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  • Dutch journalist Ingeborg Beugel arrested for “facilitating residence” to asylum seeker

    June 22, 2021 - Dutch journalist Ingeborg Beugel is being prosecuted for “facilitating illegal residence to an asylum seeker.” She provided accommodation in her home on the island of Hydra to an Afghan man, whose asylum application in ongoing.

    Police arrested the 61-year-old Dutch journalist Ingeborg Beugel on Sunday, June 13, on charges of hosting the 23-year-old man from Afghanistan, Freydun, an asylum seeker.

    She was charged according to a forgotten and problematic ruling from 1991 and for “facilitating the illegal residence of a third country national.”

    She was taken to the police station of Hydra and from there in handcuffs to the Court in Piraeus. she was given a three-day deadline for her deposition.

    The offenses can punish her with at least one year in prison and a fine of at least 5,000 euros – or double if the goal is for profit.

    Arrested was also the man from Afghanistan, who was transferred to police station in a Piraeus suburb and then was set free two hours later.

    The Dutch journalist met the Afghan asylum seeker and his dog in the camp in Malakasa in December 2018 while she was filming for a documentary the economic crisis and the migration issue. He helped her with translations and when the living conditions in the camp became unbearable for him and his dog, she started hosting him.

    Daily efimerida ton syntakton that has the story notes that some on the island did not favor the new guest and in the end someone also denounced her to police.

    Beugel has been living on Hydra for the last 40 years, is correspondent for several Dutch media. She calls Freyun “my adopted son.”

    Her lawyer who got knowledge of the case file said that there were “several anonymous denouncements” against his client. Police was pressing the asylum seeker to find out whether she was giving him money.

    PS this country is getting more and more miserable and undemocratic.

    #Gèce #réfugiés #journalisme

  • Greece proposes Frontex be allowed to operate beyond EU borders

    Returning unapproved asylum seekers to their home countries could become an easier task if European border patrol agency Frontex could operate outside of European borders, Greek Migration Minister #Notis_Mitarakis said on Wednesday.

    Speaking virtually with German Deputy Minister for Migration Stephan Mayer, #Mitarakis added that bilateral agreements with other partner countries would be required for this.

    The Minister underlined that collaborating with third countries to prevent migrants’ departures from Turkey is also key, as is a strong presence of Frontex in relevant regions.

    Mayer called on Greek authorities to intensify efforts for improving the hospitality and welfare system for asylum seekers or recognized refugees in Greece, in view of reducing the attraction factor for irregular secondary migration influx.

    According to data he cited, some 13,000 people have sought asylum in Germany since the summer of 2020, but they had already received international protection status in Greece.

    He also said the two countries should work together on mutual guarantees so that more relocations to Greece are possible from Germany.

    #Frontex #proposition #externalisation #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #accords_bilatéraux #mouvements_secondaires #Allemagne #Grèce #relocalisations



    Mayer called on Greek authorities to intensify efforts for improving the hospitality and welfare system for asylum seekers or recognized refugees in Greece, in view of reducing the attraction factor for irregular secondary migration influx.

    #attraction #dissuasion #hospitalité #accueil

  • 6-year-old refugee boy dies in blaze in #Thiva accommodation camp

    A 6-year-old boy died on Tuesday night when a fire broke out in a refugee camp on the town on Thiva, some 60 km north of Athens.

    The boy was reportedly leaving with his parents and 4 siblings in a container. Local media reported that the mother reportedly managed to bring another boy and three girls outside but not the boy. The father was not there at the time of the blaze. The family are asylum-seekers from Iran.

    The fire broke out around 9 o’ clock under unknown circumstances. Footage taken at the time of the fire shows a lot of residents to have gathered outside the building on fire.

    According to local media radiothiva, and the Fire Service, it was the camp residents who pulled the dead body of the boy from the spot.

    The Fire Service said firefighters had to be accompanied by police to get into the camp after residents initially prevented them from entering.

    The refugees claimed that firefighters arrived with delay, reportedly threw stones and other items at the trucks, smashing the front window in one of them.

    Eight firemen with four fire engines were finally able to extinguish the blaze in a building in the camp.

    The Fire Service was reportedly not able to conduct inspection due to the angry crowd, a small police unit remains in the area.

    #incendie #feu #réfugiés #camps_de_réfugiés #décès #mort #Grèce


    ajouté à la métaliste des incendies dans les camps de réfugiés, notamment en Grèce :

    • Grèce : incendie dans un camp au nord d’Athènes, un enfant de 6 ans décède

      Un enfant kurde de 6 ans est mort mardi soir dans l’incendie d’un camp de migrants situé à Thèbes, au nord d’Athènes. Les exilés accusent les autorités d’avoir trop tardé à intervenir, mettant plus d’une heure à rejoindre les lieux.

      Un incendie s’est déclaré dans la soirée de mardi 23 février dans un camp de migrants de Thèbes, au nord d’Athènes, provoquant la mort d’un enfant kurde de 6 ans, ont annoncé les pompiers grecs dans un communiqué. Lorsque ces derniers sont arrivés sur les lieux, l’enfant ne respirait déjà plus. Les causes de l’incendie sont pour l’heure inconnues.

      Selon des témoins cités par le site d’information kurde Pishti News, l’enfant se trouvait à l’intérieur du camp avec sa mère, son frère et ses trois sœurs quand le feu s’est déclenché. La mère aurait réussi à faire sortir quatre de ses enfants mais n’a pas pu sauver son autre fils. Toujours d’après le même média, le corps de l’enfant a été enlevé du bâtiment par les migrants eux-mêmes une heure après le drame.

      Les exilés accusent les pompiers d’avoir tardé à réagir, mettant plus d’une heure à rejoindre les lieux. Les autorités, elles, donnent une autre version. Elles racontent que la police a dû également intervenir car les migrants bloquaient l’accès à la structure qui avait pris feu, empêchant les pompiers de se rendre sur place.

      Les camps de migrants sont régulièrement touchés par des incendies, la plupart accidentels. Il y a trois jours, deux incendies ont détruit deux tentes sans faire de victime dans deux camps de migrants sur l’île de Lesbos.

      L’hiver, quand il fait froid sous les tentes des camps, de nombreux exilés font des feux de bois pour se réchauffer ou utilisent des poêles à l’intérieur de leur habitation précaire, ce qui provoque souvent des accidents.

      Des ONG de défense des droits de l’Homme ont tiré la sonnette d’alarme ces derniers jours sur la détérioration des conditions avec le froid dans les camps de migrants à travers le pays.

  • Thessaloniki: Attack on the unaccompanied minor structure of the Church of Greece en

    An attack on the accommodation structure for unaccompanied refugees that operates under the auspices of the Church of Greece took place last night, in #Oreokastro, Thessaloniki.

    According to the structure’s attorney, Thodoris Karagiannis, strangers gathered outside the area with knives, sticks and iron bars, initially shouting “racist” as he described them and then tried to invade the place where the refugee children are being hosted.

    Tomorrow, Monday, as stated by Mr. Karagiannis, an indictment will be filed with the competent prosecutor’s office. “ We must all protect minors against people who incite hatred and propaganda with a plan and are not afraid to use life-threatening violence against children aged 12-15,” he said.
    #racisme #xénophobie #anti-migrants #attaque_raciste #Grèce #Thessalonique #Salonique #anti-réfugiés #réfugiés #asile #migrations

    • Racists attack center hosting unaccompanied children; four minors injured

      Armed with sticks, knives and iron bars and shouting racist slogans a group of people attacked the accommodation center for unaccompanied refugee children in Oraiokastro, northern Greece, late on Saturday night. Four minors were injured and transferred to hospital.

      The structure hosts unaccompanied children aged 12-15 and is run by the Church of Greece. The attack took place at 11 o’ clock Saturday night, on the second Christmas Day.

      Citing eyewitnesses, local media report that the group of attackers broke the fence of the structure, run to the building, broke the doors and enter inside to “find the children running in fear.”

      One child was taken to hospital with severe respiratory problems after it was beaten on the chest. Three other children received first aid for the minor injuries they suffered.

      A neighbor reportedly informed the police after hearing the screams of a structure employee.

      The attack was organized and the gang consisted of ten people attackers, the structure lawyer Thodoris Karagiannis told newspaper makedonia.

      After violating and destroying the minors’ “home”, armed with knives, iron bars. stones and sticks began to chase the children, beat them with hatred, while shouting racist slogans and threats. It is characteristic that the group of young people had organization and plan, while the attack took place in fractions of a second,” Karagiannis said.

      The lawyer added that they will file against the perpetrators at the Prosecutor’s Office, “as we must all protect minors against people who incite hatred and propaganda with a plan and are not afraid to use life-threatening violence against children aged 12-15.”

      Oraiokastro is a municipality in the regional unit of Thessaloniki, where racist incidents have taken place also in the recent past.

      It wouldn’t be difficult for police to take DNA from the attack tools the racists left behind, and find out from security cameras who was out on the streets during the night curfew.

  • Lesvos : Border guards, policeman suspended for beating refugees (video)

    Three border guards and one policeman have been suspended from service after a video showed them beating two refugees outside a supermarket of the island of Lesvos, the Chief of the Greek Police announced on Saturday morning. An internal investigation has been launched against the four, the statement added. Police speaks of “use of violence against people during control check.”

    The video was published on Friday afternoon by newspaper Efimerida ton Syntakton. The four policemen stopped them for control as they were returning from supermarket, threw them on the ground and started beating them for no apparent reason.

    One policeman is holding one of the refugees who is handcuffed and kicks him as well as the other who is on the ground and surrounded by his colleagues. The three keep beating and kicking him while he remains down in the ditch on the side of the road.

    In a comment the President of the Panhellenic Association of Border Guards claimed that the victims were “not refugees but migrants seeking asylum” and that “they were drunk.”

    He said further that the police was called following complaints that the victims were stopping drivers on the road.

    “The migrants resisted during their arrest, swore and spat” the border guards and the policeman, he added.

    Local newspaper lesvosnews described the comment as “unbelievable” and said that “even if the two had behavior, you handcuff them and bring them to justice. the beating cannot be justified.”

    According to local news website stonisi, the two arrested asylum seekers were released and returned to the tent camp of Kara Tepe.

    A team from the Internal Affairs Department of the Greek Police is expected on Lesvos to investigate the case.

    PS The incidents of police violence have dramatically increased recently. As we’ve said before, it looks as if they have adopted the wrong role model, that of police in the USA.
    #vidéo #violences_policières #anti-migrants #asile #migrations #police #réfugiés #Grèce #Lesbos #suspension #gardes-frontière

  • Greece files against 33 NGO members for assisting human traffickers

    Greek authorities have prepared a case file against 33 foreign nationals, members of four non-governmental organizations dealing with refugee issues on the island of Lesvos. The case file against the specific NGOs reportedly includes the offenses of forming and joining a criminal organization, espionage, violation of state secrets, as well as viol

    The case file reportedly includes the offenses of forming and joining a criminal organization, espionage, violation of state secrets, as well as violations of the Immigration Code against a total of 35 foreigners.

    Thirty-three of them are members of four non-governmental organisations (NGOs) whose names have not been disclosed, while two are third-country nationals working on migration issues.

    The NGOs have reportedly their headquarters abroad.

    Their action is estimated to date from the beginning of last June and consisted, according to the indictment, of providing substantial assistance to organized illegal migrant trafficking networks.

    Citing a press release by the Lesvos Police directorate, local news website stonisi, writes that “under the pretext of humanitarian action, those involved provided refugees in Turkey information about landing coordinates and weather conditions via closed groups and internet applications.”

    The information included:

    – gathering places on the Turkish coast and departure time for voyage to Lesvos.
    - coordinates (longitude and latitude) of specific refugee flows and their direction at a specific time and place
    - number of third-country nationals onboard of boats and the prevailing situation during the voyage
    - final destination (landing place on the coast),
    – details for the accommodation at Moria refugees center on Lesvos.”

    The Police announcement said also that “in addition, through the extensive use of a specific telephone connection application, related to the activation of rescue operations, they hampered the operational work of the Greek Coast Guard vessels, at a time when migratory flows were evolving.”

    The network was involved in at least 32 cases of refugees and migrants transfer.

    The investigation continues “in order to determine the full extent of the illegal activity of the criminal organization and its connections.

    The investigation was carried out in collaboration with the National Intelligence Service, with the assistance of the Counter-Terrorism Service as well as the Directorates for Information Management and Analysis, Attica Aliens Dept and Crime Department.
    #criminalisation #ONG #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité #solidarité #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Lesbos #Grèce

    ping @isskein @karine4

    • Greek police accuse 33 people of helping migrant smuggling

      The Greek government, the same government that is practicing illegal pushbacks on an industrial scale, putting families and children in inflatable life rafts, drifting in the Aegean Sea, in direct violation of international laws and human rights, are once again targeting non-government organizations and volunteers.

      Greek authorities have prepared a case file against 33 foreign nationals, members of four NGOs dealing with refugee issues on the island of Lesvos. The case file against the specific NGOs reportedly includes the offenses of forming and joining a criminal organization, espionage, violation of state secrets, as well as human trafficking.

      We have seen this same approach several times before, trying to criminalize NGOs, aid workers and those who dare stand up against the injustice done by this disgraceful government. Make no mistake, they are trying to scare people to silence, anyone standing up against and highlighting their inhuman treatment of vulnerable people seeking safety, is a treat, and needs to be eliminated.

      Organizations on the ground might be scared to report on how bad the situation really is, to speak up, in fear of being kicked out of the camp they work in, or licenses revoked, so they stay quiet, fall in line and keep their mouths shut. By being quiet, they fail the very people they came to help and protect, and are no longer a part of the solution, but a part of the problem. Organizations working inside the new camp on Lesvos is strangely quiet, they should have been screaming from the rooftops, but they stay quiet. Knowing how the conditions are in this camp and many others, proves my point perfectly.

      Aegean Boat Report will not be intimidated to keep quiet, or look the other way when vulnerable people’s rights are being violated, and will continue to put the spotlight towards injustice. I will not go quite into the Night!

    • Operation points to NGO smuggling role

      A clandestine operation staged by the Greek National Intelligence Service (EYP) and the Hellenic Police (ELAS) in August, involving two undocumented migrants who worked as undercover agents, was what led authorities to the conclusion that members of four nongovernmental organizations active on the island of Lesvos engaged in people smuggling, Kathimerini understands.

      According to classified documents seen by Kathimerini, a total of 35 members of the four NGOs facilitated the movement of illegal immigrants and refugees from Turkey to Lesvos using “illegal methods and procedures.”

      They are nationals of Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Norway and Bulgaria, and two of the NGOs under investigation are based in Berlin, according to the documents.

      The operation code-named Alcmene – after the mother of the mythological hero Hercules – was completed on August 12 at the height of the Greek-Turkish standoff as warships from both countries patrolled the eastern Aegean.

      It essentially entailed “directed smuggling” overseen by Greek authorities, with the two migrants recruited by EYP arriving in Izmir, Turkey, and then boarding a boat with undocumented migrants destined for Lesvos.

      The two agent migrants subsequently detailed what happened during the transfer, shedding light on how the NGOs allegedly operate. The conclusions from the descriptions and information provided by the two migrants will be evaluated in a criminal investigation launched by a Greek prosecutor.

      The classified ELAS documents revealed that the four NGOs make use of the AlarmPhone application – an emergency telephone number used by refugees and migrants crossing the sea from the coast of Turkey to the Greek islands. The app is also used by migrants traveling from Libya to Malta and Italy.

      The migrants call the number and inform the NGOs about their exact location. The NGO volunteers then undertake to contact the Hellenic Coast Guard and ask its staff to collect the boat with the migrants. If there is no immediate response, they publish the issue on social networks as a form of pressure. This app is not secret but accessible through the website and Twitter.

      The probe was launched in May and was initially into six NGOs, though no evidence was found incriminating two of the groups so the investigation was narrowed down to the four.

    • Βαριές κατηγορίες σε βάρος των ΜΚΟ αλλά χωρίς στοιχεία

      Περισσότερες και σαφέστερες εξηγήσεις θα πρέπει να δώσει ο κ. Πέτσας αν θέλει να καταφέρει τη δημιουργία εντυπώσεων ενάντια στην αλληλεγγύη προς μετανάστες και πρόσφυγες, αφού καμία από τις πολύ βαριές κατηγορίες που έχουν αραδιαστεί κατά τεσσάρων οργανώσεων δεν στοιχειοθετείται επαρκώς.

      Περισσότερα ερωτήματα παρά απαντήσεις προκύπτουν από τις χθεσινές αναφορές του κυβερνητικού εκπροσώπου Στέλιου Πέτσα στην υπόθεση των 35 μελών τεσσάρων ξένων οργανώσεων, που κατηγορούνται από την ΕΛ.ΑΣ. για διευκόλυνση παράτυπης εισόδου προσφύγων και μεταναστών και για κατασκοπία.

      Τουλάχιστον οι δύο οργανώσεις, η WatchTheMed, που λειτουργεί το τηλεφωνικό δίκτυο ενημέρωσης για κίνδυνο στη θάλασσα AlarmPhone, και η γερμανική Mare Liberum, που διατηρεί δύο σκάφη στο Αιγαίο, είναι γνωστές για τη συνεισφορά τους σε επιχειρήσεις διάσωσης και για τη δημοσιοποίηση παράνομων επιχειρήσεων αποτροπής και επαναπροώθησης του Λιμενικού.

      « Σε αντίθεση με τους διακηρυγμένους στόχους τους, μεθόδευσαν παράνομη διακίνηση μεταναστών [...] Προς τον σκοπό αυτό γνωστοποιούσαν τις θέσεις των σκαφών του Λιμενικού και του Πολεμικού Ναυτικού μας που βρίσκονταν στην περιοχή και εμπλέκονται -κατ’ επέκταση- σε κατασκοπία σε βάρος της χώρας μας » ανέφερε ο κυβερνητικός εκπρόσωπος. Ωστόσο η κατηγορία της ΕΛ.ΑΣ. δεν αναφέρεται σε διακίνηση, αλλά σε διευκόλυνση εισόδου, κάτι πολύ διαφορετικό, καθώς μάλιστα η διευκόλυνση εισόδου δεν έχει κίνητρο το κέρδος.

      Οσο για την κατηγορία της κατασκοπίας, τα στοιχεία που δίνει ο κ. Πέτσας και η αστυνομία παραμένουν τελείως ασαφή. Είναι απόρρητες οι θέσεις των σκαφών του Λιμενικού και του Πολεμικού Ναυτικού ; Και σε ποιους γνωστοποιούνταν τα στοιχεία, ώστε να στοιχειοθετηθεί κατασκοπία ; Παρόμοιες κατηγορίες, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της κατασκοπίας, είχαν φορτώσει οι αρχές σε Ισπανούς διασώστες που επιχειρούσαν στη Λέσβο το καλοκαίρι του 2016, για να ακολουθήσει η πανηγυρική αθώωσή τους από την ελληνική δικαιοσύνη.

      Σύμφωνα με δημοσιεύματα της « Καθημερινής της Κυριακής » και του « Πρώτου Θέματος », τα στοιχεία προήλθαν από άρση του τηλεφωνικού απορρήτου και από έρευνα συνεργατών της ΕΥΠ, που ταξίδεψαν στην Τουρκία τις παραμονές του Δεκαπενταύγουστου και προσποιήθηκαν ότι είναι πρόσφυγες που θέλουν να ταξιδέψουν στην Ελλάδα. Σύμφωνα με διαβαθμισμένο έγγραφο της ΕΛ.ΑΣ. που επικαλείται η « Καθημερινή », οι κατηγορούμενοι υποστηρίζουν για την εκπλήρωση του παράνομου σκοπού τους την τηλεφωνική γραμμή του Alarm Phone, στην οποία καλούν ο πρόσφυγες από τη βάρκα για να ειδοποιήσουν για κίνδυνο. Η οργάνωση ενημερώνει στη συνέχεια τις ελληνικές αρχές προκειμένου να προχωρήσουν σε διάσωση. Σε περίπτωση άρνησης του Λιμενικού, όπως δυστυχώς έχει καταγγελθεί το τελευταίο διάστημα, οι οργανώσεις δημοσιοποιούν την υπόθεση στον Τύπο για να ασκηθεί πίεση.

      Αλλά αυτή η δράση των οργανώσεων είναι δημόσια και αξιέπαινη. Κατακριτέα και αξιόποινη μπορεί να τη θεωρεί μόνο όποιος πιστεύει ότι δεν είναι απόλυτη προτεραιότητα η διάσωση ανθρώπων που αντιμετωπίζουν κίνδυνο. Αλλά όποιος το πιστεύει αυτό έρχεται σε αντίθεση με το Διεθνές Δίκαιο της Θάλασσας και βρίσκεται με το πλευρό της παρανομίας.
      Η κατηγορία

      Σύμφωνα με το δημοσίευμα, τα μέλη των οργανώσεων κατηγορούνται και επειδή επικοινωνούσαν με πρόσφυγες που δεν κατάφεραν να φτάσουν στην Ελλάδα, οι οποίοι τους έδιναν βίντεο και φωτογραφίες από επιχειρήσεις του Λιμενικού, των οποίων είχαν πέσει θύμα. Αλλά από πού προκύπτει ότι συνιστά αδίκημα η δημοσιοποίηση μιας παράνομης δραστηριότητας που θέτει σε κίνδυνο ανθρώπους ; Τι είδους μυστικές επιχειρήσεις πραγματοποιεί το Λιμενικό στο Αιγαίο και γιατί ενοχλείται από τη δημοσιοποίησή τους ;

      Μιλώντας στο « Πρώτο Θέμα » ο υφυπουργός Προστασίας του Πολίτη, Λευτέρης Οικονόμου, που αναφέρεται ως συντονιστής της επιχείρησης, έκανε λόγο για πολύμηνη και πολυεπίπεδη έρευνα και για σημαντική επιτυχία. Αλλά όσα έχουν γίνει μέχρι τώρα γνωστά δεν το δείχνουν. Σημείωσε επίσης ότι « οι υπηρεσίες ασφαλείας και οι Ενοπλες Δυνάμεις έχουν εντολή από τον πρωθυπουργό και από την κυβέρνηση να εκτελέσουν χωρίς αναστολές και δυστοκίες την αποστολή τους, θωρακίζοντας από άκρη σε άκρη την Ελλάδα απέναντι σε κάθε τύπου επιβουλή » και ιδίως σε βάρος της εθνικής ασφάλειας.

