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Report revealing the scope of America’s immigration challenge

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 settembre 2019

The USA TODAY NETWORK brings the full strength of its nationwide news coverage to “The Migrants,” a special digital and video journey through a week in the life of immigration in America. Nicole Carroll, USA TODAY’s editor-in-chief, said the reporting was as ambitious as it was unprecedented.“The story at times is overwhelming, but so is what is taking place at our border,” Carroll said. “As journalists, we say all the time, ‘show, don’t tell.’ Our goal was to transport our readers to scenes of the crisis, not just tell them what happened.”
With concurrent reporting from four countries, eight states and across the length of the U.S.-Mexico border, “The Migrants” reveals a system on the brink of collapse. It witnesses families facing death, and traces the influx to its roots, the decades-old challenges in Central American countries that are now exacerbated by new American policies.
“The Migrants” distinguishes itself from previous coverage of immigration, both in its timing and its scope. What’s happening in immigration in America is not happening in single moments – it’s happening all the time, a torrent of movement and conflict that the USA TODAY NETWORK is uniquely poised to capture.The reporting effort meant deploying more than two dozen journalists across the continent. For a week, they watched migrants prepare to leave Central America; crossed rivers and waited at military checkpoints in Mexico; found desperation in shelters in Mexico City and at the border; followed Border Patrol agents as they found families and children in the backcountry; and traveled by bus and plane with families who had been released to make their own way into the United States.From June 24 to 30, the teams from across the USA TODAY NETWORK traveled more than 20,000 miles, including to the highlands of Guatemala, the National Palace in Mexico City, both sides of the border from California to Texas, immigration courts in Los Angeles and the lawmaking chambers of Washington, D.C.
Field reporting is the centerpiece of a project that also draws on years of data and policy expertise. “The Migrants” reveals that the crisis is much broader and violent than has been previously reported; it is resulting in deaths, trauma, violence, crime and previously untold costs. Reporters reveal how much local tax money American cities now spend caring for migrants the federal government abandons. And they trace the roots of the surge, in part, to a crackdown on the heroin trade.

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The “fake news” on immigration

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 novembre 2018

For some years now there has been a growth in communication that refers to migration issues. Why so much noise for an event that is not just the present day but has dotted the whole history of humanity since its inception? If at this point we limit ourselves to the most recent events from Italian migrations in other European countries and overseas of the last century to those of other countries in the world, both at regional and intercontinental levels, the reasons for such mass exodus do not change over time . Poverty and degradation, reduced occupational environments and a strong desire to find a living space for cultural and professional growth and above all places where merit can be recognized and appreciated together with suitable gratification. What, as Italians, thinking of the healthy part of the country, indignifies us considering that since the years of reconstruction, after the ruins of the Second World War, there had been, if well directed by a forward-looking political class, the stimulus and creativity appropriate to bring the country at a level of growth worthy of its name. Instead we were enveloped by the coils of easy enrichment, the desire to grow without roots, becoming easy prey for the barkers on duty. Now we have to deal with new domestic and imported poverty with migrations to which we are not able to guarantee a valid work outlet except for very limited sectors. Everything tends to worsen because in the years of “fat cows” we did not know how to build on our financial resources to take reforms capable of renewing at the root the social, civil, economic and political fabric that could have protected us from risks of possible deviations. This has not been done and the problems we have now have worsened and with them the costs to settle them and at the same time we have entered the big time in the “lean cows”. Immigration in this context has increased our difficulties also because it is becoming uncontrollable and without controls both upstream and downstream. And what pains us most is that our European partners do not seem to realize our objective difficulties and with them, unfortunately, we add a political class that can not keep the bar straight in the face of the tempestuous problems that are overwhelming us. They are not yet aware, and we hope in good faith, that they have become urgent reforms such as those of justice, tax, health, school and welfare and it is not necessarily that they constitute a cost for the coffers of the state, especially if they go to full capacity. Rather. (Riccardo Alfonso Centro studi della Fidest – fidest press agency)

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Immigration: social, cultural and historical problem

