AYS digest 19/9: Overcrowding, despair, and riots, or self-determination?

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Fire raging in Moria camp in Lesvos after clashes


UN Summit to hear report on why people run away from home.

On Tuesday, the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants will hear the findings of the MEDMIG research project. This project has identified the reasons why refugees and migrants left their home countries to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean in 2015. It is one of the largest studies of its kind.

New Country of origin info from EASO

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has published a Country of Origin Information (COI) report on recruitment by armed groups in Afghanistan. This report aims to help relevant authorities evaluate asylum claims made by Afghans arriving in Europe. You can find more here.

Pharmaceutical giant to lower the price of medicine for refugees.

In a David and Goliath kind of story, MSF has successfully pressured GlaxoSmithKline into cutting the price of its pneumococcal vaccine when administered to refugees.


UN convoy in or just outside Syria?

Today, Stephen O’Brian, head of the humanitarian office of the UN, stated that their convoy was not able to enter the Aleppo area. The convoy was bringing supplies to feed 185 000 people for a month in the besieged city. Later today, we received conflicting and disturbing reports on this matter. We will expand our reporting tomorrow once more information is published.

Data on displacement in Syria

Impact Initiatives has published a trove of data depicting the displacement of people in Syria. For access to the full document, follow this link, or tune into their Facebook page.


No US for highly educated Syrians stuck in Turkey

In an alarming turn of events, Turkey has stopped the relocation of highly educated refugees from Syria to the United States, despite the US approving their relocations. For more about the implications of this decision, follow the link.


More people in the already severely overcrowded islands

As the overall number of people stranded in Greece continues to inch upwards, while relocation programs proceed at a snail’s pace, we take a look at the overall statistics.

Numbers in the islands reach an all time high

Over the weekend, 308 people arrived in the northern Aegean islands over this weekend. For the first time since the border closings, more than 10 000 are stranded in the northern Aegean islands. Taking the other islands into consideration, a tota of 13 536 people are currently stuck in Greek island centers.

NGOs asked to leave Kara Tepe

It seems that on Lesvos, the government tried to build another camp without the knowledge of local municipality. As a result, the municipality, that by law has a jurisdiction over the camps, stopped the construction. They have also asked all the NGO’s to move from Kara Tepe camp. For more follow the link.

Volunteers needed!

With these increasing number of arrivals, the volunteer group om Samos is announcing through all reliable channels that they urgently need more volunteers. Please, if you are willing and able, contact them here.

From peaceful protest to burning the camp — info on Moria

The combination of overcrowded centers and absurdly attenuated asylum interview scheduling has created the perfect storm for protests to erupt. One of those happened today in Moria camp. An initially peaceful atmosphere devolved into clashes between different national groups, most notably Syrian and Afghan.

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Moria burning

With solidarity and organization, people take over two camps in the Greek mainland

In news that bring hope, we bring you stories from two camps in Greek mainland. In Lete Derveni, as were have reported, people were increasingly disillusioned by the empty promises of UNHCR and IOM to meet their basic needs. Refugees and independent volunteers raised their voices in protest and petitioned these big organizations to leave and let them, through their organized bodies for decision making, organize the camp. In an unprecedented turn of events, they succeeded. Currently, decisions in the camp are made by refugees and independent volunteers.

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Selforganized food distribution in Oraiokastro

Info on interviews and relocations

The announcement of interview dates has created a messy situation throught Greece. RefuComm is doing its best to shed light on these issues and provide concrete information. If you are located in mainland Greece and have any questions on dates, places, duplicate appointments, please turn to this post for useful information.

RefuComm needs translators

RefuComm urgently needs help translating from English to Greek and vice versa. Please contact them if you are able to translate between these two languages.


New camp in Como

A new camp has opened in Como, Italy. The camp can host up to 300 people and is run by Red Cross. It seems to be furnished with air-conditioned containers. No fingerprints will be taken in the camp and people can enter and leave freely between the hours of 7:30 and 22h. If people leave the camp for more than 72 hours at a time, however, they will not have access to it again. For more information,follow the link.

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New camp in Como is led by Red cross

Tailoring workshop in Milan

If you are in Milan, a tailoring workshop will be held next week. The goal of this project is to help migrants learn new skills, but also to provide a space for them to socialize and learn the language.

The Left must push for a more sustainable and humane approach to migration in Europe — a letter from mayor of Milan

Continuing our focus on Milan, leftist mayor Giuseppe Sala had an interesting message for Europe and Italy today. He feels that Europe is at its wit’s end with disastrous policies that are pushing people into despair. Italy and other countries should do more to insure that regions are better prepared to receive and integrate people escaping war, persecution and poverty. According to Sala singles, left-wing forces in Europe must push for more humane and socially responsible approach to the migrant crisis, especially in Italy, where there is a constant increase of people arriving from the Mediterranean.


Long-term volunteer needed in Horgos and Kelebija

Fresh Response Serbia is seeking an experienced NFI (non-food item) volunteer to help them with their organization in the northern Serbia/Hungary transit zones, and at the camps of Horgos and Kelebija. This post is for someone who can commit to longer periods of at least a month. If you are able to help and meet these criteria, please contact Fresh Response via Facebook.


Increased numbers in the Jungle — September census

We bring you the appalling numbers from Calais. The September census conducted by Help Refugees/L’Auberge des Migrants states that there are staggering 10,188 people living in the Jungle, a 12% increase from last month.

Donations needed in Calais

Given this increasimgly dire situation, those working in the Jungle are in need of more resources. To donate physical goods please email calaisdonations@gmail.com. To buy the most needed items for camp to be delivered straight to the Calais warehouse, please click here. To donate to Refugee Youth Service, which provides assistance for children and youths living in the Jungle, please visit this site.


People saying this, government saying that

Finally, we bring you pictures from Europe’s far west, that is, the U.K. As As we previously reported, the people of London are protesting for more humane policies regarding refugees. They want people to be received in U.K., rather than risking their (usually very young) lives trying to cross the English Channel.

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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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