AYS Daily Digest 16/10/2018 — Winter is coming on the Bosnian-Croatian border
Rescues in the Western and Central Mediterranean /// Syrian government demolishes refugees homes /// #Lifttheban campaign for the right to work in the UK /// Challenges to “anti-Soros” law in Hungary /// Child faces deportation in Sweden /// Protests in Australia to close Nauru deportation centre
Feature: Winter is coming, updates from Velika Kladusa, Bosnia and Herzegovina by the No Name Kitchen
From No Name Kitchen update:
This is Velika Kladuša, where 1.161 people (according to police) are still living in a makeshift camp (families included), and the temperature at night this last week has dropped to almost 0 degrees.
Us and SOS Team Kladuša are the only ones distributing tents, blankets, sleeping bags and clothing in general before the inability of other bigger NGOs and official institutions to react to this situation.
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Government demolishes houses and denies property rights of refugees
While international powers and the Syrian government are publishing statements on the safety of the country to convince those who left the country to return home, the same government is denying property rights and access to residential areas in different areas of the country, HRW reports.
In some cases, the government has already started to demolish entire residential complexes, especially in areas recently retaken from opposition groups.
Report on child returnees from Save the Children
Save the Children has released a report about the situation for children returned to Afghanistan from EU, highlighting the lack of protection they receive and the extreme danger they are placed in. The report concluded that “Children returning to Afghanistan face difficulties in accessing reliable shelter, education, jobs and medical support, and risk recruitment to armed groups and physical harm due to conflict. Child returnees face psychosocial and in some cases legal challenges, which render reintegration improbable and pose fundamental challenges to their wellbeing. Currently, returns to Afghanistan cannot be considered durable.”
They have started a campaign to end this practice and there is an active petition here.
22 people die in a truck accident near Izmir
22 people were killed on Sunday when a vehicle carrying refugees plunged off a road into a waterway in the area of Izmir. According to media sources, from the beginning of the year, 123 refugees have died trying to reach Greece. Of those deaths, 82 have been by drowning and 41 by traffic accidents on land. 229 persons were injured in these accidents. In comparison, 51 people died by drowning in 2017.
Updates from the Western Mediterranean
Salvamento Maritimo report that the Marina Mimosa vessel picked up 12 men from a boat at sea, some with hypothermia, and took them to Cartagena, where they arrived at 3pm.
Missing Migrants project update
So far this year 1,839 people are confirmed to have died or gone missing during the sea crossing to Europe. The actual figures may be much higher as some boats will never be reported.
Sea Rescue groups continue to campaign for their right to save lives
Mediterranea Saving Humans report in this video that they will continue to challenge European governments to apply the laws of the sea, international law and human rights, which these states are trying to erase.
Meanwhile, Maydayterraneo — Proyecto AitaMari asks for support so that they can continue their work at sea as they are about to set sail once again.
Aegean Boat Report report that three boats have arrived on the Greek islands today, carrying a total of 125 people.
The first boat was picked up outside the airport by HCG, Lesvos south at 08.30. 57 people. No breakdown available.
The second boat arrived in Chios port at 08.30 carrying 33 people, 5 children, 9 women and 19 men from Syria, Kuwait, Palestine, and Iraq.
A further boat landed outside the Chios airport at 22.00, carrying 35 people: 1 woman and 34 men.
Land Arrivals: About 200 people were reported to have waded across the Evros river today into Greece from Turkey.
Latest statistics from the Greek Government
Latest official updated from Greek government Island situation 15.10.2018.www.facebook.com
As you can see, all hotspots apart from the one on Leros are still dangerously over capacity. The Immigration Minister, Dimitris Vitsas, recently declared that the only hotspot planned for closure, with the building of a replacement centre, is Samos. Decongestion on the islands will instead rely on the accelerated asylum process, which should only take 90 days
The German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Müller clearly has quite low standards. During his recent visit to Moria, he is reported to have been impressed by its organisation and operation.
An updated list has been created with all organisations present on Lesvos, including those which help with medical aid and housing.
Update on the situation in Vial Camp and a request for support
Whilst #MoriaCamp receives the majority of the media’s attention, the plight of asylum-seekers in #VialCamp on #Chios remains dire.