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 luglio 2018

Europe has, to date, reduced the economies and social status of the African peoples to the bone. First there was colonialism, then post colonialism and various forms of control, including the French one on the coins of the former colonies, assuring the tax on exports and plundering the natural resources of which the black continent is rich. In France, one in three lamps is lit thanks to uranium from Niger, while 90% of Nigerinians do not even have access to electricity. The only real obstacle to immigration to Europe is the end of the “Françafrique”, or the depletion of African nations by Macron’s France “.
Put in these terms the reasoning reason would want that the European states, that for centuries have plundered the African continent, they made a dutiful examination of conscience and offered to Africans that opportunity that the spasmodic thirst of profits, the contempt shown for their inhabitants they have ignored and today perpetuate their bad luck by not recognizing the right to live of those peoples who have only been able to arm the hands of their dictators and corrupt governments to try to continue to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Today, however, seem to want to do worse leaving to themselves immigrants who hundreds of thousands bivouac along the things of Libya and also of Tunisia by paying this state things only to Italy with the intent to transform it permanently into a field refugees with hundreds of thousands of desperate and without the possibility of job opportunities and with the real risk of destabilizing the entire country by placing it as a necessary collateral damage. Is this the Europe of solidarity? Is this Europe that would like to teach freedom, democracy turning its back on a continent of desperate people? Is this Europe that has no qualms about turning Italy into a land of conquest for the survival of barbarism? It is time to awaken consciences and to draw the attention of the public to what is in reality Europe dominated by the various business committees and unscrupulous merchants and that if they want to save the European dream of our fathers must to make a radical change starting from its leadership. (Riccardo Alfonso)

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Immigration: the Lega battle horse

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 giugno 2018

The question starts on the basis of the statistical report of popular consents to the League for its policy of denial of reception. A question that in some circles tries to exorcise by sticking to the “magic” word of populism. In reality, the speech takes us further. For at least four years, in this regard, our leaders, in terms of hospitality, have chosen a very uneven path, mainly due to methods that have shown they are incapable of having a perspective view of the problem. In the end all the nodes arrived at the comb and showed the unsustainability of the system adopted. And the inversion of course is today, without a doubt, traumatic for all the parties involved. Let’s not forget the magnitude of this “tragedy”: in four years more than half a million “fugitives” have landed on the Italian coast, desperate and anxious to find an outlet that would allow them to lead a less precarious life. We rescued them with humanity and solidarity, beyond the imaginable, because it was especially the poor Italians who broke their frugal food with the stranger and showed them the meaning of our hospitality. But this first step, linked to the emergency, did not have adequate support from the institutions and their “distractions” have in practice nullified the theme of reception and then focus on the final integration. The goal was that, even if not explicitly stated, of wanting to divert them as soon as possible elsewhere, beyond our borders. The move did not succeed because if we want to be clever the others are not stupid. And so we find ourselves with a mass of dispossessed that we can no longer manage and with the aggravating circumstance of making them slaves again of those who unscrupulously exploits them and reproduces the same miseries that they left in their countries of origin. And yet the state has guilty left to sharpen the same relationship between immigrants and natives. Now we wonder we really wanted the Lega di Salvini to understand the mess in which we hunted? And yet we can define them as good or naive or worse yet the governments that preceded the current in wanting to accommodate many without wanting to offer them a possible outlet for hospitality but also work? They say it’s Europe’s fault and they put their mind in peace. Is this perhaps the way to govern? Let us also say that those who cause their illness weep themselves if they were not arid people and that their tear ducts have become atrophied. (Riccardo Alfonso)

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Children must not be detained for immigration purposes, Parliament says

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 Maggio 2018

Bruxelles. All unaccompanied children should get guardians upon their arrival Enhanced cooperation to find missing children and identify victims of trafficking and abuse.  Full access to education under the same conditions as local children All migrant children and families with children should be housed in non-custodial facilities while their immigration status is processed, MEPs insisted on Thursday. “Children shall not be detained for immigration purposes” and the EU Commission should act against EU member states “in instances of protracted and systematic immigration detention of children and their families”, Parliament stated in a non-legislative resolution passed by show of hands.According to the latest data from the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), in September 2016, Bulgaria was the country with the most migrant children in detention, while there were also high numbers of detained children in Greece, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. No children were detained on the days when on-the-spot checks were carried out in Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Spain or the United Kingdom.
The resolution notes that there are an estimated 5.4 million migrant children living in Europe, making it home to 1 out of 6 of the world’s child migrants (UNICEF data). Almost half of those who arrived in recent years were unaccompanied or separated children. MEPs underline that the lack of reliable information, and lengthy family reunification and guardian appointment procedures, together with the fear of being detained, sent back or transferred, is resulting in children absconding, leaving them exposed to trafficking, violence and exploitation.Parliament urges national authorities to speed up procedures for appointing guardians for unaccompanied children, who should also be hosted in separate facilities from adults in order to avoid any risk of violence and sexual abuse.MEPs call for the relocation of the remaining unaccompanied children from Greece and Italy to be prioritised and ask that all pending family reunification procedures proceed without delay.
The Chamber underlines the importance of establishing a robust identification and registration system to make sure that children enter and stay in national protection systems. It also demands enhanced cooperation among law-enforcement and child-protection authorities to find and protect missing children.MEPs are particularly worried about the exploitation of girls for prostitution and ask member states to step up efforts and cross-border cooperation to identify child victims of trafficking, abuse and all forms of exploitation.Regarding age assessment procedures, the resolution stresses that medical examinations of children should always be carried out “in a manner that is not intrusive and respects children’s dignity”. Parliament also rejects the use of coercion for taking children’s biometric data.

