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AYS DAILY DIGEST 08/04/2019: Vulnerable victims

Thousands of people displaced and at risk, as new fights erups in Libya / Greek NGO workers association calls for protests / IOM needs to close camps in Bosnia / Update on Dublin statistics

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Humanitarian assistance is needed in Libya. Source: Twitter/United Nations


As new fights erupt in Libya, people on the run and detainees are trapped in the middle of the conflict. Journalist Sally Hayden received information about 600 people in Qasr bin Ghashir detention center in urgent need of help, as they are lacking in food and water.

Because of this unsafe situation, MSF renewed its appeal to evacuate people trapped in the country and not send back rescued people in cooperation with the so-called Libyan Coast Guard. According to IOM, more than 2,800 people have been displaced since the beginning of the conflict in Tripoli and more than 1,300 people in detention centers near the clashes are at risk.


It has been three months now that the Open Arms has not been able to operate in the Mediterranean. At the same time, Europa Press reports that the number of people crossing the sea has dropped by 37%, while the number of deaths has risen by 179%. For 63 people the crossing had a lucky ending: they were rescued by the Alan Kurdi. But since 3rd April they are waiting to disembark at a safe harbour.


The Greek NGO Workers Association (greek acronym SVEMKO) is calling for a workers’ strike on Tuesday, 16th April. They urge the government to annul the decision to close the camps by the end of July.

Action for Education on Samos is looking for volunteers with early childhood experience to help in the the new centre. It is set to open this week, but more people are needed to run it. Shared accommodation is provided. Volunteers can write an e-mail to

Zataar has published its schedule for this week.


IOM has been given 30 days to empty out Miral and Bira camps, Klix reports.


Following the eviction of around 250 people, L’Autre Cantine Nantes is asking for food supplies as well as men’s clothes and blankets, pillows, duvets and hygiene products. Find the full list in their Facebook post.

Utopia 56 and 17 other groups are calling for protests on Tuesday, 5pm at Rotonde de Stalingrad in Paris. They demand better support for people in the streets.


Plateforme citoyenne de soutien aux réfugiés Bruxelles is looking for volunteers on Tuesday to pick up and transport 120 beds between 12am and 7pm. The adress is Porte d’Ulysse, 6 rue du planeur à Haren, behind Decathlon. You can also contact Guillaume.


A man from Ghana has been attacked in a train in Munich. Media report that he was first insulted by a racist and later hit in the face with a bottle. The attacker escaped and the federal police is investigating the case.


Austrian and German media report that a man from Gambia was detained only minutes before his wedding. He is supposed to be deported to Italy because he is a Dublin case. It seems that the procedure itself was legal, as the marriage would not have changed anything about his status. However, the action has been criticized.


MOVE published a shadow report to the UN Committee on the Eliminiation of Discrimination against Women with the focus on migrants and asylum seekers.


With almost 55,000 requests, Germany had the most outgoing Dublin procedures in 2018, Asylum in Europe reports. The 25,000 cases incoming were the second highest value after Italy with 31.000. France had some 45.000 outgoing requests. “These figures indicate that nearly one in three asylum seekers in Germany and France were subject to a Dublin procedure”, they conclude. At the same time, France, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta and Poland were among the countries increasing the use of the Dublin procedure in 2018. In most of the countries, the number was lower than in 2017.

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