The Swedish Migration Board announced on Tuesday 3 September that it will grant permanent residence permit to Syrians who currently hold 3 years temporary residence permits. This decision is based on a re-assessment of the security situation in Syria, which is now "extreme and marked by general violence", the Migration Board said.
UNHCR announced on 3 September that the number of Syrian fleeing their country reached 2 million. UNHCR talks about an "haemorrhage" as the numbers are increasing dramatically fast: a year ago, there were about 230,000 refugees while the numbers topped a million in March this year; there are now about 5,000 people fleeing daily. More than half of the refugees are children.
Not There Yet:
An NGO perspective on Challenges to a Fair and Effective Common European Asylum System
Friday 6 September 2013 - 09.30 - 12.30
Residence Palace (Maelbeek Room), Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels
On 1 August 2013, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued a judgement in Horshill v Greece, condemning Greece for a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
The French Ministry of Interior has initiated a consultative committee on the forthcoming reform of the French Asylum Law. This group, gathering “major stakeholders" (officials and associations), has met for the first time in plenary on 15 July.
Today, the Dublin III Regulation enters into force. For the European Union and its Member States, this is a pivotal moment because it heralds the arrival of what they consider to be the Common European Asylum System.
A 26 year old Pakistani national, detained for entering Greece irregularly, hang himself at the toilet of the Servia police station in Kozani, northern Greece last Friday. The authorities say that his death will be investigated.