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I-Squared Act Will Mean Fairer, More Efficient Immigration System, Says CTA

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 gennaio 2018

Washington.The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), regarding today’s introduction of the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Awashingtonct by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT):”Acquiring top talent from around the world is critical to America’s continued economic success, but foreign countries are stepping up their efforts to recruit the world’s best engineers, developers and other STEM professionals. If we do not update our immigration laws, the U.S. risks falling behind.“Foreign workers on H-1B visas alone create an average of 1.83 American jobs each. The I-Squared Act is exactly the kind of modernization that our immigration system needs. The bill will ensure that U.S. companies can access the best talent in order to grow and create jobs. Equally important, the bill puts measures in place to prevent bad actors from using visas to displace American workers; and revenue from the visas in the I-Squared Act will be used to create the largest U.S. workforce training fund in our nation’s history.“This smart and balanced approach to high-skilled immigration reform is an opportunity Congress can’t afford to miss. We urge the Senate to move swiftly on getting this bill to President Trump’s desk.”

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Delegation to Washington: data protection, e-evidence, counterterrorism, cybercrime and immigration

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 luglio 2017

washingtonA delegation of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, led by Chairman Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), will travel to Washington D.C. from 17 to 21 July 2017. This delegation is a continuation of previous missions carried out by the LIBE Committee since 2012 and, in particular, the last one in 2016. The objective of the visit is to obtain up-to-date information on the state of play and progress in the US on major topics which fall within the remit of the LIBE Committee. Several meetings with US authorities (e.g. Departments of State, Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, Commerce, Federal Trade Commission) Congress representatives, stakeholders, academics and civil society are scheduled.The scope of the mission focuses on matters which directly affect EU-US relations in the field of justice and home affairs, more specifically, topics related to the protection of personal data (EU-US Privacy Shield and its implementation by the US, digital privacy and electronic communications, law enforcement), cybercrime, counterterrorism, radicalisation, immigration (ESTA Programme) and protection of victims.

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Filitalia International 14th Annual Convention

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 aprile 2016

Daniele MarconciniBy CHRISTIAN FLAMMIA. (Fidest) Rosetta Miriello has been re-elected as Filitalia International President during the Filitalia International 14th Convention held on At the venue of Ristorante Panorama, Philadelphia, PA. Rosetta Miriello, who was elected unanimously, pledged that as President, she will work to help Filitalia International expand in various areas, such as: language classes across chapters, expansion of scholarships by growing the number of participants and sponsors, continued support to the History of Italian Immigration Museum (HIIM) and continue F.I.’s mission to promote and preserve Italian language and customs throughout the world.
“These past two years since I have been elected President have been, at times challenging, but always deeply rewarding. It has been an eventful time for Filitalia International & Foundation and together we have accomplished a lot: 2 beautiful fundraisers, the official opening of the History of Italian Immigration Museum at our Center, we have distributed more scholarships in the past two years than ever before, the International Exchange Program has evolved to new heights by partnering with the University of Milan , We have expanded into South America, The Christmas seals program raised an all-time high and much more…” said President Miriello.
Pasquale Nestico, the Founder & President Emeritus of Filitalia International in support of Rosetta as President, stated that her tenure for the last 2 years has been filled with notion and knowledge “Your Presidency, Madame President, was a leadership filled with love and dedication to our mission. I am proud of your accomplishments.”
In addition to US Chapters’ delegates, also Filitalia Italian District Governor Daniele Marconcini (as Mantova Italy Chapter delegate) attended the Convention and gave a report on the status of the District of Italy. (photo: Daniele Marconcini)

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Immigration in Italy in 2014: The main aspects

