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Press release Migreurop, 25 March 2011

A military intervention organized by an international coalition (including France, United-States and Unites-Kingdom) has started in Libya since last week-end. The foreign affairs committee of European Parliament called for reinstatement of EU-Libya migration agreement once new Libyan government in power.

Indeed, an agreement on illegal immigration control was signed in Tripoli, in October 2010. In addition, the EU, called on European countries to be prepared for major influx refugees in Europe. For its part, the Qaddafi’s government announced it will no longer collaborate with Europeans countries regarding illegal immigration, as a response to the occidental military operation.

Concerning sub-Saharans refugees, they are a few thousand, stocked at the Tunisians or Egyptians borders (see the Le Monde ‘s photo report, which shows the situation of these refugees at Sallum, the Egyptian customs post). They come from Darfur, Somalia, Eritrea, Iraq and other war-torn countries, so they cannot go home. Tunisia hosts them in the Choucha camp, but that will not be long-term solution.

In Egypt, it seems that only some nationals are allowed to cross the border. Egyptians authorities do not let those who have no identity papers. According to Cecilia Malmström, the commissar of interior, a meeting with the UNHCR, will take place this Friday, 25th to discuss these refugees situation and the possibility to host them in Europe.

With the start of occidental aerial attacks, Libyans refugees are arriving at borders, joining the migrants workers who flee the country. 280 000 people at all have fled the country since the 20th of February. Around 8 800 refugees are still waiting in the Choucha camp at the Tunisian border.

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Auteur: Ben Hayes

The EU is entering a new, and disturbing, phase in its efforts to police its borders.  

In a hi-tech upgrade to ‘Fortress Europe’, the EU is developing drone planes, satellite surveillance systems, unmanned ground and marine vehicles, even combat robots, to be deployed to ‘defend’ Europe from migrants.
The policy is the result of a convergence in the EU’s ‘industrial competitiveness’ strategy, which has identified the global ‘homeland security’ market as one in which Europe should prosper, and an EU approach to migration control that places the prevention of refugees and undocumented migrants from crossing borders above any other objective, principle or approach.
In this upgrade, the defence sector, the surveillance industry and quasi-autonomous EU bodies such as Frontex and the European Defence Agency are joining forces.More than €50 million in EU funds from the security research component of the Commission’s seventh framework programme for research (FP7) has already been allocated to the adaption of military surveillance techniques to Europe’s borders – and the programme is still in its infancy. Defence giants such as BAE Systems, Finmeccanica, Thales, EADS, Dassault Aviation, Sagem and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) feature in numerous consortia. At least six EU-funded projects envisage the use of ‘drones’ (or unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs) for border control; others promise an array of surveillance and detection technologies. (meer…)

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Studeren in de VS is duur. 8000 $ per academiejaar Studeren zonder papieren is hard, want wie geen papieren heeft, kan ook geen beurs krijgen. In Californië studeren toch 4000 van de 200.000 studenten zonder papieren.  Bij het vakje nationaliteit vullen ze niets in. Toen een democratische senator een wetsvoorstel indiende, de ‘Dream-act’ genoemd, om deze studenten toch toegang te geven tot een beurs, stelde gouverneur Swartzenegger uiteindelijk zijn veto, alhoewel het wetsvoorstel reeds was aanvaard door het Californisch parlement.

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Posted by Daniêl Verhoeven

Tuesday, February 8 different actors and theater people, in cooperation with KVS and Kaaitheater, give a theatricized press conference in the occupied areas of the 43 Rue de Chartreux.

During the first “Gala of the bureaucracy”, in the presence of Reinhilde Decleir Jolente De Keersmaeker, Lotte Heij Tenis, Wouter Hendrickx, Bruno Vanden Broecke the winners of the Golden Stamp Administration 2010-2011 will be announced. That way the promoters hope to generate more attention for the complex, almost absurd labour problems of the hunger strikers of the Rue de Chartreux and their peers.

Besides the gala ceremony, the hunger strikers themselves will explain the reasons of their actions.

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Author: Daniël Verhoeven

Sources: Pakistanen al 20 dagen in hongerstaking voor regularisatie, Plus de 55 jours de gève de la faim… signez la pétition!!!, Het Nieuwsblad

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The asylum seekers from Pakistan and the Magreb  that have started a hunger strike on 15 december 2010 refused to stop their hungerstrike, demanding a workpermit C, though they received an orange card B after 26 days of strike. Most of them are staying for years in Belgium now, and they want the possibility to look for a job of their choice like everybody else. They claim there are plenty of jobs for them waiting.

Video by De Wereld Morgen

Today is the 57th day the 25 North African and Pakistani hunger strikers in the Karthuizersstraat a bitter struggle to get work permits. The hunger strikers demand a work permit C.

“With that work permit C the hunger strikers can apply for a job like you and me,” says Father Daniel Alliet who supports  them from day one.

“Then they become free people, free to work freely. Now the hunger strikers only have an orange card B, a medical card that doesn’t give them the fully chances on the labor market. With an orange card that you can not really find decent work. The result is that they are exploited on all sides. They are treated like slaves. I’ve heard enough stories of these abuses, including in restaurants. I’ve known of people without papers who have worked full time but really only were paid half-time. The boss always threatened to dismiss them if they refused to work on all holidays. It’s just not human anymore, because they really want to work and live like us. Especially given the financial crisis, it is important to have the necessary permits. The hunger strikers are now happily enjoying support from the CPAS. They tell me that they want to give back  CPAS support when they get a work permit C.”

According to Alliet  there really enough work in Brussels and Flanders. “There are tens of thousands of jobs in Flanders that are not filled. In Brussels, there is high unemployment, but there are also many jobs that are not filled. There are so many vacancies that I really find it appalling that these people get so few opportunities. Hence we really argue that they would get the necessary permits to proceed and apply for work.” (meer…)

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