Mittwoch, 3. August 2016

Newsletter, June/July 2016

  • Dying in Silence: dozens of migrants continue to lose their lives at sea
  • Landings, transfers, reception: the emergency approach only produces violence
  • A minor logic: young people in flight detained, with no dignified reception
  • Parliamentary visits at Pozzallo, Mineo and Lampedusa
  • Messina: New funds for the reception system, and rumours of a future Hotspot
  • Events: Two international meetings in Palermo: “In flight from Libya, who really are the presumed boat drivers?”, a EACEA KideM project; and “Borders, Reception and Rights in Sicily and Europe”, a day of workshops and dialogue organised with the Evimed project.
  • News: a course in Global Management, an education program designed for young graduates from Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco
  • Info and contact



Dying in Silence: dozens of migrants continue to lose their lives at sea

At the port of Augusta operations have begun for the recovery of the remains of the shipwreck 18 months ago, and the harrowing recognition of the corpses. The possibility of a raised collective awareness, as many activists have noted, found new physical and ideological barriers constructed within the operation itself, while the deaths continue on the sea. Within a few days, 11 bodies of migrants came in to Catania, among the usual promises from institutional agents, and an ever more unstable and disorderly management of the new arrivals.


In the environs of the Libyan coasts and the Canal of Sicily, those who are forced to nourish exploiters and risk their lives for a better future, continue to die in silence, faced with a generalised indifference. Almost every landing is now accompanied by the arrival of at least one corpse, but only the catching of presumed boat-drivers/people smugglers and witnesses is met with preparation and speedy work, in a space where safeguards and protection seems to be suspended.

http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/07/dozens-of-corpses-on-libyan-beaches.html

We continue to assist with and document inhumane, atrocious situations in which the dead are only forgotten and hidden, and the cruel journey towards the arrest, identification, rejection and deportation of those who survive.

http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/07/the-dead-sea-cant-take-them-any-more.html

Landings, Transfers, Reception: The Emergency Approach Only Produces Violence

The emergency approach is presented as the only solution. From the decisions at port landings, handed down from above without any consideration for the situation on the ground, to the lack of trained staff, for whom the greater number of arrivals frequently corresponds to a decrease in the possibility for protection. The level of emergency is also kept high in order to allow otherwise suspect investments by professionals in the reception business. At the same, it allows the continuation of illegal practices such as the transfer of minors into the Hotspots, and the hurried singling out of economic migrants, a practice which only creates invisible, unregulated people across our country.

http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/06/western-sicily-week-of-hell.html
http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/06/landings-at-agrigento-and-palermo-where.html

The lack of clarity and transparency in the identification procedures carried out from the moment of arrival accompanies the absence of individual and collective protection guaranteed by law. Safeguards and humane responses are made impossible for those who find themselves in a Hotspot, a tent-city or the hastened route along the quay. The transferrals are being undertaken in a concerning manner in Catania too: without pauses and with very little food, the migrants are subjected to another journey as soon as they arrive.

http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/07/so-many-arrivals-so-little-protection.html

In Italy the number of refugees from Yemen is rising, fleeing a war to which our government continues to contribute and nourish through the exporting of arms to Saudi Arabia. This is the great hypocrisy of a system which never be overemphasised.



A minor logic: young people in flight detained, with no dignified reception

The dramatic situation of unaccompanied minors continues across the region. The testimony of dozens of minors detained within the Hotspot at Pozzallo, consequently met in the city, has formed the object of an accusatory exposure presented by Borderline Sicily, in the remit of the OpenEurope project in partnership with Oxfam and the Diaconia Valdese. It has been sent to the Prosecutor of the Republic at the Court for minors in Catania, and the Prosecutor for the Republic in Ragusa. Faced with such illegitimate practices, it is increasingly necessary to re-establish a state of law, abandoning the rhetoric of a functional incapacity which only defends the interests of the few.

http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/06/minors-in-pozzallo-hotspot-on.html