      Δεν είναι σαφές αν αναφέρεται σε κάτι άλλο ή στο ταξίδι των ανθρώπων που θέλουν να ζητήσουν διεθνή προστασία σύμφωνα με το δικαίωμα που τους δίνει το διεθνές δίκαιο. Αν πρόκειται γι’ αυτό, είναι σαφές ότι η κυβέρνηση βαδίζει πιστά στα χνάρια της αδιέξοδης και αποτυχημένης πολιτικής που εφάρμοσε ο ακροδεξιός Σαλβίνι στην Ιταλία.

      Για απόπειρα ποινικοποίησης της αλληλεγγύης κατηγορεί την κυβέρνηση η WatchTheMed, όπως και για προσπάθεια να βγάλει από τη μέση τις ενοχλητικές μαρτυρίες οι οποίες αποκαλύπτουν τα εγκλήματα που διαπράττουν οι ελληνικές αρχές στο Αιγαίο, όπως πιστοποιούνται και από τους αρμόδιους διεθνείς οργανισμούς και μεγάλες διεθνείς οργανώσεις. « Κάθε πρόσφυγας που επαναπροωθείται, κάθε άνθρωπος που βρίσκεται σε μη αξιόπλοη βάρκα, κάθε παιδί που δεν σώζεται ενώ βρίσκεται σε κίνδυνο, είναι αρκετός λόγος για να ξεσηκωθούμε και να υψώσουμε τις φωνές μας. Δεν θα σιωπήσουμε !” υπογραμμίζει.
      « Mare Liberum »

      Ελεύθερο να αποπλεύσει από τη Σκάλα Λουτρών και να συνεχίσει τη δράση του στο Αιγαίο είναι το σκάφος « Mare Liberum », στο οποίο έκαναν έφοδο στις 5 Σεπτεμβρίου οι ελληνικές αρχές και κατάσχεσαν έγγραφα και υπολογιστές. Το σκάφος είναι εγκλωβισμένο μήνες στη Λέσβο μετά από απόφαση του γερμανικού υπουργείου Μεταφορών να αφαιρέσει τα πιστοποιητικά ασφαλείας του πλοίου.

      Το δικαστήριο του Αμβούργου δικαίωσε την οργάνωση και έκρινε παράνομη την απόφαση του υπουργείου, κρίνοντας ότι δεν απαιτούνται άλλα πιστοποιητικά από αυτά που ισχύουν για τα σκάφη αναψυχής, όπως είναι δηλωμένο το « Mare Liberum ».

      To γερμανικό κράτος μπορεί να προσφύγει στο Ανώτατο Διοικητικό Δικαστήριο του Αμβούργου, ωστόσο αυτό θα απαιτήσει χρόνο. Σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες, το « Mare Liberum » είναι έτοιμο να συνεχίσει την ανθρωπιστική του δράση στο Αιγαίο παρακολουθώντας το ταξίδι των προσφύγων και τον τρόπο δράσης του Λιμενικού.

  • #Kamena_Vourla : Locals rally against refugee children, close schools in protest

    Residents and local authorities of seaside resort of Kamena Vourla in Central Greece marched and blocked the highway lane to Athens on Wednesday to protest the presence of minor unaccompanied refugee children in their area.

    It was the second protest rally on Wednesday, while they plan a new one on Thursday.

    According to local media, Mayor of Kamena Vourla, Ioannis Sykiotis, announced that as of tomorrow, schools of all levels in the municipality will remain closed in protest.

    He said that that they were not informed by the central government about the arrival of 39 refugee children who are accommodated in a spa hotel.

    “Even the refugee children themselves do not want to stay in this area, this place is not good even for mice,” Sykiotis said adding that the closed hotel was hastily renovated in the last couple of days.

    “It is not possible that others decide for us without us. So far we have no official information from the competent authorities, but information has begun to circulate that 4-5 hotels are ready to receive refugees. This will not pass. Today’s mobilizations were just the beginning…,” the Mayor said.

    The 39 unaccompanied refugee children arrived today in Kamena Vourla are accommodated in the hotel in the town.

    According to information another 32 unaccompanied minors are expected to arrive on Thursday and stay in the spa town until they are relocated to European countries.

    Other local authorities said the arrival of the refugee children was sudden and provoked the reaction of the municipality residents and professional especially because the tourist season continues.

    KTG understands that the unaccompanied minors belong to the group of 400 refugee children that were trasnferred to the mainland right after the fires in the Moria hotspot mid-September.

    It is not the first time and will probably not be the last one that local communities on the mainland oppose government’s actions regarding the settlement of refugees, whether children, families or adults.

    #Grèce #asile #migrations #réfugiés #anti-réfugiés #protestation


    Ajouté à la métaliste sur migrations et tourisme :

  • Greece: Refugee children only with negative Covid-19 test in schools

    Greece’ Education Ministry demands negative COVID-19 test refugee children in order to enroll them in school, even though there is no official epidemiological data to justify such a discriminating move.

    According to a circular issued by Deputy Education Minister Sofia Zacharaki, refugee and asylum-seeking children that want to attend primary education classes across the country will have to show a Covid-19 test with negative result. The test has to be carried out 72 hours before.

    The circular uploaded by newspaper documentonews stipulates that next to the international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis, necessary to ensure the public health, registrations of minor applicants or minor children of applicants for international protection in school units will have to submit also “a COVID-19 test with negative result carried out 72 hours before enrollment.”

    Most likely, it is the parents that will carry the cost.

    Worth noting that domestic students are not required to submit a negative Covid-19 test in order to attend schools.

    Apart from the fact that a negative test is not a scientific-based panacea against coronavirus in the class-rooms, the Ministry decision raises serious questions regarding the issue of discrimination in a very sensitive area such as health and thus in times of pandemic.

    Main opposition party SYRIZA demanded the immediate withdrawal of this criterion and spoke of “inadmissible categorization of students which is not based on any scientific or epidemiological data.”

    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #éducation #école #test_covid #ségrégation #discriminations #covid-19 #coronavirus #enfants #enfance #Grèce

    ping @thomas_lacroix @luciebacon

  • Le #nouveau_camp de #Lesbos, #Grèce (#septembre_2020) :

    –-> photo : #Giorgos_Moutafis


    Un nouveau camp pour réfugiés sur l’île de Lesbos après les incendies

    Environ 500 demandeurs d’asile ont été installés dans un nouveau camp sur l’île grecque de Lesbos qui doit accueillir des milliers de #sans-abri après la destruction du grand centre de Moria. De nombreux migrants manifestent toutefois pour quitter l’île.

    « Dans cinq jours l’opération sera achevée. Tout le monde sera installé dans le nouveau camp », a assuré le ministre des Migrations, Notis Mitarachi, en visite à Lesbos depuis deux jours pour coordonner les travaux du nouveau camp. Situé à trois kilomètres du port de Mytilène, chef-lieu de l’île, ce camp « sera fermé pendant la nuit pour des raisons de sécurité », selon un communiqué ministériel.

    « Tout est parti en fumée à Moria. On ne peut plus rester dans la rue, dans le camp ce sera mieux », a indiqué à l’AFP une Somalienne qui attendait son tour devant l’entrée du camp pour être enregistrée.
    Migrants contaminés

    Notis Mitarachi a estimé que « 200 personnes » parmi les demandeurs d’asile pourraient être contaminées par le Covid-19 et que des restrictions strictes sont prévues pour les sorties des migrants du nouveau camp.

    Des milliers de familles vivent sur le bitume, sur les trottoirs ou dans les champs à Lesbos depuis les gigantesques incendies de mardi et mercredi qui ont détruit le centre d’enregistrement et d’identification de Moria, sans faire de victimes.

    Mis en place en 2015 pour limiter le nombre de migrants venant de la Turquie voisine à destination de l’Europe, ce centre abritait plus de 12’000 personnes dont 4000 enfants, soit quatre fois plus que sa capacité initiale.

    Refus d’entrer

    Des migrants ont à nouveau manifesté dans le calme dimanche en fin matinée, réclamant leur transfert vers la Grèce continentale, selon des journalistes de l’AFP. De nombreux demandeurs d’asile refusent d’entrer dans le nouveau camp, disant leur ras-le-bol après avoir attendu dans celui de Moria durant des mois, certains des années, d’être transférés dans des structures en Grèce continentale.

    Mais le ministre des Migrations, Notis Mitarachi, a souligné que « toute personne qui est dans la rue sera transférée dans le nouveau camp ». « Ceux qui rêvent quitter l’île, il faut qu’ils l’oublient », a-t-il affirmé.

    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #camps_de_réfugiés #tentes #HCR #SDF

    Sur l’incendie du mois de septembre 2020 :



    Fil de discussion sur le dernier incendie :

    ping @isskein @karine4

    • Just 800 of Greek island’s 12,500 homeless migrants rehoused

      Just over 6% of the 12,500 people left homeless last week by the fire that destroyed Greece’s biggest camp for refugees and migrants have been rehoused in a new temporary facility under construction on the island of Lesvos, authorities said Monday.

      By Monday afternoon, about 800 people had entered the new tent city, hastily set up by the sea a few kilometers from the gutted Moria camp, migration ministry officials said.

      Thousands remained camped out for a sixth day along a road leading from Moria to the island capital of Mytilene, with police blocking the way into town to prevent asylum-seekers trying to board ferries for the Greek mainland instead of entering the new camp.

      Authorities say the blazes last Tuesday and Wednesday in Moria, where thousands of people arrive every year after crossing illegally from nearby Turkey, were started by camp residents angry at quarantine orders imposed after 35 people in the facility tested positive for Covid-19.

      Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said there’s space for about 5,000 people so far in the new camp, on a former military firing range at Kara Tepe near Mytilene. He also said everyone left homeless by the Moria fire will be able to relocate to Kara Tepe within the next few days.

      Officials said the gap between available spaces and residents in the new camp is largely due to the unwillingness of many asylum-seekers to settle in. Many had hoped that with Moria destroyed they would be allowed to head for the Greek mainland, or even other European Union countries.

      Several hundred women and children held a protest march along the Moria-to-Mytilene road Monday, chanting: “No camp, freedom.”

      But government officials said the only way for former Moria camp residents to leave Lesbos would be to move to the new facility and successfully apply there for asylum.

      “Moving to the new camp is not optional, it’s obligatory,” Mitarakis said in an interview with Parapolitika Radio.

      Under EU rules, people reaching Greece’s eastern Aegean islands from Turkey must stay in camps at their points of arrival pending examination of their asylum bids. This led to overcrowding and squalid living conditions for camp residents that were repeatedly criticised by human rights organizations. It also triggered resentment among Lesbos’ Greek population.

      Asylum-seekers entering Kara Tepe are tested for Covid-19 as part of the registration process, and 15 infected people have been recorded so far. All were moved to isolation facilities.

      Greece’s minister responsible for public order, Michalis Chryssohoidis, said Monday he hoped a continued reduction in migration flows from nearby Turkey and a speedy processing of asylum applications should mean the last of the refugees and migrants currently on Lesbos would have left by spring.

      Greek authorities plan to build a new facility for future arrivals that will replace Moria.

    • 2,9 εκατομμύρια για νοίκια στον Καρά Τεπέ μέχρι το… 2025, στην κατά τα άλλα προσωρινή δομή !
      142.051 για τους τέσσερις μήνες του 2020 και από 550.000 το χρόνο, για τα έτη 2021 έως 2025, προκειμένου να νοικιαστούν οι εκτάσεις του Καρά Τεπέ από το Υπουργείο Μετανάστευσης και Ασύλου

      « Λεφτά με το τσουβάλι » αλλά και απόδειξη ότι η προσωρινή δομή του Καρά Τεπέ κάθε άλλο παρά προσωρινή είναι. Το « Ν » αποκαλύπτει σήμερα, δημοσιοποιώντας τα σχετικά έγγραφα, ότι για την περίοδο Σεπτέμβριος 2020 έως 31 Δεκεμβρίου 2025, το Υπουργείο μετανάστευσης και ασύλου δίνει το αστρονομικό ποσό των 2.9 εκατομμυρίων ευρώ μόνο για την ενοικίαση εκτάσεων ξερής και εγκαταλειμμένης γης στον Καρά Τεπέ. Προκειμένου να δημιουργήσει ένα νέο μόνιμο ΚΥΤ.

      Συγκεκριμένα με δυο χθεσινές (14.9.2020) αποφάσεις του Υπουργείου Μετανάστευσης και Ασύλου που αναρτήθηκαν στο « Διαύγεια » δεσμεύονται τα παρακάτω ποσά :

      – 142.051 ευρώ για την ενοικίαση γεωτεμαχίων για τη λειτουργία προσωρινής δομής φιλοξενίας προσφύγων και μεταναστών έως τις 31.12.2020.

      – Επίσης δεσμεύονται άλλα 2.750.000 ευρώ (550.000 ευρώ το χρόνο) για τη μίσθωση των ίδιων γεωτεμαχίων στην περιοχή Καρά Τεπέ !

      Ας σημειώσουμε ότι στις εκτάσεις αυτές που ανήκουν εξ αδιαιρέτως σε απογόνους γνωστής οικογένειας της παλιάς Μυτιλήνης, έχουν αρχίσει ήδη να πραγματοποιούνται χωματουργικές εργασίες, σε κάποια δε τμήματα στήνονται και σκηνές. Εκτείνονται δε πέραν του οικοπέδου του πεδίου βολής ιδιοκτησίας του υπουργείου Εθνικής Άμυνας και φτάνει μέχρι και πίσω από το σούπερ μάρκετ Lidl, Σε επαφή δηλαδή από τη μια μεριά με επιχειρήσεις κατά μήκος του δρόμου από την παλιά ΕΦΑΜ μέχρι και το πεδίο βολής και από την άλλη μεριά, μέχρι τη θάλασσα.

      Η ενοικίαση του συγκεκριμένου χώρου αποδεικνύει προφανώς ότι η νέα, κατ’ ευφημισμό αποκαλούμενη « προσωρινή », δομή στον Καρά Τεπέ είναι ο χώρος όπου θα αναπτυχθεί το μόνιμο ΚΥΤ που εξήγγειλε ο Πρωθυπουργός Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης από τη Θεσσαλονίκη.

      Το μέγεθος δε της όλης έκτασης, πολλές εκατοντάδες στρέμματα, συμπεριλαμβανομένης και της έκτασης του υπουργείου Εθνικής Άμυνας, δείχνει ότι θα είναι ένα τεράστιο ΚΥΤ πολύ μεγαλύτερο αυτό της Μόριας, το μεγαλύτερο στην Ελλάδα αλλά και σε όλη την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση, σε άμεση επαφή με κατοικημένες περιοχές και πολλές δεκάδες επιχειρήσεις, λίγες εκατοντάδες μέτρα από το χωριό Παναγιύδα.

      Ας σημειωθεί ότι όπως λέχθηκε από ανθρώπους της κτηματαγοράς στη Μυτιλήνη, το ύψος του ενοικίου είναι ίσως μεγαλύτερο και από το ύψος του ποσού που απαιτείτο μέχρι πρότινος για την αγορά της έκτασης.


      Commentaire et traduction de quelques extraits par Vicky Skoumbi :

      Voici quelques extraits de l’article du média locale sto nisi qui révèle les véritables intentions du gouvernement, qui loin de programmer l’évacuation des îles d’ici Pâques, prévoit la création du plus grand hot-spot de l’Europe à Kara-Tepe à Lesbos, beaucoup plus grand que Moria !
      Si en plus, on tient compte les intentions affichés du gouvernement de créer non pas un RIC fonctionnant comme avant, mais un centre de réception et d’identification fermé sous surveillance policière 24h sur 24h, on voit que le pire est devant nous et les déclaration sur le départ de tout réfugié d’ici Päques n’est que poudre aux yeux de la population locale et de la communauté internationale

      2,9 millions prévus pour la location de terrains à Kara Tepe jusqu’en… 2025, tout ça pour une structure censément provisoire !

      142051 pour les quatre mois de 2020 et de 550000 par an, de 2021 à 2025, afin de louer les terrains de Kara Tepe par le ministère de l’Immigration et de l’Asile.

      La location de ces terrains prouve évidemment que la nouvelle structure à Kara Tepe appelée par euphémisme « temporaire » est l’endroit où sera installé le RIC (Reception Identification Center), le hot-spot permanent annoncé par le Premier ministre Kyriakos Mitsotakis à Thessalonique.

      L’étendue de l’ensemble de la zone, plusieurs centaines d’hectares, y compris la zone du ministère de la Défense nationale, montre qu’il s’agira d’un hot-spot énorme, beaucoup plus grand que celui de Moria, le plus grand de Grèce et de toute l’Union européenne, en contact direct avec des zones résidentielles et de très nombreuses d’entreprises, à quelques centaines de mètres du village de Panagouda.

      Il est à noter que comme l’ont dit les gens du marché immobilier à Mytilène, le montant du loyer est probablement supérieur du montant requis pour l’achat même du terrain.

    • Lesbos : les migrants à la rue évacués par la police vers un nouveau camp « provisoire »

      La police grecque a commencé jeudi à évacuer une partie des milliers de réfugiés jetés à la rue par l’incendie de Moria vers un nouveau camp, « provisoire » selon l’ONU et les autorités grecques. Ces dernières ont évoqué Pâques comme date butoir pour transférer les exilés de l’île de Lesbos.

      La police grecque a commencé jeudi 17 septembre à évacuer une partie des milliers de réfugiés jetés à la rue par l’incendie de Moria vers un nouveau camp.

      Vers 7h locales (4h GMT), la police faisait le tour des tentes, dans le calme. Progressivement ils ont entrepris de vider le secteur de ses sans-abri et les emmener vers le nouveau camp érigé à la hâte après l’incendie, il y a une semaine.

      Sous un soleil déjà chaud, et sur fond de pleurs d’enfants, plusieurs réfugiés, dont des femmes et des enfants, pliaient leurs couvertures, apportaient des sacs contenant leurs affaires sauvées des flammes la semaine dernière, ou se mettaient à démonter les tentes de bric et de broc installées sur l’asphalte, selon des informations de l’AFP. Ces transferts s’ajoutent aux plusieurs centaines de migrants, déjà arrivés dans le camp mardi et mercredi, selon des humanitaires. D’après les derniers chiffres des autorités grecques, mardi, 1 200 personnes y étaient logées.

      Mercredi soir, 1 000 tentes, pouvant chacune accueillir 8 à 10 personnes, y étaient érigées. Des tentes médicales doivent encore être dressées, et deux zones de quarantaine sont prévues alors que quelque dizaines de cas de coronavirus ont été détectés - mais pour l’heure sans gravité.

      « L’objectif est de protéger la santé publique »

      Depuis l’incendie du camp de Moria, le plus grand d’Europe où vivaient près de 13 000 réfugiés dans des conditions dramatiques, les migrants se sont entassés sous des abris de fortune sur un coin de route et des parkings de supermarché fermés, dans une précarité extrême.

      Dans ce contexte, toute distanciation sociale pour se protéger du Covid-19 semble impossible et, surtout, l’urgence est ailleurs, ont observé des journalistes d’InfoMigrants sur place. « La plus grande préoccupation de ces personnes actuellement, c’est d’avoir accès à de la nourriture et de l’eau », a expliqué Dimitra Chasioti, psychologue pour Médecins sans frontières (MSF) présente sur les lieux.

      « L’objectif est de protéger la santé publique », a déclaré à l’AFP Theodoros Chronopoulos, porte-parole de la police. Il a confirmé une « opération en cours » qui « répond à des fins humanitaires ».

      MSF, qui a ouvert une clinique d’urgence dans cette zone, s’est vu interdire l’accès dans la nuit, alors que des rumeurs d’évacuation couraient, a indiqué l’ONG à l’AFP. À 7h30 (4h30 GMT), ses membres ne pouvaient toujours pas rejoindre leur clinique.

      « Une opération de police est en cours pour emmener les réfugiés vers le nouveau camp. Cela ne devrait pas empêcher l’aide médicale », a twitté l’ONG. La zone a également été restreinte aux médias.

      Objectif : « quitter l’île pour Athènes »

      Ce nouveau camp, qui crée de nombreuses réticences parmi la population migrante angoissée à l’idée de se retrouver à nouveau enfermée, sera seulement « provisoire » ont promis l’ONU et les autorités grecques.

      Construit depuis samedi, il a pour objectif que les réfugiés « puissent progressivement, et dans le calme, quitter l’île pour Athènes » ou « être réinstallés ailleurs », a indiqué mercredi le représentant en Grèce du Haut commissariat de l’ONU aux réfugiés (HCR) en Grèce, Philippe Leclerc. « Le HCR pousse les autorités (grecques) à accélérer le processus (de demande d’asile) pour que les gens ne restent pas trop longtemps » ici, a-t-il ajouté.

      Le ministre grec de la Protection civile Michalis Chrysochoidis a pour sa part estimé que « la moitié » des exilés pourrait quitter Lesbos « d’ici Noël » et « les autres d’ici Pâques ».

    • "It is a terrible, inhuman situation". #Marisa_Matias visits Kara Tepe refugee camp

      Marisa Matias says that more than three thousand people have arrived in Kara Tepe and another six thousand are yet to arrive. In this refugee camp, people who test positive for Covid-6 are placed “in spaces surrounded by barbed wire where they have no water,” said the MEP.

      Presidential candidate Marisa Matias visited Kara Tepe in Greece this Friday, who is receiving refugees from the Moria camp, which suffered from a fire on the night of September XNUMX.

      “It is a terrible, inhuman situation”, guaranteed Marisa Matias in a video published on her Facebook page. “It is welcoming the people of Moria, after the fire, it is an immense extension”, said the MEP, pointing out the high number of people passing by around her.

    • After Moria, EU to try closed asylum camps on Greek islands

      A “closed camp” for displaced people is being set up on Samos as part of the EU’s strategy for fortifying its external borders. Neither residents of the island nor the people who will be held there want the camp.

      The site of what is to be one of the first new EU camps for displaced people is surrounded by a 6-meter (20-foot) barbed-wire fence. The heat of the day gathers in the valley, which is served so far only by a gravel road. The location of the future camp is over 5 kilometers (4 miles) from Samos, the main town on the island of the same name. When the camp is built, residents will be able to enter it through turnstiles at the gates by means of microchipped armbands. At night, the gates will remain locked.

      By the end of 2020, Samos is meant to be the first Greek island to host a “closed camp.” The announcement was made by the Greek migration minister, Notis Mitarachi, when he visited the island at the end of August. The European Commission has given Greece almost €130 million ($152 million) to build multipurpose reception-and-identification centers, which are meant to provide a higher standard of accommodation than previous camps had, with portable cabins, running water, separated areas and, above all, more security.

      The concept of the closed camps is part of a new strategy to better fortify regions at the European Union’s external borders. Overfilled camps in such regions have become a chronic problem since large numbers of displaced people began arriving in Europe from 2015 on. At the start of the year, the Greek islands near the border to Turkey were hosting more than 40,000 asylum applicants. In the town of Samos, the number of asylum applicants exceeded the number of people who lived there permanently. Almost 5,000 people are currently living in the existing camp on the island — although it was first meant to house only 650.

