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A joint press release by ASGI, CIR and other Italian civil society organisations has expressed concern over recent barriers to access to the asylum procedure before the Police Headquarters (Questura) of Rome.
The Ministerial Decision introducing free legal assistance in asylum appeals procedures in Greece was published on 9 September 2016.
A report of the Independent Chief Inspector on Borders and Immigration found the policy of the UK Home Office to be too restrictive in the treatment of family reunification applications.
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.
A protest by approximately 150 asylum seekers, mainly of Chechen origin, who are denied entry into Poland, was recently held near the Brest crossing point of the Polish-Belarussian border.