AYS Daily Digest 05/01/2018: The trickle-down effect.

Attacks on refugee centers in Italy // Report on a psychologically vulnerable individual driven to suicide in Lampedusa // Attacks on migrant workers increasing in Greece // Volunteer opportunities across Greece // EU “discussing” Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic’s quota refusal // Austria considering night curfew for asylum seekers // New projects and new problems in France // and more…

Lampedusa. Photo credit: Leonardo Cavaliere

FEATURE: The sinister collaboration — how policy affects people.

In the night between 3 and 4 January, unknown people threw molotov cocktails at a door of a building meant to host migrants in the future. This incident happened in Capriglia, in the hill town of Pietrasanta (Lucca). The door is blackened by the hot fire, which fortunately burned out on its own. The Saturday before, some residents of Capriglia made a civil protest against the next arrival of asylum seekers in the town. It is noted by volunteers that this is the second such incident in Italy in a week.

Refugee boy stuck in Serbia for 18 months. Photo Gabriel Tizon.

GENERAL

According to the UNHCR, between January 1 and November 30 2017, over 170,000 people arrived to Europe via the primary “pathways” (Greece, Italy, Spain, Malta, etc.). Spain recorded the highest number of arrivals this year.

GREECE

A troubling increase in attacks in Piraeus, Greece against migrant workers, in particular those of Pakistani nationality, bear the trademarks of stemming from Golden Dawn’s “assault divisions”, Ekathimerini reports.

Serbia, 2018. Photo credit Gabriel Tizon

In Serbia, a large number of expulsions have been reported by UNHCR and partners: 147 collective expulsions from Croatia, 85 from Romania and 79 from Hungary from December 11 to 24. To put this in context, this is 311 expulsions in less than two weeks.

HUNGARY

According to index.hu the European Court of Justice will be discussing Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary’s rejection of adhering to EU asylum seeker quotas. According to the initial plan, 120,000 individuals were to be distributed across the EU, but Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary each refused to participate in the quota distribution scheme, resulting in a lawsuit from the European Court of Justice in late 2017.

AUSTRIA

Austrian Vice Chancellor Strache argued that not only should refugees be put in military barracks while they wait on their asylum application, but that they be subject to curfew and other limitations. Even other members of the Vice Chancellor’s right wing party have distanced themselves from the proposal, which immediately drew backlash, but the disturbing implication remains that even though the Vice Chancellor’s plan will not be enacted “immediately” that it is a veritable option for Austria. (Source.)

FRANCE

Photo credit: Danika Jurisic

In Germany, ECADA — European Citizens Against Deportation to Afghanistan warns that another deportation is scheduled for January 23rd in Dusseldorf. Watch their page and make plans accordingly if you want to be involved in actions to resist this deportation.

NORWAY

The number of asylum seekers in Norway dropped to the lowest in over 20 years, according to recent data. At their lowest since 1995, the number of asylum applications was registered as around 3,500. A corresponding decrease in the number of housing complexes for asylum seekers has been seen, dropping from 150 to around 50.

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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