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Weekly Report: The most important facts from the Mediterranean.

Weekly Report: The most important facts from the Mediterranean.

By Mediterranea Berlin

Every week, we collect the main news on migration and politics in the entire Mediterranean area, Western and Eastern Europe.
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Week 08 / 22 - 28 Feb. 2021

Weekly Report: The most important facts from the Mediterranean.Mar 04, 2021

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Special Edition: TUNISIA's regime against Black Sub-Saharan migrants

Special Edition: TUNISIA's regime against Black Sub-Saharan migrants

President Kais Saied's interpretation & application of the "great replacement theory"
Mar 21, 202311:02
Special Edition: 1 month since the devastating earthquake in #Turkiye

Special Edition: 1 month since the devastating earthquake in #Turkiye

Anger and desperation. Protests all over the country. 14 million affected by the crisis and 2 million still living in tents. The murderous lack of intervention by the Turkish State.
Mar 07, 202312:31
Special edition on the current situation at the Turkish-Syrian border

Special edition on the current situation at the Turkish-Syrian border

The consequences of the earthquake and the response of the Turkish & Syrian govts. The humanitarian crisis has already begun
Feb 16, 202308:43
News on Turkiye, Czech Republic, Latvia, Spain/Morocco, Italy

News on Turkiye, Czech Republic, Latvia, Spain/Morocco, Italy

The earthquake at the Turkish-Syrian border, Czech-Slovakian border controls annulled, Spain-Morocco migration partnership, Italy's anti-migration decree contested by EU's Human Rights Commissioner
Feb 07, 202309:10
News on Israel, France, Spain, EU's new borders policies

News on Israel, France, Spain, EU's new borders policies

Israel synagogue attack, France's new immigration bill, fire at migrant workers camp in Southern Spain, EU summit on borders control 10 y after Lampedusa
Feb 01, 202308:26
News Podcast Jan 24th: Greece/Turkey; the Yazidi genocide; Italy-Tunisia-Egypt relations; Belgium

News Podcast Jan 24th: Greece/Turkey; the Yazidi genocide; Italy-Tunisia-Egypt relations; Belgium

Greece extends border fence with Turkey; The German Bundestag recognizes the Yazidi genocide perpetrated by IS in 2014; Italy's migration pact with Tunisia & Egypt; migrants denied home in Brussels
Jan 24, 202305:38
Podcast Jan 17th: News on Ukraine, Turkey & Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Morocco

Podcast Jan 17th: News on Ukraine, Turkey & Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Morocco

Over 7000 civilian deaths in Ukraine; Turkey - Italy future migration pact; Greece: charges dropped against 24 sea rescuers; Tunisians protest against the govt; Morocco: authorities attack Sub-Saharan migrants in Casablanca
Jan 17, 202306:56
News on the Central Med, UN aid for Syria, Sweden's EU Council presidency, Spain

News on the Central Med, UN aid for Syria, Sweden's EU Council presidency, Spain

UN Security Council extends critical humanitarian aid to north-western Syria; 110 people rescued in the Central Med disembark in Italy; Sweden's & Denmark's immigration policies; Spain fighting migrant exploitation
Jan 10, 202310:04
News Podcast Jan 3rd: UNHCR, Italy's right wing govt vs NGOs, Turkiye - Greece, South Sudan

News Podcast Jan 3rd: UNHCR, Italy's right wing govt vs NGOs, Turkiye - Greece, South Sudan

UNHCR: currently 103 million forcibly displaced people worldwide; Ocean Viking disembarks 113 in Ravenna - 1700km too far: Italy's cruel anti immigration policies; Turkiye accuses Greece of migrant pushback; S Sudan armed attacks force people to flee.
Jan 03, 202307:40
News Updates on Ukraine, Tunisia, UK and Rwanda, Albania

News Updates on Ukraine, Tunisia, UK and Rwanda, Albania

Ukraine keeps resisting the Russian attacks, parliamentary elections in Tunisia, UK and Albania - new agreement on migration, UK's Deportation plans for Rwanda.
Dec 19, 202206:45
News on politics and migration

