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A UK report criticizing the European response to the “migration crisis”, and sends strong and clear messages / Out of 4,800, 1,178 unaccompanied minors have gone missing in Greece / How to help and support in Bosnia and Herzegovina or in France

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Nov 5, 2019 · 6 min read
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Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina — Due to an overcrowded bus station, people are currently staying in secluded areas, but also in plain sight of those whose one decision could change everything for their physical and mental health. (Photo: Portal Tuzlarije.net)

FEATURED

Greece — Social Youth Support Organization reported on the tragic car accident that took place in Agia Ermioni, Chios, resulting in the death of a 1 year old girl.

A policy that focuses exclusively on closing borders will drive migrants to take more dangerous routes, and push them into the hands of criminal groups.

“The case of 39 people found dead in a lorry container in October — though detailed information is still lacking — is a horrific illustration of these dangers. It should serve as a wake-up call for the FCO, and Government more broadly, to reassess its approach to irregular migration.”

LIBYA

Former Abu Salim detainees, now in the UNHCR GDF centre, say they haven’t received any food in six days. They’re weak & starving.

GREECE

According to statistics provided by the Greek Ministry of Labor 1,178 unaccompanied minors have gone missing, out of approximately 4,800 registered at reception points in Greece.

Islands

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Chios

“Refugees who rented apartments (in poor condition / without a rental contract) in a building in Chios port were evicted by the owner, without any reason”, local activists report.
Info says this was done in favor of bar owners and touristic area. The people were given 5 days to leave, but of course they couldn’t get a house so soon, so the owner reportedly cut off the electricity. It concerns 25 people, with young children, now on the street.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

The association Solidarnost from Bihać, along with a number of individual activists and groups in Bihać, consistently cares for those outside the “system”, as well as those people “lucky” enough to be staying in the camp Bira, which resembles anything but a safe place to stay and lodge individuals who suffered every possible form of abuse along their route towards the EU countries.
Jackets, shoes (hiking and sport shoes), socks, hats, scarfs, pullovers, jumpers, fleeces and trousers are part of the packages that local organisation ‘Solidarnost’ provides for the residents of the camp, since they don’t have much better living conditions than those staying outside the reception system, in spite of all of the funding and the supposed standards of the UN organisations running the place, failing to propulsively work for the benefit of those they exist for.
If you wish to support them, the best way is to send funds to the local activists who can best decide what is most needed and buy it for an incomparably lower price in BiH than anywhere else across the EU. If, however, you already have some help-in-kind, make sure not to send XL and L sized clothes as most of the people need smaller sized clothes and shoes. Always try to contact people on the ground before starting an action, so you can support the situation in the best possible way. If you need direct contacts in different areas, write to us and we will connect you to the right people.

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Photos from Bira camp in Bihać and of the packages prepared for the people there: Udruženje Solidarnost — Bosnia

FRANCE

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