AYS Daily Digest 27/10/17: Lawyers want to challenge the EU-Turkey deal in front of the ECHR

They argue that the judges should overturn the Greek court decision / Only one third of unaccompanied minors receives appropiate shelter / Arrivals still surpass transfers to mainland / Hungary terminates cooperation agreements with Helsinki Committee / Bad conditions in Northern France

A result of the EU-Turkey deal: the hotspots on the islands, here Vial on Chios. Credits: Ab. Ali Darwish/RSA

Feature: Lawyers want to challenge the EU-Turkey deal in front of the ECHR

Residents of the Vial hotspots on Chios. Credits: Giorgos Moutafis

Experts were critical because the Council of State did not refer the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to get a definition of a “safe third country” under European law. Lawyers of Refugee Support Aegean, who were representing one of the two Syrians at the trial, observed at the time that the court ignored the impact of the political crisis on protection seekers in Turkey: “It has ignored the amendments introduced to Turkey’s Law on Foreigners and International Protection under the post-coup state of emergency that significantly increased the risk of refoulement”. Additionally, the number of asylum seekers with Turkish nationality increased massively after the coup. In Germany they now account for the third largest group.

To date, no Syrian has been forcibly returned under the EU-Turkey deal. Still, 1696 people (580 in 2017) were not given protection in Greece and had to go back to Turkey. From there, many have been deported to their country of origin. Some Syrians who voluntarily went back from Greece to Turkey, seeing no prospects there, preferred going back to Syria to trying to find appropiate refuge in another country.


In the Aegean region the Turkish Coast Guard apprehended three boats, some 120 people, preventing them from entering Greek waters.



The number of residents on the islands is still far over the capacities. Credits: City Plaza Squat


Following another week of protests in Mytilini, some of the protesters have started a hunger strike today. They demand to be accepted as refugees or get the right to leave the islands.

Danish volunteers are asking for donations to send a truck full of aid to Lesvos. They need to raise 2500€ for this purpose.

Also, Movement on the Ground is trying to improve the conditions for the new arrivals on Lesvos. They are raising funds to provide 250 mattresses and covers to people in need. More info can be found on Needshub.



Tempo24 (via Keep Talking Greece), a Greek local media, additionally reports that recently people have been seen jumping into the sea, trying to swim to the ferry to Italy and then enter it by climbing the anchor chains or using the hanging ropes. In the case reported by the media, a sailor forced them to swim back to the shore.



Volunteers further launched a new fundraiser, to support one of the Röszke 11 victims. They are trying to raise 18.000$ for the trial.


“The presence of foreigners, above all from Asian and North African countries, has increased. Many are hosted in refugee assistance centers and are illegals, which means their stay in Italy isn’t authorized by the law. In our cities migrants often live in precarious conditions: they can’t find a job, not even humble or heavy, nor decent housing. That’s why their integration is difficult: for economic and social reasons, residents often consider them a threat to their own well-being and show intolerance towards them”.



The blog sicilimigranti comes to similar conclusions, saying that the business of new cooperatives is favoured instead of promoting an effective reception system.



At the train station of Calais, volunteers also witnessed new racial police controls, that take place there since several months.

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