AYS 11/10: Calais: The fear of eviction constantly looming

Arrests, demolitions and evictions in Calais have started, refugees are largely not offered any other shelter. Push-backs from Serbia to Macedonia occuring on a scale larger than we have previously thought. A potential of a new camp opening in Serbia. Merkel promises millions in aid to poor African countries to stem migrant flow.

Image for post
Image for post
Credits: Help Refugees

What the life in Calais camp looks like with demolitions and evictions on the horizon

The organisation Help Refugees expresses a special concern for the camp’s most vulnerable refugees, namely, the unaccompanied minors, families, women and, especially, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions, people needing special medical treatment, people suffering from severe mental health issues resulting from trauma and, finally, the elderly.

Arrests of refugees and demolitions of their Calais bussinesses has already started. Namely, police in camp arrested volenteers from Kids cafe, as well as they smashed the door of the Jungle Books store room.

Image for post
Image for post
Refugees from Kids cafe arrested. Refugee Info Bus

In addition to these, Kesha Niya Kitchen reports that two tents, which were housing over 15 Afghani refugees, were taken down today, thus leaving two families without any shelter. Moreover, two businesses were closed and demolished, namely the barbershop and the sandwich shop, while other businesses were forcibly closed.

Image for post
Image for post
Refugees from Kids cafe arrested. Refugee Info Bus

While the British Home Secretary Rt Hon Amber Rudd and the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve claim that they are working together to ensure the successful dismantling of the Calais camp, the Emmaus president Thierry Kuhn says the conditions for an efficient evacuation of the camp are not fulfilled and that, furthermore, Interior Minister Cazeneuve seems to be doing everything so that the evacuation leads to a violent confrontation. The Secours Catholique says “This is a security operation that is only humanitarian by name”.

Image for post
Image for post
Smashed doors of the Jungle Book store room. Credits: Refugee Info Bus

At 8:30 a.m. on Monday, CRS and plain-clothed police blocked two Parisian avenues and the metro exits in order to prevent refugees from fleeing. After rounding them up and looking at their papers, 75% of them were placed outside of the security cordon, waiting and hoping for housing. The avenue was once more cleaned up and a lot of things were thrown away, despite the cold of the last days. 25 people were brought to the police station and around 10 people were granted a shelter for a couple of days, yet that this 10 out of about 100 people that were rounded-up during this day. This is the 20th round-up since the 31th of July in Paris.

Image for post
Image for post
Credits: Rose Lecat

Push-backs of refugees from Serbia to Macedonia

From unofficial information we find out that, tomorrow, the Reception Center Presevo will admit another 200 refugees that are coming from central Serbia, thus making the number of people in the camp higher than 800. At the same time, by the end of this week, a new camp Bujanovac will be opened in the ex-factory Svetlost. Families from Presevo, which make for around 250 people, will be transferred to Bujanovac, while Presevo will remain holding largely single males and those refugees Serbia named “economic migrants”. We will try to expand on these info tomorrow.

Serbia has also enforced border controls with Bulgaria and Macedonia, vowing to send back to the respective countries all refugees who cross irregularly, amid fears these may end up locked within its own boundaries as neighboring Hungary has stepped up border security.

Some 4,992 refugees were stranded in Serbia as of 5 October. This represents a significant increase (348 percent) from 1,114 migrants and refugees reported beginning of the July, when Hungary adopted legislation which allows its border patrols to send migrants apprehended within an 8km radius of the border back to Serbia.

The total number of stranded refugees in Greece and the Western Balkans is 73,721, a 56 percent increase since the implementation of the EU–Turkey agreement on the 10 of March 2016. In Greece, there was a 40 percent increase during the period. Notably, Bulgaria recorded an increase of around 717 percent from 863 to 7,070 between the 10th of March and the 15th of September, 2016.

Relocation Updates — As of 21 September, a total of 5,297 refugees were relocated from Greece (4,140) and Italy (1,157) by IOM under the EU relocation programme.

Readmissions to Turkey — According to Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), as of 5 October, a total of 579 refugees were returned from Greece to Turkey as a part of the EU–Turkey agreement. During the period, 1,670 refugees from Syria were resettled by IOM from Turkey to 13 EU countries. The majority were resettled to Germany (614), Sweden (269), France (228) and the Netherlands (170).


