AYS digest 24/10: Evictions, persecutions and fires — welcome to Europe of today

First day of “final” eviction of the Jungle / Confusion as to where people are going especially when it comes to unaccompanied minors / Fire in Moria camp, EASO staff left the camp, unclear when the procedure will continue / Info park kiosk closing, but organization is continuing the work in the streets of Belgrade / Ahmad H. trial to begin soon, if you were at Rozske — you can help with additional video materials and testimonies

First day of evictions in Calais, 1200 police depoloyed

First day of “final” clearing of “The Jungle”

As we have been reporting, today the announced final eviction of the Jungle has begun. Just as a small history reminder — the Jungle was first acknowledged by the humanitarian organization before seventeen years, even though the stories and legends of this hotspot are even older. Today, the French government has started what they perceive as the final action of ending this story, but as long as there are such “hard” borders as the one between France and U.K. there is reason to believe that there is no “quick fix” for such things. Several associations believe that refugees will stay or come back to Calais, forced to sleep in the city centre or below bridges and fear the creation of smaller camps in the region. Be the future and history as they may, the authorities have organized a steadfast action that aims to empty and “destroy” the settlement in one week.

Leaving the Jungle
What does it look like to evict thousands
Refugee Info Bus

Info on the eviction procedure

Depending on the aimed destination, the refugees get a colored wrist. If 50 persons have the same wrist, the bus is leaving from Calais. The first one left in the morning with 50 Sudanese refugees to Burgundy. 2000 refugees say, they want to stay in the Jungle. They will have to face arrest and deportation. Another 600 refugees have disappeared, before the eviction started. 45 out of a planned 60 buses left Calais today, with 1,918 refugees on board. 400 kids were placed in a ‘temporary reception centre’, until their case is examined. Women and families were particularly absent and women seemed uninformed about the procedure. For more on the procedure follow this link

Unaccompanied minors


Fire in Moria

Moria camp
Fire in Moria

Portugal wants to relocate 450 Yazidis, Greek administration says its discrimination

On the other side of Europe, Portuguese government has been pressuring Greece for the last 6 months to give home to 450 Yazidis. Portugal is also willing to make the exception to the relocation rule and keep the community together instead of spreading it around 70 counties like with the rest of the refugees. Greek government and its defense vice minister Dimitrios Vitsas, do not agree with such request , they consider it discriminatory and against the European rules for relocation, since they priorities vulnerable cases — which Euro parliamentary, Ana Gomes, considers outrageous due to the proven vulnerability of this community. In this process families must elect Portugal as their preferred country in their asylum application, there were a few that already applied, but many are reluctant because they have family members in Germany.

New relocation statistics

As for relocation in general, on the 21st of October the Greek Asylum Service published a new relocation statistic. You can get an overview, which country is taking how many applicants and how high the rejection rate in every country is. Liechtenstein and Norway are also part of this statistic. For more follow the link http://bit.ly/refugees-info-sheets

Dietitian offers help

In more helpful news, a dietitian who has recently volunteered in Greece with the Nurture project offers her help to any other organization in need of such help. If you are a part of such organization, contact Zoe at zoe@zoeconnor.co.uk

Mini market opened in Filippiada


Info Park closing

Volunteer in Serbia

If you are willing to volunteer teaching English, please contact Refugee aid Serbia on their FB page and for more information follow this link


Rozke trial

As the trial for Ahmad H., one of Roszke 11 is approaching, people from Free Roszke campaign need help and support. Ahmad’s lawyer would like to postpone the trial and for that he needs different narratives of the happenings than the current ones, that is mostly the testimony of the police.

If you were at Rozske last year, please please read this — testimonies and video material needed!

For that Free Roszke is looking for video materials, photos and personal testimonies from people (journalists, activists) who were present at the border on the 16th of September 2015. Contact Free Roszke if you were on the border when the protest happened, and if you could provide video materials or/and you’d be willing to give testimony at the court! Also you can maybe contact people who were there. The deadline is the day of the trial, that is the 28th of October 9:00, but the lawyer wants to send the details before. He needs nothing else than the name and address of the witness.

Demo in Budapest

They will also organize a smaller demonstration in Budapest on the 28th of October at Deák Square. At the same time demonstrations will take place in Vienna, in Berlin and in Malmö. On the 3rd of November we plan to organize another demonstration and press conference. For more information see: www.freetheroszke11.weebly.com.

Come to the demonstration in Budapest!

After all the confusing information about the trial we couldn’t make a wider international call to protest, but we really would like if you could join us on the 28th of November. Write to Free Roszke team if you can come!

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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