Asylum and integration policies

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We call for humane, sustainable solutions and clear distribution of responsibilities within the EU member states

Ahead of the informal meeting of European Foreign Affairs Ministers, Centre for Peace Studies, Are You Syrious, Welcome Initiative and Forum 2020 warned that the EU has to urgently adopt sustainable and humane solutions for the humanitarian crisis at the Greece-Turkey land border, as well as on Greek islands and other external borders of the EU. A banner with the message “For Open Europe” was displayed at the press conference. 

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NEW YEARLY REPORT ON TORTURE OF ASYLUM SEEKERS BY CROATIAN AUTHORITIES AT EU EXTERNAL BORDERS

Together with a number of NGOs such as Human Rights Watch,  Are You Syrious / Centre for Peace Studies, and Amnesty International, the Border Violence Monitoring Network has been working to document  illegal pushbacks and police violence along the EU’s external borders in the Western Balkans since the formal closure of the route in 2017. While the existence of systematic illegal pushbacks along the Croatian and Hungarian borders with Serbia and Bosnia is evidenced extensively, this report focuses on the increasing violence that is applied to refugees and migrants under the framework of the Croatian case.

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WHAT IS HAPPENING AT CROATIA’S EXTERNAL BORDERS?

This publication has been jointly produced by Centre for Peace Studies, Border Violence Monitoring Network, Are You Syrious, Asylum Protection Centre and No Name Kitchen, who provide support to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and have collected substantial evidence of abuses perpetrated by the Croatian authorities against people trying to enter the European Union, including their unlawful and violent return to non-EU countries Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

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Building BRIDGES: Cro-Afro Party

As part of BRIDGES project, Centre for Peace Studies in collaboration with association Afro Badinya organised a second integration event on Friday, 22nd of November. The event titled Cro-Afro Party was held in Buena Vista club in Zagreb. Afro Badinya, meaning African family, is an association consisting of both migrants and locals. The association is promoting African cultural heritage through creative musical and artistic projects. The association stresses its goals are intercultural exchange, promotion of equality for all and prevention of racial discrimination. 

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Building BRIDGES: Football connecting people

On 19th of October Centre for Peace Studies together with Football Club Zagreb 041 held their first event in Zagreb, Croatia, as part of the project Bridges! The event organised was a mixed-team football tournament, meaning the teams consisted of both men, women and children, and it was organised in the neighbourhood Dugave. The main goal of the tournament was spending and active day in the sunshine, playing sports, having fun and hanging out all together! 

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International conference »Diaspora engagement in the EU«

»Diaspora engagement in the EU« was the international conference organized within the AMIF project We all need new engagement (WANNE) in the European Parliament in Brussels on 4 November. The questions we have addressed are among others: what are the major challenges facing the diaspora engagement within their communities in the EU; how are NGOs and diaspora organizations addressing these challenges; what are the potential areas of engagement with diaspora within the EU; what are the missing links in harnessing the benefits of diaspora engagement within the EU; how can the EU support the member states, NGOs and diaspora organizations?

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Croatia’s Schengen membership should be halted until human rights are respected

Today, Croatia received the green light from the European Commission to enter the border-free Schengen Area. While we agree that expanding the Schengen space can be a positive and much-needed move towards improvement of free movement inside the European Union, Croatia’s Schengen membership should be made conditional on the immediate end to the Croatian Government’s illegal and violent push-back of migrants. 

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