Freitag, 1. September 2017


The days have been hot, and not only because the temperature has reached 40 degrees. The current systemic violence its showing its discriminatory and murderous character. Sending thousands of people back to Libya, blocking their arrival in Italy, through making deals with militia that collude with people traffickers, is nothing less than criminal. These are collective push backs, the kind which Italy has already undertaken in the past and for which it has been condemned in the European Court of Human Rights.
A photo taken during the eviction at Via Curtatone, Rome. Photo: La Repubblica

Mittwoch, 30. August 2017

Migrants' Narratives from the Libyan Hell: “Sold As Slaves, Beaten and Forced to Leave.” – Long months of violence, detained in a condition of slavery without any contact with international bodies, right up till the departure for Italian shores: this is the shared narrative of three Africans who arrived in Italy before the Summer. All three are now being supported by the OpenEurope project jointly run by Oxfam, Borderline Sicilia and the Waldesian Deaconry.

Freitag, 11. August 2017

Young People, Little Protection: From Landing to Turning Eighteen. The Situation in Some Centres in Eastern Sicily

For a few months, the Hotspot at Pozzallo has included a container for “welcoming” children and families. A space is “dedicated” to those who are meant to only be passing through the Hotspot after the landing, but in reality they are frequently illegally and lengthily detained, a fact which has now become “normal and inevitable.” The situation is submissively accepted by some of the organisations that ought to be defending the rights of migrants but in fact continually fail to report violations of those rights, more concerned as they are to obtain a piece of the pie within the system than protect and safeguard the new arrivals.

Migrant Sicily Newsletter, July 2017

  • Criminalisation of rescuing and push backs at sea: the ban on fleeing from hell
  • The former welfare centre at Burgio-Corsello di Canicatti in the Pian del Lago camp: between exploitation, degradation and desperation
  • The reception of unaccompanied foreign minors and the 'case' of the 'Porta Felice' cooperative in Palermo
  • When reception is business: the people making money from migrants
  • Borderline Sicilia mobilises against the docking of the anti-migrant ship C-Star at Catania
  • News: Messina: a change of scene: from today the migrant landing operations to be at the Nuremberg quay; Minors treated badly: “He can split blood for all I care”.
  • Events: Catania, presentation at Feltrinelli of 'Welcome To Italy', a practical guide for migrants; #IoMiDenuncio: we are free to say “no!” to the Orlando-Minniti decree
  • Information and contacts

Donnerstag, 10. August 2017

Torture, rape and slavery in Libya: why migrants must be able to leave this hell - Rape, torture and slave labour are among the horrendous daily realities for people stuck in Libya who are desperately trying to escape war, persecution and poverty in African countries, according to a new report by Oxfam and Italian partners MEDU and Borderline Sicilia.

Montag, 7. August 2017

Criminalising Those Who Rescue, Supporting Those Who Arm: The New Strategies Of The War On Migrants

The Golfo Azzurro, the vessel belonging to the NGO Proactiva, arrived at the port of Catania on Thursday morning with 490 migrants on board, including a group who had survived a shipwreck. At least eight people died, the bodies of whom were transferred to the Vos Hestia (Save the Chidren) although there are strong suspicions that many other bodies have disappeared, swallowed up all too quickly by the sea.

Freitag, 4. August 2017

After The Landing, Human Rights On Hold: The Case Of The Extraordinary Reception Centre at Rosolini

Mohamed and Ahmed (not their real names) arrived in Sicily on the first of July. The Swedish ship BKV 002 to which they were transferred while still at sea brought them into the port of Catania along with 650 other migrants and 9 bodies. “It was extraordinary to think that just one step more and we were in Europe” is the phrase they used on arrival. At least, it was in our first meeting.

Migrants at the port of Augusta (Province of Syracuse)