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DENMARK: 'Unacceptable for people': Danish asylum centre slammed in anti-torture report (The Local, link):

"The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture published on Tuesday a highly critical report on a detention centre in Denmark.

The committee called the centre at Ellebæk in North Zealand “unacceptable for people”.

...The report is based on visits to Ellebæk and other detention centres including Nykøbing Falster Arrest.

Both facilities house migrants who are under arrest based on Denmark’s immigration laws (Udlændingeloven), but not for committing crimes."

See: Report to the Danish Government on the visit to Denmark carried out by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhumanor Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) from 3 to 12 April 2019 (pdf)

EU: How do the European media cover migration? (European Journalism Observatory, link):

"In the five years since the European refugee crisis began, controversies related to migration have deeply affected political landscapes across the EU, yet no “European solutions” have so far been found. A new study by the European Journalism Observatory (EJO) now shines a light on the media’s role in the migration debate.

EJO’s comparative analysis reveals that in each country, the media tell different stories about migrants and refugees. Clear differences in the quantity and quality of coverage can be discerned not only between Western and Central Eastern Europe, but even within Western Europe. The study also reveals a number of blind spots in the coverage of migration."

GREECE: Migrants face increasingly hostile conditions (Al Jazeera, link):

"Refugees and migrants trying to make their journey into Europe are facing increasingly hostile conditions - forcing them to take huge risks to their safety.

Closed borders, police brutality and a suspicious public are combining to make already desperate journeys often impossible.

In the first of a series of reports on the main overland route from Greece to Croatia, Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee found refugees are becoming increasingly reliant on organised people smuggling."

UNHCR’s Recommendations for the Croatian and German Presidencies of the Council of the European Union (EU) January - December 2020 (pdf):

1. Moving ahead with sustainable asylum reform

I. Foster responsibility sharing and solidarity within the EU;
II. Ensure access to territory and fair and fast procedures;
III. Support integration and efficient and rights-based return systems;
IV. Invest in resettlement and complementary pathways; and
V. Addressing statelessness.

2. Providing more development and peacebuilding support for the countries where most refugees live and originate from

I. Asylum and forced displacement in the new Neighbourhood, Development and
International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI)
II. EU political leverage to promote inclusion of refugees.

Greece: Chios: Protesters boo, throw water bottles at Dep Labor Minister over Migration policy (keeptalkinggreece.com, link):

"Serious incidents erupted in the town hall of the island of Chios on Monday night, where Deputy Minister of Labor, Notis Mitarakis was booed and became the target of protesters angry over the government’s migration policy and the creation of a new structure for refugees and migrants.

A group of protesters had gathered outside the town hall and started to boo and fire insults when the deputy minister arrived. Mitarakis was helped by to seek refugee inside the hall.

The protesters finally broke the door outside and entered the building. Some of them reportedly threw water bottles and coffee cups at the minister.

Police detianed two of the protesters, one of them was arrested."

Dozens of German cities petition to take in more refugees (DW, link):

"The European Union has decreased its Mediterranean rescue efforts, while Greece and Italy are struggling to deal with displaced people who have already arrived. German cities are demanding permission to take action."

Greece to build new facilities for 15,000 migrants (euobserver, link):

"The Greek government has decided to build 10 new facilities to house 15,000 migrants, as new irregular arrivals from neighbouring Turkey continue. Nine of the 10 centres will be built in western Macedonia and one on the island of Crete. The purpose is to relocate people from overpopulated migration camps on the Aegean island as soon as possible. The first 10,000 migrants should be relocated in February."

Chios municipal council rejected plan for closed migrant centre (ekathimerini.com, link):

"The municipal council of the island of Chios, in the eastern Aegean, rejected a government proposal to set up a new, closed pre-departure center for migrants on the island, in a marathon session that ended at midnight on Monday."

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