23. Januar 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Refugees can achieve so much if they’re not caged in isolated camps“ · Kategorien: Griechenland · Tags:

The Guardian | 19.01.2018

Rooms were lying empty at the City Plaza hotel in Athens. Now it’s an autonomous hive where refugees are empowered

David Patrikarakos

In May 2016, after the EU-Turkey agreement designed to close off mass immigration to Europe, a group of 120 migrants accompanied by volunteers stormed the well-known City Plaza hotel in Athens. The hotel was vacant, its owners having gone bankrupt. Hundreds of rooms were lying empty while refugees suffered in camps far from the city.

The refugees set up shop there, and – despite government threats to cut off the water and electricity – have remained ever since. The hotel is a cacophony of noise. The sounds of small children shrieking waft through the reception area. Staccato bursts of Arabic, Urdu, Persian and English fill the room. The walls are adorned with posters. A blue sign with “City Plaza” written downwards on either sign flanks a message: Solidarity, together, resistance, unity, giving, getting, life, equality. The words written underneath each other their first letters highlighted in pink spell out “struggle”.

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18. Januar 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Hungary seeks to punish those who aid illegal migration“ · Kategorien: Balkanroute, Schengen Migration, Ungarn · Tags: ,

The Washington Post | 17.01.2018

By Pablo Gorondi | AP

BUDAPEST, Hungary — A new set of laws would tax and possibly sanction Hungarian groups assisting illegal migration which receive foreign funding, Hungary’s government said Wednesday.

Such groups would have to register with the courts and, if they get more than half of their funds from foreign sources, pay a 25-percent tax on the funds received from abroad, Interior Minister Sandor Pinter said. Groups failing to register, and which authorities consider to be adding illegal migrants, could be fined.

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17. Dezember 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Lesbo, la sartoria che dà lavoro ai migranti: “Così recuperiamo i giubbotti salvagente e li trasformiamo in borse” · Kategorien: Griechenland, Video · Tags:

Auf Lesbos gibt es eine Schneiderei, in der Migrant*innen aus Rettungswesten Taschen und Geldbörsen herstellen.

Il Fatto Quotidiano | 17.12.2017

di Giulia Zaccariello

A Lesbo lo chiamano il “life jacket cemetery” e altro non è che un’enorme discarica di giubbotti di salvataggio. Si trova a nord ed è ciò che rimane delle centinaia di sbarchi di migranti sull’isola greca. Da qui, da quello che può sembrare solo un rifiuto, nel 2015 è partita l’idea di creare un laboratorio che potesse dare un’occupazione a migranti e disoccupati. Oggi grazie alla solidarietà e all’impegno degli abitanti del posto quella sartoria è una realtà, e produce ogni mese decine di Safe passage bags. Si trova nel Mosaik support center di Mitilene, un vero punto di riferimento e di incontro per migranti e rifugiati che qui possono anche seguire corsi di lingue, informatica e musica. Nel laboratorio i giubbotti recuperati sulle coste vengono lavati, tagliati e ricuciti per poi essere trasformati in borse e portafogli. “Così le storie dei rifugiati viaggeranno ovunque nel mondo- spiega la creatrice Tina Kontoleontose – perché ogni borsa rappresenta uno di loro”

22. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Solidarity Messages for those in Transit · Kategorien: Alarm Phone, Video · Tags: , ,

Alarm Phone – Against fingerprints

‘Solidarity Messages for those in Transit’ is a video project that emerged through the WatchTheMed Alarm Phone network. It aims to reach travellers along their migratory trajectories, in order to support them when they navigate the many border obstacles and traps that the EU and its member states have erected in their paths. Through the videos, survivors of the border regime who reached their desired destinations and people still on the move, speak directly to the many thousands who are forced onto dangerous migration routes or into inhumane conditions in Libya and elsewhere, to those who risk their lives when escaping via the sea, and to those who face oppression and the threat of forced deportation after arriving in Europe. The videos were shot in Germany and Italy, and share the insights of several people who survived the EU border regime and continue to resist it. Based on their lived experiences, they offer information, warnings, support and encouragement. Some of the videos’ themes include ‘Safety at Sea’, ‘Fingerprints and the Dublin Regulation’, ‘Warnings against Frontex’ and ‘Asylum and Detention’. The first three videos about the fingerprint issue have been released in Somali, Amharic and Tigrinya, with English as the subtitle. While we face a time of repression in the aftermath of the long summer of migration, there are still cracks in the system and we hope that these videos will be spread widely, moving alongside those who travel on despite Europe’s desire to deter.

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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15. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Südfrankreich: Angeklagt wegen Nächstenliebe“ · Kategorien: Frankreich, Schengen Migration · Tags: , ,

Zeit Online | 15.11.2017

In Südfrankreich öffnen Dorfbewohner ihre Häuser für Flüchtlinge. Vier über Sechzigjährige stehen deshalb nun vor Gericht. Sie fühlen sich vom Staat kriminalisiert.

