AYS Daily Digest 05/07/17: Sharing responsibility on the Mediterranean

49 people missing after boat sinks near Spain / Arrests in Samos camp / Serbia reacts to EU proposals concerning Frontex operations /Preparing for evacuation from Porte de la Chapelle and more

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“When does this life end?” —مهاجر immigrant

“Live up to your commitments”

Today might mark the deadliest Mediterranean crossing of this year. 49 people are feared to be drowned a after boat from Morocco sinked near Spain’s Alboran Island, reports AlJazeera. Only three men were rescued and taken to hospital after suffering from dehydration, aged 17 to 25 from sub-Saharan Africa. They “explained that more than 50 people were on board the rubber boat which had been drifting for several days after leaving the northern coast of Morocco”, the coastguards said in a statement, AJ writes.

“It would already make a world of difference in Europe if every single member state would live up to their commitments to show solidarity” EU Commision Vice President Frans Timmermans said.

A well-coordinated plan among EU countries on the Mediterranean Sea — notably Malta, France, and Spain — to share responsibility for disembarkation is worth exploring as a way to alleviate the strain on Italy’s reception system, Human Rights Watch said today reacting to the measures to tackle boat migration in the central Mediterranean proposed two days ago by the European Union migration commissioner and the interior ministers of Italy, France, and Germany.


United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Catherine Marchi-Uhel of France as the head of the independent panel to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for most serious violations of international law in Syria, UN reports. Read more about her previous work here.



Today the Greek police searched and arrested 138 refugees in the Samos camp. Most of the refugees who have been arrested are Algerian, also Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans. Two hours later, a few were released, but 25 refugees and migrants remain in detention . The people who were arrested are apparently those whose applications for asylum have been rejected for deportation to Turkey, but officers struggled to locate them all, ekathimerini reports. The search was carried out by Greek police from 5 am to 9:30 am in the camp in Samos, the refugees said.


New laundry project

Ithaca Laundry is a mobile laundry service for refugees and people in need around Athens. In the coming months, the Ithaca Laundry team plans to serve refugee camps around Athens, too.

Call out for English teachers in Athens

Khora community in Athens is excited to launch their next round of language classes beginning Monday July 10, and they are in need of English teachers. They offer classes throughout the day at a variety of levels. No extensive experience or certification is required, as teachers with a flexible curricular structure, teaching resources, and educational support is provided.

English lessons at Hope project — Thessaloniki

InterVolve updates on their activities in Koutsochero camp:

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“Most positive has been the feedback from the residents that we have received in the last couple of weeks, with many people coming up to us to say they are really happy with the activities we have been doing, and best of all that we have had more and more residents participating in our activities and helping out with the DIY of fixing up the office and salon space.” — InterVolve


17 men, 13 women and 36 children landed yesterday morning in the South of Lesvos, Refugee Rescue reports. According to governmental data there were 212 registrations in Lesvos in the last four days. The number of stranded people reached 4616, 4122 in structures and 494 in hosting facilities.


The Serbian government is not happy with EU proposals that the Frontex teams would be able to operate on its territory with total immunity from Serbian law. After two rounds of talks between the EU and Serbia, the text of a proposed agreement that would govern Frontex teams’ joint operations, “rapid border interventions” or return operations in the Western Balkan country shows that the Serbian side rejects the EU’s proposal that “members of the team shall enjoy immunity” from the administrative, civil and criminal jurisdiction of the Republic of Serbia.


Rumor has it that the authorities will evacuate people from the Porte de la Chapelle area this week, Solidarithé writes. They are doing their best to prepare people and help them understand what’s going on. Please share this with anyone who is supporting people in the area, information they are distributing is available in French, English, Arabic & Pashto here.

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La Chapelle by Signal of Solidarity — Flüchtlingshilfe


Local volunteer reports on the situation on Dunkirk. In case you are able to help, reach the organizations mentioned below.

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Photos by local volunteers


Deportation of unaccompanied minors

Norway is planning to deport unconfirmed number of Afghan unaccompanied minors, according to a new amendment between the Norwegian department of immigration (UDI) and a Afghan local organization. Norway has now stopped working with IOM and is working with another local organization. The local organization is now going with this deal and is ready to receive Afghan minors, Afghanistan Migrants Advice & Support Org associate wrote.

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