News on politics and migration

News on the UNCHR is UNFAIR protest in Geneva, Ukraine in need of urgent aid, rescue ops in the Mediterranean, Bulgaria
Dec 14, 202205:30
News on Cyprus, Italy, Germany, Ukraine

News on Cyprus, Italy, Germany, Ukraine

Repatriations in Cyprus, rescue ops in the Central Mediterranean, Germany 1,2 million migrants in 2022, winter in Ukraine
Dec 06, 202205:59
News on Libya, Germany, Egypt, EU, Spain, Turkiye

News on Libya, Germany, Egypt, EU, Spain, Turkiye

Libya's migrant deportations, the new migration policies in Germany and the EU
Nov 30, 202208:23
News on Politics & Migration: from Europe, the Mediterranean and the World

News on Politics & Migration: from Europe, the Mediterranean and the World

In this edition, 9 months of war on Ukraine, Turkiye's attack on Northern Syria, Norway and the Ocean Viking, human rights in Belgium
Nov 24, 202207:10
News on Ukraine, Kosovo, Germany, Tunisia

News on Ukraine, Kosovo, Germany, Tunisia

The grain deal, tensions between Kosovo & Serbia, Germany's mixed messages on sea rescue, Tunisia's referendum
Aug 01, 202207:42
News on TURKIYE - Russia - Ukraine, Egypt, Tunisia

News on TURKIYE - Russia - Ukraine, Egypt, Tunisia

The deal on Ukrainian grain export and the Russian missile attack 1 day after;
Jul 25, 202206:36
Podcast 19.7.22: The Turkey - Russia - Iran summit

Podcast 19.7.22: The Turkey - Russia - Iran summit

The current situation in Ukraine, the summit of 3 major players in Europe and the Middle East, Libya
Jul 19, 202206:17
News on Bosnia, Lampedusa, Lebanon, EU-Morocco, Turkiye

News on Bosnia, Lampedusa, Lebanon, EU-Morocco, Turkiye

It's been 27 years since the gruesome genocide in Bosnia. Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys from the eastern town of Srebrenica were killed by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995, an act of genocide under international law.
Jul 11, 202207:07
Podcast 4th July

Podcast 4th July

News from Ukraine, Romania, Morocco/Spain & Turkiye
Jul 04, 202203:55
4 months of war on Ukraine, the victims of Melilla, 500 migrants rescued in the Central Mediterranea

4 months of war on Ukraine, the victims of Melilla, 500 migrants rescued in the Central Mediterranea

News on Ukraine, Libya, Morocco/Spain - Melilla, Central Med, France
Jun 27, 202206:07
Rescue ops in the Central Mediterranean, Turkiye and the Syrian refugees, Ukraine refugee crisis

Rescue ops in the Central Mediterranean, Turkiye and the Syrian refugees, Ukraine refugee crisis

Staggering numbers of refugees worldwide, Turkiye and its plans for the Syrian refugees, Spain
Jun 19, 202206:18
Russian war crimes in Ukraine, over 400 rescuees in the Med, migration policies in Eastern Europe

Russian war crimes in Ukraine, over 400 rescuees in the Med, migration policies in Eastern Europe

Amnesty International accuses Russia of war crimes in Ukraine, saying hundreds of civilians have died in Kharkiv in cluster bomb attacks. MSH & Sea Watch save 92 and 344 people. The anti-migrant walls in Poland and Slovenia. Germany granting citizenship
Jun 13, 202206:36
News on the Mediterranean and Europe: politics and migration

News on the Mediterranean and Europe: politics and migration

The Central Mediterranean: Mission 12 of MSH and the current situation of the migrants in Hungary, Albania, Iceland
Jun 05, 202205:13
Mediterranea Berlin: News on migration and politics in Europe and the Mediterranean