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 dicembre 2015

migranti1Edited by IDOS Study and Research Centre In 2015, according to the latest projections, migrants worldwide are at least 237 million, and their number is constantly growing especially in Europe and North America. The extreme inequalities in the world affect such a migration phenomenon: 48.0% of global wealth and assets is owned by the richest 1.0% of the world’s population, another 46.5% is owned by one-fifth, whereas the remaining 5.5% is divided among the four-fifths of the world population. Economic inequalities are obviously exacerbated by political, military and environmental crises. In 2014, forced migrants reached the record number of 60 million (8 million more than in 2013), including internally displaced persons (two-thirds of the total), asylum seekers and refugees (respectively 1.8 and 20 million). In particular, asylum seekers find many obstacles in their path – often being in contrast with international regulations, as proven by the construction or planning of at least 65 walls and barbed-wire fences along the borders of several countries. The Italian and European situation must be read in the light of this global data: in 2014 there were 33.9 million foreign citizens residing in the Eu (6.7% of the entire population), of whom 20 million were third-country nationals whereas 14 million were from other Eu Member States. Asylum seekers amounted to 626,710. Italy is one of the main countries of immigration in Europe, with 5,014,000 foreign residents at the end of 2014 (+99,000 compared to 2013) – whereas the Italian citizens residing abroad are now 4,637,000 (+150,000 compared to 2013). The incidence on the Italian population (8.1%) continues to be higher than the European average. Moreover, the Statistical Dossier on Immigration has estimated the total foreign presence in our country in 5,421,000 people, including non-Eu residents awaiting registration in the Italian registry office. The majority of foreign nationals residing in Italy (more than 2.6 million) are European citizens. Slightly less than 30% of them come from an Eu Member State (1.5 million). Romanians are the largest foreign community in Italy (1,131,839), followed by Albanians (490,483), Moroccans (449,058), Chinese (265,820) and Ukrainians (226,060). According to the estimates of the Dossier, Christians (2.7 million) and Muslims (1.6 million) are the major religious groups, whereas other religious groups are much smaller. In 2014, 30,906 irregular immigrants were intercepted by the police (data of the Ministry of Interior) and 50.9% of them (15,726) were repatriated. Refugees and other migrants arrived by sea amounted to 170,000. Asylum applications were 64,625 in 2014 and 30,545 in the first 6 months of 2015. In June 2015, the accommodated migrants were 78,484, of which 19,716 within the System of Protection for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (Sprar) and the remaining part in temporary
or first reception centres. In 2014, 129,887 foreign nationals obtained the Italian citizenship (+29% compared to 2013,
when a strong increase, compared to the previous year, had already been recorded). Mixed marriages slightly decreased (18,273 or 9.4% of the 194,097 marriages registered in 2013), whereas marriages between foreign nationals were 3.8% of the total (7,807 marriages).
In 2014, the number of children born in Italy during the same year from both foreign-born parents remained almost stable (75,067, i.e. 14.9% of the total births). Out of the more than 1.1
million foreign minors, 814,187 were those enrolled in the school year 2014/2015, that is 11,343 more than in 2013 (the highest increase regarded minors born in Italy: +8.4%), whereas the Italian students continue to decrease (8,886,076, -0.6%). The 26,626 foreign students with disabilities represent 11.5% of the total number of disabled students. In 2014, foreign workers employed in Italy were 2,294,000 (1,238,000 men and 1,056,000 women), accounting for more than one-tenth of the total number of employed persons (10.3%) – that is a slight increase in their employment rate. Non-Eu citizens with disabilities registered in the provincial employment offices were 13,108 (1.9% of the total, as at December 31, 2013). Due to the economic crisis, 154,686 residence permits – mainly for work and family reasons – were not renewed (29.3% more compared to 2013): this implied the consequent obligation for the persons concerned to leave Italy. Non-Eu citizens beneficiaries of a pension for invalidity, old age and
survivors amounted to 35,740 (0.2% of all the beneficiaries), whereas those beneficiaries of a welfare pension were 51,361 (1.4% of the total). Tax and pension contributions paid by immigrant workers totaled 16.6 billion euro in 2013, whereas the total expenditure of the State for them was 13.5 billion, with a positive balance of 3.1 billion euro. Moreover, in 2013 the Gdp contribution produced by immigrants was equal to 123,072 billion euro (that is 8.8% of Italy’s Gdp). Also interesting is the fact that in the period 2004-2013 the total number of criminal complaints rose from 692,000 to about 897,000: but while the complaints against Italians increased
by 28.0% (from 513,618 to 657,443) – despite a slight decrease in the native population -, those filed against foreign citizens decreased by 6.2% (255,304 vs. 239,701) – despite such a population more than doubled during the same period. Unfortunately, cases of ethnic and racial discriminations persist: out of a total of 1,193 complaints received by Unar during 2014, 990 were considered relevant. The mass media are mainly responsible for these discriminations, with 291 confirmed cases (29.4% of the total): a fact that proves the absolute importance of an unbiased and proper information in our country. Certain key elements will help summarize the contents of the 2015 Statistical Dossier on Immigration: a slow but steady growth of the immigrant population; an important improvement of processes of inclusion (acquisitions of citizenship, school enrollments, employment and birth rates); a continuously positive balance between State expenditure and revenue; improvement of criminal statistics; increasing difficulties in overcoming discriminations and properly framing the future immigration scenario.

