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AYS Daily Digest 15/1/21: “Laye has been regularised”

Baker’s apprentice gets residence permit in France // Disturbingly poor conditions in official camps across Serbia // More places of detainment and despair in UK

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Jan 16 · 6 min read
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Stéphan Ravacley and Laye Fodé Traoré will bake together in future. Mr. Traoré has now got a residence permit. Credits: Twitter/Africaisthefuture

FEATURED

Apprentince allowed to stay

Laye has been regularised! He is coming back to work on Tuesday!

This according to Ravacley after a meeting with the prefecture in Haute-Sâone, which was supposed to come later on January 26th.

Laye Fodé Traoré, from Guinea, had been training for 18 months in the bakery in Besançon. When he turned 18, he received his deportation order, given because he was no longer an unaccompanied minor and so was not eligible for the same protections. Two years after his arrival in France, during which time he learned the language and found his apprenticeship, he was informed that he was at risk of being forcibly returned to his country of origin, Guinea.

Mr. Traoré contested the decision with the support of his employer the baker, and backed by 230,000 signees of a petition. Celebrities also published an open letter in a weekly magazine, urging President Macron to let him stay and provide a fair decision.

The prefecture has now said that the boy was initially denied a residence permit, as they feared his documents were not authentic. They have since been validated by the Guinean embassy in France, however.

Although this case has a positive ending, Ravacley wants to shift the focus to the systematic failure of deporting former underaged people. “It is a great joy and a victory. Now we are going to fight for the others”, the baker said.

SEA

More on the arrivals to the Canary islands in this story:

Alarm Phone reported more missing people in the Mediterranean — “Over the past days, 6 people tried repeatedly to enter Melilla by swimming. A survivor informed us that 2 of them went missing in Spanish waters on January 13. Local police refuse to give any info if they were found and survived! Friends and relatives of the missing demand answers!”

In the meantime, rescue boat ‘Salvamar Mizart’ has rescued a dinghy with 55 people on board about 50 kilometers southeast of the island of Fuerteventura.

BALKAN ROUTE

  • Tri-border pushbacks from Bulgaria to Turkey
  • Expulsion of transit groups from Lesvos
  • Fire pits used by the Croatian police
  • The burning of camp Lipa in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Legal proceedings against Croatia and Hungary
  • Gateway removals near Idomeni

In Serbia, very poor conditions are constantly documented in the official camps across the country. These reports often have little practical impact, apart from groups sometimes being moved from more crowded to the less full camps in different regions. Unfortunately, not much is being done to change the current conditions.

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Photo: APC

Asylum Protection Centre has once again warned about the worrying standards in which people are being kept, in the middle of the pandemic, including dirty facilities, bad food, dirty blankets, lack of hygiene and other basic amenities, contributing to a health hazard that results in numerous scabies cases and other health issues for the people staying there. People from the north of the country are constantly being sent to this camp, as well as those from Belgrade, APC report. In the last intervention at the Bogovađa camp, some of the unaccompanied minors were also directed to Preševo camp.

Across Bosnia and Herzegovina, people continue to freeze as temperatures reach as low as -13 in some areas. In the forests around the Lipa provisional camp, Bihać, and Velika Kladuša, several hundreds are staying in makeshift camps and abandoned buildings that provide no shelter or protection. The state and the international network of strongest stakeholders provide no sustainable protection for the people, apart from occasional kit distribution and such minor efforts. The ongoing political resistance prevents access to accommodation for those sleeping rough, and more often than not, also to those wishing to report about them.

UK

More places of detainment and despair

At the same time, following the protests at the Penally, Home Secretary Priti Patel has insisted the camp is ‘safe and habitable’, despite claims of an in-camp hunger strike and residents’ illness over inadequate nutrition and poor conditions.

WORTH READING

  • Young people’s stories (in German):
  • “In northeastern Bosnia-Herzegovina, hundreds of migrants and their children live hidden away in the woods near the country’s border with EU-member state Croatia. There, they have little shelter in the midst of the country’s harsh winter months, surviving from day to day. There’s no housing, no healthcare, no school.” :

Austria

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