Brussels, Europe Brief News – People fleeing the southern Mediterranean’s shores had a difficult time this year. The epidemic persisted, the levels of forced displacement rose, the fundamental difficulties of European immigration policy remained, and the European governments continued to violate people’s right to seek refuge. Euro-Med Monitor has reviewed what the ongoing treatment of Migrants and Refugees is. Let’s dive into the findings.
Rising Death Numbers in the EU
Increasing deaths at European borders have been the first direct result of European immigration policy, particularly the pushbacks and the absence of regularly scheduled, accessible, and safe ways into Europe. Refugees and migrants who attempted to enter the EU for safety and dignity had to battle for survival last year.
Twelve people were found dead at the Turkish border in February, victims of illegal Greek pushbacks and European political games trapping asylum seekers and refugees in no man’s land.
More people entered Europe via land or sea than by air in 2021. One hundred twenty-three thousand three hundred eighteen individuals crossed the sea and landed in frontline states. 3,231 are missing, double the year before. As of 12 June 2022, 41,140 people have reached Europe, but 742 have died or disappeared.
Disregard for EU Migrants
The disregard of European institutions for migrants and refugees is evident in the aggressive and discriminatory actions EU member states took this year.
The UK has strengthened its long list of severe and violent processes to prohibit small boats from crossing the English Channel, especially with the recent arrangement with Rwanda to “outsource” asylum seekers.
The EU Commission offered a Status Agreement to Senegal in February to deploy Frontex standing corps and technical equipment, under the false premise of combating smuggling but as a new, stricter strategy of migrant confinement.
Denmark Tightens Immigration Rules
Denmark tightened immigration rules to have “zero asylum applications.” In September, the Danish government proposed requiring refugee women to work 37 hours weekly. Misguided and discriminatory views about refugees are encouraged, and rights become privileges.
Narratives and objectives, not European government resources. Without crises or huge arrivals, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium compelled asylum seekers to sleep rough in December.
Migrants and asylum seekers are seen as criminals and guinea pigs for new, invasive control and surveillance technology. In October, the Swiss parliament agreed to allow the State Secretariat for Migration to inspect asylum seekers’ phones without authorisation or suspicion of false claims, as it’s done in Germany, Denmark, and Norway, where asylum seekers are wrongly considered liars until proven honest.