AYS Daily News Digest 07/02: More money, less care and slow relocation

well hidden poor conditions in Moria | More refugees in Athens | Oraiokastro closed | Refugees smuggled from Serbia, found in 2 trucks in Croatia | Austria wants to tighten the closed borders | Numbers of people saved at sea in Italy jump high | EU and Italy violate the principle of non-refoulement by signing the deal with Lybia

Moria, Lesvos (Photo taken by a resident on Tuesday, February 7)


The implementation of the EU relocation scheme is faithful in its slow processing.

Hopefully the cooperation and exchange of information between National Contact Points of the Member States of Relocation and Italy and Greece on the other side will speed up and become more efficient, thus saving lives and health of the thousands who in the meantime have put their and lives of their children on hold, mostly in harsh living conditions.



“Nobody is staying in tents” — Moria tonight

Photo and video by a resident in Moria camp, via Philippa Kempson

Three earthquakes with magnitude around and above 5 on the Richter scale shook the island of Lesvos in the past 24 hours. The epicenter of the earthquakes was located within the Turkish territory, about 34 km north of Mytilene.
Since accumulative earthquakes often lead up to greater earthquakes, seizmologists have urged the local community to take preventive measures.
However, although there were no greater damages, residents of both the islands of Lesvos and Chios were reportedly shaken by the tremors.


In practice, the official statements and figures don’t hold water

The last eight residents of Oraiokastro have been transfered to hotel accommodation and the camp is officially ( finally) closed, refugees report.


A reminder to volunteers and journalists — be respectful

People — in whatever life situation they are — deserve privacy and a dignified approach. We can contribute to creating a solidarity society where no one must suffer only through fighting our oppression and building eye level networks of resistance — they conclude.

If you are or have been working or volunteering with refugees in similar circumstances, please take time to read these notes about consideration, privacy and respect.

Photo of the No Photo leaflet taken by AYS volunteer in Belgrade

The SoulWelders group have organized a steady supply of good wood to be distributed every morning to the residents of the warehouses behind the train station in Belgrade. Their next step is to fit the woodburners they had built into the big spaces where people sleep. They are cutting the big barrel burners along side a smaller cooking woodburner so people can keep warm and cook at the same time. Their project keeps the people from inhaling lethal smokes from the materials they were previously burning and the team hopes for no more open fires very soon. Contact to support or join them.

The system: Every evening tickets are distributed so that people can collect their wood for fire burners the next morning. (Photo: SoulWelders)

No Name Kitchen is a new Belgrade group of independent volunteers that got together to cook a regular meal for refugees in Belgrade and they are looking for support: helping hands, donations and a van for food distribution or a volunteer willing to join in with their van for a while. Contact them if interested.


People smuggled inside two trucks from Serbia


‘Europe is not yet closed enough’ — and we conclude this because people still risk lives to come


Sub-Saharan and Iraqui refugees saved in sea rescue operations

50% more arrivals that in February 2016

Like in other parts of Italy, the transit centre in via Sammartini in Milan is overcrowded as it used to be just a transit centre for the refugees who were en route to northern European countries. Nowadays more and more people decide to stay permanently and ask for asylum and as the spring draws near, the question rises — how will they welcome the expected surge of people since already people have to look for alternative solutions to stay in the city.

A group of self organized people showing solidarity on daily basis by personally preparing, providing and distributing food to the refugees along Baobab. Visit their page and sign your name if you can. (Photo: PASTI Baobab Experience)

The Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration condems the agreement reached by Libya and Italy

A protest was held in Calabria on Monday, against exploitation.
They obtained to have the electricity back at the makeshift camp, to have the garbage removed from the ghetto and to fix a meeting with the Prefect of Reggio Calabria in order to solve the documents issue. (Photo: Melting Pot Europa)

Hospitality and catering — free courses for refugees

- educational consultancy (2 hours)
- training (200 hours)
- internship (100 hours)
- help in job application (20 hours)

People can apply as long as they have the following requirements:

- asylum/asylum seekers/subsidiary protection/humanitarian protection
- unemployed
- min. 18 years of age
- resident or domiciliate for at least 6 months in Lazio
- Italian knowledge L2 — linguistic skills A2 level
- registered to the job centres (centro per l’impiego — CPI)

There are no fees as these courses are part of a wider regional offer and part of the O.R.F.E.O. (Occupation for Refugees: Education, Empowerment, Opportunity).
For more information contact: orientamento@ciofslazio.it
Website: www.ciofslazio.it


The French calling for support demonstrations against push backs


Official estimates of the number of refugees change

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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