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  • FROM CALAIS TO THE BALKANS

    16 mars 2014

    P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; It is the inverse journey as the one covered by numerous exiles we meet in Calais. The Balkans, region they are from, like Kosovars in the 90s or Albanians today, or entrance region in Europe for exiles from Africa or Asia....

  • NEW POSTS JANUARY 6 - FEBRUARY 19 2015

    19 février 2015

    On the new blog Exiles in the Balkans http://exilesinthebalkans.wordpress.com/ Bulgaria, 7 million people, received ten thousand refugees in 2013, mainly Syrians. Bulgaria is the poorest country in the European Union, but the situation is to be compared...

  • NEWS POSTS NOVEMBER 24 - DECEMBER 12 2014

    14 décembre 2014

    On the new blog Exiles in the Balkans http://exilesinthebalkans.wordpress.com/ Reflection of the Middle East crisis (the war settled in Syria and which starts again in Iraq), but also the closure of the land borders (erection of barriers, strengthening...

  • GREECE: PETITION TO SHUT DOWN DETENTION CENTERS

    10 mars 2014

    A petition ask for closing the detention centers in Greece : http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Greek_and_European_politicians_ELLINIKON_KAI_EYROPAIKON_ARHON_Shut_down_the_Detention_Centers_for_MigrantsNa_kleisoyn_ta/?tPqgIab The text of the call: " Shut...

  • Igoumenitsa, 27th of February

    22 mars 2011

    The Sudanese wounded yesterday in the harbor entrance was arrested and taken from the hospital to "prison", that is to say in the local prefabricates located in the port, which can be locked up indefinitely tens exiles. The police violence is not the...

  • Athens, 10th of March

    22 mars 2011

    Athens observed over the streets. It can be seen as a European capital on the world, with migrants from other continents. Some we meet doing their shopping, returning home, taking the subway. Others seen washing the windshields of cars, gleaned from scrap...

  • Athens, 11th of March

    22 mars 2011

    Visiting Afghan hunger strike. They camped for 4 months at the center of Athens, to the university. They are about 90 and turns 10-day fast for 10 days, some people sew their lips. They are seeking asylum in Greece, have the "red card" temporary residence...

  • BALKANISATION

    13 avril 2012

    Balkans is a strange region regarding to the European Union. Region eligible for integration into the Union, but for now fragmented and fragmentation compounded by the EU on behalf of issues of migration and border surveillance. Greece is threatened with...

  • ISTANBUL, THE DISTRICT OF TARLABASHI - March 19, 2012

    09 avril 2012

    The district Tarlabashi is a former Greek quarter of Istanbul, which is partly emptied of its inhabitants, and then welcomes people from the rest of the turkey, and gradually becomes a mainly Kurdish and Roma area. It has also become one of the main districts...

  • EDIRNE, TURKEY - March 18 2012

    09 avril 2012

    To the end of the Transborder Conference which met in Istanbul to different networks for open borders, protest outside the detention center of Edirne, near the Greek border. The exiles are hardly visible in this city, since they come directly from Istanbul...

  • SOFIA, SEPTEMBER 2

    29 septembre 2011

    I take my time with Sofia on the way back to meet some exiles. Among them, an Afghan who has gone through Calais in late 2008, applied for asylum in the UK , was sent back to Bulgaria, where his fingerprints were found , and has applied for voluntary...

  • Ancona, 24th - 25th of February

    22 mars 2011

    Ancona, one of the cities of Italy where the ferries arrives from Greece. A quite desert town in the winter wind, which extends over the hills, the old town overlooking the harbor. No visible trace of the exiles when we simply route the city for a few...

  • Igoumenitsa, 26th of February

    22 mars 2011

    Meeting with a group of fifteen people who support the exiles, our host presents us the situation and introduces us to the exiles. They help with their capabilities, shoes, clothing, food, legal aid to persons in detention or imprisonment, health (doctor...

  • Igoumenitsa, 2d of March

    22 mars 2011

    Exiles are back in town and near the harbor, and it is again possible to go to the "Jungle of Slopes”. There was no way that night, and about forty people were arrested near the highway and downtown. Fatigue and bitterness are sensitive. Police blocked...

  • Igoumenitsa, 3d of March

    22 mars 2011

    The French Interior Ministry sent a statement to the prefects to suspend deportations to Greece and to exercise the sovereignty clause under the Dublin II regulation, that is to say in France to treat applications for Asylum individuals with their fingerprints...

  • Igoumenitsa, 6th of March

    22 mars 2011

    The exiles have taught us that there are more trucks on Sunday and Tuesday from 6 pm. Sunday and Tuesday as we see just before 6 pm the police evacuate the highway to the harbor entrance. Rage and despair among the exiles. There are still two years they...

  • Athens, 12th of March

    22 mars 2011

    Spent part of the afternoon with Afghans and Moroccans who play football in a park. They meet there every afternoon, sometimes with exiled of other nationalities or Greeks. A half-dozen minors among the twenty exiles present. Most are well dressed, clean,...

  • Athens, 13th of March

    22 mars 2011

    Day shared between the districts where the exiles are gathered and the football field. You can see in these districts a large number of travel agencies for Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, or less often Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland, traces of an earlier immigration,...

  • Athens, 14th of March

    22 mars 2011

    New visit to Afghan Hunger Strike. They are convened in small groups before the Committee on asylum, which will decide whether or not they obtain refugee status. Some expect this appointment for 10 years. The process of claim includes an initial interview...

  • Istanbul, 16th of March

    22 mars 2011

    I directed my steps towards the bazaar and the area Kumkapi. This is an old Armenian quarter, which in the 90's became the place of the exiles from the Balkans and the former Soviet Union. Its upper part is a pile of various stores, while its lower part...

  • Igoumenitsa, 7th of March

    22 mars 2011

    Our group split up, others go directly to the Greek-Turkish border, I am by Patra and Athens. Day off in Igoumenitsa, today is the first day of Lent holiday in Greece, and our friends plan a party. But walking the city I come of course across on some...

  • Patra, 8th of March

    22 mars 2011

    The bus to Athens leaves me at the foot of the bridge crossing the Gulf of Corinth, about ten kilometers from Patras. The weather is sunny, I decided to continue on foot. Good idea in terms of meetings. On the grand road, I meet some Afghans, Tajiks or...

  • BANJA KOVILJACA, SERBIA - March 29, 30 and 31, 2012

    09 avril 2012

    Banja Koviljaca is a small town of 6,000 inhabitants located on the border with Bosnia Herzegovina, which it is separated by a fast flowing river, the Drina. This is the oldest spa town in Serbia. Although this activity was reduced, it still hosts the...

  • Patra, 9th of March

    22 mars 2011

    Patras is a city of 160,000 inhabitants, port and industrial city, heavily dominated by unemployment. The exiles were mainly clustered in a large camp on one of the squares of the city, until the destruction of it in July 2009. They are now scattered...

  • SUBOTICA, SERBIA - March 25, 2012

    09 avril 2012

    Today, visit to the jungle. iT has hosted 300 to 400 people a few months ago, but police put the pressure on the number of exiles to be lower. An ancient jungle was burned by police in November, and part of the current in February, at the end of the cold....

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