AYS Daily Digest 09/08/2018 Devastating police raids in Morocco, following in Libya’s EU funding footsteps?

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Aug 10, 2018 · 8 min read

Russia’s plans to return Syrians / Drowning off Turkish coast / Open Arms allowed to disembark in Spain / Volunteer oppression in Bosnia and France / New legal assistance law in Hungary / And more news…

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“Why do you want me to take a picture of you?”
“To exist.”

FEATURE

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Early morning police raids in Tangier. (Photo by Association Marocaine des Droits Humains -Section Nador)

In Tangier, over 500 people were arrested through police raids. These arrests included people who had residency cards for migrants. People describe the raids as happening at 5am with the police breaking everything. One account reports:

We were sleeping (when) the police stoned the door of our house. They took us in and said it’s routine control. At the police station they all boarded us on buses. Currently dozens of buses are on the Tangier-Rabat Highway. With us on the bus there are two children who were arrested and repressed without their mothers. They’re crying. They don’t know what to do.

In Nador, police attacked people’s houses, stole money and other personal belongings, and forced them onto buses. There is no possibility to file a complaint against this repression. They have no way to get their money back.

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In Nador. (Photo by Association Marocaine des Droits Humains — Section Nador)

Lastly, outside of Nador at the beach of Amejaou, 40 people were arrested trying to cross to Spain. The breakdown included many women and children.

A Moroccan human rights NGO is calling this a “War on Migrants.” Are we already starting to see Morocco follow a similar path as Libya? Is this the destruction that comes with increased attention and funds from the EU?

SYRIA

As AYS reported a week ago, the ongoing talks between Russia, Jordan, and Turkey indicate returns are set to increase. The Lebanese Prime Minister has also made comments saying countries need to work together to see “a safe return” of Syrians to their homeland. According to the Russian Ministry, the Centre for Refugee Affairs at several crossing points are ready to operate accordingly.

TURKEY

IOM is reporting that Switzerland has agreed to help their Migrant Presence Monitoring (MPM) Programme to better understand how Istanbul is becoming “a destination city” and not just a transit point. According to IOM surveys, in 15 provinces, 42% of refugees and migrants cited Istanbul as being their first destination city. IOM claims this is because of their belief in opportunities for employment.

SEA

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“This is Murtada, from Sudan” (Photo provided by Proactiva Open Arms)

Salvamento Marítimo reports that the rescue ship Marina Gadir picked up 37 people, including 10 women and two children, and is moving them to Barbate. They also report that another vessel picked up 47 from a second boat and 36 from a third. There is the possibility of a fourth.

MSF has reported that the Aquarius saw a plane from Pilotes Volontaires searching for distress signals in the Mediterranean. Searching by plane is a much needed method for sea rescue and these volunteer efforts should be applauded.

Maydayterraneo is still looking for engineer officers for their rescue vessel, Aita Mari.

If interested, please find more information here.

GREECE

Islands

The total number of refugees on the islands in August 2018: 17,191
New arrivals in August
: Lesvos: 266; Samos: 117; Chios 69; and other islands: 85
People stopped by the Turkish Coast Guard in August: 349 (total of 12 boats).

ABR also reported that four boats arrived Wednesday night/Thursday morning with 153 people total. The first had 36 people (including 21 children), the second had 37 people (no breakdown), and the third had 46 people (no breakdown). All three were picked up near Lesvos. The fourth was picked up near Samos with 34 people (including 22 children).

The overcrowded conditions in Moria continue to be horrifying:

Also see Martha Roussou here.

Doc Mobile on Lesvos needs French translators for their clinic. Part time help is also appreciated. Find out more here.

Parents in Chios are petitioning to get all refugee children in schools. 83 parents have signed so far.

We support the education of refugees without discrimination, providing opportunities for all pupils, with the sole responsibility of the state and not the NGOs. Schools must be open to all children. Foreclosure and ghettoisation of individuals or groups is what creates and will create even more problems in the future.

Refugee Law Clinic Berlin needs Arabic-to-English and Farsi-to-English volunteer translators for their operations on Samos. You would need to stay at a minimum for 2 weeks.

Find out more and contact them here.

Mainland

Find out more and contact them here.

ITALY

SPAIN

New, in-depth reporting reveals that modern slavery and sexual exploitation are regular occurrences for migrant women working in the south of Spain’s farming industry (as well as Italy’s and Morocco’s). After a two year interviewing process, talking to over a hundred women, journalists were able to see how “harassment, insults and rape are part of the daily life of (these) women.” The fruits many Germans, Italians, and so-on enjoy are being harvested by women facing the worst forms of modern slavery at the hands of Europe’s need for cheap labor.

Find the article in full and read more here.

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Women in Foggia, Italy, face similar conditions as those in the south of Spain. (Photo retrieved from Info Migrants)

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

The situation in Sarajevo has become more hostile over the past couple of days. Both volunteers and refugees have experienced the change. Both have been asked for documents and told to leave the train station where food distribution is taking place, but also the place where many people live due to the lack of accommodation. The upcoming Sarajevo Film Festival could be one of the reasons behind this sudden change.

People with expired papers were taken off the busses headin to the north of the country. At the same time, it is very often close to imposible to get new papers or aoply for asylum since the government is preventing people to do that. For now, no one is allowed to be at the train station.

Additionally, the police have asked volunteers about their papers and questioned their status in the country. They have also threatened to deport them if they continue with distributions and activities.

If you are going to volunteer in Bosnia, please make sure you know what are the rules and regulations and for how long you can stay legally in the country.

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AYS photos of police checking volunteers.

HUNGARY

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee is still helping refugees. Contact them here.

AUSTRIA

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Photo by autonome antifa w.

Spendendepot Zürich is looking for clothes sorting assistants to help in their distributions.

For more information on how you can help look here.

FRANCE

Read the full report here.

Solidarité migrants Wilson is in desperate need of clothes suitable for rain in order to distribute. Many people are getting sick from lack of suitable accommodation in this weather.

Please find out how you can help here.

EU

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