AYS Daily Digest 06/09/17: As expected, Slovakia and Hungary lose in EU Court

Relocation still mandatory / Greek Asylum Service’s staff on strike / Police violence in Belgium / Update with current needs in Paris / Asylum seekers and police clash in Finland / Sweden must stop border controls in November, EU says / Report on Afghan minors in Italy / Upcoming deportation of 15 people in Germany / And more news…

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Patience + hope = Europe (Idomeni 2016): both patience and hope are still needed (Photo by AYS)

FEATURE: Slovakia and Hungary lose in EU Court of Justice

“The mechanism actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate.”

What is worth noting in relation to this is that regardless of this single positive decision, the relocation mechanism remains far from a success. The ambition was to ease the situation for the countries mentioned above, but in reality that barely has happened. Instead of relocating 160,000 people—which soon became 120,000 after 54,000 places were given to Syrians in Turkey — the program has so far relocated between 25,000 and 27,000 people, depending on the sources. Reuters uses the most modest number, and the EC the higher one. Brussels will, according to the Court’s decision, still have the right to force everyone to accept asylum seekers from the program, that in total so far haven’t relocated even a quarter of the goal of 120,000 people.

The lack of self-criticism is incredible. In the meantime, human beings are suffering for the European Unions shortcomings and lack of sustainable solutions. It is not that hard to describe ones action as a success, if the goal constantly is adjusted according to what has been achieved so far and not what the intention once was.

Instead of focusing on protection, the EU puts more efforts in external border controls to keep people away. And then there is the EU-Turkey Statement, that was implemented in March 2016. That one is also mentioned as a success, since the flow to the Greek island has decresed since then. Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Migration Commissioner, today said that the arrivals to the Greek islands have dropped with 97 percent. It “continues to deliver results”. Unfortunately, the EU forgot to ask the people stuck in Turkey what they think about the agreement and how if have been affecting them. So far, 8800 Syrians in Turkey have been relocated of the 54 000 places that was made available when 160 000 became 120 000. More about the impacts the EU-Turkey statement has for those stuck in Greece, and those working for the Greek Asylum Service, under that headline or here.




Greek Asylum Service staff on strike

The people on strike at GAS are employed on short term contracts. They have launched the strike since they haven’t received their payments on time. Despite the fact that the EU-Turkey agreement has decreased the number of people arriving, the closed border policy is also doing that almost everyone that reaches Greece and got stuck in the country applies for asylum here. Which means a huge workload for GAS and its staff. The strike started today and will continue one more day. Tomorrow, Thursday, they will also protest in central Athens.

Athens: Women’s language classes

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Photo and info from: Mosaik Support Center.

Athens: Laundry service in Nea Kavala

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Photo: Dråpen i Havet

Athens: Info from Pampiraki

“Dears colleagues of Pampiraiki,

Please note that, as of 11/9/17 and until further notice, the working days/hours of our warehouse in Elliniko (former airport — basketball stadium) will be as follows:

TUESDAY — FRIDAY from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pease send requests for humanitarian aid supplies to refugees/migrants in camps, self-managed shelters, daycenters, flats etc. to: pampiraiki@gmail.com

For emergencies you may call us on: +306906408586 (Whatsapp)”

Here is a map to the warehouse for those who can and wish to help.

New arrivals and official registrations




Afghan child migrants in Italy

Invisible minors

Arrivals from the Balkan route

As AYS have mentioned before and that UNHCR also have been writing in several of their reports, such as the informative report Desperate Journeys shows, the lack of legal paths makes Afghans the largest single nationality traveling irregular along the Balkan route. The decrease in numbers in Serbia, from almost 8000 this spring to numbers below 5000 in August, clearly shows that people moving on. Maybe to Italy.

Northern Italy

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Poster featuring parts of the old Belgrade barracks. Photo: One Bridge To Idomeni

Information about dangers related to trains

Armando Nanei, the Railway Police Service director, explains that they have been seeing this kind of tragic events for a while now along the migrant route. He says that in the countries the migrants come from they aren’t used to or aware of the risks. This is their way to do something to prevent more tragic deaths due to lack of knowledge about the dangers.


Here are a selection of things they need. Please follow the link for more info. Several different kinds of both men’s and women’t clothing is on it as well as hygein products, food packs, rain ponchos and beyond.

The general needs will look a lot like this:

*Sleep and cover*

-Blankets (Thick and thin)

-Sleeping bags (Thick and thin)

-Tents (popups are the best and 1/2/3 man are ideal, but we’ll take any and all)

-Inflatable pillows.

-Tarpaulins Small/Medium/Large.

*-Backpacks (Medium)*

Mobile Refugee Support is also reporting from France, saying that they are grateful for all the support they can get while working in the area of Grande Synthe. They are always in need of a hand, and if someone wanna help out — get in touch.

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Photo: Mobile Refugee Support


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If anyone’s interested, here’s the location of the events on Monday in Finland.


Sign and read the petition here. It is written in English too.

And just as previously announced, the sit-in started by Ung i Sverige continues in the schools now when the fall term has started. The young people refuses to miss out on education, but will stand up for what they beleives in — Afghanistan is not safe. They are also present at Norra Bantorget in the city center in Stockholm.

The end of border controls?

The border controls have not only affected migrations but also affected people living in the south of Sweden and north of Denmark, since a lot of people are working and traveling between the two sides on daily basis, which is the point with the freedom of movement that the European Union and Schengen is all about.


Of course, compensation isn’t a bad thing. But — there shouldn’t be needed to compensate people financially for inhuman treatment.

We strive to echo correct news from the ground through collaboration and fairness, so let us know if something you read here isn’t right.

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