In defiance of the reception logic : The case for including NGOs as human rights monitors in the EU’s policies of first reception of irregular migrants

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title In defiance of the reception logic : The case for including NGOs as human rights monitors in the EU’s policies of first reception of irregular migrants
Author DeBono, Daniela
Research Centre Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM)
Date 2018
English abstract
The first reception system for irregular migrants taking the Mediterranean route into the European Union (EU) is dictated almost solely by border control and security concerns. There is no recognition of the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) as human rights monitors in first reception, and access is limited, controlled, and dependent on local authorities. Newly arriving migrants are at their most vulnerable during first reception. Traumatization and retraumatization brought by violations of human rights, or alternatively, care and welcome within the first reception system will pave the way for subsequent integration processes, by ensuring migrants’ well-being, decreasing hostility, diffidence and subjugation, and peaceful relations with European host communities. By critically assessing the current system, backed by the author’s long-term ethnographic fieldwork, this article explores the links between policy, practice, and mental health consequences for migrants. It shows that there are multiple risks of human rights violations of a vulnerable group of people. The article is critical of the absence of an official role for NGOs as human rights monitors arguing that NGOs have a unique role to play. The article suggests that the dignified conduction of first reception could have a positive influence on integration processes, and concludes that first reception should not be designed within a security framework but within a reception one.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1037/pac0000297 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher American Psychological Association
Host/Issue Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology;24
Volume 3
ISSN 1532-7949
Pages 291-295
Language eng (iso)
Subject irregular migration
asylum
refugee
boat migrants
Mediterranean
reception
first reception
human rights
non-governmental organisations
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::LAW/JURISPRUDENCE
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
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