Syria: deteriorating security conditions at al-Hol camp / Flooding in the Arsal refugee camp during strict COVID-19 lockdown makes access to humanitarian aid difficult / refugees being threatened in Canary islands / Message from Napier barracks

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Are You Syrious?

Jan 23 · 8 min read


Syria: deteriorating security conditions at al-Hol camp / Flooding in the Arsal refugee camp during strict COVID-19 lockdown makes access to humanitarian aid difficult / refugees being threatened in Canary islands / Message from Napier barracks

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A lot of money is spent — but it doesn’t arrive the people. Credits: Twitter/refugeemoria2

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With 0 turnover and 497.60 euros in cash in 2019, a virtually unknown NGO is expected to receive through its contract with the Greek state a total of at least € 6.5 million over two years

The Greek government awards contracts of millions to controversial NGOs, often bypassing the conditions that they themselves set. We are Solomon investigated this case and found that it was precisely in the period during which the government commissioned the unknown NGO, without any previous experience in the refugee field, to house around 1,000 refugees and asylum seekers through the ESTIA II program, that the NGO came about at all. …


A humanitarian crisis is rapidly unfolding at Napier barracks / More lives lost to hypothermia upon arrival to the EU / Covid vaccination information in English and Arabic / Tribunal recognises ‘readmissions’ to Slovenia under bilateral agreement are illegal and grant access to victim of chain pushback / recommended reads & more

Are You Syrious?

Jan 22 · 7 min read

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Photo via Jack Shenker

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“We lost our hope as we do not have a voice to defend us”

A covid-19 outbreak is spiraling out of control at the UK’s first modern-day refugee camp, where people have nowhere to turn for help and medical assistance.
Reportedly, up to 28 people are sharing two bedrooms and a bathroom, making social distancing impossible. Now, after having waited for months for their claims to be processed, all of them are locked up inside, guarded by the police. …


A humanitarian crisis is rapidly unfolding at Napier barracks / More lives lost to hypothermia upon arrival to the EU / Covid vaccination information in English and Arabic / Tribunal recognises ‘readmissions’ to Slovenia under bilateral agreement are illegal and grant access to victim of chain pushback / recommended reads & more

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Photo via Jack Shenker

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“We lost our hope as we do not have a voice to defend us”

A covid-19 outbreak is spiraling out of control at the UK’s first modern-day refugee camp, where people have nowhere to turn for help and medical assistance.
Reportedly, up to 28 people are sharing two bedrooms and a bathroom, making social distancing impossible. Now, after having waited for months for their claims to be processed, all of them are locked up inside, guarded by the police. …


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

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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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Are You Syrious?

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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