AYS Daily Digest 23/11/17: Some rescued in the sea, while others die on the land

Libyan treatment of people calls for urgent measures / A death in Croatia and in Denmark / Greece needs more people to help / Germany builds up teams for conducting deportations / Refugees in Italy fighting for their rights / Protests announcements / News from Syria, Spain, UK, Turkey …

SAR mission of a team in the Mediterranean — Photo: Maydayterraneo — Proyecto AitaMari


An urgent meeting Of the United Nation Security Council was called by French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss slave-trade in Libya, InfoMigrants reports.

“If any kind of violence was to be noticed, we would obviously condemn it,” said the spokeswoman.

The EU’s Mediterranean flotilla Operation Sophia has trained some 142 Libyan coastguards. The same coastguard intercepted over 19,000 people trying to cross the Mediterranean since the start of the year.


Refugee.Today reported of A Syrian graveyard found in the Bekaa Valley, in Lebanon, in the small village of Nebaa Faour close to the Syrian border.


Anti-terrorist actions put a lot of Central Asians in danger of being deported

After the Turkish police conduced more than 1,400 raids across the country in a single week, 6,890 people were detained for undocumented immigration, and 1,167 for suspicion of belonging to terror groups and little is known about what happens to thousands of those detained.
HarekAct claims that the media outlets never ran an update on the raid that happened back in 2015, aimed mostly at Uzbeks and Tajiks. All the campaigns to halt such deportations of people from Central Asia have so far been unsuccessful. “With Turkey seeking to deal with terror threats itself now, migrants are at risk of being deported over security concerns, and upon return to their home countries, these individuals are at risk of being labelled as extremists by those governments as well.”


1127 people have been saved at the sea by the international search and rescue vessels on Wednesday.



Over 1000 people have arrived on Lesvos since the beginning of November. Our partners Refugee Rescue / ‘Mo Chara’ have been there for the landing of over 400 of those arrivals. There are more young people arriving in the boats than ever before, roughly 50% of arrivals that are assisted by Refugee Rescue are children. Almost every boat has an elderly person, a person with disability or somebody suffering from a chronic condition on board” — Help Refugees

Protest at Sapho Square — update

Photo: No Border Kitchen Lesvos
Photo: Lesvos Solidarity — Pikpa


Volunteers wanted in many other places

ERCI — Emergency Response Centre International

Urgent call: Drop in the Ocean is looking for more volunteers for December, minimum stay is 7 days.

Read more here.


Along with other official forces in the Ministry of Interior whose role and responsibility will change in large part, Bulgarian Parliament passed amendments to the Interior Ministry Act that would also give the border police directorate of the ministry wider powers to investigate crimes and participate in search operations.
Another change is to regulate the ministry’s relationship with volunteer associations in cases of emergencies and disasters, the media have reported.


Another refugee lost his life

A man was found dead in the forest area near Fužine in the Gorski kotar region, the mountain area of the country. After conducting an investigation over the death of an Iraqi man, asylum seeker in Croatia, the Croatian authorities have concluded he died of freezing and that there was no criminal background to the story.
However, as time passes our policies regarding the refugees seem to have had a steep way down, as every several days there is a story, an account or a warning of lives being threatened because of the negligence, lack of political will or simple unprofessional behavior fueled by antagonism, to say the least, towards the fleeing people.

Tragic and poor treatment of people does not only happen in Libya, deaths do not only occur in Mediterranean, and everyone of us in the EU should be aware of that.

‘Playing ping-pong’ with people’s lives and fates should not be happening, regardless if that is done by smugglers, activists not taking into account the risk people are sometimes not up to, or the authorities at our borders. This kind of behavior is resulting with deaths that all the stake holders wash their hands from, even though they are the immediate result or a consequence of the policies and a wrong attitude put into practice and in the field.


Asylum seekers of Cona determined to fight for their rights and have their requests heard and dealt with

The latest updates by :

“We’re human beings, not animals and there you live like in a dump.”

The Prefetto insists on the fact that, if they don’t go back within 2 days, other solution will be decided for them.

No slavery and no criminal deals with Libya!

Today in Rome, in front of the Libyan Embassy (Via Nomentana, 365, 00162 Rome), a protest against the criminal agreements between EU and Libya is starting at 15:30h / 3.30 PM.


Automatically brought a step closer to be considered criminals

17,687 migrants reached southern Spain by boat between January 1 and November 15, compared to 5,445 during the same period in 2016, IOM has reported.


Germany plans to deport 78 Afghans on December 6.
The federal police is therefore looking among its staff for people with valid visas for Afghanistan. According to the media, they don’t seem to have enough people - at the same time, there is a scheduled deportation flight to Pakistan.


Death under the police pressure

A man about to be deported has reportedly died after struggle with the police at the Copenhagen airport.
The same media source has contacted the man who sat just a seat away from the deceased man:

He was surprised that the police acted so violently.

”Normally, I would have interrupted and asked what they were doing, but I didn’t know what kind of man the victim was or what he had done, and the female officer stood with her sign and told passengers to stay put and keep calm,” he said.

According to the Dane, the dispute lasted for about a half an hour.
Until the man was suddenly completely quiet.

The Danish activists invite for support:


You can help a refugee in the UK reach their employment and education goals

RefuAid are urgently seeking volunteer language tutors throughout major cities in the UK to support refugee students 1-to-1 in learning English and gaining the qualification they need to get a job or begin studying.


Desperate Journeys

UNHCR published data about movement patterns of refugees to Europe in the third quarter of 2017.

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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