In Palermo, the managers of asylum seeker centres protest against the lack of transfer of funds by the Ministry of the Interior, while the city council admits to being at the point of collapse, no longer having any more appropriate buildings to house the almost 1,000 minors currently present in the city. Those who have housing are put in emergency centres without specialised personnel, where abandonment and a lack of information, services and protection is creating conditions which tend towards every kind of danger, unrest and exploitation.

http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/06/palermo-playing-with-futures-of.html
http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/07/agrigento-trapani-and-palermo-arrivals.html

The illegitimate practices documented within the reception centres, Hotspots and tent-cities are varied. Young people have been abandoned within a completely failed system, or left on the street. In many cases they are extremely young, determined to continue their path of escape on their own, without any protections.

http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/07/boys-on-outside.html
http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/07/the-violence-reproduced-by-emergency.html

Parliamentary Visits to Pozzallo, Mineo and Lampedusa

The Parliamentary commission of inquiry toured the main sites of the reception centres in Sicily dedicated to identification. The situation within the Hotspot of Pozzallo is critical and concerning, in which the only procedures following with efficiency and attention seem to be those relating to identification, and not protection.


At Mineo, however, the parliamentarians saw how the only possible objective is the emptying of the centre, proposing the model provided by the SPRAR* network as an alternative for the reception system. At the same time, the investigations of the “Mafia Capital” inquiry continue, which have seen the involvement of the managers of the CARA* at Mineo, but who are already in the process of tendering for the contract of the area's future Hotspot.

http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/06/the-parliamentary-commission-fails.html
http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/06/the-cara-at-mineo-once-again-at-centre.html

A sensation was caused, however, by the visit of the President of the Senate to the Hotspot at Lampedusa. Grasso described the Hotspot as an exportable model of reception, while some activists on the island denounced the indecent and inhumane conditions in the centre, opposing the ideological narratives, pinned to economic returns, gained at the expense of migrants' rights.

http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/07/migrants-two-faces-of-lampedusas.html


Messina: New funds for the reception system, and rumours of a future Hotspot

At the beginning of June the confirmation arrived of the creation of a future Hotspot at Messina, a hypothesis already given air at the beginning of the year. The opposition from civil society has been resumed, while there is only weak resistance from citizen organisations, who seem powerless.


In the meantime, on May 30th, the Ministry of the Interior signed the decree for the 2016-17 financing of projects presented by local bodies for the opening of SPRAR services for asylum seekers and refugees. The financial resources from the Ministry in the Peloritani has reconfirmed their shamelessness in entrusting the management of the majority of the reception business to managing bodies and people who have ended up more than once in the daily news relating to court cases.



Events: Two international meetings in Palermo: “In flight from Libya, who really are the presumed boat drivers?”, a EACEA KideM project; and “Borders, Reception and Rights in Sicily and Europe”, a day of workshops and dialogue organised with the Evimed project.

July saw the second meeting in Palermo within the remit of the international EACEA-KideM project, of which Borderline Sicily is a partner. What do we really know of the current situation in Libya? Who rules, between the militia and the government forces? What does this situation mean for migrants? A debate with the freelance journalist Nancy Porsia:

http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/06/in-flight-from-libya-who-are-presumed.html

A day of workshops and dialogue was held, again in Palermo, within the remit of the international research project EVI-MED, run by Middlesex University London in collaboration with Borderline Sicily and the University of Palermo. Borders, reception and rights in Europe were the main topics.

http://migrantsicily.blogspot.it/2016/06/borders-reception-and-rights-in-sicily.html

News: a course in Global Management, an education program designed for young graduates from Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco

The universities of Palermo, Messina and Enna are organizing a course in Global Management designed for 35 young graduates, with free participation and the possibility to receive a student bursary for the participants.



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* SPRAR = Sistema di protezione per richiedenti asilo e rifugiati (System for the protection of asylum seekers and refugees) 

* CARA =
*CARA: Hosting Centre for Asylum Seekers

Translation: Richard Braude




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