Chris Jones

Journalist, researcher, editor and occasional translator based in London.

Common European Asylum System: deadlock in the Council as "frontline" Member States oppose mandatory "border procedures"

"Council discussions on controversial proposals for dealing with asylum applications at the external borders of the EU hit a wall recently, with "a large majority" of Member States who favour tougher measures facing opposition from those on the "frontline". Member States' diplomatic representatives... Read more

EU on the verge of approving giant biometric database for migrants

"The European Union is about to become a lot safer — at least on paper. Lawmakers are set to approve plans for an enormous new database that will collect biometric data on almost all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area. The database — merging previously separate systems tracking... Read more

EP civil liberties committee against proposal to give Frontex powers to assist non-EU states with deportations

"The European Parliament's civil liberties committee (LIBE) has agreed its position for negotiations with the Council on the new Frontex Regulation, and amongst other things it hopes to deny the border agency the possibility of assisting non-EU states with deportations. The position agreed by the... Read more

NGOs, EU and international agencies sound the alarm over Frontex's respect for fundamental rights

"The Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights has expressed "serious concerns about the effectiveness of Frontex's serious incident reporting mechanism," saying that it should be revised and that the border agency must "take additional measures to set up an effective system to monitor... Read more

Irregular migration to Spain: a state of exception

"In late 2017, a prison-to-be was converted into a detention centre by Spain’s interior ministry, and used to hold some 500 Algerian nationals travelling to the country by dinghy. One of them subsequently died, isolated in his cell. The majority of detainees have now been deported, and an official... Read more

Two arrested and charged with "facilitating illegal immigration" for refugee transport effort denouncing EU policies

"Two political activists from the Basque Country have been detained in Greece and charged with 'facilitating illegal immigration' after attempting to transport eight refugees out of the country, in an 'initiative of solidarity in denunciation of unjust European migration policies and in defence of... Read more