AYS Daily Digest 09/01/2018: Syrian refugees in Lebanon are poorer and more vulnerable than ever

Aid delivery in Rukban camp /// 116 people already dead or missing in the Mediterranean in 2018 /// Illegal detention of a Turkish soldier denounced in Greece /// 21 people charged for 2016 Harmanli camp riots in Bulgaria /// Family Reunification to be resumed in March 2018 in Germany /// Another death in Calais /// Proposals to speed up deportations to Iraq from EU Commission

from: Vulernability assessment of Syrian refugees in Lebanon (VASyR 2017)

FEATURE

UNHCR spokesperson for Lebanon, William Spindler, told the press the results of the annual Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees (VASyR), held by UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP.

from: Vulernability assessment of Syrian refugees in Lebanon (VASyR 2017)
from: Vulernability assessment of Syrian refugees in Lebanon (VASyR 2017)
from: Vulernability assessment of Syrian refugees in Lebanon (VASyR 2017)
from: Vulernability assessment of Syrian refugees in Lebanon (VASyR 2017)

AID DELIVERY IN RUKBAN CAMP

Media report that Jordan authorities have allowed a one-off delivery of UN humanitarian aid to the remote Rukban refugee camp, on the border with Syria. The camp is home to at least 55,000 refugees and received food and other essential items by crane lift on Monday.

SOCIAL CENTER KAPILAR IN IZMIR NEEDS FINANCIAL SUPPORT!

From Harek Act border monitoring:

116 PEOPLE NOW DEAD OR MISSING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN IN 2018

After the two reports over the weekend of the loss of 66 people, the Libyan Coast Guard now report the loss of another 50 (09/01/18).

Registrations/Transfers to mainland (Official) 8/1

Lesvos: 62 / 15

Island Statistics

The islands are still over double their capacity with multiple deadlines to reduce the congestion and relieve the terrible living conditions at hotspots in the Aegean having been missed.

THE GREEK COUNCIL FOR REFUGEES DENOUNCES THE ILLEGAL DETENTION OF TURKISH SOLDIER

GCR have published a press release against the illegal detention of a Turkish soldier who was granted asylum by a decision of the Independent Appeals Board. He has been issued with an asylum seeker’s card but having received this permit, which allows him to remain in the country until the completion of the pending trial, he was arrested outside the office of the Director of the Asylum Service and was transferred to the Attica Aliens Directorate without being informed of the reason for his arrest despite his lawyers asking.

PATRA PORT SITUATION

Local media report that the Hellenic Coast Guard’s Workers Union in Patra are asking for immediate solutions to prevent people trying to leave Greece via Patra ferries bound for Italy. 2 migrants were injured while trying to climb the ports fence and 1 officer was hurt while preventing a group of people trying to board a ferry.

Refugee.info have published updated information about registering babies in Greece.

Registration must be completed within 10 days.

21 ASYLUM SEEKERS TO BE CHARGED FOR RIOT IN HARMANLI REFUGEE CAMP

Border monitoring Bulgaria inform that a local District Prosecutor’s Office decided to indict 21 asylum seekers for “hooliganism with boldness and cynicism”concerning the riot which happened in November 2016 in Harmanli’s refugee camp. The riot broke out after authorities locked Bulgaria’s biggest refugee camp, after false rumours about infectious deseases were spread by far right groups. Before the locking of the camp neo-nazi and right wing protesters gathered on a regular basis in front of the camp to demonstrate against foreigners. The authorities obeyed the orders from the xenophobic and racist groups and parties and quarantined the camp for several days, despite having denied the presence of any contagious desease.

ANOTHER DEATH AT THE FRENCH BORDER

Calais Migrant Solidarity and other groups on the ground report that a young migrant was found dead on the A16 motorway (near Marck, between Calais-Dunkerque) on the morning of Tuesday the 9th of January. It is likely that he was killed in a hit and run.

RISING NUMBERS OF HOMELESS REFUGEES IN PARIS

Paris Refugee Ground Support state that there are now 1,500 sleeping rough in Paris.

ASYLUM STATS FOR 2017

According to local media more than 100,000 people requested asylum in France in 2017. The French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) report that this is a 17% rise from the previous year and the highest number they have received in 40 years. The main country of origin for asylum seekers is Albania. As France considers this “secure” country only 6.5 percent of requests are accepted. Overall acceptance rates stand at 36 percent, a drop of 2% from 2016. The second most common country is Afghanistan with 5,987 requests in total last year, 83 percent of Afghani people were granted refugee status. The current average wait time for an asylum application is three months.

FAMILY REUNIFICATION TO BE RESUMED IN MARCH 2018

After circa 2 years, in March 2018, people will be able to apply to be reunified with family members in Germany. German foreign office announced it will be accepting applications again, but doubts over the actual extent of this announcement are widespread as the issue of family reunification is still a hot topic of debate within government parties and could be challenged again..

DROP IN ASYLUM SEEKERS’ APPLICATIONS

Media report that the number of asylum seekers arriving in Sweden reached an eight-year low in 2017, according to data from the Migration Agency, which also announced it has cleared its backlog.

PROPOSAL FOR THE SIMPLIFICATION OF DEPORTATIONS TO IRAQ

InfoMigrants report that the EU Commission is proposing to simplify the repatriation of rejected Iraqi asylum seekers. New talks between EU foreign ministers will be held on January 22. After the recent victory against Daesh in the country, there are plans to open a dialogue on the issue of migration with the government in Baghdad in order to achieve a simplification of the procedures for the identification and return of Iraqi nationals who have been denied asylum in Europe.

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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