We hope you're doing well, keeping in high spirits and enjoying the spring time! We're writing today to share the latest updates of our work.
We've had another fruitful few months here at Refugee Rights Europe and we're excited to share our updates with you.
EU asylum and migration: Key dates in 2021
Our latest advocacy tool outlines key advocacy dates to engage on asylum and migration issues at the EU level. A handy resource for partner organisations and other advocates!
Download the advocacy tool, here.
Politics of exhaustion at the UK-France border
RRE’s executive director, Marta Welander, discusses the harmful migration management techniques in northern France in an op-ed for Guiti News.
Read the op-ed, here.
New collaboration: RRE x RRP
We are thrilled to start a collaboration with the Refugee Rights Project – a brilliant initiative which highlights key refugee rights issues to a broad audience in a really accessible way.
For a few months, the RRP founder will be embedded in the RRE team to develop the project. Check out their Instagram page and keep watching this space for more updates!
Supporting young asylum seekers' wellbeing and mental health
The high rate of psychological vulnerability and trauma among young asylum seekers is well-established. It is often caused by an accumulation of traumas from their home countries and migration journeys characterised by painful separations and physical danger.
In our latest report, we look at the mental health and wellbeing of unaccompanied minors and 18-25 year olds, and call for evidence-based interventions that can support them.
You can read the report, here.
New report - "Transit country in crisis: The deteriorating shelter situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina"
Since Bosnia became a key transit country in 2018 on the Balkan Route, it has become the locus of a systematically mismanaged humanitarian crisis. This recently culminated in the closure of several camps and an escalation of people sleeping rough in the country.
Our latest report analyses the current shelter situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It looks at key actors involved, as well as the context behind the lack of adequate shelter and poor reception conditions in the country.
Read the report, here.
New Pact on Migration and Asylum: Perspectives from the "Other Side" of the EU borders:
Based on first-hand field research interviews with civil society and other experts in the Balkan region this report provides a unique perspective on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum from ‘the other side’ of the EU’s borders.
Read it, here.
Why is the UK's response to Channel crossings problematic?
Over recent years, and particularly in 2020, there has been growing political and media frenzy regarding an increase in small boat crossings across the English Channel.
Despite the broad media coverage of this issue, the UK government's policy response has been woefully uninformed and short-sighted.
What has been the Government response, and why is it so problematic?
In our latest brief, we look back on the past three years and provide some answers on the situation.
Submission to the UN Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants
Alongside seven partners, we drafted a joint submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.
We submitted evidence and analysis relating to pushback and pullback practices at the UK-France border, and their impact on the human rights of displaced people.
You can read it, here.
Highlights from our blog:
On International Women’s Day, our friends at the Refugee Women’s Centre celebrated the women they work with in northern France. The women's ingenuity, care and resilience are an inspiration.
In the blog, RWC discusses:
- The rise in dangerous small boat crossings across the English Channel,
- The deteriorating living conditions in informal camps and accommodation centres, and
- Hostile border policies and the tragic deaths they've led to.
Read the blog, here.
Refugees in the UK have one of the lowest employment rates in the country. In our latest guest blog, Maria Stankiewicz looks at how long waiting times for asylum seekers translate into poor employment and earnings for refugees. Read the guest blog
Read the blog, here.
As always, none of this work would have been possible without the incredible support from donors like yourself. Thank you infinitely for all of your ongoing support, and please take care.