Mediterranea Berlin: News on migration and politics in Europe and the Mediterranean

In this edition of the podcast: news on the latest developments in Ukraine, Greece sealing off the border with Turkey, the deadly Central Mediterranean route, migrant pushbacks in Bulgaria and the alarming situation of the Syrian refugees in Denmark.
May 30, 202207:25
Podcast May 23rd: News from Europe & the Mediterranean on Politics and Migration

Podcast May 23rd: News from Europe & the Mediterranean on Politics and Migration

We return with news on the situation in Ukraine, the political repression in Turkey, Great Britain's "off-shore" asylum plan and the successful rescue operations in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean.
May 23, 202206:46
News on the migrants' situation in Ukraine, Lithuania, the Mediterranean, Syria and Iran

News on the migrants' situation in Ukraine, Lithuania, the Mediterranean, Syria and Iran

Over 80 days of war on Ukraine: over 6,1 million have left their country; investigation into possible war crimes by Russian troops in Ukraine; inhumane detention in migrants in Lithuania; Donors'Conference on Syria; the situation of 1 million Afghans in Iran
May 15, 202206:39
Special: The war in Ukraine - The situation in Odessa

Special: The war in Ukraine - The situation in Odessa

40 days of war in the Ukraine

The conclusions of 4 days spent in Odessa - over 500.000 people already left the city. The ones that stayed are leading a daily struggle, doing their best to help their fellow Ukranians and soldiers live and continue the fight against the Russian invasion.

Apr 08, 202206:38
Special: The war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis in Moldova

Special: The war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis in Moldova

Over the last week, we've documented the current situation in Moldova, the country with the highest number of Ukrainian refugees: from the 360.000 that crossed its borders,102.000 people stayed, waiting for the war to end... 


Along with the many organizations active in Chisinau and at the borders with the Ukraine, civil society is helping the best way it can, showing solidarity on a daily basis.

Mar 30, 202205:27
Special: The war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis in Romania

Special: The war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis in Romania

The war in the Ukraine has entered its fourth week now. Over 3 million people have been displaced and more than 500.000 have reached Romania. 


Many Ukranians decided to stay and become the Resistance against the Russian oppressor, but the constant bombings will force others more to seek shelter over the borders... 


We documented the situation on the Romanian-Moldavian for 10 days. Here are some of the conclusions.

Mar 19, 202205:27
Week 08 / 21 -27 Feb. 2022

Week 08 / 21 -27 Feb. 2022

Today we're not reporting just news. It's a personal and direct call for action and solidarity. 


Thousands of people from Ukraine have fled to neighboring EU countries since Russia launched its invasion, on Thursday, the 24th of February.


1 mil people have been displaced so far (in and outside the Ukraine) and millions of Ukrainians may be forced to flee abroad...

Mar 01, 202203:40
Week 07 / 14 - 20 Feb. 2022

Week 07 / 14 - 20 Feb. 2022

In the last few days, Sea Watch rescued 129 human lives and the Ocean Viking was assigned a Place of Safety for the 247 rescues on board. But people are still dying in the attempt to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe… Nonetheless, on the 21st-22nd February the Austrian government is organizing a conference hosting 23 countries to speed up the repatriation of illegal migrants, ensure stricter controls at the EU’s external border and to assist the Balkan countries in operationalizing repatriations and Frontex is promising assistance in Cyprus...

Feb 23, 202208:08
Week 06 / 07 - 13 Feb. 2022

Week 06 / 07 - 13 Feb. 2022

Both the Ocean Viking and Salvamento Maritimo rescued over 200 people in the last week: the first one in the Central Mediterranean and the second on the dangerous Atlantic route. However, there seems to be a new migration route across the Balkans: the one from Serbia to North Macedonia and then into Greece.

