ECtHR will decide if living conditions in hotspots amount to inhuman and degrading treatment while EU-report claims this is not so bad after all // 43 people die in first shipwreck of 2021 // Moonbird witnesses pull-back by Libyan Coast Guard // People freeze in Calais // Australia is criticised for its treatment of refugees

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Moria 2.0 these days. Copyright: Moria White Helmets

FEATURE: What is life actually like in the Greek hotspots?

At least some of the most vulnerable people on Samos were able to spend recent nights in the warmth. The continuing effort of various NGOs managed to do what should be the governments business as usual in winter: Making sure people have a roof over their heads and stay warm. With combined efforts, the NGOs were able to get permission to provide emergency shelter in community spaces for 16 people, including pregnant women and young families. They hope to be able to also shelter the elderly and those with medical needs in the coming days. Only 800 of some 3,500 asylum seekers on Samos are currently accommodated inside the official Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) facility, according to Europe Must Act.


Awful Conditions in Arsal, Lebanon// Crackdown on NGOs in Cyprus// Turkey Will Not Accept Deportations from Greece// & More

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Image source: The Left in the European Parliament

FEATURE

EU Parliament debate on humanitarian situation at external borders

Today was the second day of the European Parliament’s January plenary session. On the agenda was a debate on the “humanitarian situation of refugees and migrants at the EU’s external borders.”

MEPs made speeches highlighting the situation for people on the move in Bosnia & Herzegovina and elsewhere. You can watch the full debate here.

EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson spoke about the existing discussions and measures taken to prevent violence at the border, however her speech accidentally exposed the weaknesses in the EU’s existing monitoring and humanitarian policy. …


Awful Conditions in Arsal, Lebanon// Crackdown on NGOs in Cyprus// Turkey Will Not Accept Deportations from Greece// & More

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Image source: The Left in the European Parliament

FEATURE

EU Parliament debate on humanitarian situation at external borders

Today was the second day of the European Parliament’s January plenary session. On the agenda was a debate on the “humanitarian situation of refugees and migrants at the EU’s external borders.”

MEPs made speeches highlighting the situation for people on the move in Bosnia & Herzegovina and elsewhere. You can watch the full debate here.

EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson spoke about the existing discussions and measures taken to prevent violence at the border, however her speech accidentally exposed the weaknesses in the EU’s existing monitoring and humanitarian policy. …


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Are You Syrious?

Jan 19 · 11 min read

Germany preparing for Syria deportations // 9-year-old dies off Spanish coast // not a single child has arrived in the Netherlands from Moria // and more…


Germany preparing for Syria deportations // 9-year-old dies off Spanish coast // not a single child has arrived in the Netherlands from Moria // and more…

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Libya: Zintan detention centre is finally closed / Snow and freezing cold in Greece and France / Spain: will Plan Canarias turn the islands into a new Moria? / Updates from Bulgaria, Italy, Austria, UK

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Libya: Zintan detention centre is finally closed / Snow and freezing cold in Greece and France / Spain: will Plan Canarias turn the islands into a new Moria? / Updates from Bulgaria, Italy, Austria, UK

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Artwork from the campaign “X them out! A Black Map of Athens”, designed to pinpoint and highlight the unseen criminality related to racist attacks in the public space.

Featured — In Memory of Shehzad Luqman

Petralona, Athens, 17 January 2013
8 years ago yesterday, at 3am, two Golden Dawn members, Dionysis Liakopoulos and Christos Stergiopoulos were riding a motorcycle. Ahead of them, 27-year-old Shehzad Luqman is cycling to work at the farmers’ market. Using butterfly knives, Liakopoulos and Stergiopoulos stab him seven times in the heart, back and arms. …


Closing on a challenging year, let us look back at the situation on Samos island where thousands of people are still living in the informal ‘Jungle’, situated on the steep slopes above the town, in increasingly difficult and overcrowded conditions.

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Damage from Vathy fire (November 2020)

The situation on Samos: overcrowding and health concerns

The Vathy RIC in Samos, initially built for 648 people, currently accommodates over 3,500 people — more than five times its capacity. 2,700 of the recorded population lives outside of the RIC structure, in what is known as “The Jungle”, an amalgamation of tents sprawled on a mountain, either side of the RIC.


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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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.

Laye has been regularised! He is coming back to work on Tuesday!

This according to Ravacley after a meeting with the prefecture in Haute-Sâone, which was supposed to come later on January 26th.

Laye Fodé Traoré, from Guinea, had been training for 18 months in the bakery in Besançon. When he turned 18, he received his deportation order, given because he was no longer an unaccompanied minor and so was not eligible for the same protections. Two years after his arrival in France, during which time he learned the language and found his apprenticeship, he was informed that he was at risk of being forcibly returned to his country of origin, Guinea. …


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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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.

Laye has been regularised! He is coming back to work on Tuesday!

This according to Ravacley after a meeting with the prefecture in Haute-Sâone, which was supposed to come later on January 26th.

Laye Fodé Traoré, from Guinea, had been training for 18 months in the bakery in Besançon. When he turned 18, he received his deportation order, given because he was no longer an unaccompanied minor and so was not eligible for the same protections. Two years after his arrival in France, during which time he learned the language and found his apprenticeship, he was informed that he was at risk of being forcibly returned to his country of origin, Guinea. …

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