Chris Jones

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

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

Visa Information System: child fingerprinting and police access proposals criticised by data protection authorities

"European data protection authorities have strongly criticised the European Commission's proposals to extend the Visa Information System (VIS), arguing that the lowering of the fingerprinting age for children, access to visa data by law enforcement authorities and the storage of long-stay visas and... Read more

Suspended sentence for Spanish activist is "decisive" for decriminalising solidarity with migrants and refugees

"The lawyer for a Spanish trade unionist given a suspended sentence of 17 months' imprisonment for trying to help a Kurdish refugee leave Greece has said the ruling is a "positive step" and "decisive to decriminalise solidarity" with migrants and refugees. In November 2016, Lola Gutiérrez tried to... 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

A chance to change EU security research policy for the better

"By 2020, the European Union will have invested over €3 billion in the European security research programme, which is supposed to develop “innovative technologies and solutions that address security gaps and lead to a reduction in the risk from security threats.” In practice, the programme has been... Read more

Hindering humanitarianism: European Commission will not ensure protection for those aiding sans-papiers

"A new European Commission evaluation of EU laws on migrant smuggling concludes there is a need to improve the situation around "the perceived risk of criminalisation of humanitarian assistance" to “irregular” migrants . The Commission argues that the answer to the problem is "effective... 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