18. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Hotspots have fundamental rights issues“ · Kategorien: Griechenland, Italien, Lesehinweise · Tags:

Danish Refugee Council | 15.11.2017

Refugees and asylum seekers experience a broad range of rights violations when they arrive to the so-called hotspots in Italy and Greece. Additionally the Greek hotspots have become a form of deterrence policy, a new Danish Refugee Council (DRC) study of the implementation of the EU hotspot approach shows.

Gaps in information, lack of legal assistance, under-identification of vulnerable persons, restricted freedom of movement and de facto detention. This is just some of the conditions which asylum seekers and refugees arriving in the hotspots in Italy and Greece meet, according to a legal assessment of the current operation of the EU hotspot approach. The result is a wide range of fundamental rights issues in the hotspots, which are addressed in the study through a number of recommendations. While the EU Hotspot Approach in itself is not a problem, the way that it is implemented is.

The study includes a more in-depth look into the Moria hotspot on the Greek island of Lesvos. It shows poor humanitarian standards with massive overcrowding. Current figures estimate a staggering 6250 asylum seekers and migrants currently residing in Moria, against a capacity of 1800. At the time of the study, only one latrine was functioning, water supplies were insufficient, and thousands of asylum seekers were living in tents.

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17. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für “1.5 year City Plaza: A Project on the Antipodes of Bordering and Control Policies” · Kategorien: Griechenland · Tags:

AntipodeFoundation | 13.11.2017

Olga Lafazani

The idea of a large-scale housing squat for refugees was first proposed in September 2015 among the “Initiative of Solidarity to Economic and Political Refugees”[1] – a grassroots coalition of groups of the radical Left in Athens. At the time, the “summer of migration”, as it would later be called, was continuing. Most migrants passing through Athens were in transit, as the “Balkan route” was still open and the borders could still–more or less–be crossed. This meant that the need for decent housing was not yet imperative. In this context, the Initiative decided to organise different mobilisations and actions of solidarity in various public spaces in Athens.

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16. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Flüchtlinge verkaufen ihre Organe für Reise übers Mittelmeer“ · Kategorien: Ägypten, Griechenland · Tags:

Welt | 15.11.2017

Für die Flucht übers Mittelmeer geben verzweifelte Migranten alles – sie verkaufen ihre Organe für ein paar Tausend Euro. Doch sie werden nur ausgeweidet, ihr Traum platzt. Das System eines perfekten Verbrechens beginnt in Kairo.

Im Kairo jenseits des Nils sind die Straßen sandig und düster. Hochhäuser ragen dicht nebeneinander auf. Sie öffnen nur einen schmalen Spalt für den smoggrauen Himmel. Und das Auto, das abrupt im Staub neben Ibrahim hält, bedeutet Gefahr. Der Flüchtling aus Eritrea ahnt sofort, was die Männer wollen. Er kennt die Geschichten von Leichen, die Tage später wie Müll am Straßenrand auftauchen. Ihrer Organe beraubt, ausgeweidet wie erlegte Tiere.

Heute, ein paar Monate später, humpelt der 57-Jährige durch seine karge Wohnung, die er sich mit drei anderen Männern teilt. Er setzt sich auf das Bett, übereinandergelegte Matten. Das Gehen schmerzt, nicht nur wegen seines Alters.

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16. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Flüchtlingspolitik der EU: Die Hungernden von Athen“ · Kategorien: Deutschland, Griechenland · Tags: ,

taz | 15.11.2017

Flüchtlinge in Griechenland haben bis Dienstag mit einem Hungerstreik protestiert – gegen die Verzögerung des Familiennachzugs.

Theodora Mavropoulos

Einfache Zelte stehen aneinandergereiht auf dem Syntagmaplatz, schräg gegenüber dem griechischen Parlament. Über die Zelte sind Planen gelegt worden – stundenlang hat es gestürmt und geregnet. Passanten rufen den Streikenden Mut zu. Einige bleiben stehen. „Hungerstreik – Vereint unsere Familien“, steht mit weißen Lettern auf einem schwarzen Banner geschrieben, der über den Zelten angebracht ist. Es geht hier um Familie – das scheint fast jeder nachempfinden zu können.

Samira Asman und ihre acht- und zehnjährigen Töchter blinzeln aus ihrem Zelt heraus. „Aufgeben? Das ist keine Option“, sagt die Frau aus Syrien. Sie ist eine der insgesamt 14 syrischen Flüchtlinge, die seit zwei Wochen mit einem Hungerstreik gegen die Verzögerung der EU-Politik in Sachen Familienzusammenführung protestieren.