Feb 15, 202205:42
Week 05 / 31 Jan. - 06 Feb. 2022

Week 05 / 31 Jan. - 06 Feb. 2022

It's been 5 years since the Italy-Libya agreement: 5 years of EU-sponsored abuse in Libya and the central Mediterranean based on the Memorandum of Understanding on Migration. A similar Memorandum is expected to be signed in Cyprus, in order to control migrant movements with the assistance of EU bodies like EASO and Frontex. 

However, little is being done to protect the Rights and Lives of migrants around the world: the CommemorAction on the 6th of February was dedicated to the victims of Migration.

Feb 08, 202207:45
Week 04 / 24 - 30 Jan. 2022

Week 04 / 24 - 30 Jan. 2022

The Court of Agrigento shelved the investigation for the rescue of May 9, 2019 and acquitted the Commander of our ship MareJonio and the Head of Mission Beppe Caccia of all charges, found to be fulfilling their rescue duty, provided for by national and international law. 

Once again, it was stated that Libya cannot be considered a "place of safety"; thus, solutions are desperately needed and the voices of the refugees protesting peacefully (for over 3 months now) in front of the UNHCR in Tripoli must be heard.

Feb 01, 202207:00
Week 03 / 17 - 23 Jan. 2022

Week 03 / 17 - 23 Jan. 2022

715 people were saved in the last few days by 3 rescue vessels: our Mare Jonio, Banksy's Louise Michel and the GeoBarents (MSF).

Our ship has completed its 10th mission and will soon be ready to embark on a new one. 

On the other hand, the situation of the refugees at the Belarusian border, in Libya and in the Middle East is worsening day by day, due to the indifference and the externalization policies sustained by Europe.

Jan 25, 202206:43
Week 02 / 10 - 16 Jan. 2022

Week 02 / 10 - 16 Jan. 2022

The EU and UNHCR officials have announced that Latvia, Lithuania and Poland STILL use "pushbacks and other violations of human rights" at the borders to keep migrants out…  "Pushback" has actually been declared the Non-Word of the Year 2021 in Germany, which is trying to improve its migration policies, also by introducing a common European asylum system.

Jan 19, 202206:45
Week 01 / 03 - 09 Jan. 2022

Week 01 / 03 - 09 Jan. 2022

After 100 days of peaceful protests, on the 10th of January, the refugees gathered in front of the UNHCR main office reported brutal beatings and persecution by the Libyan police, meant to prevent them from demanding their own legal rights. Their situation has reached a point of no return and urgent measures are desperately needed!

Jan 11, 202205:07
Week 52 / 27 Dec. 2021 - 02 Jan. 2022

Week 52 / 27 Dec. 2021 - 02 Jan. 2022

The year 2021 has witnessed over 5500 deaths along the different migration routes towards Europe, especially on the Atlantic and the Central Mediterranean one. What Europe still fails to understand is that migration is not a crisis, but a natural occurrence - particularly within the current global context.

Jan 04, 202205:13
Week 51 / 20 - 26 Dec. 2021

Week 51 / 20 - 26 Dec. 2021

There is some good news: the investigation against Carola Rackete was finally shelved and the French authorities were accused of manslaughter in the English Channel shipwreck. 

However, the situation in the Central Mediterranean and in Libya remains unstable: the elections have been postponed to the 24th of January. Over 1500 migrants have perished on this route in 2021...

Dec 27, 202105:18
Week 50 / 13 - 19 Dec. 2021

Week 50 / 13 - 19 Dec. 2021

The 18th December was the international Migrants Day - that didn't bring much hope this year either: European heads of state and government just agreed to increase pressure on countries to take back rejected asylum seekers.


The EU has deals with more than 20 countries, including Pakistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Gambia, to send back migrants.

Dec 21, 202104:37
Week 49 / 06 - 12 Dec. 2021

Week 49 / 06 - 12 Dec. 2021

15 EU countries have pledged to offer protection to nearly 40,000 people from Afghanistan. Germany alone has agreed to take in 25.000 of the evacuees.

