17. März 2014 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Tunesien-EU: Protest gegen „Mobilitätspartnerschaft“ · Kategorien: Europa, Tunesien · Tags:

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Tunis-Paris-Copenhagen-Brussels, 17 March 2014

Tunisia-EU Mobility Partnership: a forced march towards the externalization of borders

On 3 March, Tunisia and the European Union signed a ‘mobility partnership’.

Over the last two years, the signatory organizations have repeatedly expressed their concerns about this partnership. We hereby reiterate them and condemn the lack of transparency in the negotiation process which did not involve civil society actors, many of whom have been active on issues directly relevant to the agreement. The implementation of such agreement is particularly worrying in the current Tunisian transitional context where key institutions and legislative instruments needed to guarantee the respect of the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are still lacking.
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10. März 2014 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Tunesien, Marokko, EU: „Nein zu den Mobilitätspartnerschaften!“ · Kategorien: Marokko, Tunesien · Tags:

Action collective

Non aux accords de gestion concertée de l’immigration imposés par l’Union Européenne aux pays limitrophes de l’UE

L’Union Européenne et la Tunisie ont signé, lundi 3 mars 2014, un accord de lutte contre l’immigration clandestine, en échange d’une promesse de simplification des visas et d’ouverture à l’immigration régulière. L’UE s’est engagée à favoriser une meilleure intégration des ressortissants tunisiens en situation régulière dans l’UE, ainsi que des migrants en situation régulière en Tunisie.

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09. März 2014 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Tunesien – Europäische Union: Mobilitätspartnerschaft (Text ohne Anhang) · Kategorien: Europa, Tunesien · Tags:


09. März 2014 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Marokko – EU: Mobilitätspartnerschaft (Text mit Anhang!) · Kategorien: Europa, Marokko · Tags: , ,


Im Anhang finden sich zahlreiche Angaben zu Frontex, Seahorse, IOM etc.

03. März 2014 · Kommentare deaktiviert für EU und Tunesien unterzeichnen Mobilitätspartnerschaft · Kategorien: Europa, Tunesien · Tags: , , ,

Press release

Brussels, 3 March 2014

EU and Tunisia establish their Mobility Partnership

Tunisia and the EU today formally established a Mobility Partnership. A joint declaration was signed by Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mr Tahar Cherif, Tunisian Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, and the Ministers of the ten EU Member States involved in the Partnership: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
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12. Februar 2014 · Kommentare deaktiviert für EU Marokko Mobilitätspartnerschaft: auf Kosten von Menschenleben · Kategorien: Europa, Marokko, Spanien · Tags:
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EU-Morocco Mobility Partnership: Border Control at the Expense of Human Lives?

Copenhagen, 11 February 2014 – The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) is today publishing its analysis of the Mobility Partnership signed between the European Union (EU) and Morocco.

While the Mobility Partnership is presented by the EU as a tool to promote mobility, the EMHRN’s analysis highlights the serious risks it poses to the rights of refugees and migrants.

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09. Dezember 2013 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Tunesien – EU: Mobilitätspartnerschaft · Kategorien: Europa, Tunesien · Tags:

Der Entwurf der Mobilitätspartnerschaft

Gemeinsame Erklärung zur Gründung einer Mobilitätspartnerschaft


Tunis-Paris-Copenhagen-Brussels, 3 December, 2013

EU-Tunisia Mobility Partnership: Externalisation policy in disguise

On 5 December, representatives of the European Union (EU), its member states and Tunisia are set to sign a ‘Mobility Partnership’. It will be the sixth agreement of its kind to be signed by the EU, with similar agreements already signed with other countries, including Morocco.

One year ago, almost to the day, a number of our organisations urged the implicated authorities to guarantee the full respect of the fundamental rights of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in the framework of the negotiations that were about to begin.

We have several reasons to believe that this call has not been heard.

On the one hand, civil society has not been involved in the negotiating process, although the issues at play in the partnership constitute part of their daily work with regards to the protection of human rights.

On the other hand, the situation of migrants and refugees in Tunisia remains very worrying – in particular that of women and children. Following the closure of the Shousha camp, presented as a definite solution to the problems faced by asylum seekers in Tunisia, many men and women still lack basic rights: the right to a residence permit, to work, and to access social benefits. This, despite repeated declarations made by Tunisian authorities. Tunisia has yet to adopt any legislation on asylum, and the presence of UNHCR alone is not enough to guarantee access to international protection for those who are entitled to it.