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Migration challenges are best tackled at EU level, says Eurobarometer poll

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 ottobre 2015

immigrati a BudapestImmigration and terrorism are EU citizens’ fastest-growing concerns, according to the latest Eurobarometer poll, commissioned by the European Parliament and published on Wednesday. An EU average of 66% of respondents said that more decisions on migration should be taken at EU level, rather than by national governments alone, but the survey found marked differences among countries on all the issues addressed.The survey, of 28,150 Europeans aged over 15, took place between 19 and 29 September, a period when refugee arrivals at EU borders and tragic migrant deaths were being widely reported in the media.
On migration issues, an EU average of 66% of respondents said that decisions should be taken at EU level, rather than by national governments alone. The survey nonetheless found marked national differences, with those in favour of more EU decision-making making up between 79% and 81% of respondents from Cyprus, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, but only 40% in Estonia, Poland and the Slovak Republic.EU citizens were similarly divided on the issue receiving asylum-seekers. An EU average of 78% of respondents said they should be shared among EU countries. Most in favour were the Germans, at 97%, and least in favour were the Slovaks and the Czechs with 31%. Of the 78% who favoured distributing asylum-seekers among EU countries, 75% also favoured doing so according to binding quotas decided by the EU. Concerns about immigration and terrorism, already high in past surveys, showed the biggest increases compared to 2013. For 47% of respondents, immigration is the greatest challenge facing the EU and its member states, up from 14% in 2013. Concerns about terrorism were cited by 26% of respondents, up from 11% in 2013.The Eurobarometer survey also addresses the issues of legal migration and EU financial support to EU border countries and, in a second section, economic prospects and reactions to the economic and financial crisis.

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The hot topic these days is immigration

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 ottobre 2015

logo fidest ookOnce the strength of a nation was in the number of its inhabitants today is different. New technologies are replacing the man and the strength of a nation depends on human resources not more. Already have seven billion people is becoming a big problem. Economic growth is running out because the margins are shrinking market with over one billion poor. The risk, in the immediate, that reduce workers’ rights and the exploitation of labor prevails. Over the next 20 years we will have at least two billion slaves and one billion unemployed. What to do to reverse the trend? That is the question. You can not drastically reduce the world’s population. Birth control failed. We rightly claimed the right to life but we have failed to enforce another right: the right to live. The risk of a third world war is real. There is a widespread intolerance in the world society. This can lead to regional conflicts in the first place any more than there are today. It is also due to the reckless sale of weapons of mass destruction, to slave traders, to authoritarian regimes, the easy enrichment, exploitation of human resources and the ecosystem. Young people today live with little hope for their future.
Il tema caldo di questi giorni è l’immigrazione. Un tempo la forza di una nazione era nel numero dei suoi abitanti oggi è diverso. Le nuove tecnologie stanno sostituendo l’uomo e la forza di una nazione not more dipende dalle risorse umane. Già oggi avere sette miliardi di abitanti sta diventando un grosso problema. L’espansione economica si sta esaurendo perché i margini di mercato si stanno riducendo con oltre un miliardo di poveri. Il rischio, nell’immediato, che diminuiscano i diritti dei lavoratori e prevalga lo sfruttamento del lavoro. Nei prossimi 20 anni avremo almeno due miliardi di schiavi e un miliardo di disoccupati. Che fare per invertire la tendenza? Questo è il problema. Non è possibile ridurre drasticamente la popolazione mondiale. Il controllo delle nascite è fallito. Abbiamo giustamente affermato il diritto alla vita ma abbiamo mancato nel far rispettare l’altro diritto: quello di vivere. Il rischio di una terza guerra mondiale è reale. Esiste una insofferenza molto diffusa nella società mondiale. Questo può generare conflitti regionali tanto per cominciare più di quanto non ve ne siano oggi. Lo si deve anche alla vendita sconsiderata di armi di distruzione di massa, ai mercanti di schiavi, ai regimi autoritari, ai facili arricchimenti, allo sfruttamento delle risorse umane e dell’ecosistema. I giovani di oggi vivono con poche speranze per il loro futuro. (fonte: Fidest)

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Immigration et asile dans l’UE : quelles réponses aux défis actuels?

