AYS DAILY DIGEST 20.05.2016

Greek appeals committee halts deportation of Syrian, ruling Turkey ‘unsafe’. Greek strike will severely affect border crossings with Macedonia during the weekend. Hopeless refugees on Chios lost their faith in European governments. Small numbers of new arrivals on Lesvos. Idomeni Volunteers continues to support the many thousands of people living in the area. A delegation of MEPs is visiting Greece to assess migrants’ situation. German report warns migrant inflow through Bulgaria on the rise. Refugees returning to war zones from Croatia. The European Commission awards €56 million in emergency funding to improve conditions for migrants in Greece. EU ministers introduce an emergency mechanism to suspend countries from visa free travel. The new Refugees Welcome Index by Amnesty International shows the vast majority of people (80%) would welcome refugees with open arms.

MEPs visiting Greece, Photo by European Parliament / LIBE Committee Press

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A Greek appeals committee has upheld an appeal by a Syrian refugee against a rejected asylum application, deeming that Turkey is an “unsafe country.”

GREECE

Greek strike will severely affect border crossings with Macedonia during the weekend

Translators urgently needed to bring hope to Chios

Photo by MSF Sea

Afghans and Syrians can move freely after 25 days on Kos?

54230 refugees in total are stuck in Greece up to this Friday. To sum up the daily numbers published by authorities, 4177 refugees are living on Lesvos (28 arrived last night), 2368 on Chios, 1089 on Samos, 521 on Leros, 359 on Kos, 63 on Rhodos and on 15 Kalymnos. That means 8592 in total for the Aegean Islands. (8561, 19.05.) Among the 14496 people in the Attica region, 1468 are still staying at the Piraeus Port. With the 9007 in Idomeni, there are a total of 28730 refugees in Northern Greece.

IDOMENI UPDATE

EU parliamentarians visit Athens in an attempt to assess the situation

Photo by European Parliament / LIBE Committee Press

BULGARIA

German Report Warns Migrant Inflow ‘Being Channeled Through Bulgaria’

CROATIA

Refugees returning to war zones from Croatia

Refugees and AYS volunteers with our host Branimir Pofuk in Lisinski concert hall; PHOTO: Lela Knezevic

GERMANY

German Ocean Route to U.K. via ‬ Cuxhaven

FINLAND

Finland joins many European countries in restricting the space for asylum

TURKEY

Europe’s Turkey Dilemma: Migration vs. Democracy

Syrian families forced out of their houses in Istanbul

FRANCE

Teachers needed for new school in Calais

A fire

PHOTO: Ifty Patel

BRUSSELS

The European Commission awards €56 million in emergency funding to improve conditions for migrants and strengthen the registration and asylum process in Greece

EU-Interior ministers come to an agreement on an emergency mechanism to suspend countries from the visa free travel

The new Refugees Welcome Index by Amnesty International shows the vast majority of people (80%) would welcome refugees with open arms.

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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