Whose responsibility? Accountability for refugee protection and solutions in a whole-of-society approach

The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and its annex, the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) adopted at the September 2016 UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, call for a new way of working on refugee response. It is about engaging a wide array of stakeholders through a ‘whole-ofsociety’ approach to initiate long-term planning for solutions early on in an emergency, integrate refugees into national development plans, and build on refugee inclusion and self-reliance while benefitting host communities. In a world where the scale and duration of displacement continue to rise, where the refugee protection regime is regularly violated with impunity, and where the quality of protection and the availability of solutions are declining, the need for change is inevitable. Yet, as in any change process, it is important to be conscious of the opportunities and aware of the risks.


Migration to the EU: five persistent challenges

EU Member States’ legal and practical responses to migrants and refugees implicate several of their fundamental rights, as enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (EU). The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has regularly reported on these issues since September 2015. This report highlights key trends and persistent concerns between October 2016 and December 2017. It focuses on five areas: access to territory, reception conditions, asylum procedures, unaccompanied children and immigration detention.


Current migration situation in the EU: Impact on local communities (update)

This focus report assesses how the presence of large numbers of persons in need of international protection affects local communities in terms of housing, education, the local economy and social responses. FRA already published a report on the impact of migration on local communities in July 2016. This updated version examines how the situation has developed in the seven EU Member States covered by the previous report (Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Sweden). It also assesses the situation in the seven additional EU Member States currently covered by the agency’s regular overviews (Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Spain).


The Jordan Compact: lessons learnt and implications for future refugee compacts

In February 2016, a new approach to dealing with protracted displacement was signed: the Jordan Compact. In return for billions of dollars in grants, loans and preferential trade agreements with the European Union, Jordan committed to improving access to education and legal employment for its Syrian refugees. The Compact showed that, by building on existing political capital and economic and political incentives, a restrictive policy environment can be opened up and funds can be mobilised in a short space of time. Two years on, the Compact has led to considerable improvements in education and labour market access for Syrian refugees, though challenges remain that will need to be tackled through targeted interventions.


¿Acoger sin Integrar? El sistema de acogida y las condiciones de integración de personas solicitantes y beneficiarias de protección internacional en España

La publicación ‘¿Acoger sin Integrar?’ presenta sumariamente las conclusiones de una investigación sobre los procesos iniciales de integración de las personas solicitantes y beneficiarias de protección internacional (SBPI) o refugiadas en la sociedad española; atendiendo de forma especial al rol y la incidencia del Sistema de Acogida e Integración (SAI) español en dicho proceso. La investigación ha sido liderada por el Instituto de Derechos Humanos Pedro Arrupe de la Universidad de Deusto, el Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes-España y la Cátedra de Refugiados y Migrantes Forzosos del Instituto de Migraciones de la Universidad Pontificia Comillas en el marco de la campaña Hospitalidad.es.


Report concerning the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Slovenia

In its new report published today, the Council of Europe’s antitrafficking expert group (GRETA) note improvements in legislation and practices to combat human trafficking in Slovenia since the publication of the first report in January 2014, and said that more should be done to help victims.


Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. Annual Report 2017

More than 10,000 civilians lost their lives or suffered injuries during 2017, according to the latest annual UN report documenting the impact of the armed conflict on civilians in Afghanistan. A total of 10,453 civilian casualties – 3,438 people killed and 7,015 injured – were documented in the 2017 Annual Report released today by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office. Although this figure represents a decrease of nine per cent compared with 2016, the report highlights the high number of casualties caused by suicide bombings and other attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs).


Putting Lives at Risk: Protection failures affecting hondurans and salvadorans deported from the United States and Mexico

According to findings from this Refugees International (RI) report, both the United States and Mexico are deporting individuals with significant protection needs back to Honduras and El Salvador – the countries from which they fled. The report, Putting Lives at Risk: Protection Failures Affecting Hondurans and Salvadorans Deported from the United States and Mexico, finds that the protection process at every stage – from the processing of an asylum application to deportation and reintegration into the country of origin – suffers from serious failures that ultimately put lives at risk. The RI research also found that despite important investments in reception services for deportees, both Honduras and El Salvador have weak protection systems.