      Residents have built tents made from sleeping bags, sticks and tarpaulins. Water pipes stick out from the ground. The doors of the portable toilet cabins are banging open and shut with the wind. There is a smell of fried fish and urine.
      ’Send us back’

      Omar, who asked that his real name not be used, was sitting on a pallet, drinking tea with his wife and children near the tent that the family — eight members in all — shares. At night, the rats are so loud that they can’t sleep, the 58-year-old Omar said. After seven months of waiting since the family came from Idlib, Syria, he has had enough. “It’s better to send us back to our country,” he said: It would be better to be in danger in a civil war than to be provided indefinite refuge at this camp.

      Skin infections are proliferating, Omar said, and most people are without showers. Each person receives one bottle of water and two meals a day — which the members of the family take turns standing in line for up to three hours to get.

      A son, Mohammed, who had studied in university back in Syria, fanned out the meal vouchers for the following days. Whereas at the start each person had received about €90 per month, this lump sum has now been reduced to €75. Omar had heard that the money saved was being used to improve the general living conditions. But, he said, nothing has changed for him. On the contrary: Since restrictions were placed on movement, he said, the situation has become even more tense. He said the situation often got worse at night — when there is neither electricity nor light.
      Are NGOs permitted?

      After the first two cases of coronavirus infection were discovered in the camp earlier in September, the Greek authorities imposed a lockdown that is to last until the end of the month. Over the past week — including as recently as Sunday evening — fires broke out in the camp. It remains unclear what caused the fires. But Greek politicians are warning of copycat effects following fires at the Moria camp on Lesbos, and even excusing the camp residents of engaging in arson to escape the miserable conditions.

      In the future, 2,100 will be held at the camp — 900 of them in a closed-off area where they will wait for decisions on their cases, according to Jonathan Vigneron, project coordinator for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Samos. The numbers are taken from a map that the migration minister handed out during his visit. Vigneron said the whole thing reminded him of a prison.

      “It’s a very scary thing to see,” Vigneron said. He added that issues that international organizations had asked for clarity on included whether NGOs such as MSF would even be permitted to work in the new camp. The registration procedure for NGOs makes access almost impossible, he said. In an open letter, 68 organizations wrote that conditions in the camp could create “a worrying situation with regard to human dignity.”

      Displaced people might have a better standard of accommodation and more security at the closed camp, Vigneron said, but they would have nothing to do and no freedom of movement. “The camp is 5 kilometers away from any place,” Vigneron said. “It’s not marginalizing people: This is segregation by definition.”

    • #Moria_2.0': refugees who escaped fire now living in ’worse’ conditions

      More than 7,500 people living in tents on squalid settlement, with two other camps on Lesbos set to close

      Thousands of people who fled the fire that destroyed the infamous Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, last month are living in dire and unsanitary conditions in a temporary settlement with little access to water or basic sanitation.

      Just over 7,500 people are now living in tents among the rubble and dust of a former shooting range in an informal settlement that has become known as “Moria 2.0”.

      The camp, located at the edge of the sea, is exposed to the elements. Residents are allowed to leave the camp between 8am–8pm every day apart from Sunday. People wash their clothes and bodies in the sea because there is not enough running water. In the past week more than 1,600 recognised refugees have been moved to less crowded camps and hotels on the mainland, where they have said conditions are better.

      Semin, a 23-year-old economics graduate from a Kabul university, said she cried when she found out she wouldn’t be moving to the mainland.

      “My mother tries not to eat a lot of food because she doesn’t want to go to the toilet,” she said, and explained that some people were walking to a nearby town to use toilets in cafes instead of using camp toilets.

      “This camp is not good for children or old people,” she added. She said that the electricity, which is powered by generators, didn’t always work.

      A spokesperson for the Greek ministry of migration said that there were 400 toilets in the camp and that these were cleaned every day.

      Shad Mohammed, a refugee from Afghanistan, said he was having to find ways to cook his own food using salvaged pots and pans from Moria because his children could not eat the food in the new camp.

      Two other remaining camps on the island, Pikpa and Kara Tepe, which are both for vulnerable people, are now facing closure. Kara Tepe, which has a capacity for around 1,000 people, will be closed by the end of the year. Pikpa, a small brightly-coloured camp with notably good conditions, faces closure by authorities next week.

      Carmen Dupont from Lesvos Solidarity, an NGO operating in Pikpa, said she had been shocked to hear news of the closures. “At a time when we hear from the European Union: ‘no more Moria’, a new Moria has been built and the conditions – as far as we hear from the people inside – are worse than at the previous camp.”

      Dupont said the situation for those stuck on Lesbos and other Greek islands seemed to be deteriorating. “There seems to be a very clear agenda linked to the migration pact and the European Union’s direction, which is of containment. Keeping people trapped and locked in inhumane camps in hellish conditions and at the same time, erasing and closing the dignified shelters that exist.

      “It is a very clear agenda that we are resisting because Pikpa is much more than a place. We are defending the idea and values of solidarity, equality, dignity and connection.”

      Médecins Sans Frontières have also expressed concerns about the new camp. “We know that the camp has very minimal services,” said Marco Sandrone, the MSF project coordinator on Lesbos. “[The closure of Kara Tepe and Pikpa] is extremely concerning, because the lack of appropriate accommodation for vulnerable categories has always been an issue.”

      Meanwhile, as residents at “Moria 2.0” tried to make the best of the situation, the community at Pikpa were planning to spend their final days lobbying to save the space. Last week a group of children from the camp spent the day painting a mural reading: “Save Pikpa. Love you Pikpa.”

      A spokesperson for the ministry of migration said residents of Pikpa and Kara Tepe would have their asylum claims “accelerated”. A successful asylum claim would mean they would be moved to the mainland while a rejection would result in them being detained and – pending appeal – deported.

    • Un mois après les incendies à Moria, le HCR lance une mise en garde contre une dégradation des conditions à l’arrivée de l’hiver

      Quatre semaines après les incendies qui ont détruit le centre d’accueil et d’identification de Moria à Lesbos, le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, réitère son appel pour que des mesures et des améliorations urgentes soient prises afin d’éviter une nouvelle détérioration des conditions de vie d’environ 7800 réfugiés et demandeurs d’asile actuellement hébergés dans le site d’urgence de Kara Tepe.

      Le froid et l’arrivée de l’hiver ne feront qu’aggraver les difficultés endurées par cette population. Il existe des lacunes critiques en matière de drainage, d’eau, d’installations d’assainissement et d’hygiène, et de services de santé, auxquelles il faut remédier sans délai.

      Les fortes pluies du 8 octobre dernier ont aggravé la situation des résidents du site d’urgence. Des tentes ont été inondées. Le HCR a effectué des visites de suivi en matière de protection pour évaluer la situation sur ce site suite aux fortes pluies et a donné la priorité aux bâches pour les personnes dont les tentes ont été affectées par les fortes pluies. Les réfugiés eux-mêmes ont également trouvé d’autres solutions provisoires, comme le creusement de canaux et de tranchées pour évacuer l’eau autour de leurs tentes et éviter les inondations, car le drainage fait défaut à travers tout le site.

      Le centre d’accueil et d’identification de Moria a été dévasté par des incendies le 9 septembre dernier, forçant quelque 12 000 hommes, femmes et enfants à vivre dans la rue. Les autorités grecques avaient rapidement mobilisé l’armée grecque et les partenaires humanitaires pour ouvrir un centre d’accueil d’urgence. Des efforts importants ont été déployés par les autorités nationales et les organismes d’aide travaillant à Lesbos. Toutefois, les conditions de vie dans le site d’urgence doivent encore être améliorées de toute urgence.

      Le HCR et d’autres partenaires humanitaires ont alerté les autorités grecques sur les dangers et les risques liés à la sécurité sur le site d’urgence, exigeant une action immédiate de leur part. La zone est sujette aux inondations et le site actuel sous tente n’est pas équipé pour fournir la protection nécessaire contre les éléments et les basses températures.

      A la demande des autorités grecques et en soutien aux efforts d’aide humanitaire menés par le gouvernement, le HCR fournit du gravier pour aider à réduire le risque d’inondation dans les zones de tentes et les parties communes. Comme le temps se refroidit et devient plus humide, nous fournissons des kits d’isolation et des planchers composés de palettes et de plaques de contreplaqué pour les tentes familiales.

      Toutefois, il ne s’agit là que d’interventions à court terme qui ne peuvent être considérées comme adéquates ou suffisantes pour résister à l’hiver. Nous avons souligné auprès des autorités que des efforts à grande échelle sont nécessaires, notamment pour assurer rapidement un drainage efficace sur l’ensemble du site et garantir de meilleures solutions d’hébergement pour les personnes les plus vulnérables et leurs familles. Parallèlement, nous continuons à demander davantage de transferts vers le continent dans des logements décents.

      Avec l’arrivée de nouvelles précipitations et d’autres conditions climatiques difficiles, le HCR exhorte à une action immédiate sur toutes les îles grecques de la mer Égée. A Samos, où près de 4500 personnes continuent de séjourner dans des conditions précaires et surpeuplées, la plupart d’entre elles dorment dans des tentes d’été ou des abris de fortune dans les bois, en périphérie du centre d’accueil prévu pour accueillir seulement 650 personnes. La souffrance de ces personnes peut être évitée, grâce à des préparatifs contre les conditions hivernales et à des transferts plus nombreux vers des logements décents.

      Parallèlement, le HCR est encouragé par les efforts menés durant le dernier mois pour décongestionner les sites surpeuplés à travers les îles de la mer Égée, par le biais de transferts vers le continent des demandeurs d’asile les plus vulnérables et des personnes ayant obtenu le statut de réfugié de la part des autorités grecques. Nous continuons à apporter notre appui et à encourager l’accélération de ces efforts.

      A un moment où les besoins en termes de logements appropriés pour les demandeurs d’asile en Grèce sont accrus, le HCR est particulièrement préoccupé par la fermeture annoncée des installations sur l’île de Lesbos, qui avaient été consacrées à l’hébergement de centaines de familles, de femmes et d’enfants parmi les plus vulnérables.

      Il s’agit notamment du centre d’hébergement communautaire de Kara Tepe et de PIKPA, un espace de solidarité autogéré. L’un des fondateurs de cet espace avait reçu la distinction Nansen du HCR pour les réfugiés en 2016. L’activiste grecque Efi Latsoudi a travaillé sans relâche pour aider des milliers de réfugiés arrivant sur les côtes grecques, en offrant un refuge aux plus vulnérables après leur arrivée.

      En attendant des solutions plus complètes et plus dignes, le HCR appelle les autorités grecques à veiller à ce que de telles initiatives continuent d’exister pour assurer la protection et répondre aux besoins spécifiques des réfugiés particulièrement vulnérables.

    • “No more Moria”? Rainfall floods dozens of tents in Kara Tepe camp

      Dozens of tents were flooded and large parts of Kara Tepe refugee camp on the island of Lesvos came under water after a strong rainfall on Thursday, an expected development as many people warned about from the very first moment the camp was set up.

      the European Commission slogan “No More Moria” turned into “flooded Kara Tepe” instead.

      The rainfall destroyed 80 out of 1,100 tents and left families with children and elderly again without a roof over their heads.

      3 out of 15 demarcated areas in the camp stand under water.

      For the Migration and Asylum Ministry reason for the floods is the heavy rainfall and the hastily way the camp was set up due to the fire in Moria hotspot.

      “It is obvious that a temporary structure that was built in a few days will face problems, however, the problems have been addressed immediately,” Ministry sources said according to local media.

      The sources said that the services of the Migration Ministry that operate in the field, in collaboration with Civil Society volunteers, have already proceeded to:

      Transfer of residents to flooded tents, to common areas (rub halls) , where they will remain until further notice.
      Restoration or removal of the approximately 80 tents affected, as 2,500 residents have already left the temporary structure in Kara Tepe and additional 1,300 will leave for relocation abroad.
      Distribution of waterproof covers in order to strengthen the roofs of the tents.

      Drainage works are expected to be concluded in a week.

      “After all, winterization projects are in progress from the first moment,” the sources said..

      They added “the effectiveness of the first infrastructure and protection projects is proven by the fact that the overwhelming percentage of the structure was not affected by the rainfall.”

      The Migration Ministry submitted a relevant Technical Bulletin totaling 5,580,000 euros to the Ministry of Development and Investment, which has already been approved and the projects will be implemented immediately. The projects are funded by the European Union “.

      The sources stressed that the damages in Kara Tepe demonstrate the need for the immediate implementation of the project of the new closed / controlled structure, a structure that will offer better living conditions, modern facilities and more security.”

      PS all in all the Greek Migration Ministry is satisfied with its accomplishments then “only 80 tents were flooded.” Thank goodness, the rain did not come from the other side flooding another 80.

      And it is still autumn…

      The United Nations High Commissioner for Refuges warns of worsening conditions ahead of the winter.

    • UNHCR calls for action after migrant camp floods

      A month after fire razed the sprawling Moria reception center on the Aegean island of Lesvos, the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, has called for “urgent action” after heavy rain flooded tents at a new facility set up to replace the camp.

      “Urgent action and improvements are needed to avoid further deterioration of living conditions for some 7,800 refugees and asylum-seekers currently sheltered in the emergency site in Kara Tepe,” the UNHCR said in a statement on Friday.

      It said some “interim solutions” were found in the wake of the flooding caused by Thursday’s rainfall but warned that, “colder weather and the onset of winter will only bring more hardship for the people there.”

      Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said that the majority of the facility had not been affected by the flooding and that those migrants whose tents were flooded were temporarily moved to “common areas.”

    • Moria 2.0: The new Lesbos refugee camp

      A month ago, on September 12, the Greek government opened a new migrant camp on Lesbos, after Moria was destroyed by fire. The new camp is home to about 10,000. InfoMigrants went to meet some of them last week.

      The last warmth of autumn is fading on Lesbos, the Greek island that will be remembered as the site of Europe’s largest migrant camp, Moria, which burned to the ground a month ago.

      After the fire, some of the most vulnerable migrants were taken to facilities on the Greek mainland or to other European countries. Those remaining, around 10,000 people including babies, the elderly and ill, moved into the new temporary tent facility on a former military site. Before moving there, they had spent up to ten days sleeping by the roadside in the open.

      Access to the camp is restricted and the Greek authorities do not welcome visitors. There is a large police presence in and around the camp to ensure that the violence of Moria is not repeated. Asylum seekers are searched for drugs and weapons every time they re-enter the facility. This also means waiting in line to receive a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 .

      The Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum promised that people would have decent living conditions, medical treatment and supplies including running water, electricity and wifi. Once a day, the residents receive a food package containing three meals, but many supplement these rations by cooking their own food over small fires along the sea shore.

      As there are no showers in the camp, people have to wash with a hose-pipe or in the sea. Many people InfoMigrants spoke to said this was causing serious problems for women who needed privacy.

      Children and adults wait in line to fill their containers with cold water from a hose. There is no physical distancing or any other protection against virus transmission.

      Camp residents who are ill with coronavirus are in a fenced-off area.

      Without insulation the tents can become too hot to stay inside even when the outside temperature is less than 28 degrees Celsius. In winter, when it drops to around six degrees, they will offer little protection against cold.

      The camp went up quickly before drains were dug, and the first rain a day after this photo was taken on October 7, flooded the tents. A number of migrants complained that they were living “worse than animals.”

    • Lesbos: Is another Moria in the making?

      Rains have flooded a camp set up to replace the burned-down Moria camp for displaced people and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos. People seeking to make a new life for themselves are instead mired in mud.

      There are huge puddles in front of the tents at the Kara Tepe camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. A woman holding a newborn baby in a thick pink blanket watches children splash through the water, barefoot or in flip-flops. People are using shovels in often vain efforts to remove the murky water from inside the tents. The rainwater has even seeped underneath the plastic groundsheets, causing them to bulge in places.

      The videos and photos circulating on Twitter and other internet platforms give the world an idea of how helpless the people on Lesbos must have felt after the massive rains this week. “The water came into our tent and everything was flooded,” Ahmad Shuaib Abawi told DW. The 26-year-old Afghan and his family of nine live in one of the approximately 1,100 tents in what the Greek authorities refer to as a “temporary camp.”

      Conditions were supposed to be different there — more orderly, safer — after the controversial and completely overcrowded Moria refugee camp burned down about a month ago.

      80 tents destroyed by water

      Even before the heavy rainfalls, critics called the new camp, which is being called Moria 2 by some, “inhumane.” The rains have now destroyed about 80 of the 1,100 tents. According to the Greek Immigration Ministry, the authorities immediately started to fix the problem, arguing that it is normal for “temporary accommodation built within just a few days” to face challenges.

      The ministry said only a small part of the camp was affected by the floods and that some of the refugees had been temporarily relocated. According to the Greek government, almost 10,000 people currently live at the Kara Tepe camp.

      Waiting all day long

      “It’s really horrible,” said Marion MacGregor, who has been on the ground in Lesbos for the InfoMigrants online portal for the past few days. The refugees are not doing well and the psychological strain, in particular, is enormous, she said. “They do not want to lose years of their lives waiting around in these conditions; they just want to have their asylum application interviews and get on with it” she said. Instead, many face a long wait in the camp, knowing that winter is coming, there are no showers and there is not enough food.

      In good weather, the location of the camp could even be described as idyllic. It is situated right on the coast and the morning sun occasionally bathes the tents in soft orange light. But in reality, Kara Tepe has little of the idyll about it.

      “People wash in the ocean,” MacGregor said, adding that this is a problem in particular for the women, as they have no privacy. Portable toilets have been set up — altogether 345 of them, camp residents have told workers from the aid organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

      Food packages are not enough

      “Once a day, they are handed a packet of food, but that’s not enough,” MacGregor said — which is why some refugees try to sell bottles or handkerchiefs in the city to buy extra food. But thanks to solar panels, many people in the camp at least have electricity.

      Is the situation in the new camp better than in Moria, despite the many privations? Residents of the camp are divided in their opinion. MacGregor has heard that there is less violence, at least, thanks to the enormous police presence in front of and inside the camp.

      Ahmad Shuaib Abawi also had a relatively positive view — of the camp, at least. “We are not doing badly here, but we are wasting time; the children could go to school and we could study,” he said, adding that he wants to get on with his life rather than get stuck.

      Seven square meters for two families

      “The conditions in the new camp remind us a lot of Moria, while we hear from our patients that in reality, the situation is even worse,” said Marco Sandrone, director of operations for MSF on Lesbos, adding it appears that some tents have no groundsheet at all. “Before the rains, people slept on rocky or dusty ground, which has since become muddy,” he said. Many families have to share tents; they cook, eat and sleep on about 7 square meters (75 square feet), he added.

      The local aid organizations agree the living conditions are not humane despite promises by the Greek Immigration Ministry to provide “decent conditions,” medical care and sufficient food. “Enough is enough!” several aid organizations, including MSF, say in a joint statement. “We reaffirm our call to move these people to safe and decent housing. Other European countries must also accept those seeking protection in order to relieve the situation on the Greek islands.”

      Appeal to EU

      About 2,500 refugees housed at the Kara Tepe camp have been transferred to other accommodation within the EU since September, and 1,300 are expected to leave the camp soon, according to the Greek Migration Ministry. Germany agreed to take in 1,500 refugees from Greece; France expects 900.

      The aid organizations argue that is not enough. They call on EU leaders and member state to stop sealing off the Greek islands and reinforcing the bloc’s external borders. For the time being, however, nothing is likely to change at the Kara Tepe camp. The waiting continues, along with hopes that the next rain will not flood everything again.

    • Deutsche Welle publie un article sur les dénonciations de la situation inhumaine au camp de Kara Tepe à Lesbos et sur l’appel dit ‘Appel de Noël’ de 240 parlementaires du Bundestag de tout bord qui demandent d’accueillir plus de réfugiés venant des îles grecques

      Γερμανική κριτική για την κατάσταση στο Καρά Τεπέ


      La situation à Kara Tepe vivement critiquée en Allemagne

      La situation est pire que dans les camps en Afrique, dit le ministre Gerd Müller. Fin décembre, tous les mineurs isolés ou malades seront transférés des îles grecques. Appel de 240 parlementaires allemands.

      Le ministre allemand du Développement économique, Gerd Müller, a vivement critiqué la situation dans le camp de réfugiés de Kara Tepe. S’exprimant sur RTL / ntv ce matin, il a souligné que « c’est en effet un grand scandale pour l’UE que jusqu’à présent nous n’ayons pas pu, malgré l’incendie de Moria il y a quelques mois, créer une situation qui serait vraiment humaine ». M. Müller, le ministre chargé de la coopération avec les pays en développement, a déclaré que la situation à Lesbos était pire que dans les camps de réfugiés en Afrique.

      Gerd Müller : L’UE est coresponsable de la situation à Kara Tepe

      Le politicien de l’Union chrétienne-sociale (CSU) a évoqué à plusieurs reprises la situation dans les camps des îles grecques et a exhorté le gouvernement allemand à accepter des réfugiés de Grèce. Plusieurs fois il s’est opposé au ministre de l’Intérieur Horst Seehofer, qui appartient également à la CSU. Contrairement à Gerd Müller, Seehofer rejette les initiatives uniquement allemandes sur la question migratoire et insiste sur une ligne européenne unique. Mais un porte-parole du ministère allemand de l’Intérieur a déclaré ces dernières semaines que les efforts de la présidence allemande de l’UE au cours des six derniers mois pour réformer la politique d’asile européenne avaient échoué.

      L’Allemagne continue d’accepter des réfugiés de Grèce

      S’exprimant hier après-midi au parlement allemand sur la question de l’accueil des réfugiés de Grèce, le vice-ministre de l’Intérieur Volkmar Vogel a annoncé que le 3 décembre, les derniers mineurs isolés que l’Allemagne avait promis d’accepter sont arrivés des îles grecques. Quant aux 243 autres enfants réfugiés malades, ainsi que leurs familles, que le gouvernement allemand s’est également engagé à accueillir, M. Vogel a exprimé l’espoir que d’ici la fin du mois, ils seraient tous arrivés. Cependant, en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus, les procédures d’accueil des 1553 réfugiés des îles grecques, que l’Allemagne avait annoncé vouloir accueillir après l’incendie de Moria, elles vont s’étaler sur plusieurs mois.

      M. Vogel a clairement indiqué qu’à l’heure actuelle, l’Allemagne n’avait pas l’intention d’accepter d’autres réfugiés de Grèce et que la question concernait l’UE dans son ensemble. Le principal objectif du gouvernement allemand est d’améliorer la situation des réfugiés en Grèce. Evoquant les camps de réfugiés sur les îles grecques et en particulier à Lesbos, Volkmar Vogel a déclaré que le gouvernement allemand « regrette la situation » là-bas et qu’il tente « dans la mesure de ses capacités » d’aider sur le terrain.

