AYS Daily Digest 07/07/17: 34th eviction at Porte de la Chapelle in Paris

More than 100 people arrive every day to Paris / French asylum system illogical and complicated / European Commission noticed the lack of solidarity in Europe / Code of Conduct for NGOs saving lives in the sea / Souda camp at the shore empty / Hunger strike in Moria continues / More people arrested in Bosnia / And more news…

(Photo by Solidarity Migrants Wilson)

Feature

After months of agony, the authorities in Paris decided to — once again - send heavily armed police officers to remove all the people who were sleeping rough in the streets, and take them to temporary shelters, mainly school gymnasiums.

General

According to the EVI-MED group and their research conducted in Greece, Italy and Malta, the majority of people who arrived to these countries since 2015, fled persecution, war, famine, and personal insecurity. Only 18% described their motivation as economic.

Greece

Hunger strike in Moria, Lesvos, continues for over 10 days. Those who are on strike are demanding that people who are detained are set free. Today, the Legal Centre Lesbos condemned the, what they call, “unlawful practice of indiscriminately detaining people who are in the process of applying for international protection”.

VOLUNTEERS FESTIVAL 15 & 16 JULY
(Technopolis in Gazi 3 pm to 11 pm)

“Purpose of the festival once again is the convergence of volunteering ecosystem and enhance the production of social goods in Greece the crisis. The festival this year will be a natural meeting place for non-governmental organizations, volunteers, and citizens in a bid celebration, cooperation, and gratitude.”

Academic Scholarship program for young refugees in Greece

The U.S. Embassy in Athens, in collaboration with The American College of Thessaloniki — Anatolia College, Degree — The American College of Greece, and Perrotis College — American Farm School, announces the program “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” that will provide higher education scholarships to 100 eligible refugees in Athens and 100 in Thessaloniki.
Deadline for applications: August 30

Serbia

Unfortunately, no good news from Serbia. People who are living in camps are sending us reports about food that is scarce and of bad quality, while they are forced to live in overcrowded places. Almost all are hoping to leave the country as soon as it is possible. Some are still trying to cross borders with Romania, Croatia, even Montenegro or Bosnia. Some do make it, after taking many risks and putting their lives in serious danger.

Photo by Rigardu
Photo: Solidaritea

Bosnia

Border police in Bosnia arrested on Friday eight people from Afghanistan who tried to cross the border near Bijeljina, the northern part of the country. All of them were pushed back to Serbia.

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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