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Tesi etd-10142021-175752

Type of thesis
Master univ. I liv.
Author
LIBERI, SILVIA
URN
etd-10142021-175752
Title
"No more Morias": The EU migration policy and its impact on the reception conditions of RIC Lesvos in terms of their compliance with Human Rights
Structure
Istituto di Diritto, Politica e Sviluppo
Course
Corsi Alta Formazione - MASTER IN HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
Committee
relatore PIRAS, ELISA
Tutor Anna Pickering
Keywords
  • asylum seekers
  • EU migration policy
  • Human Rights
  • Lesvos
  • reception conditions
Exam session start date
20/10/2021;
Availability
completa
Abstract
The fire of the infamous Moria fire camp in September 2020 and the establishment of a “temporary” emergency site has brought new attention to the reception conditions of asylum seekers on Lesvos. The EU prides itself on being founded on the values of respect for human dignity and human rights, but asylum seekers on Lesvos are subject to systematic violations of their right to an adequate standard of living. This study illustrates such inconsistency through a brief assessment of the material conditions of RIC Lesvos over the period from September 2020 to March 2021. Notwithstanding the sound legal framework that determines what constitutes an adequate level of reception conditions, the assessment suggests that the material conditions of RIC Lesvos continue to be substandard. The reason is to be found in the impact of the EU migration policy, which is prompted by a narrow emphasis on border management and returns at the expenses of the rights of asylum seekers. The approach to migration and asylum of the EU is the sine qua non condition for the existence of a refugee camp on Lesvos and its undignified and inhuman conditions. The “no more Morias” pledge of the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson cannot become a reality unless the EU migration policy undergoes a radical change of direction.
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