      Appel de plus de 240 députés

      Les législateurs allemands demandent au gouvernement allemand d’accepter plus de réfugiés de Grèce

      Selon l’agence de presse epd [Evangelischer Pressedienst, epd], plus de 240 députés allemands signent un « appel de Noël », demandant au gouvernement allemand d’ accepter davantage de réfugiés de Grèce et de redoubler d’efforts pour trouver une solution au niveau de l’UE. L’appel est signé par les députés de tous des partis autres que l’AfD, Alternative nationaliste et xénophobe pour l’Allemagne. Parmi eux se trouvent les présidents des sociaux-démocrates, Saskia Esken et des Verts, Annalena Baerbock, la vice-présidente de la Chambre, le libéral, Wolfgang Kubicki, l’ancien président des chrétiens-démocrates, Volker Kauder et la parlementaire Ulla Jelpke du Die Linke.

      Panagiotis Kouparanis, Berlin


      Voir l’article de SDZ (en allemand)

      Migration und Asyl:Abgeordnete verlangen mehr Hilfe für Flüchtlinge

      17. Dezember 2020, 18:50 Uhr

      In einem « Weihnachtsappell » fordern 240 Parlamentarier fast aller Fraktionen fordern die Bundesregierung auf, mehr für Schutzsuchende in Griechenland zu tun.

      Von Constanze von Bullion, Berlin, dit le ministre Gerd Müller. Fin décembre, tous les mineurs isolés ou malades seront transférés des îles grecques. Appel de 240 membres allemands.

      Le ministre allemand du Développement économique, Gerd Müller, a vivement critiqué la situation dans le camp de réfugiés de Kara Tepe. S’exprimant sur RTL / ntv ce matin, il a souligné que « c’est en effet un grand scandale pour l’UE que jusqu’à présent nous n’ayons pas pu, malgré l’incendie de Moria il y a quelques mois, créer une situation qui serait vraiment humaine ». M. Müller, le ministre chargé de la coopération avec les pays en développement, a déclaré que la situation à Lesbos était pire que dans les camps de réfugiés en Afrique.

      Gerd Müller : L’UE est coresponsable de la situation à Kara Tepe

      Le politicien de l’Union chrétienne-sociale (CSU) a évoqué à plusieurs reprises la situation dans les camps des îles grecques et a exhorté le gouvernement allemand à accepter des réfugiés de Grèce. Plusieurs fois il s’est opposé au ministre de l’Intérieur Horst Seehofer, qui appartient également à la CSU. Contrairement à Gerd Müller, Seehofer rejette les initiatives uniquement allemandes sur la question migratoire et insiste sur une ligne européenne unique. Mais un porte-parole du ministère allemand de l’Intérieur a déclaré ces dernières semaines que les efforts de la présidence allemande de l’UE au cours des six derniers mois pour réformer la politique d’asile européenne avaient échoué.

      L’Allemagne continue d’accepter des réfugiés de Grèce

      S’exprimant hier après-midi au parlement allemand sur la question de l’accueil des réfugiés de Grèce, le vice-ministre de l’Intérieur Volkmar Vogel a annoncé que le 3 décembre, les derniers mineurs isolés que l’Allemagne avait promis d’accepter sont arrivés des îles grecques. Quant aux 243 autres enfants réfugiés malades, ainsi que leurs familles, que le gouvernement allemand s’est également engagé à accueillir, M. Vogel a exprimé l’espoir que d’ici la fin du mois, ils seraient tous arrivés. Cependant, en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus, les procédures d’accueil des 1553 réfugiés des îles grecques, que l’Allemagne avait annoncé vouloir accueillir après l’incendie de Moria, elles vont s’étaler sur plusieurs mois.

      M. Vogel a clairement indiqué qu’à l’heure actuelle, l’Allemagne n’avait pas l’intention d’accepter d’autres réfugiés de Grèce et que la question concernait l’UE dans son ensemble. Le principal objectif du gouvernement allemand est d’améliorer la situation des réfugiés en Grèce. Evoquant les camps de réfugiés sur les îles grecques et en particulier à Lesbos, Volkmar Vogel a déclaré que le gouvernement allemand « regrette la situation » là-bas et qu’il tente « dans la mesure de ses capacités » d’aider sur le terrain.

      Appel de plus de 240 députés

      Les législateurs allemands demandent au gouvernement allemand d’accepter plus de réfugiés de Grèce

      Selon l’agence de presse epd [Evangelischer Pressedienst, epd], plus de 240 députés allemands signent un « appel de Noël », appelant le gouvernement allemand à accepter davantage de réfugiés de Grèce et à redoubler d’efforts pour trouver une solution au niveau de l’UE. L’appel est signé par les députés de tous des partis autres que l’AfD, Alternative nationaliste et xénophobe pour l’Allemagne. Parmi eux se trouvent les présidents des sociaux-démocrates, Saskia Esken et des Verts, Annalena Baerbock, la vice-présidente de la Chambre, le libéral, Wolfgang Kubicki, l’ancien président des chrétiens-démocrates, Volker Kauder et la parlementaire Ulla Jelpke du Die Linke.

      Panagiotis Kouparanis, Berlin

      Voir l’article de SDZ (en allemand)

      17. Dezember 2020, 18:50 Uhr

      Migration und Asyl:Abgeordnete verlangen mehr Hilfe für Flüchtlinge

      In einem « Weihnachtsappell » fordern 240 Parlamentarier fast aller Fraktionen fordern die Bundesregierung auf, mehr für Schutzsuchende in Griechenland zu tun.

      Von Constanze von Bullion, Berlin dit le ministre Gerd Müller. Fin décembre, tous les mineurs isolés ou malades seront transférés des îles grecques. Appel de 240 membres allemands.

      Le ministre allemand du Développement économique, Gerd Müller, a vivement critiqué la situation dans le camp de réfugiés de Kara Tepe. S’exprimant sur RTL / ntv ce matin, il a souligné que « c’est en effet un grand scandale pour l’UE que jusqu’à présent nous n’ayons pas pu, malgré l’incendie de Moria il y a quelques mois, créer une situation qui serait vraiment humaine ». M. Müller, le ministre chargé de la coopération avec les pays en développement, a déclaré que la situation à Lesbos était pire que dans les camps de réfugiés en Afrique.

      Gerd Müller : L’UE est coresponsable de la situation à Kara Tepe

      Le politicien de l’Union chrétienne-sociale (CSU) a évoqué à plusieurs reprises la situation dans les camps des îles grecques et a exhorté le gouvernement allemand à accepter des réfugiés de Grèce. Plusieurs fois il s’est opposé au ministre de l’Intérieur Horst Seehofer, qui appartient également à la CSU. Contrairement à Gerd Müller, Seehofer rejette les initiatives uniquement allemandes sur la question migratoire et insiste sur une ligne européenne unique. Mais un porte-parole du ministère allemand de l’Intérieur a déclaré ces dernières semaines que les efforts de la présidence allemande de l’UE au cours des six derniers mois pour réformer la politique d’asile européenne avaient échoué.

      L’Allemagne continue d’accepter des réfugiés de Grèce

      S’exprimant hier après-midi au parlement allemand sur la question de l’accueil des réfugiés de Grèce, le vice-ministre de l’Intérieur Volkmar Vogel a annoncé que le 3 décembre, les derniers mineurs isolés que l’Allemagne avait promis d’accepter sont arrivés des îles grecques. Quant aux 243 autres enfants réfugiés malades, ainsi que leurs familles, que le gouvernement allemand s’est également engagé à accueillir, M. Vogel a exprimé l’espoir que d’ici la fin du mois, ils seraient tous arrivés. Cependant, en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus, les procédures d’accueil des 1553 réfugiés des îles grecques, que l’Allemagne avait annoncé vouloir accueillir après l’incendie de Moria, elles vont s’étaler sur plusieurs mois.

      M. Vogel a clairement indiqué qu’à l’heure actuelle, l’Allemagne n’avait pas l’intention d’accepter d’autres réfugiés de Grèce et que la question concernait l’UE dans son ensemble. Le principal objectif du gouvernement allemand est d’améliorer la situation des réfugiés en Grèce. Evoquant les camps de réfugiés sur les îles grecques et en particulier à Lesbos, Volkmar Vogel a déclaré que le gouvernement allemand « regrette la situation » là-bas et qu’il tente « dans la mesure de ses capacités » d’aider sur le terrain.

      Appel de plus de 240 députés

      Les législateurs allemands demandent au gouvernement allemand d’accepter plus de réfugiés de Grèce

      Selon l’agence de presse epd [Evangelischer Pressedienst, epd], plus de 240 députés allemands signent un « appel de Noël », appelant le gouvernement allemand à accepter davantage de réfugiés de Grèce et à redoubler d’efforts pour trouver une solution au niveau de l’UE. L’appel est signé par les députés de tous des partis autres que l’AfD, Alternative nationaliste et xénophobe pour l’Allemagne. Parmi eux se trouvent les présidents des sociaux-démocrates, Saskia Esken et des Verts, Annalena Baerbock, la vice-présidente de la Chambre, le libéral, Wolfgang Kubicki, l’ancien président des chrétiens-démocrates, Volker Kauder et la parlementaire Ulla Jelpke du Die Linke.

      Panagiotis Kouparanis, Berlin

      Voir l’article de SDZ (en allemand)

      17. Dezember 2020, 18:50 Uhr

      Migration und Asyl:Abgeordnete verlangen mehr Hilfe für Flüchtlinge

      In einem « Weihnachtsappell » fordern 240 Parlamentarier fast aller Fraktionen fordern die Bundesregierung auf, mehr für Schutzsuchende in Griechenland zu tun.

      Von Constanze von Bullion, Berlin

    • Après le froid glacial le camp de Kara Tepe sous la neige
      Μετά το τσουχτερό κρύο ήρθε και το χιόνι στο καταυλισμό του Καρά Τεπέ

      Σήμερα το πρωί και αργότερα το μεσημέρι, ο χιονιάς έφτασε και στη πόλη της Μυτιλήνης καλύπτοντας τα πάντα και ασφαλώς τον καταυλισμό με τους 7.500 ανθρώπους που εξακολουθούν να διαμένουν σε σκηνές, πολλές από αυτές χωρίς να διαθέτουν πάτωμα.

      Επιπλέον, ο καταυλισμός εξακολουθεί να λειτουργεί με ανεπαρκή ρευματοδότηση με αποτέλεσμα πλέον εκεί να κινδυνεύουν ζωές.
      Συγκεκριμένα, η παροχή ρεύματος γίνεται ανά πτέρυγα και μόνο για μισή ώρα προκειμένου σταδιακά να πάρουν ολες οι σκηνές. Αποτέλεσμα όμως είναι υπό αυτές τις συνθήκες οι πρόσφυγες να περνούν δραματικές ώρες και άνθρωποι που είναι σε θέση να γνωρίζουν εκφράζουν φόβους για μεγάλο αριθμό ασθενών που θα χρειαστούν νοσηλεία το επόμενο διάστημα.

      Αντί όμως οι υπεύθυνοι όλο το προηγούμενο διάστημα να προετοιμαστούν κατάλληλα, άφησαν τον καταυλισμό με την ελάχιστη δυνατότητα ρευματοδότησης.
      Χαρακτηριστικό είναι ότι και ορισμένες γεννήτριες που είχε δωρίσει γνωστή ΜΚΟ και γλίτωσαν από την καταστροφή της Μόριας, σταμάτησαν να λειτουργούν το προηγούμενο διάστημα, αφού καταστράφηκαν από τις πλημμύρες που είχαν προηγηθεί.

      Από την πλευρά του ο διοικητής του καμπ Νίκος Μπαμπάκος, σε τηλεφωνική επικοινωνία με την ΕΦ.ΣΥΝ., δήλωσε ότι « οι γεννήτριες που υπάρχουν τώρα μπορούν να καλύψουν τις ανάγκες του καταυλισμού για 16 ώρες την ημέρα. Είμαστε όμως υποχρεωμένοι να τις κλείνουμε το πρωί, ενώ μία από αυτές δυστυχώς έπαθε βλάβη.

      Προχωράμε στη διαδικασία της αντικατάστασης της και αναμένουμε μία εφεδρική από την Αθήνα » σημείωσε.

      Όπως μάλιστα τόνισε το πρόβλημα ξεκινά από το γεγονός ότι ο καταυλισμός δεν έχει ακόμη σύνδεση με το κεντρικό δίκτυο της ΔΕΗ, παρά το γεγονός ότι βρίσκεται πολύ κοντά στο εργοστάσιο.

      « Δυστυχώς η γραφειοκρατία ακόμα δεν μας έχει επιτρέψει τη σύνδεση » είπε, χαρακτηριζοντας την κατάσταση δύσκολη αλλά αντιμετωπίσημη.

      #neige #froid

  • Incendie dans le hotspot de Lesbos (septembre 2020)

    12.500 demandeurs d’asile fuient les flammes et errent dans la nuit tandis que le feu pourrait réduire le camp entier en cendres, voir les vidéos sur le site d’efsyn :

    Πύρινη κόλαση στο ΚΥΤ της Μόριας - Εκκενώθηκε ο καταυλισμός

    Στις φλόγες για ακόμα μια φορά ο προσφυγικός καταυλισμός. Επεισόδια μετά την ανακοίνωση των 35 θετικών κρουσμάτων κορονοϊού. Χιλιάδες πρόσφυγες και μετανάστες σε αναζήτηση στέγης.

    Μεγάλες φωτιές καίνε από τα μεσάνυχτα όλο τον προσφυγικό καταυλισμό της Μόριας. Χιλιάδες πρόσφυγες και μετανάστες βρίσκονται αυτή την ώρα άστεγοι, κυριολεκτικά μέσα στους δρόμους.

    Περίπου 12.500 κόσμος που διέμεναν στη Μόρια εγκατέλειψαν τη δομή και αρχικά κινήθηκαν προς τον οικισμό της Παναγιούδας, ενώ μέρος τους κινήθηκε και προς άλλες κατευθύνσεις. Την ίδια ώρα διμοιρίες ΜΑΤ με κλούβες δημιούργησαν φραγμό στο ύψος του Καρά Τεπέ αποτρέποντας τους από το να μπουν στην πόλη.

    Η Πυροσβεστική Υπηρεσία προς ώρας επιβεβαιώνει ότι δεν υπάρχουν αναφορές για θύματα.

    Πώς ξεκίνησε η φωτιά
    Σύμφωνα με τις πρώτες πληροφορίες, της φωτιάς προηγήθηκαν επεισόδια που ξεκίνησαν γύρω στις έντεκα το βράδυ. Η ένταση προκλήθηκε μετά την ανακοίνωση των 35 θετικών κρουσμάτων κορονοϊού στον καταυλισμό και την άρνηση κάποιων εξ αυτών να μπουν σε καραντίνα.

    Γρήγορα οι αρνητές της καραντίνας ήρθαν σε σύγκρουση με άλλους που επεσήμαναν το κίνδυνο για όλο το καμπ ενώ ομάδες προσφύγων προσπάθησαν να διαφύγουν μέσα από το ΚΥΤ φοβούμενοι την μετάδοση του ιού.

    Γύρω στις 11.00 έκαναν την εμφάνιση τους οι πρώτες φλόγες περιμετρικά του ΚΥΤ και προς τη πλευρά του Ελαιώνα.

    Γρήγορα η φωτιά πέρασε μέσα στο ΚΥΤ και εκεί ομάδα αιτούντων παρεμπόδισε την Πυροσβεστική Υπηρεσία να εισέλθει. Τότε επενέβησαν τα ΜΑΤ που με τη χρήση δακρυγόνων και κρότου-λάμψης διέλυσαν το συγκεντρωμένο πλήθος, αλλά η φωτιά είχε αρχίσει να καίει όλες τις κρίσιμες εγκαταστάσεις όπως τα γραφεία της Ευρωπαϊκής Υπηρεσίας Ασύλου κ.α

    Φόβοι εκφράζονται και για την νέα δομή υγείας που δώρισε η Ολλανδική κυβέρνηση μιας και οι φλόγες βγήκαν έξω από το ΚΥΤ και κινήθηκαν προς όλες τις κατευθύνσεις.

    Αξίζει να σημειωθεί ότι την ώρα που ξέσπασε η πυρκαγιά, όλες οι πυροσβεστικές δυνάμεις της Λέσβου ήταν σε απόσταση 70 χιλιομέτρων προσπαθώντας να ελέγξουν το διπλό πύρινο μέτωπο που είχε ξεσπάσει νωρίτερα στην Άντισσα και την Βατούσσα αφήνοντας περί τα δέκα οχήματα στο ΚΥΤ που ήταν αδύνατον να ανταπεξέλθουν.

    #Moria #feu #incendie #hotspot #asile #migrations #réfugiés #camps_de_réfugiés #Lesbos #Grèce

    (incendie qui a eu lieu le 9 septembre 2020, je suis en retard sur cet événement, j’essaie de mettre les nouvelles arrivées ensuite, notamment sur la mailing-list Migreurop, dans les prochains jours sur ce fil de discussion)


    Ajouté à la métaliste sur les incendies qui ont eu lieu en Grèce dans des camps de réfugiés :

    ping @karine4 @isskein

    • Moria 09/09/20

      OFFICIEL : Lesbos est en état d’urgence depuis 4 mois
      09/09/2020 12:24:00 Société, Lesbos, Immigrants, Incendie, EKTAKTO

      Par arrêté du vice-ministre de la Protection civile et de la gestion des crises, Nikos Hardalia et décision du secrétaire général de la protection civile, Vassilios Papageorgiou, l’unité régionale de Lesbos est déclarée en état d’urgence de la protection civile, pour des raisons de santé publique.

      Cette déclaration est valable à partir d’aujourd’hui 09-09-2020 et pendant quatre (4) mois.

      Les ministres de l’Intérieur T. Theodorikakos, de l’Immigration et de l’Asile N. Mitarakis et le président d’EODY Pan. Arkoumaneas se rend à Lesbos, afin d’être informé de la situation à Moria, comme l’a déclaré le porte-parole du gouvernement St. Petsas, après la fin de la réunion gouvernementale au Palais Maximos.

      Pendant ce temps, des renforts d’Athènes ont été envoyés par la police à Lesbos, afin de faire face au problème qui s’est créé depuis la nuit après les incendies qui se sont déclarés à Moria et ont détruit une très grande partie du KYT. En particulier, trois escouades MAT ont quitté Elefsina à 7 heures du matin sur un avion militaire C-130 et devraient arriver sur l’île à 9 heures.

      Comme il est devenu connu du siège de EL.AS. Il y a déjà des forces fortes sur l’île, cependant tous les étrangers qui étaient dans le KYT après les incendies sont concentrés à l’extérieur de la structure, où ils sont gardés et cherchent des solutions pour leur logement.

      La lumière du jour montre l’ampleur de la destruction du camp - « ville » de 13 000 réfugiés et migrants à Moria. La totalité de la partie extérieure du KYT a été complètement détruite, tandis qu’une grande partie à l’intérieur du camp KYT qui continue de brûler a également été détruite. Les informations indiquent que les infrastructures d’administration et d’identification n’ont pas été incendiées, mais que le service d’asile et son équipement ont été complètement incendiés. En outre, des dommages ont été causés dans la zone de l’unité de soins intensifs et de l’unité de soins intensifs et dans la climatisation de l’unité de santé qui a été faite grâce à un don du gouvernement néerlandais.

      Une grande partie de la population de Moria a fui vers les domaines environnants, tandis qu’une autre partie s’est déplacée vers la ville de Mytilène où à la hauteur de Kara Tepe, juste avant l’usine PPC, une force de police forte a été alignée qui ne leur permet pas d’entrer dans la ville.

      L’incendie s’est déclaré vers minuit, lorsque les réfugiés et les migrants qui avaient été testés positifs pour le coronavirus ou avaient été détectés comme cas de contact ont refusé d’être isolés. Des affrontements se sont ensuivis avec d’autres réfugiés et migrants qui les ont poussés hors du camp. Ce conflit a pris à un moment donné un caractère tribal avec le résultat que des incendies ont éclaté, qui bientôt, en raison du vent fort, ont pris des dimensions.

      Il est à noter que, comme indiqué, les forces des pompiers, arrivées au camp pour tenter, ont été attaquées par des groupes de demandeurs d’asile qui ont entravé leur travail. En ce moment, les pompiers opèrent dans le camp avec le renforcement des moyens aériens, afin d’éteindre complètement le feu puis de contrôler la zone.

      Source :

      On craint une propagation du coronavirus dans tout Mytilène si les quelque 12000 réfugiés et immigrants ne sont pas expulsés immédiatement et dans une zone éloignée du tissu urbain après l’incendie qui s’est déclaré peu avant minuit mardi à Moria, exprime le maire de Mytilene S.

      « Les quelque 12 000 réfugiés ne peuvent pas rester un deuxième jour à ce moment-là. Dix ans nous ont laissés seuls sur la question des réfugiés. Les immigrants doivent être expulsés ici et maintenant. "Sinon, il y aura une propagation du virus dans toute la région", a déclaré le maire de Mytilène, Stratis Kytelis, à

      12000 réfugiés et migrants restent sur la route nationale

      Les réfugiés et les migrants restent sur la route nationale à la hauteur de Panagouda et se trouve à seulement six kilomètres de Mytilène tandis que les forces de police ont créé un barrage pour les empêcher de s’y déplacer. Trois escouades MAT avec une force totale de 60 personnes sont déjà parties du Pirée à Lesbos les forces de l’île. Il est à noter qu’à partir du contrôle des échantillons de liquide pharyngien reçus les trois jours de jeudi, vendredi et samedi par les équipes d’EODY parmi 1900 résidents de l’hôpital de Moria et 100 employés, un total de 35 cas positifs pour le virus ont été trouvés, au total des réfugiés et autres demandeurs d’asile. . Il est à noter qu’en plus des 35 réfugiés en quarantaine, 100 autres personnes étaient entrées en contact avec eux.

      Reçu via la mailing-list Migreurop, le 09.09.2020

    • Moria : “Time bomb” exploded, burned down Hotspot & “European values”

      It was short before Tuesday midnight when fires broke out in several parts in- and outside the Moria camp. The powerful winds quickly spread the flames around, through containers and tents. Total destruction. 13,000 people on the streets. The island of Lesvos has declared in “state of emergency.” Authorities investigate arson. Alarm for the 35 confirmed coronavirus cases that authorities do not know their whereabouts. No reports of fatalities or injuries.

