OUR LATEST PUBLICATIONS
Immigration Detention in Egypt: Military Tribunals, Human Rights Abuses, Abysmal Conditions, and EU Partner
Egypt has long been a destination and transit country for refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants from across the Middle East and Africa. Its Mediterranean coast has served as an important staging point for people attempting to reach Europe irregularly. Observers have repeatedly expressed concerns about Egypt’s use of police stations and prisons for immigration detention purposes. With the jurisdiction of Egypt’s military substantially expanded since the military coup in 2013, military officers can arrest people for migration-related offences and place them before military tribunals that do not meet international fair trial standards. Despite on-going government repression of civil society organisations and the dire conditions migrants face in detention, Egypt remains a key EU partner in Mediterranean migration control policies. Read the full report.
Immigration Detention in Scandinavia: A Regional View
Scandinavian countries once served as beacons of tolerance and civility in their treatment of migrants and refugees. Even when they detained people for migration-related procedures, observers often remarked on their exemplary conditions of detention, with Sweden in particular serving as a “model.” But times have changed. Since the onset of the “refugee crisis,” there has been a notable hardening of both policies and political rhetoric targeting asylum seekers across the region. In Sweden, detention capacity has increased and anti-immigrant political groups have grown in popular acceptance. In Norway, deportations continue to grow even as the numbers of asylum seekers drop. In Denmark, politicians publicly celebrate the detention of failed asylum seekers, which appears to endear them to large swaths of the public. Even Finland, which has one of the lowest rates of detention in Europe, has been buffeted by divisive public debate, with some political figures bemoaning the “Islamisation of society.” This special mini-series brings together recent GDP profiles of all four Scandinavian countries, highlighting the changes that have occurred in their detention and deportation policies, the many concerns that have been raised by national and international human rights observers, and long-term trends that are impacting the well-being of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in the region.
Read the Scandinavia mini-series:
- Denmark Immigration Detention Profile
- Finland Immigration Detention Profile
- Norway Immigration Detention Profile
- Sweden Immigration Detention Profile
GDP ON THE RECORD
- “Mali Peace Wreckers, Messy Food Aid, and Well-Meaning Celebrities: The Cheat Sheet,”IRIN News, 31 August 2018.
- “La UE Compra la Recepta Al-Sisi [The EU Buys the Al-Sisi Recipe],” N.Segura-Raventós,El Punt Avui, 24 September 2018.
- “Immigration Removal Centers in England and Wales: Ensuring the Safety and Well-Being of Immigration Detainees,” J. Hung, Cornell Policy Review, 21 September 2018.
- “Containment Practices of Immobility in Greece,” A. Fili in Critical Perspectives on Migration in the Twenty-First Century, M. Karakoulaki, L. Southgate, and J. Steiner (eds.), E-International Relations Publishing: Bristol, 2018.
- “Rights in Times of Crisis: Considerations on Security, Migrations and Inclusive Citizenship,” S. Bonfiglio and G. Maestri, in European Democratic Institutions and Administrations: Cohesion and Innovation in Times of Economic Crisis, F. Merloni and A. Pioggia (eds.), Springer, 2018.
- “Refusing Band-Aids: Un-Settling ‘Care’ Under the Carceral Settler State,” S. de Finney et al, CYC-Online: E-Journal of the International Child and Youth Care Network, Issue 235, September 2018.
- “AYS Weekend Digest 1-2/9/2018: New Arrivals, Changing Issues and More Need for Help,” Are You Syrious? 3 September 2018.
- “AYS Daily Digest 24/09/2018: The So-Called “Salvini Decree” Under Debate, As Sources Say It Could Be Unconstitutional,” Are You Syrious? 25 September 2018.
- “Immigration Detention in Libya: ‘A Human Rights Crisis,‘” No Racism, 6 September 2018.
- “Thematic Focus: Detention, Especially in the U.S.,” Forced Migration Current Awareness,24 September 2018.