AYS Daily Digest 10/3: Who Bears the Cost?

Another family scared out of relocated home in Bulgaria. Finger pointing in Greece as refugees await news on Turkey deportations. Serbia border hideouts evicted yet again. Dunkirk to remain open until September 2017.

Children learning from school boxes in Greece. Photo credit: We Are Here

FEATURE: who bears the cost?

Bordermonitoring.eu brought attention to a disturbing development in Bulgaria:

It is events like these that serve to ground the abstract and dry political monologues on “comparative approaches to solidarity” like those discussed in parliament. Across the world, the phrase “but who will bear the cost?” is invoked time and time again to justify turning on refugees — arbitrarily and artificially pitting “the common man” of that country against the incoming refugees. As governments, media, and citizens continue to normalize anti-refugee rhetoric under the guise of “simple questioning of the norm” and focus exclusively on the refugee issue as an example of how the EU is overreaching itself in the name of solidarity, the repercussions are terrifying.

GREECE

Only 359 relocations from Greece between the 27th of February and 9th of March. While France remains the country with the most relocations, it has relocated only 62 people since (at least) mid-January. Additionally, the mayors of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Leros, and Kos have secured 50 million euros in additional EU funding in order to further shore up the flagging official “refugee support” system there. How the money will be spent, however, is not yet known.

Teenagers’ class. Photo courtesy of We Are Here
School bus or a school box? Photo courtesy of We Are Here

SERBIA

Soul Welders reports that there was yet another police “cleansing” in the spaces in and around Subotica this morning.

“clean up” in Kelebija

France:

In a glimmer of hope, the French government has announced that Dunkirk camp will be maintained through September 2017, meaning a breath of relief for persecuted humanitarian and volunteer groups trying to support the thousands of people on the margins of society.

Dunkirk. Photo courtesy of Help Refugees.

SWEDEN

A recent report documents that Sweden was unprepared to take in the 163,000 asylum seekers it did over the course of 2015. From the beginning of the crisis, Sweden remained one of the greatest promised lands; however the accommodation abilities became extended beyond their capacity. Success was noted in that accommodation was provided to all; however, bureaucratic measures such as registration were patchy and resulted in additional confusion for refugees and workers. The report states that this will hopefully result in strengthening the Swedish system to accommodate further influxes of refugees, although it is unclear if Sweden will be loosening its now-strict immigration procedure any time soon.

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