      The worst scenario happened – and while there was a scenario, plans to deal with it equaled to zero.

      A large part of the refugees and asylum seekers fled to the surrounding areas, while another part has moved to the city of Mytilene. However, strong police forces have been lined up in the area of Kara Tepe and do not allow them to enter the city.

      Others entered the camp in the morning apparently seeking to save some of their belongings.

      The entire camp outside the camp including thousands of olive trees have been destroyed, also a large part inside the hotspot.

      According to information the administration and identification infrastructures were not burned, but the Asylum Service and its equipment were completely burned.

      Damaged are also the area of ​​the Intensive Care Unit as wells as the new health Care unit recently donated by the Dutch Government.

      According to local media stonisi, that speaks of “uprising and fire“, clashes erupted in the camp after 35 people were confirmed positive to coronavirus on Tuesday. They, their families and their contacts refused to go in isolation in a warehouse just outside the camp. Others started to leave out of fear to contract the virus.

      The clashes “soon led to fires initially around the camp that burned all the tents outside and around the KYT and containers inside,” notes the local news website.

      Three squads of riot police have been reportedly deployed from Athens to Moria.

      Authorities seek accommodation solutions for the thousands of people.

      Residents of overcrowded Moria camp have been in lockdown for several months due to the coronavirus.

      Chief of Fire Service, Konstantinos Theofilopoulos, told state broadcaster ERT on Wednesday morning, that several fires started around 10:30 at night and that they were initially hindered with thrown stones.

      He added that the fire has been largely extinguished except from the containers that are still burning inside.

      Citing sources of the National Intelligence Service, ERT reported that initially the tents outside the camp were set on fire.

      Quick are the far-right conspiracy theorists who see in the blaze “act of asymmetric warfare” against Greece and blame “Erdogan’s soldiers” for the fire.

      Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakisis currently chair an emergency meeting with the ministers of Citizen Protection, Migration Policy and Asylum and Interior, the chiefs of National Intelligence and the General Staff of Armed Forces, and the head of the Civil Protection.

      The vice president of the European Commission and Commissioner for the Promotion of the European way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, expressed the Commission’s intention to assist Greece at all levels.

      EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, said that she had agreed to fund the immediate transfer and accommodation on the Greek mainland of the 400 unaccompanied migrant children and teenagers.

      PS The fire in Moria burned down not only the camp but also the “European values”…

    • Grèce : un important incendie ravage le camp de Moria, des milliers de personnes à évacuer

      Un énorme incendie a ravagé dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi le camp de Moria sur l’île grecque de Lesbos. Le site, qui héberge plus de 12 000 personnes, a été « détruit à 99% » selon les pompiers. La tension est à son comble sur l’île : des migrants ont empêché les pompiers de rentrer dans le camp et des membres de l’extrême droite ont « attaqué » les ONG qui tentaient de venir en aide aux exilés.

      Le camp de Moria où s’entassent plus de 12 000 migrants a pris feu dans la nuit du mardi 8 au mercredi 9 septembre. Selon les pompiers, le site a été presque entièrement détruit. « La quasi-totalité du camp est en feu, aussi bien à l’intérieur que les tentes qui se trouvent à l’extérieur dans l’oliveraie », a observé un photographe de l’AFP présent sur place. « Tout brûle », a déclaré sur Twitter une association d’aide aux migrants, Stand by me Lesvos.

      Plusieurs heures après le début de l’incendie, une fumée noire continuait à s’élever au dessus du camp. Le président du syndicat des pompiers de Lesbos, Yorgos Ntinos, a indiqué mercredi matin que le camp « a brûlé à 99% et le feu continue ».

      Des centaines de demandeurs d’asile fuyaient à pied dans la nuit vers le port de Mytilène mais ont été bloqués par les véhicules des forces de l’ordre, raconte à InfoMigrants Alpha*, un migrant vivant dans un conteneur du camp de Moria. « On n’a pas dormi de la nuit et personne ne nous a donné à manger ou à boire. Il y a beaucoup de femmes et d’enfants », précise-t-il.

      D’autres personnes se sont abritées dans les collines environnant le camp. « Certains témoignages rapportent que des locaux bloquent le passage (des migrants) dans le village voisin », rapporte encore Stand by me Lesvos.

      Le site d’information locale Lesvospost explique que plus de 3 000 tentes, des milliers de conteneurs, des bureaux de l’administration et une clinique au sein du camp ont également été brûlés.

      Pour l’heure, les pompiers précisent qu’"il n’y a pas de victimes, mais quelques blessés légers avec des problèmes respiratoires dus à la fumée". Des rumeurs annonçaient mercredi matin le décès d’au moins cinq personnes - une information que n’a pas pu vérifier InfoMigrants."Je pense que d’autres morts seront à déplorer car Moria est à terre", souffle Alpha.
      État d’urgence déclaré

      La tension est à son comble sur l’île. Les pompiers affirment dans leur communiqué avoir « été empêchés d’entrer dans le camp pour intervenir » par certains groupes de réfugiés, et avoir fait appel aux forces de l’ordre pour pouvoir poursuivre l’opération de secours. Plusieurs associations racontent avoir été « attaquées » par des membres de l’extrême droite alors qu’elles tentaient de venir en aide aux migrants.

      « L’île de Lesbos est déclarée en état d’urgence » a affirmé sur la chaîne de télévision publique ERT, le porte-parole du gouvernement grec, Stelios Petsas. Une réunion gouvernementale, avec le Premier ministre et le chef de l’état-major, doit se tenir mercredi matin « pour examiner la situation à Moria et les mesures qui vont être prises ».

      D’après l’agence de presse grecque ANA, les feux auraient été déclenchés à la suite de la révolte de certains demandeurs d’asile qui devaient être placés en isolement, ayant été testés positifs au coronavirus ou proches d’une personne détectée positive. « Il y a 35 cas positifs et ils doivent être isolés (...) pour empêcher la propagation » du virus, a déclaré Selios Petsas à la chaîne publique TV ERT. Tous les réfugiés du camp ont l’interdiction de quitter l’île, a-t-il ajouté.

      Selon Alpha, « des Afghans ont refusé que des agents procèdent à des tests de coronavirus ». La situation a rapidement dégénéré et « les forces de l’ordre ont lancé des gaz lacrymogènes ». « J’étais dans mon conteneur quand j’ai entendu du bruit à l’extérieur. Je n’ai pas voulu sortir. Mais des flammes ont commencé à entrer dans mon habitation alors je me suis enfui en courant. Le feu était juste à côté de moi, j’ai eu très peur », continue le jeune homme.

      « La zone paie le prix de l’indifférence et de l’abandon », estime sur Facebook Facebook l’association des habitants de Moria et des autres villages environnants qui appelle les autorités à agir rapidement pour trouver une solution pour les demandeurs d’asile qui se retrouvent sans abri.

      La semaine dernière, les autorités ont détecté un premier cas de coronavirus à Moria et ont mis le camp en quarantaine pour quinze jours. Après la réalisation de 2 000 tests de dépistage, 35 personnes ont été détectées positives au Covid-19 à Moria et mises à l’isolement.

      De strictes mesures de circulation ont été imposées dans les camps de migrants depuis la mi-mars. Le gouvernement n’a jamais levé ces restrictions malgré les critiques des ONG de droits de l’homme jugeant ces mesures « discriminatoires » alors que la décision a été prise de déconfiner le pays début mai. « Depuis des mois, on est bloqués à l’intérieur du camp, on ne peut pas en sortir. Cela fait un moment que la tension est palpable, les gens ont en marre d’être privés de leur liberté », dit encore Alpha.

      *Le prénom a été modifié

    • Après l’incendie de Moria, la Commissaire appelle les autorités grecques à venir en aide à tous les sinistrés

      « Dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi, le feu a détruit en grande partie le centre d’enregistrement et d’identification de Moria et les campements informels qui l’entourent, sur l’île grecque de Lesbos. Cet incendie a considérablement dégradé les conditions de vie des plus de 12 000 demandeurs d’asile et migrants, dont plus de 4 000 enfants, qui sont retenus dans un centre d’une capacité inférieure à 2 800 places », a déclaré la Commissaire.

      « L’intervention rapide des autorités locales et des pompiers a permis d’éviter une tragédie. Toutefois, la situation reste tendue, en ce qui concerne à la fois les migrants et la population locale qui vit à proximité du camp.

      J’appelle les autorités grecques à fournir d’urgence un hébergement à toutes les personnes privées d’#abri à la suite de l’incendie, en veillant à ce qu’elles aient accès à des soins, à des installations sanitaires, à un soutien psychologique et à de la nourriture. Il faudrait accorder une attention particulière aux personnes contaminées par le coronavirus et leur dispenser les soins nécessaires.

      Il importe également que les autorités grecques de tous niveaux protègent les demandeurs d’asile et les migrants contre les agressions et s’abstiennent de tenir des propos qui pourraient attiser les tensions.

      La situation sur les autres îles grecques où sont hébergés des réfugiés, des demandeurs d’asile et des migrants n’est guère différente de celle qui prévaut à Lesbos ; sur ces autres îles aussi, les difficultés pourraient s’aggraver. Comme beaucoup, je ne cesse de répéter qu’une aggravation de la situation semble inévitable si la Grèce et les autres États membres du Conseil de l’Europe ne changent pas de stratégie. Certes, la priorité est actuellement de répondre aux besoins humanitaires des sinistrés, mais l’incendie de Moria montre l’urgence de repenser entièrement la stratégie appliquée ces dernières années, qui a conduit à la création de camps surpeuplés, caractérisés par des conditions de vie inhumaines et intenables, à Moria et sur d’autres îles de la mer Égée. Il n’est tout simplement pas possible d’héberger les demandeurs d’asile et les migrants sur des bateaux, ou de recourir à d’autres formes d’hébergement d’urgence, en attendant que le camp de Moria soit remis en état, puis de continuer comme avant.

      Les autorités grecques n’ont toujours pas réglé une série de problèmes majeurs, comme le cantonnement des demandeurs d’asile et des migrants sur les îles de la mer Égée, le manque de structures d’accueil, sur les îles et sur le continent, et les insuffisances des politiques d’intégration et d’asile. La situation catastrophique dénoncée depuis des années par de nombreuses instances nationales et internationales est cependant aussi imputable à l’attitude des autres États membres, qui n’aident guère la Grèce en matière de relocalisation, et plus largement au manque de solidarité européenne. Ce n’est pas seulement un problème grec, c’est aussi un problème européen.

      Il n’y a plus de temps à perdre. La Grèce a besoin d’une aide concrète et de grande ampleur de la part des autres États membres du Conseil de l’Europe. Si de nombreuses collectivités locales se sont déclarées prêtes à apporter leur contribution, les autorités nationales, en revanche, se montrent trop frileuses. Je me réjouis que certains États membres semblent vouloir intensifier leurs efforts de relocalisation, mais il est urgent qu’ils agissent et que d’autres gouvernements européens suivent cette voie.

      La Grèce et ses partenaires doivent enfin se décider à régler les problèmes structurels d’une politique migratoire qui a déjà causé tant de souffrances inutiles. Attendre encore, c’est prendre le risque que d’autres drames se produisent. »

      #sans-abri #SDF

    • ’Catastrophe’ warning as thousands left homeless by Lesbos refugee camp fire

      NGOs accuse police of blocking access to hospital for families and vulnerable migrants injured in Moria blaze.

      NGOs in Lesbos have warned that a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding on the roads around the still burning Moria camp, where thousands of migrants are allegedly being held by police without shelter or adequate medical help.

      Annie Petros, head coordinator of of the charity Becky’s Bathhouse, said she was blocked by police from taking injured people to hospital as she drove them away from the fire.

      “When we saw there was a fire we drove as fast as we could with water to the camp, intending to take sick people to hospital. I can’t describe properly the scene we saw. There were streams of people, thousands of them, walking away from the camp. They were totally silent, terrified and traumatised, walking through thick smoke and the awful smell of burning plastic,” she said.

      “We picked up some pregnant women who needed urgent help and a teenage boy with a broken leg. When we neared the town of Mytilene there were riot police blocking the way to stop anyone reaching the town. I begged the police but their commander wouldn’t let us through. We called an ambulance and it refused to come to the roadblock.”

      Petros said she was sent along back roads, that brought them into contact with a group of anti-migrant protesters.

      She learned later that some people were attacked.

      She said the people she took to the hospital were the only ones who managed to make it through. “There are many people who need help with burns, with smoke inhalation.”

      Other aid organisations in the area said urgent work was needed to get people shelter before night fell.

      Omar Alshakal, a former refugee and founder of Refugees4Refugees, said: “The situation is out of control. We were looking after minors here and the safe place for them was lost in the fire. We lost 30 children. We are looking for them now.”

      Alshakal said the Greek government was making some effort, but the situation was severe. “We now have 12,000 people with no shelter, homeless on the main road. I have been called just now by the army, they want to get food to people and masks, sanitisation.”

      He said he was concerned that the isolation unit for Covid-19 patients was now abandoned. “We had 19 positive cases all in isolation, now they have left the camp. We have the fear they will spread the virus further.”

      The cause of the fire is unclear. Alshakal believes it was started by refugees in protest at conditions.

      The overcrowded camp is known to be a dangerous space, with small fires being lit to cook and no safe distancing between ramshackle tarpaulins used as tents.

      Moira was opened at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015. It was originally intended to hold 3,000 people. The charity MSF has been pushing the Greek authorities to improve conditions at the camp for years.

      Amir, a 19-year-old migrant from Afghanistan who teaches English in the School of Peace in the camp, said: “At about 11 last night I saw people starting fires deliberately. It was refugees who were very, very angry about the situation in this camp. We have been a long time in quarantine, you know we are under a lockdown while there are no such rules or laws for Greek people. It is racist, they are treating people like we are animals. We have needs, but we can’t leave this camp to get medicine or food.”

      He added: “The situation will now be worse for refugees. Our school is completely burned down. We had started to have hope that we could continue our learning but all that is gone now.”

      Aid groups are meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss an urgent response. They want people moved from the roadside immediately.

      Philippa Kempson of the Hope Project, said a government-ordered 3.5-mile (6km) cordon around the camp meant she couldn’t get to her supplies.

      “We have a building full of aid, nappies, water, very near Moria,” she said. “People can’t reach the city, they are out on an exposed road in 32C with children and babies. These people left the camp with what they had. We are 10km away and I had an asthma attack this morning due to the toxic smoke. Everything in there is plastic: the tents, the temporary housing blocks. And fires are still breaking out, the fire helicopter is still overhead.”

      She said the only light in the dark situation was that in two months the camp was due to be completely locked down. “Can you imagine if the fire had started in a couple of months when they had fenced it in with razor wire as they were planning to do? You would have had 12,000 people trapped in an inferno.”

      The UNHCR is working with the authorities to move people to safety. The agency said the authorities have blocked the road to stop uncontrolled movement but that vulnerable groups were being prioritised for shelter across the island and in accommodation in Mytilene, the island’s capital.

      Ylva Johansson, EU commissioner for home affairs, tweeted she had “agreed to finance the immediate transfer and accommodation on the mainland of the remaining 400 unaccompanied children and teenagers. The safety and shelter of all people in Moria is the priority.”

      The police have been approached for comment.


      In the early hours of this morning, a large fire broke out in Moria Refugee Camp, which has left much of the camp destroyed, and many of the approximately 13, 000 residents displaced.

      This comes a week after the first person tested positive for COVID-19 in the camp, which was immediately followed by the government’s official initiation of works to transform Moria refugee camp to a closed controlled centre. In the days that followed, at least 30 other people have tested positive for COVID-19 – in a camp that is currently at four times’ its stated capacity, where basic preventative measures are a practical impossibility and where there was no functioning COVID-19 isolation clinic.

      The dehumanisation of migrants at the European border and apparent indifference to the impact of this protracted, unsustainable situation on the local population have had repeatedly devastating consequences. Migrants have been consistently confined to overcrowded, insecure and fundamentally inhuman conditions, where fires – often fatal – are a regular occurrence. This was not the first fire in Moria camp; it was not even the first fire in the camp this year. Such fatal risks to – and loss of – migrant lives are instead tolerated as part of the European border regime.

      Following the near destruction of Moria Camp, this morning the Greek government placed the island of Lesvos under a four month state of emergency. The police and army have been on the streets around Moria camp since the fire broke out, and three riot police squads (known as the Units for the Reinstatement of Order) were flown in from Athens this morning. As far as we know, no additional medical capacity or humanitarian aid has been mobilised or provided. The government’s immediate dispatch of security forces, before or without humanitarian assistance, continues their policy of framing migrants as a question of public order – and prioritising their securitisation as opposed to the provision of urgent assistance.

      The Greek authorities’ main priority so far seems to be the prevention of migrants’ access to Mytiline: a police blockade was established next to Kara Tepe camp in the early hours of this morning, to prevent migrants who had fled the fire from reaching the city, and it remains there to this point. Police units have also blocked the main access road to Moria camp. People who had been living in the camp are spread out on the roads around Moria camp, in the surrounding forests, and in the car park of a nearby supermarket. From what migrants have told us, there have been no state provisions – whether of essentials such as food or water, or other necessities such as hygiene facilities – in those locations.

      There has never been an evacuation plan for Moria Camp residents, and when the fire broke out last night, people were left to flee on their own – including those who had been held in the pre-removal detention centre inside Moria Camp (PRO.KE.KA.). Some of those living in the sections for vulnerable people (including unaccompanied children and single women) were woken up by police, but given no instruction of where they could or should go. At present, there remains a profound lack of information regarding the safeguarding or protection response for such groups. When we spoke with vulnerable individuals supported by Legal Centre Lesvos in the early hours of this morning, they were scattered in the forests and roads surrounding the camp, without any state support.

      There is still no official confirmation of casualties, or even hospitalisations.

      Those who have returned to Moria camp this morning have sent photos of the destroyed camp, including the remains of their tents and shelters. Residents have emphasised that the many of the facilities – including toilets and sanitation spaces – have been burnt. The already-inadequate provisions to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 among the camp’s population have now been destroyed, and given that over thirty residents of the camp have tested positive for the virus in recent days, a failure to implement a rapid and health-oriented response for displaced residents will no doubt increase the number of cases – and will likely overwhelm the stretched public healthcare system.

      “This fire is a visceral manifestation of European policies, which have for years tolerated the containment of migrants in dangerous, overcrowded and insecure conditions,” said Amelia Cooper, of the Legal Centre Lesvos. “Repeated fatal incidents – including the death of a seven-year-old child in a fire in Moria camp, just six months ago – have not been enough to prompt the evacuation of Moria refugee camp; neither has been the outbreak of a global pandemic, nor the detection of positive cases, nor the Greek government’s instrumentalisation of these facts to impose mass detention on camp residents. Residents of Moria camp, and migrants in hotspots across Europe, are in situations of manufactured and state-sanctioned vulnerability. This fire was not an accident, it was an inevitability.”

    • Joint statement of 31 NGOs regarding the fire at the Registration and Identification Centre at Moria

      Greece: Transfer Refugees and Asylum seekers to Safety on Mainland

      Respect for Human Rights should Prevail over Use of Force

      Following yesterday’s fire in Moria, on Lesvos, which destroyed the Reception and Identification Centre, 31 civil society organizations call on the Greek Government to immediately provide assistance to people who lost their shelter. Those affected, among them many children and at-risk groups, must be carefully transferred to safety on the mainland.

      The transfer of at-risk groups, including unaccompanied children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, people with medical and mental health conditions, and older people should be prioritized. People who tested positive for Covid-19 should be given safe housing for the quarantine period, healthcare, and hospitalization if necessary.

      Moving people from Lesvos to mainland Greece requires finding urgent solutions to address the fact that many current housing facilities for refugees and asylum seekers are at full capacity. We urge the Greek authorities to work on a coherent plan that maximises all available resources including those from the EU and we renew our call to European leaders to share the responsibility for the reception and support of asylum seekers now more than ever.

      In these difficult times, it is of outmost importance that respect for human rights is at the centre of the response to the fire at Moria, and that authorities do not resort to use of force or inflammatory language, but take appropriate steps to de-escalate any risk of violence.

      ActionAid Hellas

      Amnesty International

      Boat Refugee Foundation

      CRWI Diotima



      Equal Rights Beyond Borders

      Fenix - Humanitarian Legal Aid

      Greek Council for Refugees (GCR)

      Hellenic League for Human Rights

      Hellenic Platform for Development (Ελληνική Πλατφόρμα για την Ανάπτυξη)

      Help Refugees

      Hias Greece


      Humanitarian Legal Aid

      Human Rights Watch

      International Rescue Committee (IRC)

      INTERSOS Hellas

      Legal Centre Lesvos

      Médecins Sans Frontières


      Network for Children’s Rights


      Refugee Legal Support (RLS)

      Refugee Rights Europe (RRE)

      Refugee Support Aegean (RSA)

      Refugee Trauma Initiative

      Solidarity Now

      Symbiosis-School of Political Studies in Greece

      Terre des hommes Hellas

      The HOME Project

    • New fire breaks out in Moria camp on Wed evening

      A new large fire broke out at the Reception and Identification Center in Moria early Wednesday evening, just hours after the overcrowded hotspot on the island of Lesvos was largely destroyed by the fire the previous night.

      The fire is reportedly burning in the area of ​​Eleonas, the olive grove, outside the camp, where thousands of people of who do fit in live in tents.

      Media report that the fire started in some of the 200 tents that were not burned down on Tuesday night. Explosion sounds were heard, and they probably came form the cooking devices the refugees used.

      Hundreds of people among them many families with children, were leaving the area.

      Firefighters have rushed to the scene but the blaze went out of control due to the strong winds.

      STAR TV reported from the spot that the firefighters are now trying to protect the nearby forest.

      Thousands left the camp that hosted 12,800 people.

      It remains unclear whether it is a new fire or a resurgence of the one that already destroyed much of the Moria hotspot the other night.

    • All people in Moria camp must be evacuated to safety in wake of destructive fire

      Nearly 12,000 men, women and children have been forced to evacuate Moria refugee camp, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, after a fire tore through the camp during the night of 8 September. While the fire is not believed to have caused any deaths, the camp was almost completely burned down, and people are now on the streets, with nowhere to stay. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges Greek and EU authorities to immediately evacuate people off the island to safety.

      “Our teams saw the fire spread across Moria and rage all night long. The whole place was engulfed in flames, we saw an exodus of people from a burning hell with no direction,” says Marco Sandrone, MSF field coordinator in Lesbos. “Children were scared, and parents are in shock. We are relieved that there seem to be no victims and we are working now to address the immediate needs of the people.”

      All medical services available for the refugees and asylum seekers have been interrupted, including services at the MSF paediatric clinic.