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 agosto 2014

immigraionAlors que l’avenir et les orientations stratégiques de la politique migratoire européenne dans le cadre du programme post-Stockholm étaient à l’ordre du jour du Conseil européen de juin 2014, cette Synthèse reprend les principaux éléments évoqués lors du séminaire d’experts organisé par NE-IJD le 27 juin 2014 à Paris sur le futur de la politique européenne d’immigration et d’asile.Le séminaire a rassemblé :
– António Vitorino, président de Notre Europe – Institut Jacques Delors et commissaire européen pour la justice et les affaires intérieures de 1999 à 2004,
– Yves Pascouau, directeur du programme “Migration et diversité” du European Policy Centre,
– Corinne Balleix, enseignante à l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris et auteur du Policy Paper “Contrôles aux frontières et droit d’asile : quel nouveau cap pour l’UE ?”
Cette Synthèse est divisée en quatre parties :
1. État des lieux de la politique migratoire européenne
2. La confiance mutuelle : une condition préalable au renforcement des contrôles externes et à la suppression des contrôles internes
3. Renforcer attractivité et sécurité
4. Les orientations stratégiques du programme post-Stockholm

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Tragedy off coast of Italy reminds Europe of its need to revisit asylum and migration measures

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 ottobre 2013


Lampedusa (Photo credit: lucasiragusa)

The recent tragedy off Italy in which over 300 people may have died after a boat carrying African migrants sank, underlines the need for the European Union and its Member States to revisit current measures to combat irregular migration.It also points to the need to address the issue not only from a migration perspective but from all relevant policy angles. At the same time, all Member States must pull together to offer greater support to those countries most affected by arrivals.
“Time and time again migrants pay the ultimate price for their search for a better life,” said FRA Director Morten Kjaerum. “We need to act now to find appropriate solutions that will balance the needs of border control with the needs and rights of migrants.”Fishermen and others who rescue migrants at sea should not be penalised for rescuing irregular migrants. Migrants interviewed by FRA for a report on fundamental rights at Europe’s southern sea borders recounted experiences of fishing vessels ignoring them. Some fishermen said that they usually avoided vessels in distress with migrants at sea. They tended not to report anything to the authorities, although they may give migrants food and water. Fishermen are often concerned that if they assist migrants they may find themselves involved in long bureaucratic legal procedures or be prosecuted for aiding illegal immigration.To avoid this, fundamental rights guidance should be provided to Member States on how to implement the duty to punish those who help migrants cross the border in an irregular manner, as covered by EU law. This will help ensure that those who act on humanitarian grounds are not targeted. This includes rescuing people in distress or at risk of drowning at sea as tragically happened off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa on 3 October.In addition, migrants should not risk criminal sanctions for irregularly crossing a border. More than half of the EU Member States have criminalised irregular entry and/or stay by law. Migrants who have irregularly entered or stayed in the country can be punished, and even imprisoned, in two thirds of EU Member States. In other countries it is only an administrative offence. Today, criminal law often targets the migrant. The focus should shift. Efforts need to be made to tackle the root causes that drive migrants to embark on such dangerous trips.

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Good practices of integration

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 settembre 2011

Displaced people in a temporary transit centre...

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New York Academics, migration experts, policy makers, UN agency representatives and governments gathered in New York to share good practices of integration, showcase projects aimed at promoting tolerance and understanding in multicultural cities and examined the next steps. As a follow-up to subsequent discussions held in New York in 2009, in Rio de Janeiro in 2010, and in Rome in 2011, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) joined forces with the Italian Permanent Mission to the UN to organize a working lunch on “The Inter-ethnic City” on Monday, September 26th 2011. The integration of migrants, specifically in cities, is critical for the improvement of cooperative relations among peoples across cultures and religions. This working lunch examined good practices and processes for better integration at the level of cities as experienced by local administrators, policymakers and other stakeholders. Among other good practices, the UNAOC presented its video project which aims at showing examples of good integration of migrants in Italian cities and shifting the focus of the immigration debate towards the human side of the story. UNESCO and UN-Habitat presented the project ‘Migrants’ Inclusion in Cities: Innovative urban policies and practices’, a toolkit for local decision-makers providing guidelines and examples of good practices to improve the inclusion of international migrants in the city. According to Michelle Klein-Solomon, the Permanent Observer for the International Organization for Migration, “there is no one model of integration, there is no one model of migration, we have to acknowledge these differences while giving a feeling of citizenship to build more inclusive societies”. But overall, as stated by Vincenzo Scotti, Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Italy, it is a question of tolerance and respect.

