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27 août 2013 2 27 /08 /août /2013 12:54

Tighter controls on the land border between Greece and Turkey, and above all the effects of the crisis in Greece lead the exiles to take other pathways in the European Union, when they do not choose to stay in Turkey whose economy is dynamic and where informal employment is highly developed.

To avoid Greece the choice from Turkey is between an expensive crossing to Italy and moving to Bulgaria. Although this country has very poor conditions for asylum seekers (long and uncertain treatment of asylum applications, low acceptance rate, locking up a portion of asylum seekers in detention centers while others are left in the street, almost no integration programs for refugees), their numbers are growing strongly (1880 for the first half of 2013 against 1380 for the entire year 2012). Bulgaria plans to open a new reception center from 500 to 700 places, which will be added to those which have already an insufficient capacity in 2012. Reception conditions will therefore deteriorate, pushing asylum seekers to continue their journey to other European countries, where they will be returned to Bulgaria under the Dublin II Regulation, which feeds the wandering through Europe of people in search of protection they do not find.


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16 août 2013 5 16 /08 /août /2013 09:22

Some metal containers surrounded by pebbles in a treeless space, that's the detention center Amygdaleza. At the heart of the summer, for maintenance reasons, the electricity is off. No more light, but also no more cooling. During the day, the heat can exceed 50° C. Comes at the same time the announcement that the retention time is extended to 18 months.

Saturday, August 10, the center inmates revolted. Their movement was violently repressed. All access to the center is forbidden, even for lawyers, while 41 inmates are sued under various charges.



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4 août 2013 7 04 /08 /août /2013 09:31

The Action Plan for the management of migration and asylum adopted by the Greek government plans processing 55,000 asylum applications late. It also provides, and this is where most of the set means, the creation of four new centers of pre-expulsion, what means some 5,000 additional places, and the strengthening of the surveillance of the border, including the acquisition of thermal imaging cameras.

In Hungary, a new asylum law came into force on July 1, which allows the detention of asylum seekers. The grounds of detention are particularly vague, the application of this measure will be arbitrary and may become almost systematic.

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3 août 2013 6 03 /08 /août /2013 13:27

The exiles often carry large sums of money to pay the border crossing. A new lucrative business has grown in the north of Macedonia, attacking the exiles to rob. On July 15, one of these attacks went particularly wrong: the attackers fired on migrants who fled, killing one and wounding three.


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2 août 2013 5 02 /08 /août /2013 10:28

Greece has extended to 18 months the maximum period of detention, and has launched with the financial support of the European Union in an extensive program to build new detention centers whose capacity should reach 30,000 people.

The inhumane conditions of detention and inhuman and degrading treatment reported by the associations and recognized by international bodies have not stopped.

Mohammed Hassan was Afghan. He was locked up in the detention center of Corinth September 2, 2012. He was suffering from a serious lung disease. He was denied access to the treatments he needed during his 11 months of detention. He died on July 27.

More information here:

and the statement from the Greek Association Aitima:


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14 juillet 2013 7 14 /07 /juillet /2013 20:35

The Greek government has taken a decree mandating the screening of certain infections (HIV, Hepatitis C, sexually transmitted diseases) for certain populations including undocumented immigrants, taking the discourse that migrants are vectors from disease and dangers for the health of the Greek population.

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10 juillet 2013 3 10 /07 /juillet /2013 21:43

Wall construction, infra-red cameras, deployment of 2,000 additional border guards, construction of new detention centers: this is the situation at the Greek-Turkish border. There is no austerity when it comes to war against migrants and the European Union support besides.

Exiles turned back at the border, inhumane conditions in detention centers, police brutality: This policy is accompanied by human rights violations.

Amnesty International published a report on the situation


and launched a campaign towards the Greek authorities in French):


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8 juillet 2013 1 08 /07 /juillet /2013 21:57

Reports are multiplying on migration and asylum in the Balkans. Just published the Jesuit Refugee Service about the asylum system of Croatia and Macedonia.


About Croatia before its entry into the European Union, the report points a capacity of reception of asylum seekers disproportionately low according to the significantly increasing number of applicants (+50% between 2011 and 2012), and an extremely low rate of acceptance, around 3%.

In Macedonia, it shows housing conditions unworthy and rates of recognition near zero.

The report recommends suspending deportations to Macedonia and to exercise caution in the application of the Dublin II Regulation with regard to the readmission of asylum seekers in Croatia, when it will be part of the EU.

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29 juin 2013 6 29 /06 /juin /2013 18:47

The figures come from a study of Anadolija agency, estimates that 10 million citizens of the Western Balkans (former Yugoslavia except Slovenia, plus Albania) live outside the region, which represents 30% of the population.

The European Union is a major destination. It is hard not to put this in parallel with the focus on the visible minority of the Roma population and the savage repression that occurs in several countries such as France. As in other fields, the reality of migration is masked by the focus on a particularly visible group, governments starring as defenders of their people against the "invasion".

Behind the stage, it is with real lives we play.


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23 juin 2013 7 23 /06 /juin /2013 11:16

Human Rights Watch has released a new report on the human rights situation of foreigners in Greece, on the implementation of the operation Xenios Zeus for detention of illegal aliens, resulting in raids and ethnic profiling  controls,  especially in Athens.

This report is based on 44 witnesses, including 35 legally resident foreign nationals and Greeks of foreign origin.

It is available at:




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