AYS DAILY DIGEST 21/10/2017: Increased level of depression, anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress among child refugees due to negligence

Urgent measures needed to protect children // 400,000 asylum applications submitted throughout Europe in 2017 // 138,300 people came by sea to Europe this year // Merkel proposes to the EU to cut pre-accession funds to Turkey // Protests on Lesvos continue // The situation in Serbian limbo // Hungarian government limits work of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee // and much more from the Europe we live in today

Photo by Lesvos Solidairty — Pikpa.


The most vulnerable category among refugees and migrants are children, especially those who are forced to travel alone. This October, in Greece alone, there were about 2,950 registered unaccompanied children from various countries. Some of them were lucky to find accommodation in shelters across the country, but too many are on their own in the streets. In order to survive, these children are exposed to all sorts of violence, including sexual.


According to Eurostat data, from the beginning of this year to the end of September, over 400,000 asylum applications were submitted throughout the Europe.


During September, according to the Turkish authorities, the Coast Guard intercepted or rescued 3,408 people, contributing to a total of 15,471 in 2017 of persons mostly headed to Greece.


According to the available data, from the beginning of the year to the end of September, 138,300 people came by sea to Europe (Greece, Italy, Spain, and Cyprus). Among the new arrivals, 18 percent were children.


A relatively quiet day on the islands. Only one boat was picked up carrying 18 people. The boat was rescued off the coast of the island Symi, near Rhodes.

Photo by Arash Hampay.
Photo by Arash Hampay.


The Mixed Migration Platform conducted a study on the situation of refugees and migrants stranded in Serbia due to the EU closed-borders policy, concluding that most of the people could not even imagine staying there for another six months. “They are determined to continue to countries where they have meaningful links and are reluctant to invest in their current situation until they arrive, especially as they do not know how long they will wait,” the research finds out.


According to a report by bulgaria.bordermonitoring.eu, the Defense Minister of Bulgaria, Krassimir Karakachanov, stated that ladders had been used to climb the fence at the Bulgarian-Turkish border. A couple of days before, the media published photos showing a large hole underneath the fence. It was also discovered that even though the Bulgarian parliament voted in 2016 to use the army to protect the borders, this option has been used only intermittently.


Authorities have terminated cooperation agreements with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, ending their access to police detention, prisons, and immigration detention.


As of 30 September, according to UNHCR data, over 104,800 refugees and migrants had arrived in Italy, including over 13,500 unaccompanied and separated children. Most of those who arrived are Nigerians, Guineans, Bangladeshis, Ivorians, and Malians.


As of the end of September, 17,400 people have arrived in Spain by land and sea, as UNHCR data show. Over 70 percent of the arrivals in Spain this year came by sea but the number of arrivals via the land borders has also increased 35 percent compared to the same period last year.


Volunteers with the People to People Solidarity group in Paris are reporting that the situation in the streets where hundreds of people have been left to live is getting worse.

Photos by Sarah Fenby-dixon


Another group of people will be deported to Afghanistan on 24th of October from LEJ airport Leipzig/Halle.

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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