Frontex started a photo competition for its staff — BAAM is organizing a counter-competition // Evictions in Rhodos // Updates from the planned new camp on Lesbos // Report on Pushbacks by Greek Coast Guard // Hot return from Ceuta // Open Letter to protect Helena Maleno // UK: inquiry against Home Office // Protests in Iceland

“With this photo I surely will win!” “That’s for sure! It’s great that we can show people our work!” Copyright: BAAM

FEATURE: Not a belated April Fools: Frontex organizes Photo Competition. We recommend joining the Counter-Competition!

Our friends from Frontex constantly come up with great new ideas to polish up their — let’s say ‘damaged’ — image, and it is very very hard to stay serious.

Latest idea: A photo contest!

Frontex officers and staff are invited to send in pictures to “showcase how people from all around Europe work together at EU external borders for the benefit of European citizens”. The pictures are meant to accompany Europe Day on May 9, “a celebration of peace and unity across the EU”.

We strive to report on important and serious information only in this Digest — however…


Frontex started a photo competition for its staff — BAAM is organizing a counter-competition // Evictions in Rhodos // Updates from the planned new camp on Lesbos // Report on Pushbacks by Greek Coast Guard // Hot return from Ceuta // Open Letter to protect Helena Maleno // UK: inquiry against Home Office // Protests in Iceland

“With this photo I surely will win!” “That’s for sure! It’s great that we can show people our work!” Copyright: BAAM

FEATURE: Not a belated April Fools: Frontex organizes Photo Competition. We recommend joining the Counter-Competition!

Our friends from Frontex constantly come up with great new ideas to polish up their — let’s say ‘damaged’ — image, and it is very very hard to stay serious.

Latest idea: A photo contest!

Frontex officers and staff are invited to send in pictures to “showcase how people from all around Europe work together at EU external borders for the benefit of European citizens”. The pictures are meant to accompany Europe Day on May 9, “a celebration of peace and unity across the EU”.

We strive to report on important and serious information only in this Digest — however…


Harrassment of activist in Spain and Italy // Greece to close yet another camp // UK’s dangerous precedent for breach of refugee laws// and more…

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Apr 13 · 6 min read

LIBYA

Libyan authorities have released one of the country’s most wanted human traffickers less than four months after his arrest in Tripoli.

Abdel-Rahman Milad, who was sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council, walked free on Sunday, following a decision by prosecutors late last month, they said.

Milad, better known by his alias Bija, was seen after his release in his hometown of Zawiya in western Libya, where he had commanded a coast guard unit.

The officials did not reveal more details. …


Harrassment of activist in Spain and Italy // Greece to close yet another camp // UK’s dangerous precedent for breach of refugee laws// and more…

LIBYA

Libyan authorities have released one of the country’s most wanted human traffickers less than four months after his arrest in Tripoli.

Abdel-Rahman Milad, who was sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council, walked free on Sunday, following a decision by prosecutors late last month, they said.

Milad, better known by his alias Bija, was seen after his release in his hometown of Zawiya in western Libya, where he had commanded a coast guard unit.

The officials did not reveal more details. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Abdelrahman Milad (Al-Bidja) returned to…


More pushbacks involving Bulgarian, Greek and Turkish authorities. Sea-Eye’s Alan Kurdi is free again. Attempted breakout from Milan’s CPR. Continued evictions in Calais and Grande-Synthe and much more…


More pushbacks involving Bulgarian, Greek and Turkish authorities. Sea-Eye’s Alan Kurdi is free again. Attempted breakout from Milan’s CPR. Continued evictions in Calais and Grande-Synthe and much more…

“If migrating is a crime, ours is indifference” (Photo via: Amayra Garcia)

Featured — Bans on Protests and Criminalisation in the Canaries

This weekend protests were planned in the Canary islands. On Friday, however, local authorities banned the demonstration organised for the following day in Tenerife, the island that hosts more than 1,000 people in the largest camp of the archipelago, Las Raices.

People in Las Raices have been protesting against living conditions, unhealthy food and lack of medical care since the beginning of the year. Dozens of people have been on hunger strike…


New rescue vessel coming to the Mediterranean//New integration scheme in Greece//The Balkan route during the pandemic

Are You Syrious?

Apr 10 · 10 min read


The world has been turned upside-down by Covid-19 while people are still struggling with climate crisis, racism and global poverty. As in every global crisis, the most affected groups are the most disadvantaged. Covid-19 is having a powerful and negative impact on unemployment, violence against women, poverty and human rights all over the world. In Turkey, people on the move have been one the most affected groups, as happens far too often.

(Photo Credit: Bianet)

After the first Covid-19 case in March 2020, Turkey began implementing prevention measures. The situation for people on the move has become even more ‘fragile’ during the pandemic…


New rescue vessel coming to the Mediterranean//New integration scheme in Greece//The Balkan route during the pandemic

Illustrations of the Balkan Route (artist: Hannah Kirmes Daly/Brush & Bow C.I.C. Via TRT World)

FEATURE

Another young person drowns off the coast of Melilla

In the past month and a half, seven people have drowned off the coast of Melilla. Tragically, the most recent victim was barely 18. He had recently been expelled from the reception centre upon his 18th birthday.

MS came to Melilla from Morocco when he was still a child. Like many other minors, he started out in a reception centre, then slept in the Plaza de Toros after he was kicked out. His friends and companions are grieving his death even as they themselves face many dangers sleeping rough in Melilla. Those who knew him describe him as a quiet…


Greece won’t comply with ECtHR ruling on providing a vulnerable family with better interim living conditions / Spain: hygienic and sanitary conditions in Las Raíces raising concerns / Decision: Ombudsman found no maladministration in Frontex’s refusal to provide the required documents / recommended reads and more

Protesters assembled at Berlin airport’s Terminal 5 late Wednesday to speak out against a deportation flight of asylum-seekers whose claims were denied to Afghanistan that evening

FEATURED

Europe is increasingly speeding up deportations, opening up new ways of leaving people without protection and putting people in unimaginable positions of either flying off to danger and constant fear, or staying in permanent deportation detention. More and more voices are rising against this.

Germany resuming deportations

Around 350 people showed up to the protest at Berlin airport as people attempted to block the deportation charterflight.
Despite blockades at the Schönefeld deportation prison and the road leading to the airport, the flight could not be prevented, NoBorder Assembly Berlin reported. …

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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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