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News on immigration

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 agosto 2011

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Letter to editor. Riccardo.I wanted to make sure you saw the news: Today President Obama announced a common-sense policy change that will make our immigration system fairer and smarter. I’m proud to support it, and I hope you are, too. Under the administration’s guidance, immigration courts are going to focus on deporting people who have been convicted of crimes or who pose a security risk. This means that the courts will focus less on “low-priority” cases — like young people who were brought here as small children and know no other home, or veterans and military spouses.So the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice will be reviewing the current deportation caseload, clearing out low-priority cases, and making sure they don’t get into the system in the first place — keeping the focus on cases that will make our country safer. It’s a smart, strategic change. And it will make a difference. But more comprehensive change requires Congress to act. And we’ll need to build momentum for this fight by raising awareness and demanding action on immigration reform. That starts with getting the word out to our friends and family about this important policy change. The Republican presidential candidates are carbon copies of the congressional Republicans who have blocked common-sense change at every turn.
In last week’s Republican debates in Iowa, the candidates talked about walls, as if higher and longer fences could magically resolve this complex issue. President Obama and the majority of Americans know that the real answer is much more complicated. That’s why he’s directing our immigration courts to focus on the cases that keep our country safe. There’s a lot more we can do to improve our broken immigration system. President Obama will need us to keep up the pressure on our members of Congress to make that change happen. (Katherine Archuleta)

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African migrants brutalized en route to Israel

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 febbraio 2011

Jerusalem (Israel) Testimonies given to Hotline for Migrant Workers describe horrific ordeals, systematic rape, torture at hands of Beduin smugglers.  The report also cites a study previously compiled by Every-One Group, a collection of Italian human rights groups, which found that migrants were threatened with having their organs cut out and sold. The testimony of A.I.S, a 21-year-old Eritrean woman, is part of a report released by the Hotline for Migrant Workers on Wednesday detailing horrifying ordeals reportedly suffered by African migrants to Israel at the hands of their Beduin smugglers in the Sinai Peninsula. The report, titled “The Dead of the Wilderness,” is full of tales of rape, torture, murder, extortion and near-starvation compiled during interviews with 60 African migrants. The 24 women and 36 men, mainly from Eritrea, reported suffering severe brutality on their way to Israel. Most of the interviews were conducted by the Hotline at the Saharonim Prison, where the migrants were held after arriving in the country.In 2010, 11,763 people were smuggled into Israel across the Egyptian border, according to a report by the Knesset Research and Information Center. Most, if not all, of these people paid exorbitant sums in the thousands of dollars to Beduin smugglers, and many reportedly found themselves held hostage later by the smugglers until their families could pay a ransom. Many of those held for ransom were reportedly subjected to repeated torture and rape – used against both women and men – to force their families to send more money to end their ordeal.However, the suffering doesn’t always end with the payment of ransom, according to the report, which cites the case of some 18 men who were forced into slave labor to build sprawling Sinai mansions for two of the traffickers. The report also cites a study previously compiled by Every- One Group, a collection of Italian human rights groups, which found that migrants were threatened with having their organs cut out and sold. The Hotline report portrays the Beduin smugglers as tending to rape their captives, and states that according to the testimonies collected, it appears that the majority of the approximately 5,000 women held by smugglers in the Sinai last year were raped during their time there, many of them repeatedly. Of the 24 women interviewed for the report, 17 stated that they had been raped – an especially high number, the report says, considering that rape victims are typically very reluctant to come forward, particularly those from conservative African societies, where victims of sexual assault are often ostracized from their communities.

