Post Deportation Monitoring

Currently our post deportation monitoring project includes organisations in these countries.

Resource Person: Dr Jill Alpes

Email: m [dot] j [dot] alpesatgmail [dot] com

Jill is a post-doctoral researcher at the migration law section, VU Amsterdam, and the CERI at Sciences Po Paris. In the past, she has researched migration brokers, consulate officers, welfare hotels and airports. In Cameroon, she resarched exit controls at airports and the prosecution of failed migrants for the offence of attempting to emigrate illegally. Jill holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, an MA in development studies from Sciences Po Paris, and a BA in history and politics from the University of Sheffield. She is an experienced fieldwork researcher and has conducted missions in rural and urban Africa and Asia. Jill teaches on human trafficking, development, and international politics and migration law, and has worked on vulnerabilities and protection mechanisms for migrants, women, and children in collaboration amongst others with UNESCO, Amnesty, the Samu Social, PICUM, Migreurope and Kritnet.

What happens to rejected asylum seekers post-deportation is still largely unknown. They might be apprehended by state security and sent to prison, tortured, tried for treason, or even killed.

While evidence is increasing that many rejected asylum seekers who are deported are grossly mistreated in receiving countries, deporting countries do not monitor what happens after deportation. We argue that such deportations can amount to refoulement.

Many organisations that work with rejected asylum seekers pending deportation have long been aware of this problem. Yet most organisations in host countries do not have the capacity to do post-deportation monitoring. Moreover, while organisations in receiving countries are willing to help, they simply do not know when someone is being deported.

This page aims to address these issues. Our team is in the process of identifying and recruiting partner organisations and committed individuals in deporting and receiving countries. These organisations and individuals are compiled in our online directory .

This project has three main goals:

  • to protect and assist rejected asylum seekers post-deportation;
  • to document and report post-deportation human rights violations;
  • and to use such reports to lobby governments in host countries to change their asylum policies.

We envision the database to work as follows:

    1. Before a pending deportation, an organisation that works with the rejected asylum seeker uses our online directory to contact an organisation in the respective country of origin.
    2. The organisation in the host country will provide the organisation in the country of origin or a third country with the information needed to assist the rejected asylum seeker effectively upon arrival.
    3. The organisation in the country of origin or in a third country will assist the deportee upon arrival depending on the organisation’s capacity. Services might include:
  • Airport pickup
  • Legal assistance
  • Advocacy if the deportee is arrested
  • Documentation of human rights violations
  • Sign-posting deportees to organisations providing reintegration assistance.

Throughout the process, we ask all partners to keep our team updated so that we can compile data to be used for reporting and lobbying.

Country Directory

Currently the project includes organisations in these countries. If you or your organisation are interested in being listed in our online directory, please m [dot] j [dot] alpesatgmail [dot] com ( contact us) and provide a brief description of the services you can provide to deportees and your contact details.

Resources

You can find a reading list on the topic here.

Vol Spécial/Special flight

Each year, thousands of men and women in Switzerland are imprisoned without trial or sentence, simply because they stay in the country illegally. They may be deprived of liberty for up to eighteen months before being deported.

Documentary by Fernand Melgar - 2011 - Switzerland – 139 minutes 

Le monde est comme ça/The world is like that

This film follows five of the protagonists in the film 'Special Flight' who are to be deported from Switzerland. Being paperless migrants, they are uprooted from their host country and torn away from their children. Back in Senegal, Kosovo, Gambia and Cameroon, they find themselves totally destitute, excluded from their families, and at risk of abuse and torture. This film is intimate, bearing witness to the brutality of migration policy in Switzerland and Europe.

Documentary by Fernand Melgar - 2013 - Switzerland – 50 minutes

 

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Resource Person: Dr Jill Alpes
Email: m [dot] j [dot] alpesatvu [dot] nl

Dr Alpes is a researcher at the VU Amsterdam. Her research combines anthropology and law, focusing on the governance of migration. She has recently published on consulate officers in  Social and Legal Studies , migration aspirations in  Identities  and flows of information on migration risks in  African Diaspora .

- See more at: http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/node/1233/revisions/18769/view#sthash.0DOoOtdG.dpuf

Resource Person: Dr Jill Alpes
Email: m [dot] j [dot] alpesatvu [dot] nl

Dr Alpes is a researcher at the VU Amsterdam. Her research combines anthropology and law, focusing on the governance of migration. She has recently published on consulate officers in  Social and Legal Studies , migration aspirations in  Identities  and flows of information on migration risks in  African Diaspora .

- See more at: http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/node/1233/revisions/18769/view#sthash.0DOoOtdG.dpuf

Resource Person: Dr Jill Alpes
Email: m [dot] j [dot] alpesatvu [dot] nl

Dr Alpes is a researcher at the VU Amsterdam. Her research combines anthropology and law, focusing on the governance of migration. She has recently published on consulate officers in  Social and Legal Studies , migration aspirations in  Identities  and flows of information on migration risks in  African Diaspora .

- See more at: http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/node/1233/revisions/18769/view#sthash.0DOoOtdG.dpuf

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