By Prs. Graham Hudson, Idil Atak, Michele Manocchi and Charity-Ann Hannan from Ryerson University
8 February, 2017
An excellent study on the inner workings of a “Sanctuary City”, beyond the slogans. An empirical analysis of how firewalls can be put in place between public services and immigration enforcement, and how they still may fail to protect migrants and refugees.
“When I returned home to Greece last fall to make a film about the refugee crisis, I discovered a situation I had never imagined possible. The turquoise sea that surrounds the beautiful Greek island of Lesbos, just 4.1 miles from the Turkish coast, is these days a deadly gantlet, choked with terrified adults and small children on flimsy, dangerous boats. I had never seen people escaping war before, and neither had the island’s residents. I couldn’t believe there was no support for these families to safely escape whatever conflict had caused them to flee. The scene was haunting.
Regardless of the hardship Greeks have endured from the financial crisis, for a long time my home country has by and large been a peaceful, safe and easy place to live. But now Greece is facing a new crisis, one that threatens to undo years of stability, as we struggle to absorb the thousands of desperate migrants who pour across our borders every day. A peak of nearly 5,000 entered Greece each day last year, mainly fleeing conflicts in the Middle East.”
Please see this documentary short film, nominated for an academy award.
“During the last 16 years, and as of May 2016, the European Union has concluded 17 EU Readmission Agreements (EURAs) with various non-EU countries, as key instruments establishing cooperation between the EU and third countries for expelling irregular third-country nationals. This book examines the ways in which the European Commission and the Member States frame the effectiveness of EU return policies on the basis of ‘successful return’ rates, and the policy and legislative initiatives undertaken to increase the number of expulsions. It assesses existing knowledge regarding the role played by travel documents and identity determination as obstacles preventing person to be expelled or readmitted to her/his country of origin and studies the administrative procedures and common rules envisaged by EURAs aimed at ensuring a swift identiﬁcation or ‘identity determination’ of the nationality of the persons to be readmitted to their country of origin. The book focuses in particular on the ways in which nationality is to be determined or presumed in the scope of the 2010 EURA with Pakistan, and compares it with those foreseen in the ﬁve EURAs that have been concluded since with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cape Verde, Georgia and Turkey. In the final analysis, the author critically analyses the challenges affecting the operability of EURAs, which mainly relate to the lack of accountability and transparency mechanisms as well as the dilemmas they pose to international and European standards in the determination of nationality by states, and to the individual as a holder of fundamental human rights.”
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