AYS Daily Digest 29/5/2017: New cases of police violence on the Croatian border

New report on police brutality by AYS & Welcome initiative / Bulgaria plans ‘designated areas of movement’ for refugees / Dreadful situation for refugees at “Jungle” near Italian Gorizia / Reunification transfers from Greece to Germany to slow down / Over 140,000 Afghans returned home from neighboring countries

New cases of police violence on the border between Croatia and Serbia

A new report (in Croatian) on another wave of police violence against refugees was published today. During this year alone, Are You Syrious? and Welcome! initiative have repeatedly warned of illegal and violent police treatment of refugees crossing mostly from Serbia, to the territory of the Republic of Croatia. According to the UNHCR in Serbia, in April 2017, 262 persons who temporarily reside in the territory of the Republic of Serbia reported that they were denied international protection or asylum in Croatia. In the same month, 246 people were expelled from Croatian territory to Serbia. According to the UNHCR report for Serbia for the week 15 to 21 May 2017, 137 cases of group expelling from Croatia to the area of Serbia were recorded.


Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation on Sunday said that over 140,000 Afghan refugees returned home mostly from neighboring Pakistan and Iran in the past two months. Totally 250,000 Afghans have submitted documents for seeking asylum in the past two years, MENA reports.


Solidarity with Orfanotrofio in Thessaloniki

Last summer the self-organized Orfanotrofio squat in Thessaloniki was evicted and demolished by the Greek government. One of the squatters now faces charges, the trial is held on 31.05.2017.

“One commerade faces repressions now for the squating alone, standing at court for all of us, on the trial on the 31.05.2017. We call for solidarity.” they wrote

Chios — help needed

Norwegian Dråpen i Havet working on Chios are now doing several new activities and need more volunteers in June. If you are over 25, can stay for 10 days or more and wish to join them, send an a email to: jeanette@drapenihavet.no or visit their website and sign up.


Following the Hungarian treatment of asylum seekers, Bulgaria’s refugee agency proposes introducing ‘designated areas of movement’ for asylum applicants, Balkan Insight reports. According to the plan, asylum seekers will not be allowed to leave their region of registration until their asylum procedure has been completed. Placement in “closed-type centres’’ is also foreseen for those who violate the borders of the designated zone of movement more than twice. These actions were made possible by changes to the Law on Asylum and Refugees, enacted in December 2016.


SolidariTea wrote about the situation ear the border where they started distributing food:



An amendment promoted by right wing Fratelli d’Italia was approved late last week. This amendment needs to undergo the Senate approval before it can actually become law and it calls for the cooperatives that work in the reception centres dislocated in the territory to justify every single euro spent for their activities in the reception system.
Every cooperative receives 35 euros a day per migrant hosted in the structure and of these 35, 2.5 is the amount received by the migrant (pocket money), while the rest is being taken by the cooperatives to guarantee a minimum standard of services (food, laundry, legal support, Italian classes and so on). What happens in reality is that a lot of cooperatives takes the money without spending it back in services and activities, profiting from the desperation of the migrants living in the centres, Il Giornale writes. This amendment can detect those who are making money from migration and dreadful living conditions of asylum seekers because the cooperative will have to justify every euro spent by presenting receipts and invoices so to monitor their activity.


On the Jungle, along the Isonzo river, 5 minutes away from the city center of Gorizia:

How they cook and what they receive to eat inside the hub
Photos: Mauro Chiarabba


The Portuguese air force has rescued 34 migrants at sea close to the Spanish coast. During the patrol the team spotted a small boat in flames cause by an explosion on board from unknown causes. All the refugees were rescued from this boat that apparently left from Morocco trying to reach Spain, Expresso reports.


Reunification from Greece to Germany

“Family reunification transfer to Germany will slow down as agreed,” Greek Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas wrote to German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere in a May 4th letter obtained by leftist daily Efimerida ton Syntakton, reports The Local. This comes after Germany recently capped the number of refugees eligible for reunification at 70 people per month, compared to 540 in March and 370 in February, and could be affecting “more than two thousand people” while some “will have to wait for years” to reach Germany even though their requests have been approved.

A case of avoided deportation to Greece

The case brought by a Syrian refugee who had entered Germany in July 2015 and applied for asylum in December 2015 has been resolved. In a hearing at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) he stated that he had already been granted asylum in Greece, but that he had not received any support by the state of Greece and had been living on the streets. A decision stopping his deportation to Greece was published on May 24th by the German Federal Constitutional Court, reports Pro Asyl.


Another deportation scheduled for tomorrow

According to confirmed reports from Sweden, at least 6 Afghan asylum seekers and a family of 7 are on edge of deportation from Sweden back to Afghanistan on 30th of May 2017. The number of deportation may vary until the last moment, Afghanistan Migrants Advice & Support Org wrote.

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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