      Almost five years of trapping people in dire conditions has led to tensions and despair. This has only increased over the last five months due to restricted movements in the camp, hastily justified as a public health measure amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the recent confirmation of positive cases of COVID-19 among the camp’s residents, the increasing restrictions on people have made the situation unbearable.

      MSF has been pushing the Greek health and migration authorities to set up an adequate COVID-19 response plan for Moria, that counts on people’s collaboration and which offers dignity to the sick and to those who are infectious.

      “The Greek authorities have failed to put such a response in place, and the EU and other EU member states have disclaimed responsibility and have done close to nothing to resolve this situation,” says Aurelie Ponthieu, MSF Humanitarian Advisor on Displacement. “The years-long orchestration of human suffering and violence produced by European and Greek migration policies are to blame for the fire, and we can only hope that the same system of inhumane containment will not be reborn from the ashes in Moria.”

      MSF calls on the Greek authorities to immediately adopt an emergency response plan and to evacuate all these people to a safe place on the mainland or to other European countries. We are ready to provide the support that is needed during the emergency response.


    • Incendie à Moria - Evacuer MAINTENANT !

      Incendie à Moria - Evacuer MAINTENANT !

      La nuit dernière, un incendie a détruit le camp de réfugié.e.s surpeuplé de Moria. Près de 13 000 personnes vivaient dans le camp dont la capacité officielle n’est que de 2 757 personnes. Suite à ces incendies, aucune évacuation n’a été organisée. Par ailleurs, il n’y a jamais eu de plan d’évacuation pour l’ensemble du camp malgré les dangers et les conditions inhumaines. Au printemps 2020, l’Europe et la Suisse n’ont pas réussi à réaliser l’évacuation des camps et la redistribution des personnes entre les différents États européens, alors que la situation l’exigeait et malgré les mobilisations.

      Le 2 septembre, une première personne a été testée positive au Covid-19 à Moria. Au lieu d’identifier de manière systématique les possibilités d’infection, le camp entier a été mis en quarantaine. Toutes les personnes ont donc été fortement exposées au risque d’infection. La seule réponse a été leur enfermement aux frontières de l’Europe.

      Le 23 juin 2020, plus de 50 000 personnes ont demandé au Conseil fédéral de participer à des opérations d’accueil humanitaire pour évacuer les camps des îles grecques. Le 16 juin 2020, le Conseil national a approuvé la motion visant à accepter des réfugiés de Grèce et les huit plus grandes villes de Suisse ont accepté d’accueillir des réfugié.e.s directement de Grèce. Nous demandons une nouvelle fois au Conseil fédéral, à Karin Keller-Sutter en tant que cheffe du département du DFJP et au SEM d’accueillir les réfugié.e.s de Grèce et de fournir une aide d’urgence immédiate sur le terrain.

    • Thousands Moria refugees on the streets, locals set blockades, new fires

      The situation on the island of Lesvos remain tense on Thursday, with thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers to have spent the night on roadsides, fields and even cemeteries, waiting for aid and a provisional shelter. Led by the Mayor of Mytilene, locals have set blockades to hinder the government from repairing fire damages in the Moria camp or embark the vulnerable among the homeless on a ferry.

      “People that lost their shelters in #MoriaCamp due to the fires are finding shade and temporary resting ground between graves in a Greek orthodox cemetery.” via @daphnetolis.

      At the same time, new fires broke out in the camp also early Thursday afternoon to burn down what was not damage din the last two days.

      While signs hind to an “arson plan,” so far, no perpetrators have been captured, no report by the Fire Service has been issued.

      The government desperate tries to find solutions to the crisis that has emerged on the island but it is extremely difficult without the support by the local authorities and the people.

      Refugees and locals seem to agree on one point: This is “hell on earth” for both sides.

      The island has been declared a state of emergency for four months.

      New fires show “arson plan”

      Fires broke out again inside the camp early Thursday afternoon. According to state news agency amna, the fire broke οut simultaneously in three different points of the hotspot.

      The fires broke in a camp section that was not damaged by the fires on Tuesday and Wednesday, and where refugees were still living.

      The latest fire shows that despite the fact that the government has deployed several squads of police there, there is not policing in the area, which is an arson crime scene, after all, as the government says.

      According to local media stonisi, “the new fires today now prove the existence of an organized arson plan by unknown centers and for reasons currently unknown. A plan that the Police seems to not be able to deal with.”

      Refugees for a second time

      Over 12,000 people spend the second night on the streets, slept next to garbage bins and police buses. Some found no other place to spend the night other than between graves of a cemetery.

      Helpless without shelter and food, after the fire damage, they grabbed their children, helped their elderly, packed whatever they could save and left again for the Unknown and a new nightmare.

      Tear gas against children

      Riot police does not allow the refugees to reach the island capital Mytiline and set blockades at the road to Kara Tepe, where another camp operates.

      In the early morning hours of Thursday, the crowd threw stones at the police forces that responded with tear gas.

      Among the tear gas target are also children that scream in fear.

      Locals set up blockades

      At the same time, residents and members of local authorities are opposing the government’s attempt to repair the damage in the camp and make it available again for the refugees and asylum seekers.

      Local authorities of East Lesvos had repeatedly called for de-congestion of the camp. They belive that the new situation that emerged after the fire will have them relocate to the mainland.

      They reject any government proposals to have the refugees accommodated in two military camps or in the area surrounding the Moria camp.

      Trucks and other machinery deployed by the municipality hinders the cleaning of Moria by the Armed forces, while the mayor reportedly keeps calling on locals to strengthen the blockades.

      Mayor of Mytilene, Stratis Kytelis has been reiterating that he does not accept the reopening of Moria, the establishment creation of any other accommodation structure, even a temporary one.

      He demands “the immediate refugees’ and migrants’ departure from the island in any way.”

      “We have been insisting for a long time that there should be an immediate and massive de-congestion of the camp. It is not possible for a structure designed for 2,800 people to accommodate 12,000 people,” he repeated.

      406 minors relocated to northern Greece

      With three separate flights, 406 unaccompanied refugee children were transferred from the destroyed Moria center to Thessaloniki over night.

      The children are temporary accommodated in hotels. Some of them will be transferred to other structures and some will be relocated to European countries in accordance with the relevant program.

      Before their departure form Lesvos, all minors were tested for Covid-19. For precautionary reasons, they ill stay in quarantine for 10 days. facilities in which they will be housed will be quarantined for 10 days.

      The flights were organized by the International Organization for Migration, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Special Secretariat for Unaccompanied Minors at the Ministry of Migration.

      Gov’t housing plan about to fail

      The ferry donated by the shipping company Blue Star Ferries for the accommodation of some 1,000 vulnerable groups docked at the port of Sigri and not at the port of Mytilene on Thursday morning. Immediately locals called for a blockade of the road.

      The two Navy landing ships for the temporary accommodation of another 1,000 vulnerable people may never come. The Defense ministry has allegedly refused to deploy them amid a Greek standoff with Turkey.

      The government is in an extreme difficult situation and is looking for other solutions.

      The Migration Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that “all the necessary actions for the immediate housing of vulnerable people and families of the Moria hotspot in specially designed areas will be carried out within the day.”, a migration and asylum ministry announcement said on Thursday.

      “The primary concern of the government is the safety of all concerned,” the announcement added, and concluded that “Behavior aiming to blackmail will not be tolerated.”

    • Incendies à Lesbos : « Nous créons une zone de guerre au milieu de l’Europe »

      #Efi_Latsoudi s’insurge contre le gouvernement grec, la situation dans le camp de Moria étant prévisible selon elle. L’humanitaire appelle à une réaction de la communauté internationale.

      Le camp de Moria, à Lesbos, a été en grande partie détruit par un incendie dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi. Efi Latsoudi, figure de proue de l’aide humanitaire sur l’île et lauréate du prix humanitaire Nansen Refugee Award 2016 du Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (HCR), craint que la situation des 13 000 candidats à l’asile qui y vivaient se dégrade.
      L’incendie qui ravage Moria était-il prévisible ?

      Il fallait s’y attendre. Politiquement, on se dirigeait vers ça. On opérait sans plan d’action depuis des mois. Le gouvernement grec présente la situation migratoire dans les camps comme une réussite depuis que les chiffres d’arrivées sur les îles sont en baisse. Mais les conditions de vie des migrants sont toujours aussi désastreuses. Elles ne sont que les conséquences des politiques mises en place par Athènes.
      Vous êtes actuellement à Lesbos. Que s’est-il passé hier soir ?

      C’était la guerre. Il y a eu des manifestations de migrants dans le camp en réaction au confinement total, la police a usé de gaz lacrymogène. On s’attendait à de tels mouvements de contestation : voilà six mois que les forces de l’ordre ont enfermé ces gens dans ce camp. C’est de la discrimination ! Pour essayer de protéger les mineurs face aux manifestations, ils ont été placés dans une partie isolée du camp. Et quand le feu s’est déclaré [les causes de l’incendie ne sont pas encore clairement connues, ndlr], personne n’arrivait à les sortir de là. La porte a dû être défoncée pour les évacuer.
      Comment se présente la situation au lendemain du drame ?

      Les migrants sont encerclés par les policiers sur la route qui va de Moria à la ville. Ils sont dehors, sans rien. Les autorités sont en train d’acheminer trois troupes de policiers antiémeutes d’Athènes en bateau. Le ministre a parlé des émeutes, on craint que ces événements le poussent à créer des camps totalement fermés. Il y a aussi beaucoup de réactions de la part des groupes fascistes, qui pensent que Moria est une « bombe sanitaire » [35 cas de Covid-19 ont officiellement été déclarés à Moria, ndlr] alors qu’il y a plus de contaminations au sein de la population locale que chez les migrants. Certains médias enveniment la situation. Nous sommes en train de créer une zone de guerre au milieu de l’Europe.
      Comment imaginez-vous les prochains jours ?

      Tout le monde va envoyer de l’argent et des ressources sans aucune organisation. La situation ne va pas s’améliorer et tout cela ira alimenter la rhétorique des fascistes. Nous ferons au mieux pour aider les migrants. S’il n’y a pas de réaction de la part de la communauté internationale, la population locale et les groupes xénophobes vont nous tomber dessus.

      A lire aussiLesbos, le confinement sans fin

      Le gouvernement ne considère à aucun instant que la situation puisse être le résultat de sa politique. Il a pointé du doigt les ONG internationales : c’est hypocrite. Toute l’organisation des camps comme celui de Moria ne tient que grâce aux humanitaires. Les vrais victimes de ces drames à répétition, ce sont les migrants psychologiquement traumatisés et qui ne se sentent plus humains.

    • Four face criminal charges over Moria blaze, two minors to return to Lesvos

      Four Afghan migrants linked to the catastrophic fires that razed the Moria reception center on Lesvos last week were charged on Wednesday with arson and membership of a criminal organization and given until Saturday to prepare their defense before an investigating magistrate.

      Another two Afghans implicated in the same incident, both unaccompanied minors who were transferred to the mainland the day after the first blaze, are to return to Lesvos where they are to face a magistrate on Monday.

      The six suspects were identified on video footage of the fires that circulated on social media.

      Meanwhile most of the 13 suspects detained in connection with a fire that broke out late on Tuesday near a migrant reception center on Samos have been released due to a lack of evidence linking them to the blaze, which was extinguished before it could affect the camp.

      On Wednesday, 20 officers who are to form part of a special police service on Lesvos for a temporary camp that has been set up there arrived on the island. Although the new camp has the capacity to host up to 8,000 people, only around 1,200 had moved in by Wednesday night.

      Thousands of former Moria residents continued to sleep on the streets and in olive groves on Wednesday.

    • Communique from the Working Group mobilisation on 45th Session of the PPT

      MORIA burns, again. This documented horror in the heart of Europe, has been denounced from its beginning (2015) by dozens of reports from human rights, humanitarian and other non-governmental organisations. Almost 20,000 (at peak last February) and at the time of the fire, 13,000 human beings were parked in a prison of mud, rubbish and violence, behind barbed wire. MORIA is a planned limbo, where refugees are being denied their right to asylum, freedom and dignity, unable to perform even the most basic daily activities, such as sleeping, eating or communicating. It was a place where health care and education were denied to 4,000 children – left without dreams; adolescents whom the abnormal rates of suicide attempts should have been an alert of the level of despair in the camp (MSF); women terrorized by daily rapes, lack of hygiene and rampant violence. Hundreds of testimonies revealing the levels of unbearable “non-life” in MORIA, were kept unheard for years.

      Now the fenced camp, which was about to be closed, has burned to the ground. But how could this construction – the abandonment of human beings reduced to “numbers and bodies” – re-emerge as an island-lager in the heart of 20th Century Europe? How has this apartheid andsuffering as planned management of the “other”, of the “migrant” been accepted and tolerated in the long silence of 5 years? This inhumane “containment” had been erected as a model for migration policies by the European Commission and the EU Member States. MORIA has been the essence of the deterrence model aimed at discouraging the flight of potential asylum seekers from countries at war and to push them back to the ruins, sealed by the EU-Turkey agreement in 2016. It is documented that on Greek islands, the Geneva Convention was being constantly violated on a daily basis. Has it been buried in Lesbos?

      The most disturbing reality of all is that MORIA is not exceptional – but part of a chain of Camps and Hotspots across Europe constructed as sites “without rights” and a systematic planned annihilation of the “other”, psychically destroyed in camps, where they could have even burned alive. The EU borders, as well as the maritime routes have also become sites of death where thousands have drowned. This situation is indicative of the overall policy of necropolitics practiced by the European Union and its member states towards migrant and refugee peoples and is combined with the policy of militarised externalisation of borders. And inside the Fortress Europe – as is graphically shown in this time of COVID-19 – the migrant workers who make up a big part of the “essential workers’ in agriculture, care and domestic work – are also denied fundamental rights, subjected to daily racism and deprived of the conditions to live a decent human life.

      As part of that Europe that still recognizes itself first of all as “human”, and joining all the movements that in these hours are making their voice heard, we, the signatories, who have been witnessing for years the tragic fate of the migrant and refugee peoples, denounce even more the fire of MORIA as a symbolic and highly visible expression of the silent, permanent, planned crime against humanity for which the European Commission the European States are responsible, as highlighted by the Permanent People’s Tribunal sentence (Hearings 2017-2019). The humanitarian interventions of these hours – already minimal in itself – can only appear as a saving face operation. Once again these pronouncements refer to a time without deadlines, and therefore confirm the existing genocidal policy – as the European Commission, and the EU governments, opt for an identity that declares itself exempt from the obligations of the civilization of law. These obligations were meant to be consistent with the ‘never again’ commitment against the extermination camps and had made Europe a place of welcome and an indicator of its own development project.

      We therefore call on the EC and all the European States:

      To urgently evacuate the island and re-locate to safety and dignity the MORIA migrant and refugee peoples.
      To end the criminalisation of migrants and refugees and the criminalisation of solidarity.

      It is Not a Crime to Migrate or to seek Asylum! It is a Human Right!

      September 14, 2020
      The movements & oganisations convening the 45th PPT Migrant & Refugee Session

    • Questions arise as Greece vows to “empty Lesvos of all refugees by Easter”

      Questions arise as Greece’s Citizens Protection Minister has vowed to empty the island of Lesvos of all refugees by Easter.One main question is, of course, that if all 12,000 refugees leave in the next 6 months, why does Greece build a permanent camp on the island, expected to be in operation until 2025 and it looks as if it is going to be “the largest in Greece” if not in the whole European Union? Where will these 12,000 people stay when they leave Lesvos? How about the refugees and asylum-seekers in overcrowded camps on other islands? At the same time, it looks as if the hastily set up temporary camp in Kara Tepe, hastily due to the Moria fires, is violating rules of constructions and other issues.

      In an exclusive interview with UK’s daily The Guardian, Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis said following the fires that destroyed the overcrowded Moria camp last week, that plans would be accelerated to decongest the outpost.
      Minister: Lesvos will be empty of all refugees by Easter”

      “They will all leave,” Citizens protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis told UK’s daily the Guardian on Tuesday. “Of the roughly 12,000 refugees here currently, I foresee 6,000 being transferred to the mainland by Christmas and the rest by Easter. The people of this island have gone through a lot. They’ve been very patient.”

      About 70% of asylum seekers on the island were Afghans who would be awarded refugee status and given travel papers, he said. Recognised refugees can move to another EU member state for up to three months using the documents.

      Chrysochoidis, who flew into Lesbos to help oversee relief efforts, welcomed reports that Germany was prepared to take in as many as 1,500 people from Moria.

      “It’s very generous, very brave,” Chrysochoidis said of the goodwill gesture. “All over Europe, countries have their own internal political problems around this issue but I also think they [EU states] can see we are protecting the bloc’s borders, we have greatly minimised flows.”

      On the problem that stranded refugees and asylum-seekers refuse to settle in the new temporary tents camp in Kara Tepe, Chrysochoidis blamed Afghan asylum-seekers and even some NGOs.

      “There are groups of Afghans and I am afraid even some human rights organisations who are encouraging thousands of people not to go in,” said Chrysochoidis.

      “It’s non-negotiable. They will leave the island but they have to go through this new facility and get the requisite legal documents first,” the minister stressed speaking to the Guardian.

      If refugees go, why a permanent refugee camp?

      Of course, in order to have 6,000 refugees relocated to the mainland by Christmas, that is in 3 months, you have to have structures to host them. Where are they? Where are the government plans for them? And where will the remaining 6,000 people go “by Easter”? Most likely, they will also found themselves on the mainland – because so far, the famous “EU solidarity” was never strong enough to take some burden from Greece’s shoulders – and neither will it be, I’m afraid.

      And how about the refugees and asylum-seekers in the overcrowded camps on the islands like Samos and Chios and Kos? Will they be transferred to the new camp on the island where “the people have gone through a lot and have be very patient,” as the Minister said?

      Minister Chrysochoidis and the government is general is proud to have minimized the refugees flows – even though often with questionable means such as “pushbacks” that are illegal.

      So the question that arises is near: If the plan is to have all 12,000 refugees relocated away from Lesvos within the next six months, then why does Greece build a new permanent camp –the largest in the EU! – on the island of Lesvos and thus with the assistance of the European Commission?

      Will the new camp host refugees currently on the other islands and also display Greece’s readiness should an influx turn into a problem again?

      President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday during her speech at the European Palriament speech that “the Commission is now working on a plan, for a joint plan with the Greek authorities for a new camp in Lesvos. We can help with asylum and return procedures and significantly improve conditions for refugees.”

      Permanent camp until 2025

      With two decisions on September 14, the Ministry for Migration and Asylum has secured the amount for the lease of land plots on Lesvos for the permanent camp until 2025.

      According to an exclusive report by local media stonisi, the Ministry uploaded on state website for public expenditures Diavgeia, the amounts needed to be paid for the lease from September 2020 until 31. December 2025. The total price to be paid is 2.9 million euros.

      €142,051 for the lease of the land plots for the operation of the temporary camp in Kara Tepe until 31. December 2020.

      €2,750,000 (550,000 euros per year) for the lease of the same land plots in Kara Tepe from 2021 until 2025.

      According to the exclusive story, the size of the whole area, extending over several hundreds of acres and including the area of ​​the Ministry of National Defense [the firing range where the temporary camp is], shows the new refugee center will be much larger than that of Moria, the largest in Greece and in the whole European Union.”

      The camp will be in direct contact with residential areas and many dozens of businesses, a few hundred meters from the village of Panagiouda, the news website notes.

      Camp set up without necessary approvals

      At he same time, regarding the temporary camp, the Technical Chamber of Northern Aegean region (TEE) denounces “massive arbitrariness” and violations of construction and others laws.

      The Mavrovouni Firing Range (Kara Tepe) for the temporary settlement of refugees and immigrants belong to the Ministry of Defense but not the coastline and the shore lines, the TEE says among others..

      In an announcement, the TEE says that the concession of the area for a camp needed approval by Environmental services, by the Marine Antiquities Authority, the Forest Service and General Staff of the Navy as well as some other departments of the state.

      The TEE raises the issue of the “highest National Security” and of the “defense of the island” that is closed to the Turkish coast.

    • Greece vows to empty Lesbos of all refugees by Easter after fire

      Exclusive: minister says island ‘has been through a lot’ as he welcomes new German offer.

      The island of Lesbos will be emptied of refugees by next Easter, the Greek government has vowed, as it welcomed Germany’s offer to take in 1,500 people left without shelter.

      Following the devastating fires that destroyed the notoriously overcrowded Moria facility last week, Greece’s top public order official said plans would be accelerated to decongest the outpost.

      “They will all leave,” the civil protection minister, Michalis Chrysochoidis, told the Guardian. “Of the roughly 12,000 refugees here currently, I foresee 6,000 being transferred to the mainland by Christmas and the rest by Easter. The people of this island have gone through a lot. They’ve been very patient.”

      About 70% of asylum seekers on Lesbos were Afghans who would be awarded refugee status and given travel papers, he said. Recognised refugees can move to another EU member state for up to three months using the documents.

      Greek police detained five people on Tuesday in connection with the blazes at the camp, and are searching for one other. No more details were given but from the outset officials have attributed the fires to camp residents pressuring authorities to leave.

      Chrysochoidis, who flew into Lesbos to help oversee relief efforts, welcomed reports that Germany was prepared to take in as many as 1,500 people from Moria.

      The German coalition government on Tuesday agreed to take in a total of 1,553 people from 408 families whose protected status has been confirmed by Greek authorities, Angela Merkel’s spokesperson said.

      Last Friday, Germany said it would take up to 150 out of approximately 400 unaccompanied minors from the camp, where more than 12,000 people were left homeless by the fire in the early hours of 9 September.

      “It’s very generous, very brave,” Chrysochoidis said of the goodwill gesture. “All over Europe, countries have their own internal political problems around this issue but I also think they [EU states] can see we are protecting the bloc’s borders, we have greatly minimised flows.”

      Merkel insisted on Monday any transfer of migrants to Germany would need to go hand-in-hand with a broader European initiative, emphasising her support for Greek plans for a new reception centre on Lesbos.

      Apart from Luxembourg, no other country has so far showed a willingness to partake in a pan-European solution to the crisis in Moria.

      Some countries, such as Austria, have categorically rejected taking in people from the destroyed camp. “If we give in to this pressure now, then we risk making the same mistake we made in 2015,” said chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, referring to Merkel’s decision to take in large numbers of refugees five years ago.

      Germany’s leader faces domestic pressure from two sides on the issue. Members of her own party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), have warned that any resettlement programme must be carried out in a way as to avoid chaotic scenes akin to those at the height of the 2015 refugee crisis. “We must not go alone,” said CDU delegate Mathias Middelberg.

