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Agreement with Serbia on EU borders

EU signs agreement with Serbia on European Border and Coast Guard cooperation

Today, the European Union signed an agreement with Serbia on border management cooperation between Serbia and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). The agreement was signed on behalf of the EU by Maria Ohisalo, Minister of the Interior of Finland and President of the Council and Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, and on behalf of the Republic of Serbia by Nebojša Stefanović, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior.

Salvini critica il ministro Lamorgese

Migranti, Salvini attacca Lamorgese: Non conosce nemmeno i dati

 

"Il ministro Lamorgese dimostra di non conoscere nemmeno i dati ufficiali del Viminale affermando che gli sbarchi sono aumentati solo a settembre: sono invece cresciuti sia a settembre (2.498 nel 2019 contro i 947 del 2018) che a ottobre (2.015 contro i 1.007 di un anno fa), ovvero da quando c’è lei". Così Matteo Salvini, in un post punta il dito contro la ministra dell'Interno.


"Si prende il merito dei controlli antidroga, ma con la Lega al governo erano partite circolari ad hoc ai prefetti, avevamo inaugurato Scuole sicure contro i pusher, abbiamo fatto pulizia a Rogoredo a Milano. Parla delle procedure accelerate per espellere i clandestini nelle zone di frontiera, ma sono frutto del Decreto sicurezza. Pensano che gli italiani siano scemi? E ancora: sono incapaci o complici?, si domanda il leader della Lega.

Chiuso il Memorandum d'intesa fra Italia Libia

Migranti, Mediterranea: Stop accordi Italia-Libia

 

"Il silenzio rappresenta ciò che il prossimo 2 novembre renderà automatica la proroga del Memorandum d’intesa siglato nel febbraio del 2017 tra Italia e Libia. Accordo sulla base del quale l’Italia continua (e potrebbe continuare) a sostenere con milioni di euro la cosiddetta guardia costiera libica e la gestione in loco di centri di detenzione". Lo scrive sul suo sito Mediterranea Saving Humans chiedendo l'interruzione degli accordi tra l'Italia e la Libia.

Subsaharian Africans risk refusal of assumption

Sub-Saharan African migrants who risk perilous sea crossings to Europe are often assumed to be illiterate, jobless chancers in desperate bids to flee stagnation and rampant corruption in their home countries. But a survey of some 2,000 irregular African migrants in Europe found them to be more educated than expected, while many of them were leaving behind jobs back home that paid better-than-average wages.

While economic factors do indeed drive many Africans to irregularly migrate across the Mediterranean Sea, a new United Nations report provides some startling data that could change the way migrants are perceived in Europe.[related_articles]

“The report finds that getting a job was not the only motivation to move and that not all irregular migrants were poor in Africa or had lower education levels,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Monday.

“Over half of those interviewed were employed or in school at the time of their departure, with the majority of those working earning competitive wages.”

The report, called Scaling Fences: Voices of Irregular African Migrants to Europe, also found that more than 90 percent of those surveyed were undeterred by risky sea crossings and other dangers and would brave such a journey again.

Researchers interviewed 1,970 migrants from 39 African countries who had traveled without official papers and lived in 13 European nations. They had migrated primarily for job prospects and were not seeking asylum.

A new Italian asylum decree

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maion presented a new asylum decree intended to cut the time it takes for decisions on whether a migrant should be repatriated to four months: "It was a team effort," Di Maio told reporters at a press conference at the foreign ministry last week.

"I thank (Justice) Minister (Alfonso) Bonafede, Premier (Giuseppe) Conte and (Interior) Minister (Luciana) Lamorgese because this morning we signed a ministerial decree that enables us to bring down the measures to establish if a migrant can stay in Italy from two years to four months."

 

The decree would be the "first step in our plan for safe repatriations," he said, adding that only those who need protection could stay. "We are working to avoid creating a pull factor for migrants, by giving a clear message that those who need help are welcome but those who, based on international rules, cannot stay here will be repatriated", Di Maio said.

Di Maio, who is also the leader of the Five Star Movement (M5S) political party, said that in the past last 14 months, repatriations had effectively stopped due to long wait periods. He also said that he didn't believe that redistribution plans with other EU member states, which are expected to be finalized this week, were a long-term solution.

Thirteen safe countries for repatriation program

The nations listed as 'safe' countries of origin in the new repatriation program are Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Ukraine, Ghana, Senegal and Cape Verde.

In his speech, Di Maio thanked Morocco in particular and said he would also be paying a visit to the country soon. He also announced that he would be traveling to Tunisia to meet an Italian-Tunisian working group "to implement the agreement on repatriations."

The foreign minister meanwhile said that migrants' rights would still be protected by Italy's constitution, which "safeguard the rights of the individual.

Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede meanwhile said that the new decree and its list of safe countries would enable the country to "halve the entire procedure" involved in determining whether a migrant is entitled to be granted international protection or should rather be repatriated