Admissibility, responsibility and safety in European asylum procedures

In the implementation of their international obligations, European and EU states have devised sophisticated asylum systems based on complex procedural tools. In some cases, tools are designed and used for the purpose of avoiding responsibility for refugees, because they allow claims to be dismissed as inadmissible before looking at the substance of the claim. The recent EU-Turkey deal and the European Commission’s proposal for harmonised asylum procedures under an Asylum Procedures Regulation, for instance, revolve around concepts such as “safe … read more

“Journeys of Hope: We urge Malta to grant safe and legal access to refugees”

Press Statement on World Refugee Day 2016 On World Refugee Day 2016 Jesuit Refugee Service Malta, aditus foundation, Integra Foundation and the Malta Emigrants’ Commission underline the need to allow refugees safe and legal access to protection. To highlight the urgency of this call, JRS Europe yesterday launched ‘Journeys of Hope’, a collection of personal encounters with men, women and children as they hope, yet struggle, to reach European safety. Gathering stories from Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, … read more

Announcing Two New Projects!

aditus is pleased to announce two exciting new projects we’ve taken on, in cooperation with four esteemed partner organisations. Project Integrated is an undertaking shared by aditus, JRS Malta and Integra Foundation, with the support of UNHCR Malta. The three Maltese NGOs will integrate their best efforts, until the end of 2015, for the sake of better integrating beneficiaries of international protection in the local context – to help them profit fully from their human rights and to restore their pride as independent and successful … read more

aditus & JRS Malta comment on proposed changes to national asylum legislation

Together with JRS Malta we’ve submitted technical comments on proposals to amend the Refugees Act, as Malta commences the exercise to transpose the EU’s recast Qualification, Reception and Procedures Directives. Our comments were sent to the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security, and technical dialogue is currently underway to work on the finer details of the transposition exercise. We’re keen to continue this dialogue, particularly for the transposition of the recast Reception Directive since this will require a profound … read more

International Anti-Racism day and Pan-European Anti-Racism Week

Every 21 March is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, first proclaimed by the UN in 1966. This year, today’s observances fall within the Action Week Against Racism 2013, an initiative of UNITED for Intercultural Action, the pan-European, 48-country network against nationalism, racism and fascism and in support of migrants and refugees. The theme for the Action Week Against Racism (16-24 March) is Who Says We Don’t Fit Together? Value Diversity! As part of our human rights … read more