      From the other side, Merkel faces calls from her coalition partner, the centre-left Social Democratic party (SPD), and a number of federal states and city mayors across Germany for Europe’s largest economy to step up its humanitarian efforts.

      The leadership of the SPD, which will need to approve Merkel and Seehofer’s decision, has pressured its senior coalition to take in more than 5,000 people to alleviate the situation in Greece.

      German calls for resettlement schemes have until now also faced resistance from Greece, where prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, accused some residents of Moria for trying to blackmail his government by deliberately setting the fires that destroyed their camp.

      Chrysochoidis insisted it was crucial Moria’s erstwhile occupants move into a temporary camp, close to Mytilene, the island’s port capital, that the government, with the aid of the army had rushed to build. Opposition is such that seven days after the first blaze, only 1,000 had so far agreed to enter the new facility.

      Athens’ centre-right government has enlisted NGOs and distributed multi-lingual notices in a bid to encourage relocation, saying the new site provides a safe place for asylum seekers to complete applications. Many have denounced the facility as “a new Moria, another prison.”

      As tensions mounted, the Greek migration minister Notis Mitarachi alluded to the possible use of force if the displaced migrants refused to go voluntarily.

      Nine riot police units and water cannon have been dispatched to the island. “If this is not possible through discussion, then the police will have to be used,” he told Mega TV. “It is their obligation to move to the new site,” he said acknowledging for the first time that families would likely spend the winter in tents.

      The Greek government has pledged to build a new structure on the island that will be co-managed by EU agencies but says construction of the camp in a place that has yet to be decided will require at least six months.

      Concerns over Covid-19 – more than 21 asylum seekers since the fires have tested positive for the virus in addition to 35 who were diagnosed with it before – have made resettlement even more pressing.

      Close to 12,500 men, women and children have been living out in the open, often in makeshift tents of tarps and bamboo reeds. Some 406 lone migrant children, also in the camp, were flown to the mainland immediately before continuing on to European states that have agreed to accept them.

      “There are groups of Afghans and I am afraid even some human rights organisations who are encouraging thousands of people not to go in,” said Chrysochoidis, who is seen as the face of the centre-right government’s tough public order policies. “It’s non-negotiable. They will leave the island but they have to go through this new facility and get the requisite legal documents first.”

      Efforts will be launched in the coming days to clear the charred remains of what had once been Europe’s largest refugee camp. Designed to host no more than 3,000, Moria accommodated almost 10 times that number at its height and was regularly condemned by aid groups for its deplorable conditions.

      “It was a camp of shame,” the politician admitted, denying that the government was also forcibly pushing back other refugees who were trying to get to Greece . “Now it belongs to history. It will be cleared up and replaced by olive groves.”

    • Six arrested over Lesvos camp blaze

      Greek police have detained six migrants over a fire that razed the Moria refugee camp to the ground, the government said on Tuesday, as thousands of displaced people refused to move to a new facility and demanded to leave Lesbos island.

      More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, were left without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water after a fire tore through the overcrowded Moria migrant camp last Wednesday.

      Greek authorities believe the fire was deliberately lit by camp occupants after quarantine measures were imposed following the discovery of COVID cases on the site, but the incident has put the migrant issue firmly back on the European agenda.

      Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis repeated a call for more help from the European Union, which has struggled to find a unified approach to the migrant crisis at its borders, saying it was time for “tangible solidarity” from Europe.

      European Council President Charles Michel who visited Lesbos said the challenge was European not just Greek and urged for more commitment by EU members for a new migration policy to be effective.

      “This is difficult, a very complex situation, but on behalf of the European Union, I would want to say that I refuse to paper over this migration challenge. This is a common European challenge,” Michel said.

      Government officials in Berlin said Germany could take in up to 1,500 people stranded by the fire, in addition to 100-150 Berlin has already agreed to take in. But a wider solution has remained elusive.

      Mitsotakis said a permanent new reception facility would be built on Lesbos with EU support and that the notoriously overcrowded and squalid Moria camp “belongs to the past”.

      On the ground in Lesbos, however, thousands, including children, were still sleeping rough a week after the blaze.

      Officials were struggling to overcome resistance from migrants hoping to be allowed to leave the island who fear that life in temporary shelters being erected would be no better than the conditions they endured in Moria.

      Migrants wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus queued outside the camp gates to receive water, food and blankets from aid workers. The task was complicated by the need for COVID-19 tests, with at least 25 positive cases found among the displaced.

      “The big concern is that even though many thousands of places are available and will continue to be expanded, there are still less than 1,000 that have been occupied,” said Luciano Calestini, head of the Greece office of the United Nations childrens organisation UNICEF.

      Only a few hundred migrants, mainly unaccompanied minors, have been moved off Lesbos. Greek officials have said there will be no mass transfers and all asylum seekers will have to go into the new shelter.


    • Reportage : une semaine après l’incendie de Moria, les migrants vivent toujours dans l’enfer de la rue

      Depuis une semaine, les quelque 13 000 personnes qui ont fui les incendies du camp de Moria, sur l’île de Lesbos, dorment à la rue. Au bord de la route de Mytilène, elles n’ont ni eau, ni nourriture, ni couverture.

      Il est environ 15h, le soleil écrase de toutes ses forces le camp qui s’est formé le long de la route qui mène de Moria à Mytilène, sur l’île grecque de Lesbos. Soudainement, des centaines de personnes cessent leurs activités, quittent leur abri et forment, en l’espace de quelques secondes, une queue qui s’étend à perte de vue. Au bout de la file, des bénévoles d’un collectif d’ONG débutent une distribution de nourriture.

      Treize mille repas vont être servis. Il risque de ne pas y en avoir pour tout le monde. « Les distributions n’ont lieu qu’une fois par jour et pour avoir à manger, il faut être costaud. Il y a un problème d’organisation », déplore Michaël, originaire de République démocratique du Congo (RDC).

      Lundi 14 septembre, sur la route de Mytilène, les migrants ont faim depuis près d’une semaine. Lorsque les résidents de Moria ont fui les flammes qui ont dévoré le camp dans la nuit du 8 au 9 septembre et qu’ils ont été bloqués par la police sur cette route, certains ont pu acheter de quoi manger au grand magasin Lidl, en bord de mer.

      Mais les policiers ont rapidement exigé du gérant qu’il tire le rideau. Les stations services ont fermé, elles aussi, ainsi que tous les autres commerces le long de cette route qui mène au centre-ville de Mytilène.

      Pour se nourrir, certains rescapés de Moria demandent à d’autres migrants qui vivent dans Mytilène de leur acheter de la nourriture et de la leur apporter au camp informel qui a vu le jour. D’autres ont réussi à sauver des flammes quelques aliments qu’ils avaient achetés à Moria, souvent des paquets de pâtes.

      Gertrude et Naomi préparent un plat de légumes dans une grande marmite posée sur un feu. Ces deux Congolaises ont tenté quelques fois de récupérer de la nourriture lors des distributions mais être servi relève du combat. « Pour avoir de la nourriture, il faut se bagarrer », affirme Naomi.
      « Aidez-nous ! »

      Assises sur une grande couverture grise flanquée du logo du HCR, deux jeunes Afghanes qui s’appellent toutes les deux Zahra donnent le biberon à leurs bébés de 5 et 7 mois. « On a ramené le lait de Moria », explique l’une d’elles, en brandissant un petit sac en plastique à moitié rempli de lait en poudre.

      Les deux jeunes mères manquent de nourriture et d’eau ainsi que de vêtements pour leurs enfants. C’est ce que dit aussi une autre jeune Afghane en montrant le foulard dans lequel elle a dû emmailloter sa fille de quelques mois. « Aidez-nous ! », supplie-t-elle.

      Le seul point d’eau du camp improvisé se trouve à quelques dizaines de mètres de là et n’a rien d’officiel. Dans une rue qui remonte vers les oliveraies, les tuyaux destinés à l’irrigation ont été percés. Autour de chaque trou, plusieurs personnes se pressent pour remplir des bouteilles vides, laver un vêtement ou se rincer le visage. L’eau ruisselle en permanence dans la petite rue en pente et charrie des ordures.

      Couvertures et sacs de couchage sont également très recherchés sur le camp car les nuits sont déjà fraîches. Michaël n’a que son sweat-shirt bleu pour dormir. Le Congolais guette la route car il a entendu dire que des bénévoles distribuaient quelques sacs de couchage dans le camp. Mais tellement de personnes en manquent qu’il n’y en a sûrement déjà plus. Cependant, « ce qui nous préoccupe le plus c’est de ne pas pouvoir se doucher et aller aux toilettes », explique Michaël.

      Le seul moyen de se laver, c’est d’aller dans la mer. La plage n’est qu’à quelques minutes de marche du parking Lidl. Michaël aimerait aller se laver mais il n’a pas de savon.
      Un tiers d’enfants

      Cet après-midi, des dizaines d’enfants jouent dans la mer. La chaleur étouffante a aussi poussé quelques adultes à se mettre à l’eau.

      Azim shampouine énergiquement la tête de son fils Moustapha, 3 ans, pendant que sa fille Rokhoya rayonne de bonheur en barbotant autour de lui. Après cinq mois de confinement dans le camp de Moria, c’est la première fois qu’ils peuvent approcher la mer.

      Le camp compte plus de 4 000 enfants, selon l’Unicef, soit un tiers des migrants de Lesbos. À la nuit tombée, quand les bruits des machines de chantier qui construisent le camp provisoire sur un terrain militaire en bord de mer se taisent, on n’entend plus que les cris des enfants qui jouent. Le parking du Lidl prend des airs de cour de récréation.

      Les parents s’inquiètent de voir leurs enfants ne pas aller à l’école. La vie dans les conditions indignes du camp de Moria, puis au bord de cette route, pourrait aussi avoir des conséquences psychologiques à long terme sur ces enfants, met en garde Dimitra Chasioti, psychologue pour Médecins sans frontières (MSF).

      L’environnement dans lequel ils ont grandi pourrait affecter « la manière dont ils gèrent les difficultés mais aussi leurs interactions avec les autres », décrit-elle devant la clinique mobile installée par l’ONG à deux pas des tentes.

      Parmi les adultes, c’est l’angoisse de ne pas avoir d’information sur leur avenir – et notamment sur le nouveau camp provisoire en construction - qui est le plus difficile à gérer.

      Dimanche matin, Notis Mitarachi, le ministre grec de la Migration a déclaré que « tous les demandeurs d’asile y seraient transférés ». Selon son ministère, quelque 800 exilés sont désormais logés dans ce camp temporaire, fermé à la presse. L’AFP a recueilli des témoignages de personnes à l’intérieur qui ont affirmé n’avoir ni douche, ni matelas.

      Naomi semble aussi terrifiée à l’idée d’aller dans ce nouveau camp que de rester à la rue. Cette mère d’une fille de 5 ans et d’un garçon de 7 mois interroge : « Comment est le camp là-bas ? Est-ce que nous devrions y aller ? »

    • Une intervention intéressante sur Lesbos de la présidente de la Commission européenne ainsi que de la chancelière allemande en réponse aux journalistes lors d’une conférence de presse portant initialement sur un sommet faut vraiment faire du suivi sur tout pour avoir les informations ! 😉

      La chancelière a eu une parole que je trouve politiquement extrêmement forte en disant la chose suivante : « la #concentration des nombres n’est pas la bonne approche ». Ce qui est remarquable c’est qu’elle a parlé en allemand, et qu’elle a utilisé le mot « #Konzentration » ("Ich glaube, dass die Konzentration auf einer Zahl der falsche Ansatz ist"). Cette phrase porte en elle quelque chose de très fort que Migreurop dénonce depuis sa fondation, l’#encampement, la stratégie des #nasses. Ce genre de #terminologie reste, en allemand, évidemment très délicat vu l’usage du terme par le régime nazi, et je doute fort que l’on puisse imaginer la chancelière d’avoir omis cet élément l’espace d’un instant. Je pencherais plutôt pour une remarque volontaire, appelant les choses par leur nom. Nos sur cette liste auront peut-être une autre lecture, je serais heureuse de les lire à ce sujet.

      Cela n’empêchera, en suite de cette intervention, ni la chancelière, ni la présidente de la Commission européenne, de justifier de la création à venir d’un « #centre_d'accueil_européen » géré par les agences européennes et les autorités grecques en lieu et place des #hotspots actuels en Grèce (un « projet pilote » selon Van der Layen)...Ce qui finalement correspondait au plan initial comme le dénonce Migreurop depuis le départ.

      Vidéo à partir de la minute 25 et 50 secondes (question du journaliste) : prise de parole #Merkel puis #Van_der_Layen. tout est doublé en anglais

      Message de Marie Martin reçu via la mailing-list Migreurop, le 15.09.2020


    • For many migrants, the dream of freedom ends in Lesbos

      After the devastating fires in the Moria migrant camp on Lesbos, Muhammad spent days on a sealed-off section of road with thousands of others. His most fervent wish is to leave the island, as DW’s Max Zander reports.

      “We had some hope, but we have lost it. We thought the government would take us to Athens now,” says Muhammad Sator Massi. Muhammad, who is 19, is sitting alone on a curb in the blazing sun, looking down at the ground in resignation.

      Near him, Greek garbage collectors are at work, loading one blue garbage bag after the other onto their truck with a crane. Today, they have started getting rid of the traces left by the past week. The road leading from Lesbos’ capital, Mytilene, past the Moria migrant camp is littered with plastic bottles, packaging and the remnants of temporary shelters. The bushes at the side are full of rubbish. Even though the sea is just a few steps away, there is a terrible stench.

      Muhammad has fled from Afghanistan with his aunt and uncle and their six children. They have already been on Lesbos for nine months. He says that it has been a terrible time that has left deep marks on him. After the fires last week, he set off for the capital with the other camp residents. Police stopped them and sealed off the section of road they were on. Muhammad and his family were among those forced to sleep in the open air, some on cardboard cartons on the bare ground.

      They spent more than a week under these conditions, then the police began clearing the improvised camp bit by bit. This morning, they arrived at Muhammad’s tent. The family was eating at the time, he says. A police officer threw their belongings all over the place and yelled at them, then began demolishing their shelter, Muhammad says.

      Doubtful about conditions in the new camp

      Now there is a new camp, called Kara Tepe. “They are forcing us to go there. We don’t have a choice. I don’t think it will be better than Moria; it will just be a repeat,” says Muhammad.

      Like most people here, he is afraid that the conditions there will be just as unbearable or even more so than in Moria: thousands of people in a confined space without enough toilets and showers, too little to eat, barely any medical care and violence every night.

      A spokesman for the Greek Migration Ministry insists that the conditions in the new camp are good, with toilets, running water and electricity. And he says its capacities are being expanded.

      But people who are already in the camp have reported the opposite, saying that there are far too few toilets, meals just once a day and no mattresses or blankets in the big white tents provided by the UNHCR and the Red Cross. Many are also worried because the camp, set up in haste on a former army drill ground, is likely to be situated on soil full of toxic substances and munitions. While it was being constructed, soldiers with metal detectors could be seen searching the area around the tents. But the Migration Ministry spokesman declares that “everything is safe.”

      For refugees like Muhammad, the biggest problem is the uncertainty about whether they will be allowed to leave the camp later. Greek officials have announced that it is initially to be put under quarantine, after more than 200 cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the past few days. After two weeks, residents will be allowed to leave the camp during the day, they say. But that is not certain, and Muhammad and others are worried.

      “We came here looking for protection. We aren’t prisoners. I have been on Lesbos, in Moria, for a year. I can’t bear it any longer,” he says.

      Lost time

      Muhammad slowly gets up, because he wants to go down the road to his aunt’s family and register in the new camp with them. He seems tired and worn out. The road around him is almost deserted. Apart from the Greek garbage collectors, only a few people occasionally come by: a family from Afghanistan laden with plastic bags, a young man from Congo carrying an old, dirty tent. Muhammad sets off in the same direction and walks slowly toward the new camp.

      He is smoking a cigarette. “I never used to do that; I was sporty and kept away from people who smoke. But now it calms me down,” he says.

      He says he has changed a lot in the time here and that he is mentally exhausted. “We are losing a part of our lives here. It doesn’t feel as if we are alive,” he says while going past a police bus.

      In Afghanistan, he was well-off financially, he says. His father is a member of the provincial council in Wardak province and owns a water company. His family had money but no security. One day, Muhammad recounts, he was on his way home from school when he was stopped by some men in a car. They said they were friends of his father and asked him to get in. When he refused, they tried to drag him into the car, but he was able to pull free and run away. “When you go to school, you don’t know if you will come home alive,” he says.

      He decided to flee to Europe with his aunt. But he has given up hopes of starting a new life here, perhaps in Germany. He wanted to learn the language, study medicine and play football, his great passion.

      Rather be deported than be a prisoner

      By now, Muhammad has arrived at the new camp. Next to the road, there are groups, mostly of men, sitting and waiting in the shade of low bushes. For the moment, only families are being allowed to join the queue before the entrance. They are standing tightly packed. The police, equipped with protective clothing and masks, keep at a distance. Each person is registered and given a coronavirus test.

      Muhammad said earlier on that he would rather be deported back to Afghanistan and die there than go to this prison. But now he has no choice. He sees his aunt standing at the front of the queue. Slowly, his head bowed, Muhammad pushes his way past the other families and disappears in the crowd.

  • Greece ready to welcome tourists as refugees stay locked down in Lesbos

    In #Moria, Europe’s largest migrant camp, tensions are rising as life is more restricted and the threat of Covid-19 is ever present

    Children fly kites between tents in the shadow of barbed wire fences as life continues in Europe’s largest refugee camp. There are 17,421 people living here in a space designed for just under 3,000. Residents carrying liquid soap and water barrels encourage everyone to wash their hands as they pass by, refugees and aid workers alike. While Moria remains untouched by the pandemic, the spectre of coronavirus still looms heavy.

    Greece is poised to open up to tourism in the coming months and bars and restaurants are reopening this week. Movement restrictions were lifted for the general population on 4 May but have been extended for refugees living in all the island camps and a number of mainland camps until 7 June.

    According to the migration ministry, this is part of the country’s Covid-19 precautions. Greece has had remarkable success in keeping transmission and death rates from coronavirus low.

    Calls for the mass evacuation of Moria, on the island of Lesbos, by aid workers and academics, have so far gone unheeded.

    The news of the extended lockdown has been met with dismay by some in the camp. “Why do they keep extending it just for refugees?” one resident says. Hadi, 17, an artist from Afghanistan, is distributing flyers, which underline the importance of hand washing. He gingerly taps on the outside of a tent or makeshift hut to hand over the flyer. “People were dancing at the prospect of being able to leave, now they have another two weeks of lockdown,” he says.

    Before the coronavirus restrictions, residents were able to leave Moria freely; now police cars monitor both exits to ensure that only those with a permit can get out. About 70 of these are handed out each day on top of those for medical appointments.

    Halime, 25, gave birth just over two weeks ago in the Mytilene hospital on Lesbos. She cradles her newborn daughter in the small hut she shares with her husband and two other young children. May is proving one of the hottest on record in Greece and her hut is sweltering. “We always wash our hands of course,” she says. “Corona isn’t our biggest concern here at the moment, how do we raise our children in a place like this? It’s so hot, and there are so many fights.”

    Halime left home in Baghlan, Afghanistan, with two children after her husband, a farmer, was asked to join the Taliban and refused. They have been living in the camp for five months, two of which have been under the coronavirus lockdown. “We came here and it was even worse in many ways. Then the coronavirus hit and then we were quarantined and everything shut down.”

    Social distancing is an impossibility in Moria. Queueing for food takes hours. Access to water and sanitation is also limited and in some remoter parts of the camp currently there are 210 people per toilet and 630 per shower.

    Khadija, 38, an Afghan tailor, produces a bag from the tent she shares with her son and daughter in the overspill site. “When people came around telling us to wash our hands, we asked, how can we do it without soap and water?” she says. She has now been given multiple soaps by various NGOs as her large bag testifies. Kahdija and her family wash using water bottles and towels, creating a makeshift shower outside their tent, instead of waiting for the camp facilities.

    At the bottom of the camp Ali Mustafa, 19, is manning a hand-washing station. “It’s really important,” says Mustafa. “There are a lot of people crowded in Moria and if one person got coronavirus it could be very dangerous.” Mustafa, from Afghanistan, hopes one day to be able to live somewhere like Switzerland where he can continue his studies. He is looking forward to the lockdown being lifted so he can go back to his football practice.

    Five boats have arrived on Lesbos in the past three weeks: 157 of the arrivals have been quarantined in the north of the island. Four have since tested positive for the virus and have been isolated according to a UNHCR spokesperson, who said they had installed four water tanks in the quarantine camp and are providing food and essential items. “We have generally observed substandard reception conditions across the islands for new arrivals since the start of March,” he adds.

    The threat of coronavirus has increased anxiety and led to mounting tensions in the camp. There have been two serious fights in the past few days. One 23-year-old woman has died and a 21-year-old man is in a critical condition.

    Omid, 30, a pharmacist from Kabul, leads one of the self-organised teams raising Covid-19 awareness in Moria. He said that the lockdown had been necessary as a preventive measure but was challenging for residents. “There is only one supermarket inside the camp and it’s overcrowded and not enough for people. It also makes people’s anxiety worse to be all the time inside the camp and not able to leave.”

    Stephan Oberreit, the head of mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Greece, said they were working on the preparation of an inpatient medical unit, which would be able to admit suspected Covid-19 patients and those with mild symptoms. MSF is already running multiple health services, including a paediatric clinic, in Moria camp.
    ’Moria is a hell’: new arrivals describe life in a Greek refugee camp
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    Greek asylum services reopened last week after being closed for two months, and 1,400 people have subsequently received negative responses to their asylum claims. People with negative decisions have to file an appeal within 10 days or face deportation but there are not enough permits for everyone to leave Moria within the designated time period to seek legal advice.

    Lorraine Leete from Legal Centre Lesvos says that 14 people who came to its offices on 18 May hoping to get legal advice for their rejections were fined by police for being out of the camp without a permit. “All of them had negative decisions issued over the last months and have limited time to find legal aid – which is also inadequate on the island,” she says. “The police have visited our office every day since the asylum office opened, and on Monday they gave out 14 €150 fines, which we have contested.

    “These are people who are stuck in Moria camp for months, who have the right to legal aid, and who obviously don’t have any source of income.”

    Leete added that she considered that the movement restrictions were still in place for refugees in Moria in the absence of robust efforts to protect and evacuate the most vulnerable in the camp and were unjustifiable. “While people continue to be detained inside refugee camps in horrible conditions where there’s limited measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, restaurants and bars will be opened this week across Greece. This discriminatory treatment is fulfilling the goal of local rightwing groups of keeping migrants out of public spaces away from public view, abandoned by the state,” she says.

