AYS News Digest 23/11/22: People on the Move in Austria, Serbia, and Croatia left freezing due to cold and wet weather conditions
IOM reports that 50,000 People on the Move have died in transit since 2014// Still no formal investigation on LFJL’s claims regarding crimes against refugees in Libya// 490 asylum seekers arrived at the port of Paleochora, Crete// Suella Braverman unintentionally highlights the fact the UK asylum system is clearly broken…
Over 50,000 individuals have lost their lives on their migratory journeys as they sought a safer and better future for themselves
Whilst the data included in this IOM report is not completely accurate, nor can it be, these figures expose how much risk People on the Move are faced with when fleeing violence and persecution.
IOM have reported that more than half of 50,000 deaths took place on the routes to and within Europe. Around 25,104 lives have been lost in the Mediterranean.
Over 30,000 people in the Missing Migrants Project records are of an unknown nationality, indicating that more than 60 per cent of those who die on migratory routes remain unidentified — leaving thousands of families searching for answers.
…Of the missing migrants whose nationality could be identified, more than 9,000 were from African nations, over 6,500 were from Asia and another 3,000 were from the Americas.
Africa is the second deadliest region, as the IOM reports since 2014, there have been 9000 deaths among people on the move.
In addition, along the US-Mexico border there have been 4000 deaths since 2014, and almost 7000 deaths in the Americas in general, most enroute to the US.
You can read the full report here: 2022 50k deaths.pdf (iom.int)
Still no formal investigation on crimes against refugees in Libya
A year ago today, LFJL, ECCHR Berlin, and the International Federation for Human Rights sent information to the ICC on crimes being committed against refugees and asylum seekers in Libya. They call on Prosecutor Kamrin Khan to investigate properly, as well as on the EU and its member states to stop their involvement with the pullbacks by the Libyan Coastguard and to create more safe routes to the EU.
New Humanity1 crew are getting ready for their next assignment
Sea Punks have announced they have managed to fundraise enough for a new ship, Sea Punk 1
490 asylum seekers arrived at the port of Paleochora, Crete
They will be spending a second night on the boat as there have been complications with the disembarkation. UNHCR will be putting out tents in the port tomorrow.
Klikaktiv has posted regarding the upcoming cold winter months and the work they have done to protect people on the move in northern Serbia
The full post here: (3) Facebook
Blindspots have also installed 50 stoves in squats in northern Serbia
The work of AYS and the emergency response to people on the move who were left freezing and alone in Zagreb
AYS Free Shop remains the only place consistently and constantly providing people in need with things they need and support they might use. Our volunteers are also actively supporting the people on the move who are not asylum seekers or asylees in Croatia, and we were among the initiators of an organised answer to the needs of those freezing around the main train station, and other secluded places in the city area. This answer has so far come through the support of the City of Zagreb, but with very limited means and support, given that the official stance of Croatia is that the people who had been sent off with the infamous seven-days' notice are supposed to be leaving the territory and “don’t fall under any support system”. Given the shockingly poor reporting about this topic in Croatia, we intend to publish a long read in our AYS Specials series, in Croatian and in English, with more details about it.
Donations are of course always welcome:
3rd December — Free training - Protection of victims of labor and corporal exploitation
When: Saturday 3/12/22, 9:30am–12:30pm
Where: Alley Pontecorvo 1, Padova
- Avv. Marco Paggi, Forum of Padova
- Dr. ssa Giuseppina Di Bari — Legal Associate Operator N.A.V.I.G.A.Re Project (Anti-Tracting Network for Veneto, Intersections, Governance and Regional Actions)
Coordination: Alessandra Pelliccia — Melting Pot Europe
Emergency conditions in Austria
Cold and wet weather has left 300 individuals sleeping in wet tents for roughly two weeks. Border Crossing Spielfeld are calling for emergency heated shelters, as well as proper rooms provided by the Ministry of Interior and State governments.
Catering as before consists of only 3 x 0.5 litres of cold water, four slices of toast with sides for breakfast and dinner, a kebab for lunch. Hot drinks will not be served. Who no get money stay hungry.
The group is mainly from Syria and they have spent months travelling through Turkey, Greece and the Balkan route in order to reach Austria. They are now being made to remain in these tents before being sent to more permanent forms of accommodation.
Border Crossing Spielfeld are calling for donations:
- Winter-proof men’s shoes Gr 39–44
- Sleeping bags
- Handy thermos bottles with drinking vessels (filled with sweetened tea upon direct delivery)
- clothing (pants, underwear, jumpers, jackets, bonnets, scarves, gloves shoes, underwear, socks. Men Size S, M, L)
- Hot drinks, especially in the morning and at night
- Warm balanced food to warm you up
- Snacks like dried fruits (dates, raisins etc. ), nuts, cookies, fruit juice, cereal bars
- fresh fruit
- toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo
- Quick Dry Towels
- Vitamin C — Shower Pills
- Clarification of the personal needs of very vulnerable individuals
- Medical clarification of escape injuries, wound care
- Internet access for communication with families
You can view the full post and who to contact for donations here: Border Crossing Spielfeld — Posts | Facebook
Shocking image of the response to the presence of people on the move in Spielfeld:
At 9:30am on the 24th November, the Federal Constitutional Court will publish its decisions on whether 2.1 sentence 4 no. 1 of the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act is compatible with the right to guarantee a minimum level of subsistence that would respect human dignity. This relates to whether single parents in crowded accommodations should be protected under this provision.
You can read more here: Bundesverfassungsgericht — Senatsbeschlüsse
Suella Braverman unintentionally highlights the fact the UK asylum system is clearly broken
In a questioning by Conservative MP, Tim Loughton, Suella Braverman is unable to clearly state what the legal routes are for entering the UK and how an individual can seek asylum in the UK without having to cross the Channel/enter irregularly.
Fleeing a Burning House — Freedom from Torture Report
The NGO, Freedom Torture has released a report on the reasons why torture survivors take such dangerous routes to reach the UK, and how policies should change in order to take a more humane, welcoming, and understanding approach.
Manston processing centre is now empty
The facility, which has a capacity for 1600 people and was supposed to be used as a temporary holding facility for asylum seekers, was reported to be holding 4000 individuals earlier this month.
Everyone has now been moved to other centres and forms of accommodation. Manston will continue to be used as a centre to conduct checks on individuals arriving across the Channel.
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