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Immigration: un “permis unique” européen

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 settembre 2010

Une procédure administrative simplifiée et l’égalité de traitement avec les travailleurs nationaux pour les salaires, les conditions de travail ou encore la sécurité sociale: un projet de directive, soutenu en commission des libertés civiles, vise à lutter contre l’exploitation de la main d’œuvre étrangère en renforçant les droits des ressortissants de pays tiers travaillant dans l’UE. La directive “permis unique” doit compléter le dispositif de la carte bleue européenne visant à faciliter l’immigration légale en fonction des besoins du marché du travail européen. Elle vise à permettre aux ressortissants des pays tiers d’obtenir un permis de travail et un permis de séjour en une seule procédure et à un seul guichet.  Le titulaire du permis unique se verrait en outre accorder le droit de transiter par d’autres Etats membres. Toute décision de rejet d’un permis devra être motivée, et le candidat pourra bénéficier d’un droit de recours, en accord avec la législation nationale en vigueur. La proposition de directive ne touche pas aux conditions d’admission de ressortissants de pays tiers, qui relèvent de la compétence des Etats-membres. En revanche, elle leur garantit un socle de droits et leur offre un statut juridique sûr, afin de constituer un garde-fou contre l’exploitation de la main d’œuvre étrangère. La directive doit permettre de conférer l’égalité de traitement entre les travailleurs des pays tiers et les travailleurs nationaux dans un certain nombre de domaines comme les salaires, les conditions et le temps de travail, la formation, ou encore la sécurité sociale – les Etats membres peuvent toutefois restreindre cette égalité de traitement dans certaines conditions, par exemple en exigeant la preuve d’une connaissance appropriée de la langue pour donner accès à l’éducation ou à la formation. La proposition législative avait été publiée en 2007, avant de changer de base juridique avec l’entrée en vigueur du traité de Lisbonne. Le Parlement examine le texte en codécision avec le Conseil des ministres.

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Immigration: une délégation Parlement se rend au Mali

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 Maggio 2010

Alors que l’UE travaille au renforcement de la coopération avec les pays tiers dans la gestion des flux migratoires, une délégation du PE se rendra à Bamako les 26 et 27 mai afin de rencontrer les autorités maliennes et les représentants du Centre d’Information et de Gestion des Migrations (CIGEM) établi en coopération avec l’UE. La délégation de la Commission des Libertés civiles, de la Justice et des Affaires intérieures est constituée des députés Agustín Díaz de Mera (PPE, ES, chef de délégation) et Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL). Les députés visiteront le CIGEM (mercredi, 10h15) puis participeront à une réunion conjointe avec les représentants du projet “Transfer of knowledge through expatriate nationals” (TOKTEN). Jeudi, la délégation rencontrera des représentants du Haut Commissariat aux réfugiés de l’ONU (HCR) et de l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM). Les députés européens rencontreront en outre le ministre de l’Emploi et de la formation professionnelle Ibrahima N’Diaye (10h30), le Président de l’assemblée nationale Dioncounda Traoré (jeudi, 12H), et le ministre de la sécurité intérieure, le Général Sadio Gassama (15h15). Les parlementaires européens étudieront le fonctionnement et les réalisations du CIGEM établi dans le pays en 2009. Le projet, financé à hauteur de 10 millions d’euros par le Fonds Européen pour le Développement, a pour objectif de contribuer à la définition et la mise en œuvre d’une politique migratoire adaptée aux dynamiques nationales, régionales et internationales, en mettant un accent particulier sur le lien entre migrations et développement.
Le CIGEM a été créé suite aux rencontres de Rabat en juillet 2006 et de Tripoli en novembre 2006, ainsi que du Dialogue politique de l’Accord de Cotonou entre le Mali et l’Union Européenne suite auxquels le Mali, la Communauté Économique des États d’Afrique de l’Ouest, la France, l’Espagne et la Commission européenne ont signé à Bamako le 8 février 2007 une déclaration conjointe , prévoyant la création d’un Centre d’Information et de Gestion des Migrations. L’étude de faisabilité réalisée en avril-mai 2007 a permis la signature le 23 octobre 2007 de la Convention de Financement entre la République du Mali et la Commission Européenne.

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Meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 marzo 2009

Washington Dc. The President had a robust and strategic meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus today on the topic of immigration. The meeting lasted approximately one hour. The President discussed how the administration will work with the CHC to address immigration concerns in both the short and long term. During the meeting, the President announced that he will travel to Mexico next month to meet with President Calderon to discuss the deep and comprehensive US-Mexico relationship, including how the United States and Mexico can work together to support Mexico’s fight against drug-related violence and work toward effective, comprehensive immigration reform. Since their meeting in January, the President has repeatedly praised President Calderon for his extraordinary work to solve these challenges, which are important to communities and families on both sides of the border.

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