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(31/10/2018) Position paper: European Commission proposal for a recast of the Return ... 31/10/2018 - In follow-up to the June 2018 European Council, the European Commission released on 12 September 2018 new legislative proposals in the field of asylum and migration: a proposal for a recast of the Return Directive; a proposal for a Regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard; amendments to the proposed Regulation on the European Asylum Agency. The European Commission also issued a Communication on enhancing legal pathways to Europe. This briefing presents Amnesty International’s position on the changes proposed to the return policy and outlines our main concerns from the point of view of human rights. (23/05/2017) Italy: Refugees and migrants in the central Mediterranean, cutting the ... 23/05/2017 - Amnesty International is deeply concerned that Italian authorities may be attempting to circumvent their obligation to protect people fleeing widespread and systematic human rights violations and abuses in Libya by facilitating the interception of refugees and migrant boats by Libyan authorities in the central Mediterranean. (05/04/2017) Position Paper: THE PROPOSED ASYLUM PROCEDURES REGULATION 05/04/2017 - After publishing a proposal for revising the Dublin Regulation (Dublin IV) on 4 May 2016, the European Commission took a further step on 23 July 2016 when it presented revised proposals on asylum procedures, qualification and reception conditions within the framework of the planned reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). (16/02/2017) Amnesty International: Position paper on the proposed EU Resettlement ... 16/02/2017 - On 13 July 2016, the European Commission published a proposal for a Regulation establishing a Union Resettlement Framework. The proposal sets a framework within which the Union will implement resettlement in the future. It establishes in essence the general objectives of the EU resettlement policy; common EU rules on admission of third country nationals through resettlement; common EU rules on eligibility and exclusion criteria; standard procedures governing all stages of the resettlement process; status to be accorded to resettled persons; decision-making procedures; and financial support to member states. It does not prescribe the scale of resettlement or the regions/countries from which to resettle as this is left to implementing acts by the Council and the Commission. However, under the proposed framework, the selection of priority regions and countries is to be predominantly linked to the EU’s migration control objectives. (16/02/2017) Amnesty International: Position Paper on the proposed Dublin Reform 16/02/2017 - On 4 May 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for a revision of the Dublin Regulation (so-called Dublin-IV), which aims to determine the member state responsible for processing an asylum application lodged within the European Union (EU).This proposal is part of a package of proposals reviewing the Common European Asylum System. (03/11/2016) HOTSPOT ITALY: HOW EU'S FLAGSHIP APPROACH LEADS TO VIOLATIONS OF REFUGEE ... 03/11/2016 - Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, fleeing conflict, human right violations and poverty, have crossed the Mediterranean in the past three years in search of safe haven or a better life. In the absence of safe and legal routes into Europe, they have travelled irregularly, at considerable risk to their own lives. This has posed significant challenges to European leaders, who have largely failed to meet them. They have placed a particularly large burden on Greece, but also on Italy, which has led efforts to save lives at sea and has seen over 150 thousand irregular arrivals for each of the last three years. Rather than creating a bold, orderly system providing safe avenues for people to seek protection in Europe, and advocating for the respect and protection of human rights in countries where conflict and persecution are displacing people, European leaders have resorted to negotiating with human rights violating governments to stop them coming. Rather than promoting solidar (15/09/2016) Rising to the challenge: world leaders need to urgently adopt solutions ... 15/09/2016 - On paper, all 193 UN Member States have reached consensus on cooperation going forward from the unprecedented 19 September UN General Assembly Summit for Refugees and Migrants. However, civil society laments uneven commitments and lack of urgency to deliver a new deal (27/06/2016) European Commission "compacts" represent ... 27/06/2016 - On 7 June 2016, the European Commission published a Communication, calling for the establishment of migration "compacts" between the EU and a range of countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The document is a striking example of precisely what has precipitated the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.