AYS NEWS DIGEST 20/06 — World Refugee Day

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Celebration of World Refugee Day, Info Park, Belgrade.

GENERAL

1 out of 113 persons in the world is either a refugee or an IDP

More than 50% of the refugees come from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. 86% of the total amount found shelter in underdeveloped or developing countries, like Turkey, which hosts more than 2.5 million refugees, followed by Pakistan and Lebanon. Filippo Grandi, High Representative of UNHCR, has remarked on the rise of movements and parties leading xenophobic programs. Only around 1 million refugees reached Europe in 2015, according to IOM, aiming to reach Germany and Sweden.

KENYA

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Daadab camp, Kenya.

Weather warning: High waves up to 1.7 meters in Mid Mediterranean between Libya and Italy.

TURKEY

New blog for information and analysis

GREECE

More and more kids getting sick in the camps around Greece

Victory for school kids and against ghettoization of refugees

Drop in the ocean needs help

Very bad conditions reported from Oreokastro camp in the North

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Oreokastro camp.
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Oreokastro camp.

Construction of Cherso cultural center is in full swing and our volunteers are working tirelessly to erect it.

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Chierso cultural center. Photo credit: AYS.

World refugee day

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Celebration of World refugee day, Solidarity Space City Hotel Plaza, Athens.

Some Italian officials pushing for more incentives for integration under a “widespread” model

HUNGARY

Call for international support for Roszke’s 11

SWEDEN

New law on asylum came into effect in Sweden and it doesn’t look good.

Those who seek and receive asylum are given a temporary residence instead of the previous permanent residency. It is one of the biggest changes in the new law. A person who is deemed to be a “refugee” will be given a residence permit for three years, while those who are under “subsidiary protection” may stay for 13 months only. The residence permit may be extended. There are also tougher rules in effect when it comes to obtaining a permanent residence permit, which requires that an applicant has a job and is be able to support themselves. Unaccompanied minors and families with children under 18 receive permanent residency if they applied for asylum before November 24th of last year. There will be stricter rules for family reunification and family immigration. The new law will, at least in principle, reserve the right to family reunification for those who obtain refugee status, and no one else.

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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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