AYS Daily Digest 18/4/17: A letter from the inside of the detention camp in Hungary

Recent surge in the Mediterranean waters — where is the EU at the sea? | Translators needed in Greece | A letter about negligence, racism and lack of solidarity from the Hungarian detention camp | Accounts on what happened in the north of France in the past days | Denied healthcare to asylum seekers in the UK

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Belgrade, April 2017 (Photo: Lisa Bosia Mirra)

“The guard closed the small window” — A letter from the inside of the detention camp

An open letter from an asylum seeker detained in Nyarbator in Hungary, after he had been pushed back from Austria, reached us.
This is another one in a line of scenes depriving people of dignity and their rights, described by the people held in the notorious Hungarian detention camps — in 2017. The letter was signed by many people staying in the camp.

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The only question is: life or death?

About 8,300 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean over Easter weekend. According to the Italian coast guard, only on 15 and 16 April a total of 7,000 people arrived in the operational area of the rescue ships.
The IOM says 666 people were documented as dead or missing off the Libyan coast so far this year.
It is estimated that about 27,000 people have tried to reach Italy from Libya. While the NGO boats are present just outside of Libyan territorial waters that end 12 nautical miles from the coast, the EU Frontex vessels reportedly still patrol much further and can take a half-day or more to reach the boats in distress. Therefore, private rescue organizations keep on filling up existing state gaps on the EU level and if it weren’t so, this year’s Easter would probably enter history as a very sad one and a huge stain on the leftovers of the collective conscience.

“The priority needs to be saving lives, not patrolling a make-believe border. The further they stay away, the more people will die. Saying there is a pull factor is just ignorance. It’s avoiding responsibility,” the founder of MOAS said.


Registration of arrivals

101 person was officially registered today on the Greek islands: 69 on Chios and 32 on Samos, making a total of 802 people registered in April so far.

Assisted Voluntary Return and Resettlement

Updates and information about applying for those who chose to go back to their country of origin are available here.

Support and translators needed

The Mobile Info Team for refugees in Greece — الفريق المتنقل لمعلومات اللاجئين was born a year ago in Idomeni, after the borders closure, aiming to provide the people stuck in Greece with verified, reliable information on asylum procedures.

Refugee feedback review: Vulnerabilities of single males

The assumptions related to single male refugees, among other things, usually drive organizations to focus on other specific groups, leaving single men in a critical assistance gap. Their feeling of being neglected exacerbates their frustration. By providing a platform to express the opinions and experiences of single men, a special issue by the News That Moves team aims to provide the opportunity to dig deeper into vulnerability factors (…).

Rumours&Answers: Family reunification, fines, …

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Information by News That Moves


Volunteers needed

BelgrAid organization is about to start doing the food distribution in the city centre, taking up the work that has been done amazingly by the Hot Food Idomeni team. The new group is looking for volunteers: cooks, drivers and team leaders. If you wish to get more information or apply, write to: volunteer@belgraid.org

A new point for informal education opened in Belgrade

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“We’ve been slightly quiet preparing everything, but we can now happily announce that this week we opened up our dedicated education centre, ‘The Workshop’! Ran in collaboration with NorthStar and powered by international and local volunteers, the centre will be open five days a week to provide English language lessons and skill building workshops for migrants in and around Belgrade.” (Photos: RAS)


A bold priest in the border area of Hungary spoke openly against the current policies and in favor of everyone standing up to politics of fear and closure, setting one of the not so many public examples of support for the refugees. Read his speech here.


A young migrant in Sicily, suffering from schizophrenia, has been taken from the hospital straight to the police station, and then to a detention centre, volunteers report.


Grande -Synthe — A lack of information and atmosphere of mistrust

French Immigration Officials were in the past days encouraging people to board buses leaving from the provisional accommodation places in the area and the people were told that they would be taken to welcome centres around France. People were told this would be for one month, it was not clear what would happen after that nor what choices or alternatives there were regarding making a claim for asylum in France, People in Motion team reminded. Two gymnasiums in Grande -Synthe were emptied, volunteers working in the area wrote:

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Photo: People in Motion


Updates & opening hours

MSF Mobile Clinic:
Tuesday, 12 pm-17 pm @ Porte de la Chapelle
Friday 14 pm-18 pm @ Porte de la Chapelle

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It seems that many refugees — asylum seekers have been wrongly denied NHS healthcare in the UK, in some cases being refused treatment despite suffering from life-threatening conditions such as cancer and heart disease, doctors have warned. Someone was reportedly told by a hospital in Sheffield that they weren’t going to treat his stomach ulcer, but that he should come back when it bursts. Hospital overseas departments have also charged asylum seekers up to thousands of pounds in bills for medical treatment NHS guidelines state they should be exempt from. Read the entire story in the media.

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