AYS NEWS DIGEST — Huge problem of unaccompanied Minors in Refugee Centers.

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A young refugee’s protest note on Chios; PHOTO: Gabrielle Tan

Special Report on Minors

Thousands of Minor Refugees Stranded Alone in Greece.

According to a May 31 report by Save the Children, more than 1.2 million refugees have headed to Europe since 2015 — the continent’s “biggest wave of mass migration since the aftermath of the second world war.” They come mainly from conflict-torn countries like Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Eritrea.

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A Volunteer’s notes about the minors in Chios:


Aid convoys reach besieged towns.

UN and Syrian Red Crescent are continuing their inter-agency effort to provide humanitarian aid for 40,000 people in Douma, Syria. Today, food, health, medical, WASH and education supplies were delivered.

While aid delivered to Daraya provides some relief, what is needed is for all sieges to be lifted, said OCHA on Twitter.

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EU advises Greece to recognise Turkey as a safe third country.

The European Council urges Greece to recognise Turkey as a safe third-country, with one diplomatic source telling New Europe that this is something that has been “already confirmed” by the UNHCR. The Council also urged Greece’s government to explain to the country’s judges that Turkey is safe for Syrians and to review the composition and role of the appeal committees since people from civil societies are not neutral.

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Credits: EPA/ Kostas Tsironis

Tourist village transformed into a sanctuary.

A Greek summer resort that closed over five years ago as a result of the financial crisis has been turned into a haven for more than 300 refugees.

Solidarity with the volunteers and activists in the field: donations needed!

Some of the volunteers in the field have been doing their best to supply nutritious food for the refugees in Chios island. They need our support to continue their wonderful work.

Refugees resorting to prostitution in Athens.

A BBC investigation has found young refugees, including teenagers, are resorting to prostitution in the Greek capital. Most are keen to get to northern Europe but new border rules have left them stranded, with no legal means of earning money.


Disease prevention failing in FYROM Camps.

Authorities in FYROM are increasing their efforts to prevent the spread of diseases in Tabanovce, one of two refugee camps in the country.

12 new migrant accommodation centers in Central Greece.

The government has announced the creation of 12 additional migrant accommodation centers in central Greece and its intention to reconstruct shelters at Koutsohero in Larissa, Katsika in Ioannina and Ritsona in Evia — three centers beset with serious structural problems.

More refugees arrive brought to Kos.

Yesterday 94 refugees were brought to Kos from Kreta, now there are more than 560 refugees at the island.

Public Prayer Spaces for End Of Ramadan In Athens.

Greek authorities have announced they will designate two stadiums in Athens to the Muslim populations currently in the city to be used to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the daily Kathimerini reported.

Mixed Feelings In Elliniko As Pre-Registration Begins.

Refugees in Elliniko expressed mixed feelings about pre-registration as the first phase of the operation got underway at the three sites this week.


300 refugees stuck at the border.

Approximately 300 refugees stuck at Serbian Hungarian border, Kelebija border crossing. And same number at Horguš border crossing; in shade of tragic conditions and at the time when Hungarian authorities aloud entry to their territory to only 15 refugees daily.


Hungary refuses to take migrants back.

Hungary refuses to take back migrants from Austria and points the finger at Greece, arguing that it cannot take back migrants that have crossed other EU member states before arriving to Hungary.

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Credits: Eszter Zalan

UNHCR: Concerns About Hungarian Border Restrictions.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has expressed concerns about the conditions refugees face while waiting to cross into Hungary from Serbia through the two transit zones of Röszke and Tompa.

People in Kormend need to travel 500 kilometres to meet their case officer.

n May the new tent camp in Kormend was opened, and just like we thought, people keep on disappearing from there. As expected,the conditions in the camp are very problematic. Access to legal aid or proper case officers is very limited, and the biggest problem is lack of information.

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Our volunteer enters finals of EU Social Innovation Competition with a project dedicated to refugees.

Our very own Tamara Puhovski of AYS has made it to semi-finals of European Social Innovation Competition 2016, with the idea of Citizen Guides, an app that would match refugees with their personal guides to a new society, based on interests they share.

Children know no cultural and language barriers: wonderful workshop in Zagreb.

People from Živi Atelje DK, Mali Zmaj and Are You Syrious, cooperated and organized to get kids from different countries together and let the magic happen.
Once again, they prove to us how you don’t need a shared spoken language to engage, and if you leave your fears at the door, creativity and frienships soar.
This is only the beginning…

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Credits: Živi Atelje DK


German politicans want to declare more countries as safe origin countries.

Parts of the german party “Bündnis90/Die Grünen” (Greens) don’t want to support the intensification of the asylum law, declaring Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria as “save countries of origin”. Chairman of the green parliamentary group, Kathring Göring-Eckhardt said to Deutschlandfunk, her Party will not vote for the new laws, when to Bundesrat (Federal Assembly) will decide on it, because it is worried about human rights violations against journalists, bloggers, women and homosexuals.

Refugees Are Teaching Germans How to Cook Their Traditional Foods.

Cooking classes are bridging the gaps between Germans and Middle Eastern refugees.

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Credits: Laura Fiorio, courtesy of Uber den Tellerrand

Four men who attacked refugees with sticks are sentenced.

At Nordrhein-Westfalia 4 young men between the age of 18 and 20 were sentenced for beating up three refugees at a bus stop with stick and metal covered shoes. They were sentenced for 9 months of prison — but they will not have to go to prison if they do not commit another crime during the next 6 months.

Auction in Germany for refugees benefits.

Until now on ebay 3700€ are the amount of money that will be donated to “Flüchtlingspaten Syrien”, an association that brings refugees from Syria to Germany by paying for their living expenses. The money is raised by three auctions of “Kinderschokolade” with the signature of the German soccer player Jerome Boateng of the national German team.

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Investigation: Fight over Ramadan led to blaze at German refugee center.

Residents of a refugee center in the German city of Duesseldorf set their shelter alight after a fight among Muslim refugees over Ramadan meals, a prosecutor said on Friday, in an incident that is likely to increase unease among anti-immigrant groups.


2000 Refugees have been saved from the sea on June 9 alone.

According to the Italian coast guard, 2,000 people have been rescued on June 9 alone, as ships from Frontex and Operation Sophia intervened in 15 different instances to provide help. UNHCR says 48,000 migrants have reached Italy since the beginning of this year.


Audit of UNHCR management of procurement by partners using UNHCR funds April 2016.

You can reach the report through this link: www.foxnews.com/world/interactive/2016/06/06/audit-unhcr-management-procurement-by-partners-using-unhcr-funds-april-2016/

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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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