Footage recently and anonymously shared with me reveals the reality of life in the camp. The recent rains are but a taste of the upcoming winter. Temperatures have already dropped considerably. The camp holds more than 1000 above its capacity, meaning hundreds live in the open under canvas tents.
This is the third year that effective #winterisation of camps in Greece has failed to take place.
Support the few safe spaces that provide relief for communities suffering these atrocious conditions: www.actionforeducation.co.uk/donate
#Ντροπή #Shame. #refugeesgr
The protest against conditions in Malakasa continues.
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Cargo ship rescues 18 people between Malta and Lampedusa
Following yesterday’s report, the cargo ship Just Fitz rescued the 18 people in a dinghy on the night between Monday and Tuesday. The most recent info stated that the ship was 34 miles south of Lampedusa. Minister Salvini already commented that the responsibility for the rescue falls on Malta. Is this the beginning of an other passing-the-buck game over people’s lives?
Updates from Riace
The house arrest of Mimmo Lucano, mayor of Riace, has been lifted, but the court decided to enact a prohibition against him residing in the town, de facto removing him from his mayoral role.
The director of the SPRAR reception system confirmed that the Riace “experiment” has been shut down and refugees in Riace will be moved “on a voluntary basis”: if they want to keep benefiting from the reception system they will be taken to other cities; otherwise they will be able to remain in Riace but without allowance or support.
New campaign against criminalization of aid work
L’Auberge des Migrants reports that numbers in Calais are continuing to rise. Currently, about 500 people are present in the area.
In Grande-Synthe, there are more than a thousand people and while the city hall and the sub-Prefecture have just signed a protocol providing “shelter” for the exiles during winter, there are likely only 200 places in a building, as well as a few apartments for families.
CARE4CALAIS ask for support
Eviction in Clermont Ferrand
Around 100 people who had been living in a makeshift camp in the “May the 1st” square in Clermont-Ferrand (southern France) have been evicted and moved to a state run gymnasium for shelter. They are in need of support.
More info in French here.
Locker Room for Migrants, Paris, Call for Donations and Volunteers
Emergencies for this week: Hygiene Products! We are at ZERO on: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, razors, shaving cream, body cream, Dexeryl Cream, deodorant, nail clippers, eau de toilette.
For Women: Sanitary towels, underwear.
For Children: Diapers and milk.
For Men: Shoes (sneakers) from 40 to 45, pants (jeans) size 38 to 42, sweatpants, shirts size s, boxers, belts, seasonal jackets, sleeping bags and back packs.
We need volunteers on Wednesdays between 15 pm and 18 pm to sort and receive donations. Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 14 pm for the distribution of clothes and also to receive donations.
Note on the list by SMS at 06 03 02 83 72
Please, may your donations be in good condition!!! Thanks to associations, collectives and people for their donations and support. Thank you all for your solidarity!
Original in French here.
6-year-old child faces deportation.
The Swedish migration centre has decided to deport a 6-year-old back to Ukraine, local media sources report.
Denis faces deportation several months after his mother’s death, in the spring. She had applied for asylum and residency, but since a child’s asylum status is based on their parents, the case has now been closed.
Denis’ grandparents, who have been living in Sweden for six years, said that they want to adopt him. But despite this the Migration Agency decided to send him back to Ukraine, “in regard with what’s best for the child.”
#Lifttheban campaign for the right to work of asylum seekers
In the coming days, Parliament will decide over the new counterterrorism bill, that “excessively restricts freedom of expression, freedom of movement, and privacy” (read more here). Meanwhile, asylum seekers in the country are still banned from working and forced to live on an allowance of 5.39£ per day. On Tuesday, 88 organisations launched a campaign to #lifttheban and allow asylum seekers to work.
As AYS reported last week,the campaign to close Nauru detention centre is ongoing.
Media sources report (1, 2) that the chief medical officer contracted by the Australian government to work in the facilities was arrested on Tuesday and will be soon deported to Australia. While the reasons of the arrest are not clear, several organisations point towards disagreements over health policies and the limitation to practice imposed by the Australian government as motives behind the arrest. Moreover, the government of Nauru forbids doctors from photographing their patients “in order to prevent leaks to the media and refugee advocates”.
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