Refugees – Immigrants

The administrative detention of an alien for the purpose of executing an expulsion order is lawful. The right to liberty and security has not been violated.

JUDGMENT Jeddi v. Italy 09.01.2010 (no. 42086/14) see here SUMMARY Aliens deportation and legality of temporary administrative detention. The applicant was arrested for illegal entry into Italy. He applied for asylum which was rejected but was granted a residence permit on humanitarian grounds. Despite being granted a residence permit he fled to Switzerland seeking asylum […]

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No evidence of degrading treatment by an asylum seeker. The applicant has not shown that her basic needs in food, hygiene and living could be met

JUDGMENT B.L. and others v. France 09.01.2020 (no. 48104/14) see here SUMMARY The case concerned asylum-seekers housed in a tent camp in Metz, who complained about the poor conditions in which they were accommodated. Noting, firstly, that certain applicants (nos. 2 to 23) had not maintained contact with their lawyer and had failed to keep […]

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The expulsion of an alien for the purposes of public policy and security did not violate his right to family life

JUDGMENT Zakharchuk v. Russia 17.12.2019 (no. 2967/12) see here   SUMMARY  Limits on the protection of family life. Expulsion of an alien for national security reasons. The applicant was born in the former Soviet Union to a Russian mother and a Polish father. He acquired Polish citizenship and maintained ties with that country even though […]

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The expulsion of asylum seekers to a designated safe third country, without the necessary scrutiny, violated the procedural aspect of Article 3 of the ECHR. Their stay in a border area was not a deprivation of liberty.

JUDGMENT (GRAND CHMABER) Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary 21.11.2019 (no. 47287/15) see here SUMMARY Asylum application, refoulement and safe third country. The applicants applied for asylum in Hungary, remaining in the period of examination of their applications in a transit zone at the Hungarian-Serbian border. The applications were rejected on the ground that the State responsible for examining […]

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The restriction of asylum seekers to an airport transit zone for a long time under miserable conditions violated the ECHR.

JUDGMENT Z.A. and others v. Russia 21/11/2019  (no. 61411/15) see here SUMMARY Four men were held in the Moscow airport transit zone for a long time while authorities were examining their asylum applications. None of them, in the end, remained in Russia. Unanimous violation of the right to liberty and security and the prohibition of […]

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Risk of torture for an Afghan citizen who converted to Christianity if expelled to his country of origin. His return would constitute a violation of Article 3 of the ECHR.

JUDGMENT Α.Α. v. Switzerland 5/11/2019 (no.  32218/17) see here   SUMMARY  Asylum, fear of persecution, torture, religion. The applicant, an Afghan citizen, arrived in Switzerland and applied for asylum on the grounds of persecution in his country of origin if he returned because he had converted to Christianity. His application was rejected and in the appeal, the domestic […]

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Refusing journalist to take interviews and taking photographes at a reception center for asylum seekers violated freedom of expression.

JUDGMENT Szurovecz v. Hungary 8.10.2019 (no. 15428/16) see here SUMMARY  Media access to reception centers for asylum seekers and freedom of expression. Protection of journalistic research. The applicant, a news website reporter, complained about the authorities’ refusal to allow him to interview and take photos of the asylum seeker reception center, preventing him from recording […]

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The domestic remedies available to detained migrants in emergency reception centers in Greece were neither accessible nor sufficient.

JUDGMENT Kaak and others v. Greece 3/10/2019 (no. 34215/16) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the conditions of detention of Syrian, Afghan and Palestinian nationals in the “hotspots” of Vial and Souda (Greece), and the lawfulness of their detention in those camps. The Court considered that the authorities had done all that could reasonably be […]

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Information of the Afghan immigrants in the island of Chios in Greek that they could appeal against deportation to an administrative court without specifying which court was i and where it was, since in Chios such a court did not exist. Violation of the ECHR

JUDGMENT  O.S.A. and others v. Greece  21.03.2019  (no. 39065/16) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicants’ conditions of detention in the Vial centre on the island of Chios, and the issues of the lawfulness of their detention, the courts’ review of their case, and the information provided to them. The Court considered that, in […]

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Failure to provide care for an unaccompanied foreign minor, aged 12, in the “lande de Calais” shanty town was in breach of the Convention

JUDGMENT Khan v. France 28.02.2019 (no. 12267/16) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the failure by the French authorities to provide an unaccompanied foreign minor with care before and after the dismantling of the makeshift camps set up in the southern section of the “lande de Calais” (“Calais heath”). Large numbers of people hoping to […]

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