AYS DAILY NEWS DIGEST 13.4.2016

EU has failed to fulfill even its own meager target for refugee resettlement in the month of March. Meanwhile, with the closing off of the Balkans route, traffic in the Mediterranean has once again picked up, with 12,000 saved since March. Greece’s standing in the Schengen zone is threatened, with the EU believing that Greece has not been stringent enough in its border regime.

Kids playing in a field in Idomeni (Photo by Nima Maei)

TURKEY

More information surfaces detailing the sub-par conditions that Syrian refugees are left in.

GREECE

120 refugees rescued by the Greek Coast Guard today in three separate operations.

100 people arriving in Greece per day on average this week, in comparison to the daily average in March of 1150.

The Macedonian border police continues its aggressive retaliation against refugees in Idomeni.

Greek Foreign Ministry criticizes neighboring countries for partaking in the aggressive repression against refugees in Idomeni.

14 activists were arrested in Idomeni today according to the New York Times. Other sources say that it may be as many as 26.

Aid Delivery Mission make an appeal in reaction to suspicions promoted against volunteers by the media.

1000 refugees moved from Piraeus to a new camp. 3805 still remain there as of Wednesday.

150 occupy a highway in Katsikas to protest camp living conditions.

Refugee boy in Katsikas camp in desperate need of a liver transplant.

700 asylum seekers detained at Samos. MSF reports on the atmosphere of uncertainty expressed by detainees.

Volunteers needed in Samos!

Residents of Chalkero camp report dreadful conditions.

500 people living in Drama camp. Relocation has proven difficult.

3000 face difficult conditions in Polykastro camp.

10 people in Camp Orestida provided with facilities and legal aid.

European Commission demands tighter Greek borders, threatening suspension of Greece from the Schengen Zone.

MACEDONIA

New amendments to the Law on Asylum could have a negative impact on the rights of asylum seekers and refugees

CROATIA

The camp at Slavonski Brod will be officially closed on this Friday. It is already empty.

ITALY

Italy decries Austrian border controls, claims that there is no evidence of a drastic increase of the numbers of migrants from Italy.

CANADA

10thousand additional Syrian refugees to be relocated to Canada this year.

EU

1145 refugees relocated from Greece and Italy in March, falling far short of its target of at least 6000.

12 thousand refugees have crossed the Mediterranean into Italy since March.

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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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