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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 13:15

A public debate on the theme "EU Migration Policy: A Push Back for Migrants’ Rights in Greece?" is organised by PICUM, Amnesty International, European Network Against Racism, Médecins du Monde and The European Network of Migrant Women

Thursday, 20 March 2014, 9:00 - 12:30; European Parliament, Brussels, Room ASP (Altiero Spinelli) A3E-2

The discussion will be in English and Greek.

It take place whithin the program "Addressing Criminalisation of Migrants in Greece"


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10 mars 2014 1 10 /03 /mars /2014 12:33

A petition ask for closing the detention centers in Greece :


The text of the call:

" Shut down the Detention Centers for Migrants

In 21st-century Greece an operation has been set in motion whose aim is to terrorise, torture and humiliate thousands of people, while insulting us all: refugees and migrants are being held in concentration camps. These are real storehouses for humans whose only crime is that they are in the country without papers!

The Greek state, without a trace of humanity or sensitivity, sentences thousands of migrants (including minors, people who require medical assistance and victims of torture) to an 18-month imprisonment in the most deplorable conditions: no yard time, complete lack of hygiene, inadequate food and medical care, no communication with friends or family.

International human rights groups have documented scandalous conditions of detention of migrants and asylum seekers in Greece and the country has been repeatedly condemned by European courts for subjecting refugees and migrants to inhuman and degrading treatment.

The vast majority of inmates in the detention centres cannot be deported, making their imprisonment nothing but a punishment for having tried to escape war and extreme poverty.

The state’s goal is to discourage new migrants from entering Greece.

These practices are sanctioned directly by the higher echelons of the Police, as it was revealed by the recent shocking audio, in which the Chief of the National Police is clearly heard stating to his officers that “We have to make their life impossible”.

70 years after the Holocaust and the Nazi crimes, and after the UN constituted human rights so as to prevent tragedies like this from happening again, detention centres are a reality in many European countries and they seem to be justifying the name that has been given to them: concentration camps.


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8 mars 2014 6 08 /03 /mars /2014 23:08

Arrivals of exiles on the Greek islands continue. On Lesbos, 40 people on 28 February, 37 on March 1rst, 43 on March 2d. The detention center of the island, near the village of Moria, has been downloading, and selforganised center PIKPA welcomes those released.

On March 7, 110 newcomers, including 60 Syrians. The detention center near Moria is full, selforganised center PIKPA too, with 35 people released from the detention center, 20 new arrivals recorded by the police, and 13 permanent residents. Other newcomers are in the street.

PIKPA has been opened by inhabitants to welcome exiles coming from the sea. The house belong to the municipality. The place has been the subject of several attempts to from the staff of the European Frontex present in the island to accaparate it.

More information about http://lesvos.w2eu.net/

Below a brochure distributed by Welcome to Europe to newcomers.

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6 mars 2014 4 06 /03 /mars /2014 13:00

During summer 2009, the No Border Camp held on the island of Lesbos, a few kilometers from the Turkish coast, was the occasion of a struggle of several months led to the closure of the retention center of the island, Paganni.

In October 2013, a group of young exiles who went through Lesbos and activists have returned to the island in order to renew contacts and show their solidarity with the exiles arriving there today and activists who support them.

They published a booklet in English, German and Greek on their journey: "Journey back to Lesbos ".

Booklet "Journey back to Lesvos"

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5 mars 2014 3 05 /03 /mars /2014 08:25

An article about the situation at the maritime border to question the whole of the European migration policy, conceived not in terms of alleged malfunctioning, but rather considered in its consistency: "Deterrence by drowning: Fortress Europe and its sailors' cemetery" by Vicky Skoumbi, from the Scientific Council of ATTAC France.

In French :


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2 mars 2014 7 02 /03 /mars /2014 14:32

Following Denmark, Belgium has decided to suspend the return of asylum seekers to Bulgaria under the Dublin III Regulation, following the recommendations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The Dublin III Regulation determines the country responsible for processing an asylum application, often the country of entry into the European Union.

Article in French :


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24 février 2014 1 24 /02 /février /2014 09:41

A new protest against living conditions and confinement without known limits, exiles sew their mouths and began a hunger strike in the detention center of Corinth.

An article (in French) freely available on Okeanews:


And a video (in English) showing images made from mobile phones by exiles in the detention center:


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18 février 2014 2 18 /02 /février /2014 18:24

The Greek government has published statistics on foreigners in 2013.

There is a decrease of 46% in the number of foreigners arrested, significant drop in arrests at the land border with Turkey, up to the maritime boundary - which is the reinforcement of controls at the land border, the exiles passing by islands or entering the European Union by Bulgaria. Slight decrease in arrests over the rest of Greek territory - including Xenos Dias operation, consisting of raids and checks facies in the streets of Athens.

If the number of arrests has decreased, the number of deportations has increased by 18%. Of course, illegal border oush-backs are not counted.

As for the new device for processing applications for asylum, it examined almost 6,000 requests, but there are still 27,000 waiting for sometimes several years.

On the Infomobile website:


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16 février 2014 7 16 /02 /février /2014 18:24

A Syrian refugee stocked in Greece like thousands others. Being 107 years old, she just want to join her family in Germany to die among them.

On The Globalist :


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11 février 2014 2 11 /02 /février /2014 14:36

A report from Amnesty International about push-back and death at the Greek border :

Enter at your peril - lives put at risk at the gate of Europe

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