CIR: Phase II of the EUNAVFOR MED Mission is a serious concern

7 ottobre 2015 - The Italian Refugee Council (CIR) is seriously concerned about the commencement of the second phase of the EUNAVFOR Mission, the military operation intended to perform the identification, seizure and destruction of vessels used by human traffickers. Having completed the phase of surveillance and assessment, the European mission is now set to begin its operational phase. This will include tangible acts of deterrence: vessels used by traffickers can now be stopped; vessels loaded with migrants can be escorted and traffickers dealt with by the Italian justice system; vessels used by traffickers can be seized along with any relevant technology.

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Hotspots’, the Italian example: conversation with Christopher Hein from CIR

2 October 2015 - According to the Italian Refugee Council (CIR), the first “hotspot” started to functionon 17 September in an 'experimental way' on the Italian island of Lampedusa. In an interview with ECRE, CIR spokesman Christopher Hein underlined the identification of people as the primary purpose of the “hotspots”.

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The European Network on Statelessness has launched a new report “No Child Should be Stateless”. Gaps in European nationality laws leave thousands of children stateless

21 September 2015 - A new report published today by the European Network on Statelessness reveals that thousands of children are growing up without the basic protection a nationality offers to citizens because of gaps in nationality laws and laws governing procedures for birth registration.

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Asylum in the EU, Eurostat: over 210 000 first time asylum seekers in the EU in the second quarter of 2015 A third are from Syria or Afghanistan

19 September 2015- During the second quarter of 2015 (from April to June 2015), 213 200 first time asylum seekers applied for protection in the European Union (EU), up by 15% compared with the first quarter of 2015 and by 85% compared with the second quarter of 2014. These quarterly data on asylum in the EU come from a report issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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Fiorella Rathaus new director of the Italian Council for Refugees (CIR)

2 September 2015 - Fiorella Rathaus has been appointed as new director of the Italian Council for Refugees (CIR). A sociologist she has been working for the organization since 1991. Since 1996 she has been the Head of the Integration Department of CIR and   Manager of the Projects “Vi.To” for the reception and care of victims of torture, which she initiated together with a group of Amnesty International medical doctors and psychologists.

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Asylum Requests in 2015: 24,678 filed in Italy through May, 41,703 arrivals by sea

4 June 2015:    In a hearing before a committee of the Italian Senate, Alessandro Pansa, head of the Police, said that “in the first five months of this year 41,703 migrants have landed on our shores, compared to 39,000 during the same period last year”. He continued “there have been 24,678 asylum seekers, but that does not mean that all of them are eligible”. Pansa also noted that in 2014, “15,726 persons were repatriated, or 52% of those removed, while this year, those repatriated are 5,823 out of a total of 12,154 persons removed”.

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