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

His hunger strike even led him into hospital, ten days without food — only broth — were a tough time for Stéphane Ravacley. But the baker’s protest was successful: his apprentice is allowed to stay in France. He will not be deported, several media outlets are reporting.

SEA

After several days at sea, there is still no news about the missing 37 people who left Morocco on January 10, nor about the 35 who left attempting to reach the Canary islands two days after that.

BALKAN ROUTE

The BVMN has published a new report documenting and analysing pushbacks, among other events:

  • 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
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Photo: APC

UK

More places of detainment and despair

Before the pandemic, there was already an alarming number of reports of people being held in detention in prison-like conditions across the UK. Now, the number of such places is growing, and the conditions are rapidly deteriorating, as both treatment and official policies go astray. The Norfolk site has not received as much scrutiny as two similar facilities, Napier Barracks in Kent and Penally Barracks in Pembrokeshire, but it has emerged that there have been similar concerns over the set-up at RAF Coltishall, with people familiar with the site claiming there have been issues with lack of information, food quality and access to medical care including dentistry, as well as suicide attempts and hunger strikes. As in other centres across Europe, the people running the site are using COVID-19 to refuse entrance to volunteers, but this has been an ongoing policy from before the recent peak in coronavirus cases. “It’s not been a welcoming community”, volunteers are reported to have said of the new site.

WORTH READING

  • “More than four years since we coined and developed the notion of ‘politics of exhaustion’ in the context of the so-called Calais ‘Jungle’ camp in northern France, we come together again to reflect on the ways in which the concept has been mobilised to analyse, diagnose and make sense of practices of control and resistance in Europe’s borderlands”:

Austria

Activists will occupy public spaces in Vienna and Innsbruck with tents to raise awareness for the situation of tens of thousands of people stuck in Greece and Bosnia. In Innsbruck, a group has been continuing this action since Christmas.

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Daily news digests from the field, mainly for volunteers and refugees on the route, but also for journalists and other parties.

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