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  • ECtHR judgment in Hasanbasic v. Switzerland (no. 52166/09)

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicants are a married couple of Bosnian nationality. Mrs. Hasanbasic obtained a settlement permit in Switzerland in 1979. After they had married some years later, Mr. Hasanbasic obtained a settlement permit too. In 2004, he informed the authorities that he intended to return permanently to his country of origin and his settlement permit expired. However, he returned in December of the same year on a tourist visa. Mrs. Hasanbasic submitted a request for family reunification, but this was rejected by the authorities and courts, arguing that Mr.

  • UNHCR Global Trends Report 2012

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    UNHCR has published the 2012 edition of the Global Trends Report, its leading annual report on the state of forced displacement in the world. The report documents the highest figures of displaced persons in the past 18 years, reaching 45.2 million people of whom 15.4 are refugees and almost a million asylum seekers. During 2012 7.6 million persons became newly displaced. The report indicates that 81% of the world's refugees are hosted by developing countries. 46% of the world's refugees are children with the number of unaccompanied or separated children increasing.

  • ECtHR factsheet on minors updated

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The factsheet on the Court's case law concerning the protection of minors was updated this month. It contains information on some cases dealing with detention of minors and migrant children and is available at the Court's website.

  • Council Update on the implementation of the Common Framework for genuine and practical solidarity towards Member States facing particular pressures on their asylum systems including through mixed migration flows

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The document sets out what has happened since 8 March 2012 when the Council approved Council Conclusions on a common framework for solidarity mechanisms. It also states that the Commission has announced that it will invite Member States’ experts to a meeting on solidarity issues in January 2013. The objective of this meeting will be to prepare the solidarity part of the next Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum, in particular by collecting information about Member States’ needs and achievements.

  • Court of Justice of the European Union - Opinion of Advocate General Cruz Villalón in the case C-648/11 MA, BT, DA v Secretary of State for the Home Department, 21 February 2013

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The main proceedings concern three unaccompanied minors who applied for asylum in the United Kingdom after having previously lodged asylum applications in the Netherlands and Italy. The British authorities decided first to send them back to those countries in application of the Dublin Regulation, but later they ruled that the UK would take responsibility for their applications under the sovereignty clause. However, the minors did not withdraw the appeals they had lodged against the initial decision to sent them back.

  • Abdulkhakov v. Russia (no. 14743/11) [Articles 3,5 and 34- Rule ]

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The case concerns the Russian authorities’ alleged secret transfer of an Uzbek national, detained in Russia with a view to his extradition to his country of origin, despite the European Court of Human Rights’s indication (under Rule 39 - interim measures) to the Russian Government that no extradition should take place until further notice. The applicant, Murodzhon Abdulkhakov, is an Uzbek national who was born in 1979 and is currently in hiding in Tajikistan.

  • Report on credibility assessment in EU asylum systems

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    UNHCR has published its full report on credibility assessment in EU asylum systems. The report provides an insight into state practices concerning the assessment of credibility in asylum procedures and seeks to contribute to their further harmonisation in view of the significant discrepancies existing between member states and within national jurisdictions as regards the outcomes of such assessment.

  • Council of Europe: European Committee of Social Rights: Belgium violates social rights of irregular and asylum seeking children

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) has found that Belgium violated several rights of the European Social Charter of 1961with respect to migrant and asylum-seeking children. Belgium will now have to take measures to ensure the protection of their rights in the future and report back to the ECSR.

  • ECtHR - New Rules of the Court

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    A new version of the Rules of the Court, agreed earlier in the year by the Plenary Court, entered into force on 1 May. It can be consulted on the Court's website.

  • European Parliament: LIBE Committee votes for the EUROSUR regulation.

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    On 27 November the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament approved the draft text of the EUROSUR regulation. Negotiations with the European Council are now bound to start with a view to making the system operational as of 1 October 2013. EUROSUR will be a new border surveillance system designed to improve the monitoring, detection, identification, tracking, prevention and interception of illegal border crossings and it will serve as an information exchange system with the EU Member States and FRONTEX.

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