Russia resumes heavy bombing of eastern Aleppo

Air strikes mostly hit the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, Zakaria Malhifji of the Aleppo-based Fastaqim rebel group told Reuters. At least 50 civilians were killed by strikes on the rebel-held part of the city and nearby villages controlled by insurgents, residents and rescue workers said. In Bustan al Qasr, residents said, the strikes hit a medical centre and a children’s playground.


Jordan to allow aid to refugees stuck on border


Volunteers needed in Sounio camp

Visit this page for all other volunteering opportunities in Greece.

Locals of Profitis village place Greek flags and a locker on the main door of the school where refugee children were due to start lesson

Image for post
Image for post
Credits: Dimitris Tosidis

Greek authorities have opened a new reception center for unaccompanied refugee children near Athens

Mouzalas said some 2,200 unaccompanied minors are currently in Greece, of whom 1,000 live in specialized accommodation, which shows that, although the new centre is a progress, it is not nearly enough to meet the demand.

Donations needed for a kindergarden in City Plaza, Athens

Image for post
Image for post
Credits: City Plaza Squat

More rain and hail fell on Katsikas camp, reminding us that the winter is coming

Image for post
Image for post
Credits: KatsikasLive

For the first time there are now more than 15,000 refugees on the islands (official capacity is 7903)

Image for post
Image for post
Helping new arrivals. Credits:Salvamento Marítimo Humanitario

New arrivals

  • Samos: 88
  • Kos: 6
  • Kalymnos: 26
  • Megisti: 23
  • Chios: 39
  • Lesvos: 22

Voluntary returns: 1

Image for post
Image for post
Comparison of arrivals in the last three months. Credits: Niklas Golitschek


Refugees are leaving Bulgaria’s accommodation centers

From the beginning of 2016 through 29 September, 14,656 undocumented migrants were identified in Bulgaria. Of these, 4,046 were identified on exit, 3,965 on entry (3,521 entered from Turkey) and 6,645 inside the country.


Petition to fight against the Dublin Deportations


Mediterranean migrant arrivals reach 316,331; Deaths at sea: 3,611

However, the death toll in 2016 is higher. This year some 3,611 people have drowned or been reported missing in incidents off Egypt, Libya, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Morocco and Spain. In 2015 at this time, the total was 3,039. For the whole of 2015, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project calculated 3,673 people were confirmed dead or missing.

According to the MoI, as of 9 October around 160,900 migrants and refugees were hosted in formal reception centres in Italy.

The powerful report ‘The economic impact of immigration’ shows the value of migrants for Italian economy


Employment opportunities for refugees in Denver

The solar industry is a growing sector that offers well paid employment. The Green Jobs for Refugees initiative seeks to provide refugees in the Denver area with the technical skills to be able to secure employment in the solar sector. A pilot will be launched in October 2016 for up to 15 participants that will provide them with a background orientation, a start to finish residential solar install as well as discounted pricing on the online course to obtain certification through the North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP) Associates Program certificate exam. Participants that finish the course will be connected with local employers such as Namaste Solar, Sunrun, and Aerotek, for apprenticeships and employment.

For more information, please contact:

  • Allison Moe- Workforce Development Manager, GRID Alternatives Colorado, 303.481.4384 amoe@gridalternatives.org
  • Anna Segur (Afghan refugee liaison) annasegur@yahoo.com 720–412–6847
  • Nawara Chakaki (Syrian refugee liaison) nchakaki@gmail.com 717–982–2202
Image for post
Image for post
Credits: Green Jobs for Refugees


Kenya forces refugees to return to war-torn Somalia


Merkel promises millions in aid to Niger to stem migrant flow

The German leader said the army of the arid West African country, one of the world’s poorest, would receive €10 million in equipment next year. Merkel also promised €17 million in development aid for Niger’s desperately impoverished Agadez region, which she said can no longer subsist on its once-thriving tourism industry.

Niger is a key transit point for people from sub-Saharan Africa who try to cross the Mediterranean to enter Europe.

General info

“I am stateless (I don’t have any citizenship). Will this damage my chances of getting asylum?”

Image for post
Image for post
Credits: Mobile Info Team for refugees in Greece — الفريق المتنقل لمعلومات اللاجئين

Written by

Daily news digests from the field, mainly for volunteers and refugees on the route, but also for journalists and other parties.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store