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Arrêt de la CJUE sur les contingents: une décision réjouissante, mais à ne pas appliquer
La Cour de justice de l’Union européenne (CJUE) a rejeté dans leur intégralité les recours de la Hongrie et de la Slovaquie. Si l’arrêt, qui réaffirme la solidarité entre les Etats européens, doit être salué, l’OSAR estime toutefois qu’une relocalisation vers la Hongrie ne saurait être considérée comme une solution acceptable en raison des conditions précaires dans le pays.

Procédure test prévue en Suisse romande
Après des années de discussion sur la restructuration du domaine de l’asile, le Parlement a procédé, en septembre 2015, à un changement de paradigmes visant surtout à réduire durablement la durée de la procédure. La nouvelle procédure d’asile a déjà été testée à Zurich. En juin 2016, le peuple a adopté la nouvelle loi à une large majorité. Une deuxième exploitation test est maintenant prévue en Suisse romande.

Procédure disproportionnée lors des renvois forcés de familles
L’OSAR dénonce la procédure disproportionnée des renvois forcés séparant les familles: elle ne respecte pas le droit à la vie familiale et porte atteinte à l’intérêt supérieur de l’enfant. La loi sur l’asile prévoit pourtant que le principe de l’unité familiale doit être pris en considération lors de l’exécution des renvois.

SFH begrüsst Entscheid und fordert unverzügliches Eintreten auf hängige Gesuche

Unverhältnismässiger Angriff auf die Bewegungsfreiheit von Personen im Asylbereich
Am Donnerstag 1. Juni 2017 hat der Nationalrat verschiedene Motionen angenommen, die ein generelles Reiseverbot für gewisse Personen aus dem Asylbereich verlangen. Die Motion der SVP Fraktion verlangt, dass allen Asylsuchenden und Personen mit dem Schutzstatus „vorläufige Aufnahme“ generell verboten werden soll, ins Ausland zu Reisen. Diejenige der FDP-Liberalen Fraktion beschränkt sich auf vorläufig Aufgenommene. Beide Vorstösse werden mit der Mutmassung begründet, dass Personen aus dem Asylbereich in ihren Heimatstaat reisen würden.

Bericht des Bundesrates zur Weiterentwicklung des Dublin-Systems

Dublin returnees caught between law and harsh reality in the search for safety
The Danish Refugee Council and the Swiss Refugee Council have published a joint report regarding the situation of persons with special reception needs transferred to Italy under the Dublin III Regulation. The report focuses on reception conditions and access to the asylum procedure. It shows that persons with special reception needs are at risk of human rights violations due to the arbitrariness of the Italian reception system.

Report: Pushed Back at the Door
25.01.2017: NGOs from five Easter EU Members States have published a report about the current situation concerning «push-backs» by european police authorities at the borders. The lack of transparency and proper oversight of border control practices result in the violation of the principle of non-refoulement

Weltflüchtlingstag

Undue protection restrictions for temporary admission beneficiaries
ECRE News: The Swiss Federal Council has published a report examining the application of the status of temporary admission. The report found that temporary admission negatively impacted beneficiaries’ access to rights and integration in practice. Temporary admission is a national protection status in Switzerland, different from subsidiary protection provided in the EU asylum acquis.

UK: Upper Tribunal publishes new Country Guidance case on Eritrea
ECRE News: The Upper Tribunal published a new Country Guidance case on Eritrea. The judgment confirms that Eritreans, who evaded military service and/or left the country illegally, continue to face a real risk of persecution, serious harm or ill-treatment if returned to Eritrea.

With Greece: Recommendations for refugee protection
A report launched by The AIRE Centre and ECRE (published on 13 July) finds that refugees in Greece continue to face challenges in accessing asylum due to increased complexity and procedural layers, a lack of simple and unequivocal information, as well as significant gaps in legal assistance.

