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AYS Daily Digest 01/05/2020: Malta’s government has been involved in the push-backs on Easter Weekend

57 rescued persons will stay on a ship off the coast of Malta until EU can rehouse them // Refugees intercepted at sea have been brought back to Libyan detention centre // NGOs submitted a complaint against EU for ignoring budget laws when funding the Libyan Coast Guard // UNHCR calls for stop of returns to Libya and solidarity in EU with border states // Support website for foreigners launched in Tunisia // Legal report from RSA on administrative treatment of people who arrived in Greece after March 2nd // More news from Greece, Spain and France

FEATURE: Malta’s Prime Minister admits involvement in pushbacks to Libya, but claims it was a rescue mission

Malta says it will keep 57 migrants on a ship anchored at sea, 30 nautical miles (55 kilometers) off the cost of Malta, until the EU can rehouse them. The 57 migrants were picked up at sea earlier this week inside Malta’s search and rescue zone by a commercial fishing boat chartered by the Maltese government to pick up asylum seekers. The men were then moved to a vessel that is normally used for tourist harbor cruises. Prime minister Rober Abela said the EU had agreed to cover the cost of the operation until a decision had been reached as to where the individuals should go. Malta is standing firm in its declaration to keep ports closed.

Abela admits coordinating private boats that returned migrants to Libya

Prime Minister Robert Abela has admitted commissioning a boat that returned migrants to war-torn Libya on Easter…


On the morning of the first of May, three groups of people were caught at sea and returned to Libya by the Libyan Coast Guard and taken to the Zawiyah detention centre, as IOM and Human Rights Activists reported. The centre has been infamous for torture, human smuggling and inhuman treatment in the last years. Apparently some people managed to flee. IOM staff apparently went to the centre to provide the people with emergency support.

EU Financial Complicity in Libyan Migrant Abuses

EU Financial Complicity in LibyaN migrant abuses GLAN has previously sought judicial remedies against such policies in…

News comment on search and rescue in the Central Mediterranean by Gillian Triggs, Assistant High…

01 May 2020 | Español | عربي UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for greater coordination, solidarity and…

Migrants in Libya trapped between war and coronavirus

As fighting in Libya intensified in recent weeks, the country reported its first cases of coronavirus. The Libyan…


In Tunisia, a website has been launched by the government that provides information for foreigners stranded in Tunisia due to Corona travel restrictions. The site especially addresses students, migrants and asylum seekers and offers, inter alia, information on how to send a request to receive assistance.


Skip to main content République Tunisienne Présidence du Gouvernement Services des Droits de l’homme, de relation avec…


On 2 March 2020, the Greek government adopted an emergency legislative decree stripping persons arriving undocumented in the country of the right to seek asylum during that month. Recently, the NGO Refugee Support Aegean (RSA) has produced a report on the situation for refugees in Greece and what they experienced in March 2020. As a result of the Decree, individuals who entered Greece with the aim of seeking international protection in March 2020 were automatically and indiscriminately detained for the purpose of return and were denied access to the asylum procedure and a series of rights provided by national, European and international legislation. According to UNHCR statistics, 2,927 persons entered Greece via land and sea in the course of that month. These persons were automatically and arbitrarily placed in detention under abhorrent conditions and continue to remain in closed facilities without effective judicial protection, despite ultimately being allowed to express the intention to lodge an asylum application with the Asylum Service. In Refugee Support Aegean (RSA) Legal Report examines the administrative treatment and policy of detention applied to persons falling within the scope of the Decree, the conditions in which they have been detained and the response adopted thus far from the different fora approached by individuals in search of judicial redress at domestic and European level. Read More Here.

State Measures for COVID-19 (audio in 6 languages) — Solidarity Now

The following message is brought to you by UNHCR and Solidarity Now. On April 28th the Greek state announced the…


Croatian Police once again attacked people on the move on Friday in the BiH border town Velika Kladusa. This is the testimony of one of those attacked:


The situation of field workers in the southern Spanish regions Almeria and Huelva are getting increasingly worse through the enforcement of the lockdown measures. Most of these workers are undocumented migrants who live in shelters without running water. Adhering to minimum hygienic principles is almost impossible under these circumstances. Additionally, no health security procedures have been implemented by their employers. The region plays a key role in the European food supply market.

‘No food, water, masks or gloves’: migrant farm workers in Spain at crisis point

Migrant workers on Spanish farms that provide fruit and vegetables for UK supermarkets are trapped in dire conditions…


BBC has covered a story about Hossein Ahmadi, an Iraninan refugee, who came to the UK illegally to seek asylum. Now, with a removal order, he must return to the Calais Jungle, which was previously his home for nearly a year. Read More here.



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Are You Syrious?

News digests from the field, mainly for volunteers and people on the move, but also for journalists, decision makers and other parties.