AYS digest 7/11: UN report proves — No link between migration and terrorism — detention and encampment are the real threats

No link between migration and terrorism — UN reports / Letter from the Petra camp in Greece / Reports of increased repression towards migrants, activists and volunteers / New squat in Athens and a meeting on self — education initiative of the squatters / Volunteers and donations needed in France and Greece / Baobab in Rome cleared again / Report on the silent prison that is camp in Gevgelija / Police breaking clusters of people sleeping on the streets of Paris / Calais Action active and ready for donations / Neighborhood in Munich building a wall around refugees / Damascus and Aleppo still under heavy fire

Petra camp, Greece


Letter from the camp

Being that situation does not show signs of improvement, there was a reshuffling in the cabinet of Greek government and Ministry of Migration became now an autonomous ministry, thus separating from the Ministry of Interior.

Closed borders are a threat to state security, there is no link between migration and terrorism — UN report

Emmerson explained how the report shows that “Overly-restrictive migration policies introduced because of terrorism concerns are not justified and may in fact be damaging to state security,” adding that “while there is no evidence that migration leads to increased terrorist activity, migration policies that are restrictive or that violate human rights may in fact create conditions conducive to terrorism.”

The report finds that migration policies that build fences, engage in push-back operations, criminalize irregular migration and abandon international legal commitments to refugees, lead to restricted access to safe territory and increased covert movements of people, particularly by traffickers. “These conditions may ultimately assist terrorists and lead to increased terrorist activity.”

“What is clear is that policies that respect human rights, justice, and accountability, and that manifest the values on which democracy is founded, are an essential element of effective counterterrorism policies,” Mr. Emmerson noted. “The further we move away from this, the more we concede to terrorist groups.” For the full report, follow this link

No Border Kitchen Lesvos reports on increased repression on the ground

Alternatives to the encampment and detention — new squat in Athens

New squat in Athens

The wheels of solidarity and alternative to detention and encampment are still working and we are happy to announce that the new squat for pregnant and single women has just opened in Athens. The squat is in Ahranon 22 and they need donations in Blankets, Diapers (all sizes), Powder milk for babies (all ages), Liquid milk, Wet wipes, Napkins, Brooms, Mops, Cleaning items, Mattresses, Trash baskets and bags, Canned food, Tools for kitchen, Plastic glasses, dishes, spoons and forks, Clothes, Shoes, Heaters. For more, follow their FB page

Squatters assembly for self — organised educational initiative — this Wednesday

Regional advisers wanted in Greece

Video with helpful tips on registration process

Refugee support have finished their “shops” in Filippiada

Dignified “shopping” in Filippiada


The silent prison of Gevgelija


Baobab cleared again

Baobab community

Baobab in Via Cupa in Rome witnessed it’s fourth clearance in little over a month. This time, 70, already registered migrants were led by police from the Baobab to the office for foreigners. Guys from Baobab community are following the case and have stored people’s personal belongings in order for them not to be taken away by police and are keeping the tents on sending the message that they are not yielding to the pressure.

People’s belongings are saved by the community after police took them away

Course of condition of access to social and health services for foreign citizens to be held in Padua


Just because you can’t see them clustered in one place does not mean people are not still living in the cold streets

Streets of Paris

With 4000 people taken from the streets of Paris to be placed somewhere else did not resolve the problem that those who stayed behind face. Paris refugee ground support reports about the unaccompanied minors and others that are left out and still on the streets. We bring their message in full “The youngest of this group was 13. A dear friend spoke to the police, said that the group were children and could we please them? The police agreed that if they were not in the Jaures, Stalingrad, Flandres area that it was ok to give them tents. So that’s what we did. The dear friend pitched a tent with them, as he wanted to make sure these vulnerable children would be ok. The police came at 4am and moved them all away, without the tents. By no means has this situation been resolved. From the ground, we see the need for residents to open their houses to those vulnerable, pro bono legal support, food and warmth. It is essential that the media properly highlight the current and ongoing lack of information and resolution . There is a need for a stronger presence of relevant local NGOs and more international NGOs taking action here and now. Just because you can’t see them clustered in one place does not mean these people are not still on the winter streets.”

Streets of Paris

La Cuisine Des Migrants — social kitchen on the streets of Paris

Calais Action still working — read how you can help


German legal system under pressure

Neighbors who believe that building a wall around refugees is what they need

Site of the future hostel for unaccompanied minors rapped up in a wall

Our next bit of news is something that even the editor writing these lines cannot believe. Pushed by the initiative of local residents in a part of Munich where a hostel for unaccompanied minors is to be built, the authorities have erected a two meter wall in order to separate the hostel from the neighborhood. The justification for this was that this is a way to prevent noise pollution from the hostel onto the neighborhood. Local politician who stood in the opposition towards such a decision has made a video of this monstrosity and is urging for it to be shared so as this shameful act would not pass unnoticed. For more, follow this link



Duma, Damascus Syria, photo Rami Jarrah

White helmets are present and working with extraordinary strength in order to save and prevent further deaths caused by airstrikes. For a video of their efforts follow this link

Aleppo and its children

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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