AYS digest 14/11: We hope, therefore we march. The borders stay closed

People trying to return to Belgrade after the march of Hope // Hungary letting through even smaller number of people as winter approaches // State of emergency at Samos camp, UNHCR warns // Useful info on relocation and family reunification // Volunteers and donations needed all around // Some of the children from the jungle received in Scotland, others wait still with some of them starting the hunger strike // The fascist candidate in Bulgaria’s presidential election has taken 15% of the vote

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March of hope extinguished

March of hope

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Location of protest

To put the whole ordeal into a political and regional context, No border Serbia has published a statement on these events saying that by this brave act “people have raised their voice against state violence and criminalisation” and most notably that they “have shown they aren’t helpless, that they don’t want to stand in line for charity, that no one can take away their dignity.”

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March of hope, stopped in it’s tracks

No border collective continues linking the march to the reality of the region stating that : “The problem of the border regime and the violence it creates is closely linked to the problems we all face on a daily basis in a system in which there’s place only for the “movement” of goods but not people and ideas surrounding solidarity.”

They also add a bit of a message to all of us volunteers, activists and commentators that: “Simply observing that there are no local solidarity structures isn’t going to change the status quo; such structures are formed through active efforts. But now in fact is the moment to gather, to join our forces and to bring about concrete change, to bring together local and personal struggles with larger struggles.

Now is the moment to show solidarity with people who have organised themselves, who don’t want to wait for the system to decide, who are fed up with oppression and systematic killing.” Finally they conclude by saying: “Let’s connect and unite the struggles you have everyday in collectives or individually with the fight of these 150 people for free movement and against the politics of so-called Fortress Europe.”

Serbia

Language lessons in Miksalište

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Miksalište

Back in Belgrade, where, by some estimates over 1000 people sleep rough on the streets, guys from different organizations are working tirelessly to provide necessities and programs for learning and socializing. One of such places is Miksalište where they have organized a school for English and German language. Guys from Miksalište send this message to their volunteers: “We are eternally grateful to our volunteer teachers who come regularly and give the refugees a chance to improve their knowledge of these languages.”

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Miksalište

Hungary

Less and less people are being let through Hungarian border

Greece

State of emergency in Samos camp, UNHCR states

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Samos

As we have written many times before, camps in Greek islands are severely overcrowded. This situation prompted UNHCR to react, or more to the point, plead with authorities and the EU that this is unbearable and unnecessary. They are particularly concerned with the situation on Samos where the official capacity is 850, but they have received 2000 people. They have issued an appeal for urgent action to address the “severe deterioration of the living conditions of refugees and migrants on Samos.” adding that “Hundreds of migrants have been left in “small camping tents out in the open, with limited access to services such as toilets and showers, exposed to protection and security risks,” and that “There is no reason why vulnerable people and children remain homeless or in appalling living conditions,” the UNHCR’s representative in Greece Philippe Leclerc said. Finally, they offer some resources and manpower to help with this, and propose that they are, as Kathimerini reports, “ready to assist with alternative short-term accommodation for families and vulnerable asylum-seekers, such as use of hotels at special rates, in close collaboration with local and central authorities”. The UNHCR also called for a redoubling of efforts to speed up the processing of asylum applications and the transfer of more migrants to the Greek mainland.

Samos, unfortunately is not alone in this, all the other od the 5 so called “hot spots” are overcrowded and as it is reported to us by our volunteer in Chios, tensions are high there between those stranded without hope.

For all of those waiting, here is a short video explanation on the relocation process

Useful info on family reunification

Skaramangas now has camp wide free WiFi!!

Volunteers needed in Chios

In other practical news, Amurtel center in Athens have a new schedule — check it out in this lovely picture scheme.

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Amurtel center schedule

Kitchen in Alexandria camp needs donations

New school in Chios

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Chios

Today, a Refugee education Chios opened their second school on this island. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Dentists needed in northern Greece

Bulgaria

Fascists are knocking on the door

Bulgaria’s presidential election was somewhat overshadowed by that in the US this week — the country of just seven million people is the poorest in the EU. But the electoral rise of Bulgaria’s fascists is still worrying, especially as the country’s parliamentary fascist organisations are closely linked with the armed paramilitary groups that are “hunting” refugees at the country’s borders.

France

Kids arrived in Scotland under Dubs amendment

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A group of refugee children have arrived safely and quietly in Scotland, nearly three weeks after the Calais Jungle was demolished. The Home Office said a group of girls aged between 15 and 17 who left a reception centre in France landed at Edinburgh airport on Saturday, without incident. The children were brought to the UK by Home Office staff, with support from the local authority, under the Dubs amendment, Independent reports

Other kids go on hunger strike

Volunteers and donations needed

Care4Calais continues to monitor and provide aid to CAOs throughout France. They need help in donations, for more follow their FB page. If you can donate, please turn to this one http://care4calais.org/donate

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