Irregular entries are still criminalised, despite of and in contradiction with the process of democratic transition. Migrants, who lack access to legal representation and to fundamental legal guarantees, can be held up to one year in detention before being deported. Furthermore, at a time when the Council of Europe has reaffirmed ‘the right of everyone to leave a country’ as enshrined in International Law, Tunisia continues to prosecute Tunisian women and men for ‘crimes of clandestine emigration’.

Finally, the provisions included in this ‘Mobility Partnership’ do not provide Tunisian citizens with real opportunities to enter and live in the European Union. It limits itself to facilitating the issuance of visas to the most privileged and/or qualified persons, while the employment possibilities evoked are remote and are void of any concrete prospects. These commitments are insufficient when compared to the obligations imposed on Tunisia within the framework of the partnership, including tighter border controls, cooperation with Frontex, and the signature of a readmission agreement.

In this highly concerning context, our organisations call on the EU and Tunisia to translate into concrete actions their commitments to promoting and protecting human rights, and to facilitate freedom of movement for all Tunisian citizens. No so-called ‘mobility’ partnership should be signed until the rights of migrants and refugees are fully guaranteed.

Consequently, our organisations urge:


  • To adopt a moratorium on all negotiations and on the implementation of all migration agreements with the EU and its member states, which are in breach of the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and which are inconsistent with the international treaties ratified by Tunisia and EU member states;
  • To refuse signing, in all circumstances, any readmission agreement with the EU and/or its member states.
  • To consult Tunisian civil society organisations regarding the country’s migration policy and the bilateral and international agreements it has signed in this respect;
  • To adopt laws on asylum and migration that guarantee the rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in accordance with the international treaties ratified by Tunisia, and that ban all forms of discrimination and exclusion of these populations;
  • To oppose deportation and detention of migrants in Europe and to put an end to detention and deportation of migrants in Tunisia, which is in violation of relevant provisions found in international human rights law;
  • To remove sanctions for unauthorised entry, residence or exit and repeal without delay the law of 3 February 2004 criminalising migrants, in breach of international treaties;
  • To ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families as well as ILO Conventions 97 and 143 on migrant workers.

The European Union:

  • To radically change its migration policies, currently shaped by security considerations and based on the externalisation of migration control;
  • To put an end to its policy of detaining irregular migrants, in violation of their fundamental rights as stipulated in International Law;
  • To suspend negotiations on migration with Tunisia until the country acquires stable institutions, an elected parliamentary assembly with full authority on the issue, and respects and protects the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers by, among other things, adopting legislation on migration in full conformity with international law;
  • To exclude readmission clauses from all partnerships and agreements signed with Tunisia, in view of the frequent violations of the rights of migrants and refugees in the implementation of readmission procedures, of the criminalisation of ‘illegal’ entry and exit in Tunisia and of the risk of refoulement and deportation faced by third country nationals;
  • To develop a cooperation policy based on the concrete implementation of the ‘more for more’ approach, which aims at supporting democratic progress and reinforcing the protection of human rights, in particular relating to the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in third countries;
  • To engage in a real mobility policy for Tunisians that is not limited to a privileged category of persons but targets all Tunisian citizens;
  • To ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and their Families and encourage its member states to do so as well;
  • To ensure the respect of the rights of women and children refugees and guarantee their protection against trafficking, in line with the Palermo Protocol of 2000;
  • To involve European and Tunisian civil society organisations in the framework of all migration agreements, both during the negotiation process and in the application of these agreements.


Tunisian organisations

  • Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT)
  • Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH)
  • Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD)
  • Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES)
  • Coordination of the Forum for Tunisian Immigration (CAIT)

International organisations

  • Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)
  • European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH)
  • International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  • Migreurop
06. Juli 2013 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Tunesien – EU, Migrationspolitik Analyse · Kategorien: Europa, Hintergrund, Tunesien · Tags: , , ,

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02. Juli 2013 · Kommentare deaktiviert für EU – Marokko: Mobilitätspartnerschaft und Rückübernahmeabkommen · Kategorien: Europa, Marokko · Tags: ,


Maroc-UE : Partenariat de mobilité ou de réadmission de migrants ?

Migrations | Publié le 02.07.2013 à 02h00 |
Chercheur spécialisé en migrations

Abdelkrim Belguendouz

Le 7 juin 2013, était signée à Luxembourg entre le Maroc, l’UE et 9 Etats membres de l’UE (Allemagne, Belgique, Espagne, France, Italie, Pays-Bas, Portugal, Suède, Royaume Uni), la « Déclaration conjointe établissant un Partenariat de mobilité entre le Royaume du Maroc et l’Union européenne et ses Etas membres ». Weiterlesen »