 migrants rescued off Libya
22/12 2018: An NGO ship, newly active in searching the Mediterranean, has rescued nearly 300 migrants off the coast of Libya. Source: News24
Tanzania granted the largest-ever mass citizenship to refugees. Then what?
17/12/2018: Most refugees actually flee to the country next door. But those countries often are not wealthy – so even if they initially welcome refugees, the rest of the world has a role to play, too.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
General Assembly adopts roadmap for migrants
19/12/2018: The UN General Assembly has officially endorsed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. It points the way towards sensible action to benefit countries of origin, transit and destination, as well as migrants themselves. Source: UN News
UN affirms ‘historic’ global compact to support world’s refugees
17/12/2018: The UN General Assembly has affirmed a non-legally binding Global Compact on Refugees. An overwhelming majority of States voted in favour of adopting the compact, with only the US and Hungary opposing the move. Source: UN News
Global Compact on Refugees - a guide
14/12/2018: UN News has put together this guide to explain the key difference between migrant and refugee status, and the differences between the two UN-backed compacts that are designed to improve the lives of everybody on the move. Source: UN News
UNHCR donors commit a record US$926 million for refugees in 2019
12/12/2018: Donor governments have pledged an initial US$926 million towards the work of the UN Refugee Agency, in providing protection to millions of refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless people worldwide in 2019. Source: The UN Refugee Agency
Briefing: The new global migration pact
12/12/2018: After a lead-up marred by withdrawals of support, a landmark UN-led agreement aimed at forging cooperation to manage the estimated quarter of a billion people migrating around the globe has been adopted by 164 countries at a summit in Morocco. Source: IRIN
Italy's asylum reception system crumbles
12/12/2018: Italy received two-thirds of undocumented migrants arriving in Europe in 2017, at almost 120,000. But under the country’s new hard-right government, the parameters for asylum have been massively narrowed, alongside a shrinking of state support. Source: Devex