Von Annika Joeres, Breil sur Roy

Als am Neujahrstag Schneeregen fiel und die Flüchtlinge in Flipflops zum Dorfplatz kamen, zögerte Françoise Gogois keine Sekunde: Sie nahm drei von ihnen bei sich im Haus auf, gelegen im Roya-Tal nahe der französisch-italienischen Grenze. Wenige Tage später brachte sie mit Bekannten sechs Geflüchtete über einen Bergwanderweg in die Nachbarstadt – zwei Minderjährige, eine Frau und drei Männer aus Eritrea. Sie wollten weiterziehen, zu Bekannten in Paris und Deutschland.

Kurz hinter dem Gipfel wurden sie von französischen Gendarmen festgenommen, die ihnen Beihilfe zum illegalen Aufenthalt vorwarfen. Nun stehen die in Frankreich als „Flüchtlings-Omas und -Opas“ bekannten Rentner in Aix-en-Provence vor dem Berufungsgericht. Erneut, denn die Staatsanwaltschaft in Nizza hatte ihren Freispruch vom Sommer angefochten.

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13. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Trafficking laws ‘target refugee aid workers in EU’ · Kategorien: EU · Tags: ,

The Guardian | 11.11.2017

European Union warns that trafficking laws are being used to obstruct humanitarian work across the continent

Mark Townsend

Aid workers are being targeted throughout Europe as countries including the UK use laws aimed at traffickers and smugglers to discourage humanitarian activity, a study claims.

A six-month investigation by the London-based Institute of Race Relations documented the prosecutions of 45 individual “humanitarian actors” under anti-smuggling or immigration laws in 26 separate actions over the past two years. Examples include a 25-year-old British volunteer with a refugee support group, who last January sought to bring an Albanian mother and two children to the UK in the boot of her car so they could join their husband and father.

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03. November 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für On the Alps road: in Briançon, mountaineers in support of migrants · Kategorien: Frankreich, Schengen Migration · Tags:

Mediapart | 02.11.2017

Since the blockage of the Roya valley (France), more and more people are taking the route of the Alps. In the Briançonnais region (France), more than one thousand migrants have been welcomed by volunteers since the end of july 2017. By the lack of reaction of the public authorities, the inhabitants are worried about dramas the winter could cause. They organize themselves, like the people of the Roya valley before them, to welcome, as good as possible, the newcomers, mainly African.

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Sur la route des Alpes (1/2): à Briançon, des montagnards solidaires des migrants

Par Louise Fessard

Depuis le blocage de la vallée de la Roya, ils sont de plus en plus nombreux à emprunter la route des Alpes. Dans le Briançonnais, plus de 1 000 migrants ont été accueillis par des bénévoles depuis fin juillet 2017. Devant l’absence de réaction des pouvoirs publics, les habitants s’inquiètent des drames que risque de provoquer l’hiver. Et s’organisent, comme avant eux ceux de la vallée de la Roya, pour accueillir au mieux les arrivants, majoritairement africains.

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14. Oktober 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Solidarität ist kein Verbrechen · Kategorien: Italien · Tags: , ,

Il Manifesto | 14.10.2017

Lo scorso 30 settembre una trentina di attivisti, giornalisti, giuristi, cittadini solidali, esponenti di Ong e associazioni si sono incontrati a Milano per dar vita all’Osservatorio proposto dalla Carta di Milano: La solidarietà non è reato, un documento lanciato il 20 maggio 2017 durante la manifestazione «Insieme senza muri», per tutelare l’onorabilità, la libertà e i diritti della società civile in tutte le sue espressioni umanitarie:

  • quando salva vite in mare;
  • quando protegge e soccorre le persone in difficoltà ai confini;
  • quando vigila sul rispetto del principio di legalità e di uguaglianza;
  • quando denuncia il mancato rispetto dei diritti fondamentali nelle procedure di trattenimento amministrativo e di allontanamento forzato;
  • quando adempie al dovere inderogabile di solidarietà che fonda la Costituzione italiana.

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08. September 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Europe has failed to integrate its refugees – but one tiny Greek island succeeded · Kategorien: Griechenland · Tags:

The Guardian | 07.09.2017

Recent migration waves have left refugees and asylum seekers struggling to survive. On Tilos, 50 refugees have been not only integrated but enabled

David Patrikarakos

‘Sorry, please one cigarette, my friend.” The man is young: early 20s at the most, Syrian I think. He and many others from across the Middle East and Africa patrol Exarchia Square in central Athens. Bereft of work, they beg for change. Often they turn to selling pirated DVDs, tissues or, occasionally, drugs.

The great migration wave of 2015 saw around a million people make asylum requests in the 28 EU states. The UN high commissioner for refugees was clear on the severity of the situation: since the second world war, he said, there have never been so many refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people. And still they are coming. According to the European commission, the number of people seeking asylum from non-EU countries in the EU28 during the first quarter of 2017 reached 164,500.

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