Oui à des procédures courtes et équitables
Mardi, les six organisations membres de l’Organisation suisse d’aide aux réfugiés OSAR ont présenté avec Opération Libero leur Oui à la révision de la loi sur l’asile. L’accélération des procédures et l’extension de la protection juridique ont convaincu les organisations qui, au sein de la société civile, travaillent pour la plupart depuis des décennies dans les domaines de la fuite et de l’asile. Elles voient dans le projet, malgré certains durcissements, une nette amélioration globale pour les requérant-e-s d’asile.

UNHCR-Richtlinien zur Schutzbedürftigkeit von Asylbewerbern aus Afghanistan
Am 19. April 2016 veröffentlichte das UN-Flüchtlingshilfswerk UNHCR seine neuen Richtlinien zur Beurteilung internationaler Schutzbedürftigkeit von Asylwerberinnen und Asylbewerbern aus Afghanistan.

The reception of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe
The AIDA-Thematic Report of March 2016 documents the recent situation of reception of asylum seekers in the 20 AIDA countries, bearing in mind the peculiar legal and policy context applicable in non-EU countries such as Turkey or Serbia, which may merit particular consideration.

Refugee crisis: GRETA report
The need for governments across the continent to protect children and young people from human trafficking is «ever more urgent», according to a new report from the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA).

Memorandum ̶ Time to Save the Right to Asylum
Ahead of the European Council Summit meeting of 17 and 18 March 2016, ECRE urges Heads of State or Government to assume political leadership and pave the way for a concerted EU response to what primarily continues to be a refugee crisis and not only a migratory phenomenon. Such a response must be based on the principle of solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility and respect for human rights.

Switzerland should not be sending asylum seekers back to Hungary
Interview with Grusa Matevzic, Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) ELENA-Coordinator during the ECRE-Meeting in Vienna on 15 January 2016 (The European Council on Refugees and Exiles ECRE).

E-Platform and Information Campaign: Telling the Real Story
UNHCR has lauchend a new and innovative information platform reaching out to Eritreans and Somalis who are considering taking the perilous journey across the Mediterranean into Europe. «Telling the Real Story» is a collection of testimonies by persons who have made this voyage.

For a Europe of human rights!
15 Central European refugee organizations from 9 countries raise their voices and urge for a return to humanity and solidarity today, January 15, 2016.

New Handbook Asylum
The SRC has published the updated and expanded version of the Manual on Asylum Procedure. It integrates all the legal revisions and changes made by the Swiss Parliament between 2012 and autumn 2015. The new Handbook Asylum is available in German and can be ordered via online form from our website as of now. A french issue will be published in February 2016.

New Secretary General Miriam Behrens
The executive board of the Swiss Refugee Council has elected Miriam Behrens as new Secretary General of the Swiss Refugee Council SRC. She will start her new job on 01 March 2016. Miriam Behrens has been Secretary General of the Grüne Partei Schweiz for the last five years, where she was inter alia involved with the issues of migration and asylum policy. Before, she has worked for Pro Natura as project manager Politics and International.

Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something
On 24 November 2015, the Swiss Refugee Council met with the United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, a Swedish national with a wide range of experiences in humanitarian and refugee work. The meeting served as a discussion on current challenges in the asylum and migration discussion.

AIDA Country Report: Switzerland
In October 2015, the Swiss Refugee Council (SRC) presented the updated AIDA Country Report on Switzerland, written by the legal unit of the SRC. It discusses the new rules for administrative detention of asylum seekers in the Dublin procedure, which entered into force in July 2015. The report also provides information on the rules for support of unaccompanied minors as well as the restructuring of the asylum system.

Pour des standards minimums dans l’accueil des enfants migrants en Suisse
Le mercredi 4 novembre 2015, l’Alliance pour les droits des enfants migrants en Suisse (ADEM) a organisé un colloque afin de définir les besoins et contraintes en vue d’établir des standards minimums dans l’accueil des Mineur-e-s non accompagné-e-s.