AYS DAILY DIGEST 1/12/2017: The winter is here — It is time to act!

Help urgently needed in Greece, France, Belgium, Serbia… all over Europe // Stormy weather at the Mediterranean and Greece // Serbian government warns foreign volunteers in Sid // Action day to end slavery in Libya

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Some parts of Europe are already covered with snow. In others, it is rainy and very cold. In these conditions, thousands of people are on the move, trying to reach a place where they will feel safe.

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Paris today. Photo Refugee Ground Support Team.
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Sea

According to the IOM, six people were rescued off Morocco late on Thursday, but another 28 people who were on their boat are still missing,

Greece

Today, one boat arrived on Samos with 46 people who will almost certainly be left outside the already overcrowded camp, forced to sleep in pop-up tents or shelters they will build themselves.

Serbia

Centar za zaštitu i pomoć tražiocima azila (Center for help and the protection of asylum seekers) in Serbia, issued a report on their website about a visit by the head of the Commissariat for refugees and migrants, a state institution, to one of the existing camps in Serbia.

France

Another report by girls from SolidariTea.

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UK

Refugee Rights Data Project reminds us about the latest report presented by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration on the Home Office’s asylum intake and casework process.

General

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 164,654 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 19 November, with just over 70 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus, and Spain.

EU

The slave auctions in Libya that have provoked international outrage are partly a result of policies put in place by the EU, the director of France’s Doctors Without Borders wrote Thursday in an op-ed for Le Monde, and Politico translated it into English.

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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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