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Map of hotspots (2016)

Hotspots at the heart of the archipelago of camps

Hotspots are generally presented as a key component of the European Union (EU)’s response to the “migration crisis”, but the meaning of this expression has yet to be defined. For those who support an essentially restrictive European asylum policy, a “crisis” occurs when large numbers of exiles arrive in the EU. If they manage to […]

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Map posted the 2016/10/27

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Five years to reach Hamburg from Kaboul

Five years to reach Hamburg from Kaboul

This map represents the migratory journey of Ahmed, a young Afghan met in 2010. It brings to light the difficulties encountered by people who, during their trip, face the barriers erected by the European Union (EU). Multiple and multifaceted, they materialize the European Union will to push back those considered as “unwanted” in the EU. […]

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Map posted the 2015/12/17

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Detainees and detention centers in the United Kingdom: overcapacity and inhuman living conditions

Detainees and detention centers in the United Kingdom: overcapacity and inhuman living conditions

Complicated to be a migrant in an irregular situation in the United Kingdom…  Since the early 90’s, the camps management is outsourced by the British government to private multinational corporations, which are making money at the expenses of the migrants: Mitie, G4S, Serco, Geogroup, Tascor…  So there are private actors who tend to work on […]

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Map posted the 2015/12/16

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The Balkan buffer-zone

The Balkan buffer-zone

For several years, the migratory routes in the Balkans have been reactivated by migrants coming from the Middle-East, Asia and Africa. At the same time, several governmental schemes to remove migrants to their countries of origin or to transit countries are in place. The readmission agreements permit for instance the return of migrants to the […]

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Map posted the 2015/12/09

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Balkans : when “enlargement” rhymes with “confinement”

Externalisation of the European migration policy into the Balkans: when delegating makes imprisonment easier

From 2006 to 2013, the number of detention centres for foreigners has doubled and their capacity has multiplied by four, as shown by the analysis of ten Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia). This remarkable growth results from a coordinated action by the European institutions which […]

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Map posted the 2015/12/07

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Roundups and arbitrary detention in Morocco - february 2015

Roundups and arbitrary detention in Morocco – february 2015

On February 10, 2015, a massive roundup took place in Morocco, a few hours after the official closing speech of the exceptional program of regularization of migrants in a irregular situation. More than 1,200 people were arrested in Gourougou mountains near the enclave of Melilla. They were displaced and identified (photographs and footprints were taken) […]

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Map posted the 2015/03/20

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2014-map-booklet-privatisation

Progressive privatisation of camps management

The management of migrant detention centres draws more and more the interest of private companies and multinational corporations. In the European Union (EU), privatization was pioneered by the United Kingdom where the State controls only part of the centres. The rest is entrusted to private companies, from construction and maintenance, to access to healthcare, accommodation […]

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2014-map-booklet-max period of detention

Maximum periods of detention for foreign detainees in the EU

According to the “Return” Directive, detention should be an exceptional measure, allowed only when other less coercive measures cannot be applied to carry out a deportation. However, in practice, several Member States make systematic use of detention, even though it is clearly defined as a measure of “last resort” in national law and even though […]

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2014-map-booklet-principal spaces of detention

The pricipal spaces of detention

In 2011, the Migreurop network listed close to 300 existing migrant detention facilities throughout the 27 EU countries. If those linked to the EU’s migration policy located in countries outside the EU are added – such as in Ukraine, Turkey or Libya – the number reaches almost 420. The increasing number of detention facilities in […]

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2014-map-booklet-camps

Euphemisms of camps in Europe

This map shows some euphemisms used by member states to refer to the different types of detention centres: Romania refers to “public support centres” (Centrul de custodie publica). Turkey – an EU candidate country – went as far as using the term “guest houses”, until it was called to order by the Committee for the […]

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