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16. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Europe’s fear of refugees“ · Kategorien: Deutschland, EU, Griechenland, Türkei

Daily Sabah | 15.11.2017

Ozan Ceyhun

In Germany, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Green Party have been negotiating for weeks to form a four-party coalition government, referred to as the Jamaica coalition. They have not yet reached an agreement on many topics. But the greatest challenge among others appears to be the refugee policy. The CSU, which is uneasy in the face of the Alternative for Germany’s (AfD) ability to form the third largest parliamentary group through their anti-refugee campaigns and worried over the 2018 Bavarian state elections, agreed to cap the number of refugees arriving in Germany at 200,000 annually and stands strictly against the family reunification of refugees who have temporary residence permits in Germany. For the Greens, this is a subject in which they cannot make concessions for the sake of „political ethics.“ On Tuesday night this week, they discussed the issue until the morning, but still could not come up with a solution, so the negotiations are still ongoing. They aim to obtain results by the end of this week. We are closely following developments with interest.

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16. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Greek police block migrants’ march to border with Macedonia“ · Kategorien: Griechenland, Mazedonien · Tags:

Washington Post | 15.11.2017

By Costas Kantouris

Police blocked some 200 migrants and asylum-seekers Wednesday from leaving a city in northern Greece for the Macedonian border in hopes of traveling on to other European Union countries.

Dozens of officers in riot gear used shields to push back the migrants near the center of Thessaloniki and blocked the road with police buses. The marchers, who included families with young children, refused to leave and sat down in the street. No one was hurt in the brief confrontation.

The migrants, most of them from Syria, Iraq and Somalia, had gathered throughout the day in Thessaloniki. Many said they were responding to a campaign on social media for a march to the Greece-Macedonia border to protest their inability to relocate to other European countries.

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15. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für 2 weeks of hunger strike: A great contribution to the antiracist movement! · Kategorien: Griechenland · Tags: ,

Hunger Strike | 14.11.2017

On the 1st of November 14 refugees, seven women and seven men, camped on the upper side of Syntagma square and begun a hunger strike demanding the reunification with their families in Germany. These refugees in particular had organised a number of mobilisations from April onwards, at the time when the Greek and the German government, based on an informal and illegal agreement, started blocking family reunifications.

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14. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Greece: „Syrian refugees in Athens hunger strike for relocation“ · Kategorien: Deutschland, Griechenland · Tags: , ,

Al Jazeera | 14.11.2017

Syrian refugees are calling to be reunited with their families [Patrick Strickland/Al Jazeera]

by Patrick Strickland

Athens, Greece – After fleeing war-ravaged Syria, waiting in Turkey, passing through a Greek island and traversing the mainland last year, Fahd al-Mekki and his family reached the Idomeni, a crossing into Macedonia, only to be turned back.

Macedonian border guards denied the family passage, telling the 53-year-old father that Jobar, his hometown near Damascus, was a safe area and denied them passage.

Jobar has been the site of many battles and more than five years on since the start of the Syrian war, it is unrecognisable in a state of ruin.

Mekki’s wife and three children eventually made it to Germany with the help of smugglers more than a year ago, but he remains stranded in Athens, the Greek capital.

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13. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Announcement by the initiative of solidarity to the 14 refugee hungerstrikers for family reunification. · Kategorien: Deutschland, Griechenland · Tags: ,

Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza | 12.11.2017

The 7 women and 7 men are on their twelfth day of hunger strike on Syntagma, demanding that which should be obvious. Their demands for reunification with their families in Germany have been accepted by the Greek and German authorities. Yet while the law requires that reunification take place within six months of the reunification application being accepted, this limit has been exceeds, due to the clandestine deal between Greece and Germany – it is therefore unknown when refugees will travel.

The authorities of both countries continue the mockery.

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11. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Flüchtlinge in Mazedonien: Immer noch auf der Balkanroute“ · Kategorien: Balkanroute, Griechenland, Mazedonien

ARD Tagesschau | 10.11.2017

Die Balkanroute ist zwar seit zwei Jahren geschlossen, doch noch immer versuchen Flüchtlinge, über die Region in die EU zu kommen. Manchmal über unwegsames Gebirge, manchmal über irgendein Loch an der Grenze zu Griechenland.

Von Darko Jakovljevic, ARD-Studio Wien

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