On the other hand though, over the last 10 years, the EU and its member states spent hundreds of millions of euros on technologies to track down and keep refugees away. Poland alone approved spending €350 million on its wall with Belarus...

Dec 14, 202104:53
Week 48 / 29 Nov. - 05 Dec. 2021

Week 48 / 29 Nov. - 05 Dec. 2021

The ordeals of the refugees peacefully protesting in front of UNHCR Tripoli continue... For 66 days now... As the ones faced by migrants at the Belarusian borders - all that while Europe is watching. A neglect called by Pope Francis himself the "shipwreck of civilization"...

Dec 07, 202106:13
Week 47 / 22 - 28 Nov. 2021

Week 47 / 22 - 28 Nov. 2021

The tragedy of the almost 2000 migrants at the Polish-Belarusian border continues: rights groups have appealed to the German government, immediate reception is required! Meanwhile, the humanitarian corridors initiative in Italy has brought to safety another 70 people and the Sea Watch 4 was finally granted a safe port (Augusta) for 460 lives.

Dec 02, 202108:14
Week 46 / 15 - 21 Nov. 2021

Week 46 / 15 - 21 Nov. 2021

Close to 30,000 people have been intercepted and forcibly returned to Libya since the beginning of the year. And on top of that, Libya's coast guard has threatened to hijack the Sea-Watch 4 rescue vessel, if it didn't comply with the orders. 

The human rights abuses must stop and the Refugees protesting un front of UNHCR in Tripoli must be evacuated!

Nov 24, 202106:37
Week 45 / 8 - 14 Nov. 2021

Week 45 / 8 - 14 Nov. 2021

The protests of the refugees in Tripoli, in front of the UNHCR headquarters, continue: for more than 45 days now! What they ask for is to be evacuated and sent back to their own country.

Meanwhile, migrants are still being pushed back to Libya by the so-called coast guard: last week, there were 70.

Nov 16, 202106:31
Week 44 / 01 - 07 Nov. 2021

Week 44 / 01 - 07 Nov. 2021

800 people were rescued by the SEA EYE 4 and 400 by the French maritime authorities. However, the crisis in Ethiopia is continuing, as well as the anti-migrant policies in Turkey - more and more Afghans are being detained at the border with the Iran.

Nov 10, 202110:25
Week 43 / 25 - 31 Oct. 2021

Week 43 / 25 - 31 Oct. 2021

Syria has been again declared an unsafe country for refugees to be sent back to and Libya has been faced with new sanctions. Nevertheless, Europe is still building fences and consolidating borders: Poland has just approved the construction of a 100km long wall along the country's border with Belarus to stem migration...

Nov 02, 202109:13
Week 42 / 18 - 24 Oct. 2021

Week 42 / 18 - 24 Oct. 2021

There is some wonderful news this week: The case against our Mare Jonio will be dropped, Salvini's anti-migrant stance and deeds are on trial. Spain is also easing up regulations for minor migrants, but the obsession with walls and borders have not yet left Europe...

Nov 02, 202109:05
Week 41 / 11 - 17 Oct. 2021

Week 41 / 11 - 17 Oct. 2021

Thousands of people protested in Warsaw on Sunday against pushbacks of migrants and asylum seekers at the Polish-Belarusian border. Smaller rallies were held in other Polish cities as well.

Turkey has also started to regularly push migrants back to Iran. A 243-kilometer concrete wall, topped with barbed wire and surrounded by trenches, is currently being built along Turkey's 534-kilometer border with Iran.

Oct 21, 202106:50
Week 40 / 04 - 10 Oct. 2021

Week 40 / 04 - 10 Oct. 2021

An investigative project by various media organizations reveals that Croatia, Romania, and Greece have been using EU funds to push migrants back across their borders, through violent and illegal tactics. There have been strong reactions, but noone is taking responsibility. Moreover, 12 EU member states have asked the European Commission and Council for new tools to protect the EU's external borders in the face of migratory flows, also with the European funding of fences and walls...

Oct 12, 202112:05