    As Greece starts to see some signs of normality returning, each week brings fresh turmoil to the thousands of residents of Moria, who are still living under lockdown in a space not much bigger than one square mile.

    #coronavirus #covid-19 #confinement #Moria #Lesbos #Grèce #tourisme #camps_de_réfugiés #réfugiés #asile #migrations


    Ajouté à la métaliste tourisme et migrations :

    Et ajouté à ce fil de discussion :
    Grèce : nouvelle extension du confinement dans les #camps de demandeurs d’asile

    ping @isskein @luciebacon

    • Greece extends lockdown in refugee camps amid tourist season

      Greek authorities have extended the lockdown in all refugee camps for two more weeks, until July 19, 2020. The joint ministerial decision on Saturday comes more than two months after lifting restrictions for the general population and just four days after the country opened wide its gates to international tourists.

      According to the announcement by the ministers of Citizen Protection, Health and Migration the lockdown extension aims at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

      Refugees and migrants in the camps have been locked down since March 23rd.

      Detention Migrants are allowed to leave the camps from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm only in groups of less than 10 and no more than 150 people per hour

      At the end of the day, it seems that the coronavirus is a pretext to authorities to implement a kind of ‘soft detention’ or ‘closed camps’ as was the government plan in last winter but rebuked by the European Union and international organizations.

      It has been alleged that the lockdown has become an instrument to restrict the movement of refugees and migrants who normally exit the camps to purchase food and basic goods.

      According to an AFP report, Marco Sandrone, coordinator of the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) at the Moria refugee camp on Lesvos, said before the announcement that the lockdowns had nothing to do with public health as there were no cases in the camps.

      Some NGOs and volunteers have argued that the lockdown extension is linked to Greece’s tourist season.

      “They try to make the refugees as invisible as possible, and think that then the tourists would love to come,” said Jenny Kalipozi, a Chios island local and volunteer who often brought aid to the Vial refugee camp.

      Greece has recorded 192 deaths across the country since the outbreak in late February and no death in the refugees and migrants camps.

      It should be stressed that social distancing inside the camps is impossible.

  • Le gouvernement grec s’apprête à expulser 10 000 réfugiés des appartements et autres structures d’accueil où ils sont logés.

    –-> source en grec :

    Traduction reçue par Vicky Skoumbi via la mailing-list Migreurop, le 21.05.2020 :

    Comment les réfugiés expulsés du #squat occupé de la rue Thémistokleous (centre-ville d’#Athènes) se sont retrouvés dans la rue, toujours dans le quartier d’#Exarchia, mais cette fois comme #SDF ?

    Des sources policières pointe le ministère de l’Immigration et de l’Asile comme responsable de fait que sept familles de réfugiés reconnus comme tels, n’ont pas été transférés vers des structures d’hébergement appropriées, mais se sont retrouvées jetées dans la rue, étant obligés de passer la soirée du lundi sur la place d’Exarcheia.

    Il s’agit d’une cinquantaine de personnes, parmi lesquelles des bébés et de très jeunes enfants, dont un avec un grave problème cardiaque nécessitant une intervention chirurgicale. On craint même que l’incident ne soit en fait une sorte de répétition générale, le prélude à échelle réduite de ce qui va suivre bientôt et notamment dans deux semaines. Notis Mitarakis, ministre de la politique migratoire, a décidé d’expulser fin mai plus de 10 000 réfugiés des logements et des appartements de la Grèce continentale, ce qui fait craindre le pire : nous allons revoir très probablement les places et les parcs d’Athènes et d’autres grandes villes de nouveau se remplir de réfugiés désespérés sans abri.

    Commençons par le commencement. Jusqu’à lundi matin, les sept familles vivaient dans le squat pour réfugiés du 58 Thémistokleous à Exarchia. La police en tenue anti-émeute a pris d’assaut lundi matin l’immeuble, en forçant les portes des chambres ils ont menacé les réfugiés en pointant leur arme contre leur tête. Ceux-ci n’ont eu que dix minutes pour faire leurs valises et ont été emmenés à #Petrou_Ralli (La section ‘étrangers’ de la Préfecture d’Athènes) pour vérification d’identité. Douze d’entre eux n’avaient pas de papiers et sont actuellement détenus en vue d’une expulsion, par ailleurs fort improbable, du pays.

    Décision prise

    Les sept familles des réfugiés reconnus comme tels avaient des papiers en règle et ont été "libérées", selon des sources policières. La vérité est, bien sûr, qu’elles ont été « laisséss sans abri ». À la question de "Ef.Syn." pour quelles raisons ce qui se faisait dans le passé à savoir le relogement des réfugiés expulsés d’un squat à une structure d’accueil, n’a pas été fait dans ce cas, où les familles n’avaient nulle part où se loger ni les moyens de subvenir à leurs besoins, les sources policières ont répondu que cela "était une question de politique d’immigration" et ont pointé le Ministère comme responsable.

    Les familles sont revenues à Exarchia, le quartier qu’elles connaissaient un peu. Elles ont été repérées tard lundi soir par des passants assis sur la place, à côté des valises avec leurs affaires, affamées et désespérées. Un réseau de solidarité a été rapidement mis en place et des solutions d’hébergement temporaire ont été trouvées chez des familles athéniennes et sur le terrain de jeu d’un autre immeuble occupé, toujours à Exarchia.

    Mais une question urgente s’impose : quelle est cette politique qui, après avoir jeté dans la rue les personnes dans le besoin, les abandonne à leur sort à la recherche des places et des parcs pour y passer la nuit ? Est-ce une politique juste ? Est-ce une politique conforme à la législation ? Et surtout, quels résultats crée-t-elle ?

    Ces questions nous concernent tous, et non seulement les réfugiés laissés sans toit. Fin mai, la menace de l’’expulsion de structures et d’appartements plane au-dessus de la tête de plus de 10 000 réfugiés, reconnus comme tels un mois auparavant, car, selon une décision récente du Ministère, les réfugiés après la fin de la procédure d’asile ne peuvent continuer à vivre à des structures et des appartements alloués à eux que pendant un mois, au lieu de six auparavant. Cette décision a été prise par le Ministère il y a quelques mois, mais a été reportée à fin mai en raison de la pandémie.

    Selon les ONG, l’expulsion locative concerne 300 réfugiés d’#Eleonas (un camp en #Attique), 2 200 d’autres camps, 600 des hôtels et 7 400 des appartements du programme #ESTIA et d’autres programmes d’hébergement comme #HELIOS. Étant donné que l’aide financière –les allocations aux réfugiés- devrait également être coupée, étant donné aussi que les programmes de préparation à l’accès au marché du travail, à l’inclusion sociale et à l’inscription aux programmes de protection sociale n’ont pas été mis en application, le résultat de telles expulsions devrait être vraiment désastreux. Et non seulement pour les réfugiés eux-mêmes. La mise en œuvre de cette décision d’expulsion va faire réapparaître en plein centre-ville les images de la période d’avant la création des structures d’hébergement, pendant laquelle les réfugiés laissés sans abri étaient obligés de dormir sur les places publiques et les parcs.

    Frénésie xénophobe

    Bien entendu, personne ne s’attendrait à ce qu’un gouvernement qui s’enorgueillit de la généralisation des opérations de détention, de dissuasion et de refoulement et qui dégrade le processus d’asile puisse se soucier du sort des réfugiés. Cependant, on s’attendrait à ce que sa frénésie xénophobe ne la conduise pas à un point tel qu’elle mette en danger la cohésion sociale, l’image et la paix civile des villes. Parce qu’on n’arrive pas à croire que ce gouvernement mettrait en œuvre une stratégie de tensions et viserait précisément à créer des tensions sociales en alimentant le sentiment d’insécurité afin de les exploiter politiquement.

    Peu importe à quel point M. Mitarakis essaie de présenter sa décision comme preuve d’une politique audacieuse, en réalité c’est tout le contraire. C’est un mouvement de panique face à l’impasse dans laquelle il est arrivé. D’une part, s’impose en toute urgence la nécessité des décongestionner des îles où se situe sa circonscription. D’autre part, la mansuétude du gouvernement face à des groupes xénophobes d’extrême-droite les laisse faire et notamment leur donne libre cours à empêcher par des actions violentes la création de nouvelles places d’hospitalité dans la Grèce continentale. Le ministre choisit donc de libérer des places vacantes à tout prix. Il semble que M. Mitarakis ait décidé de tout sacrifier pour assurer sa réélection dans sa circonscription à Chios.

    Mobilisation solidaire

    Face à cette politique désastreuse, la municipalité d’Athènes, les collectifs et organisations antiracistes actifs en faveur des réfugiés se mobilisent. Lundi, lors d’une réunion entre KEERFA (Mouvement Unissons contre le Racisme et la Menace Fasciste) et Melina Daskalaki, présidente du Conseil municipal pour l’intégration des immigrants et des réfugiés. Mme Daskalaki a informé les organisations que la municipalité discutait avec les organismes impliqués dans les programmes de logement ESTIA et HELIOS et notamment UNHCR et IOM. Elle a également déclaré qu’elle transmettrait au maire la demande de KEERFA d’utiliser les immeubles vides de la municipalité et les bâtiments repris par l’Etat à cause d’impayés d’impôts.

    #Grèce #migrations #asile #réfugiés #expulsions #logement #hébergement #camps_de_réfugiés #hôtels

    • On refugees to be soon evicted from offered housing

      In an interview to Sto Kokkino, young Afghan boy Soai, whose 7-member family will be asked to leave their offered accommodation on May 31, spoke in perfect Greek – as a result of his school attendance - about their ordeal as nobody is willing to rent them a house as his father cannot work due to a health problem, also inherited to one of Soai’s siblings. Also present in the interview, Vasiliki Katrivanou, coordinator of social policy at the Greek Council for Refugees, raised the alarm over a lack of planning and alternative solutions adding that this decision will affect some 8,000 refugees.

      In an op-ed at Efimerida ton Syntakton, Katrivanou noted that 8,000 recognized refugees will be on the streets by end of May, explaining that the number of affected refugees could reach 16,000 by the end of June. She stressed that things will be tragic for them without any support, knowledge of Greek, integration policies, access to public services, health system, and UNHCR’s cash assistance that helped them for six months to find a house and work, while noting that Helios, the only available program that could be of some help to some 5,000 to learn Greek and be assisted in finding a job and a house, has encountered many challenges with less than 2,000 refugees being able to use its services since June 2019. She stressed the climate of violence, xenophobia, and racism that could be raised in such a situation. Islands should be decongested, she claimed, but at what cost, adding that this should not be achieved by letting refugees on the streets. At the same time, EU funding could be used for integration programs rather than the construction of closed centers.

      Avgi argued that the said eviction was postponed by two months’ time due to coronavirus with the Migration Minister having announced back in March that 10,000 recognized refugees will be affected, but no progress has been made since as concerns integration issues faced by refugees. Many issues arise (such as where these people will go amidst the coronavirus pandemic, how will they manage to rent a house which depends on the bank, on AFM, on bureaucratic obstacles, when will they have access to welfare as part of their integration, what will happen with refugees suffering from incurable illnesses or disabilities), for which solutions must be found in just a week when exits will start. The ministry’s plan to have exits of recognized refugees each month to help with the decongestion of the islands will lead to thousands of homeless recognized refugees filling the mainland. It is noted that in order to avoid that, municipalities and organizations are asking for a transitional plan. Speaking to Avgi, Nikoletta Kyrana, ESTIA program coordinator in ARSIS NGO on the islands, stressed that Helios integration program has not succeeded in solving integration issues, such as issuing AFM to recognized refugees in order to be able to find a house and a legal job. UNHCR running ESTIA program with the assistance of NGOs reportedly estimates that in the first phase, this month, exits will affect 7,500 recognized refugees, stressing that it is not clear yet which vulnerable cases will be exempted, an issue that is still under discussion between organizations and the Ministry.

      According to sources, Avgi noted that a meeting is expected between UNHCR and the Labor Ministry to solve some bureaucracy issues relating to access of recognized refugees to benefits that are foreseen by law and could help refugees with serious disabilities to make ends meet. Kyrana noted that there is no extension provided any more for families with children at school until the end of the school year, with 45% of refugees staying in apartments managed by ARSIS being children going to school. According to UNHCR sources, exits will affect disproportionately some municipalities, for example in Tripoli the 40% of hosted refugees. The situation will also be difficult in Attica, as 300 need to leave Elaionas until Sunday. In Athens, 139 refugees will need to leave from apartments managed by ARSIS., Avgi, Efimerida ton Syntakton, 25 May:

      Migration Minister meets with Athens Mayor Bakoyannis in view of exit of thousands of refugees

      Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis met on Tuesday (26/6) with Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis. According to Mitaraki’s post on the social media, the meeting focused on ways to limit the repercussions of the migration crisis in Athens as well as issues related with asylum seekers hosting issues and integration of those granted asylum. The related press release notes that they met to discuss “ways to mitigate the impact of the migration crisis in the capital, as well as issues around accommodation of asylum-seekers and integration of those who have received international protection.”

      As Efimerida ton Syntakton reports the meeting was held in light of the programmed exit in the coming week of 300 recognized refugees from Elaionas site and some 2,500 from ESTIA apartments in the capital, and of 10,000 in total in the mainland. The daily comments on the vagueness of the press release, adding that no more information on what was discussed has been made public. According to the daily, following the latest evacuation of a squat in Exarchia that left seven refugee families in the streets, Elaionas site offered in the aftermath to provide them with accommodation.

      (,,,,,,, 26 May:

      Reçu via la mailing-list de Migreurop, le 27.05.2020

    • 11,000 of recognized refugees in Greece face eviction as of June 1

      The Greek government is proceeding with its plan to stop hosting asylum-seekers with recognized refugee status in camps and EU subsidized apartments and hotels. Some 11,000 refugees will have to leave the facilities as of next Monday, June 1, 2020. As little has been done regarding the social integration of recognized refugees, Greece is to face one more social problem in an economic environment struck by the pandemic crisis.

      In line with the Greek Asylum legislation in February 2020, people who have had recognized refugee status for more than one month must leave camps and subsidized facilities and find their own accommodation – and a job. And thus in a country economically suffering from the effects of the coronavirus lockdown.

      This announcement has been put up in the camp on the island of Kos, in the eastern Aegean Sea.

      The idea for the eviction is that recognized refugees make place for so that new waves of refugees coming from the overcrowded camps on the Greek islands to the mainland get housed.

      According to media, some 6,500 refugees are currently living in subsidized apartments or hotels, another 2,500 are in reception facilities on the mainland and 1,500 are still living in island camps despite having secured asylum.

      It is thought that some refugees obliged to move out of subsidized accommodation will leave Greece. But there are fears that many others might end up on the street. The key problem is that the response to the refugee crisis has focused on boosting reception capabilities and the processing of asylum claims and little has been done for the social inclusion of migrants who are granted asylum.

      Closing down facilities of ESTIA program

      On Thursday, Migration Minister, Notis Mitarakis, announced that 60 out of the current 93 hospitality openings created in hotels for asylum seekers on the mainland will be closed in 2020.

      The residents will be transferred to other facilities or will be included in the the UN Refugee Agency’s ESTIA integration program,

      Program ESTIA, that is the Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation program – offers urban accommodation and financial aid to refugees and asylum-seekers in Greece and is co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union.

      The Asylum Service has issued 40,000 decisions during the lockdown and they will have to be distributed to the applicants, the minister said.

      As of 25 May 2020, the total number of accommodation for refugees and asylum-seekers created through the ESTIA program was 25,503.


      In February the Greek government has announced it will start asking people with refugee status or subsidiary protection to leave camps and UNHCR accommodation, starting with people who got their status before August 2017. Eventually, it will also end their access to cash assistance.

      The Greek government said it was not creating a new policy, just enforcing an existing policy. Under the policy, people lose access to camps and UNHCR accommodation and cash 6 months after they get refugee status or subsidiary protection.

      That policy was reportedly made to meet the requirements of the European Union, which funds both the cash program and the UNHCR accommodation scheme. Under the European Union’s rules, cash and accommodation are meant for asylum-seekers — people who don’t yet have a decision on their asylum application.

      Up to now the government had not enforced the 6-months policy strictly, recognizing that for many refugees in Greece, it was very difficult to find a place to stay and a way to support themselves financially.

      But the policy enforcement changed allegedly because Greece was still facing high numbers of new arrivals and there were not enough places in the overcrowded camps to meet the needs of asylum-seekers.

      The decision came from the Greek Directorate for the Protection of Asylum Seekers, the General Secretariat for Migration Policy and the Ministry of Migration Policy.

    • Προπαγάνδα αντί απαντήσεων για τις εξώσεις προσφύγων

      Τη γνωστή προπαγάνδα του Υπουργείου Μετανάστευσης και Ασύλου ξανασέρβιραν κυβερνητικές πηγές εν είδει ενημερωτικού σημειώματος, χωρίς ωστόσο να παρέχουν κανένα νέο στοιχείο και χωρίς να δίνουν καμία απάντηση στα σοβαρά ερωτήματα για την έλλειψη πολιτικής και την υποκατάστασή της από ανεδαφικές εξαγγελίες και προπαγάνδα ερήμην της πραγματικότητας.

      Φαίνεται ότι ο Νότης Μηταράκης επιχειρεί μέσω της ατέρμονης επανάληψης των ίδιων ισχυρισμών να διασκεδάσει τις εντυπώσεις από τις έντονες αντιδράσεις, ακόμα και του φιλοκυβερνητικού Τύπου, που προκαλεί η εμμονή του να πετάξει στο δρόμο περισσότερους από 11.000 αναγνωρισμένους πρόσφυγες από την 1η Ιουνίου, με ορατό κίνδυνο να γεμίσουν οι πλατείες και τα πάρκα της Αθήνας και των άλλων πόλεων από άστεγους πρόσφυγες, στους οποίους δεν παρέχεται εναλλακτική.

      Και αναζητά χείραν βοηθείας σε κυβερνητικές πηγές μπροστά στον πανικό που του προκαλούν οι αποκαλύψεις του Τύπου, μεταξύ των οποίων τα τελευταία δημοσιεύματα της « Καθημερινής » που τον επικρίνουν για κακοδιαχείριση, οικονομικές ατασθαλίες, έλλειψη σχεδιασμού και προπαγάνδα ερήμην της πραγματικότητας (βλ. « Και κακοδιαχείριση και ατασθαλίες και παραπλανητικές "εικόνες", κ. Μηταράκη », « Εφ.Συν. », 30-31/5/2020). Γιατί βέβαια ούτε τον ίδιο δεν πείθει η απόπειρά του να διαψεύσει τα δημοσιεύματα, επικαλούμενος άγνοια του εγγράφου, την ίδια στιγμή που αποδίδει το περιεχόμενό του σε... « διαφορετικές απόψεις ».

      Αλλά το απολογιστικό κείμενο των κυβερνητικών πηγών εκθέτει περαιτέρω τον υπουργό, καθώς αναδεικνύει τη γύμνια των επιχειρημάτων, που δεν έχουν αντίκρισμα στην πραγματικότητα. Το ενημερωτικό σημείωμα του Μαξίμου κάνει λόγο για... μείωση των μεταναστευτικών ροών, χωρίς να αναφέρει ότι οφείλεται κυρίως στη συγκυρία του κορονοϊού και βέβαια χωρίς λέξη για τις καταγγελίες για παράνομες πρακτικές αποτροπής και παράνομες επιχειρήσεις επαναπροώθησης. Μιλά για... περιορισμό των επιπτώσεων της μεταναστευτικής κρίσης, αναφερόμενο όμως στα μελλοντικά σχέδια του Υπουργείου για κλείσιμο δομών και ξενοδοχείων, σχέδια που έχουν επικριθεί ως ανεδαφικά.

      Μιλά για... αποσυμφόρηση των νησιών κατά 15% από τον Ιανουάριο με πραγματοποίηση 13.000 μεταφορών, παραβλέποντας τη συγκυρία του κορονοϊού, κάνοντας ότι δεν αντιλαμβάνεται το τεράστιο πρόβλημα που παραμένει στα νησιά και αποσιωπώντας ότι δεν έχει πραγματοποιηθεί η μεταφορά περίπου 2.300 ιδιαίτερα ευπαθών στον κορονοϊό προσφύγων από τα ΚΥΤ, που είχε εξαγγελθεί αρχικά για τον Απρίλιο και στη συνέχεια για τον Μάιο. Επαίρεται για... επιτάχυνση των διαδικασιών ασύλου, όταν για δύο μήνες ήταν κλειστή για το κοινό η υπηρεσία Ασύλου και όταν η επαναλειτουργία της σημαδεύτηκε από παράταση χιλιάδων εκκρεμοτήτων και περαιτέρω ταλαιπωρία των προσφύγων.

      Το πιο εξωφρενικό, μιλά για... « 11.237 νέες θέσεις φιλοξενίας στην ενδοχώρα σε υπάρχουσες δομές, χωρίς να κατασκευαστούν νέες ». Αυτό θα επιτευχθεί, ισχυρίζεται, με τη σταδιακή αποχώρηση αναγνωρισμένων προσφύγων από τις δομές, σύμφωνα με νόμο του Νοεμβρίου, η εφαρμογή του οποίου παρατάθηκε μέχρι 31 Μαΐου λόγω κορονοϊού. « Άρα υπήρξε επαρκής χρόνος προετοιμασίας », ισχυρίζονται οι κυβερνητικές πηγές.

      Μα ακριβώς ! Αν και υπήρξε επαρκής χρόνος, το Υπουργείο δεν έκανε καμία έγκαιρη προετοιμασία για να υπάρξουν εναλλακτικές και να μη βρεθούν οι άνθρωποι στο δρόμο. Μόλις την περασμένη Παρασκευή έγινε διευρυμένη σύσκεψη του υπουργείου με φορείς, όπου αποφασίστηκε η αναθεώρηση του προγράμματος επιδότησης στέγης και ενταξιακής προετοιμασίας HELIOS και η καλύτερη διασύνδεση των προσφύγων με τον ΟΠΕΚΑ και τον ΟΑΕΔ (βλ. « Πρώτα οι εξώσεις, μετά... λύσεις », « Εφ.Συν. », 30-31/5/2020).

      Μόλις την Παρασκευή δόθηκαν οδηγίες στους νέους διοικητές των προσφυγικών δομών για την έξωση, όταν επικρατεί άγνοια μεταξύ των εμπλεκόμενων φορέων ποιος και πώς θα την επιβάλλει, με δεδομένη την άρνηση των απεγνωσμένων προσφύγων να βρεθούν στο δρόμο. Θα κληθεί η αστυνομία να τους βγάλει έξω από τα διαμερίσματα και τα κοντέινερ των καμπ μαζί με τα υπάρχοντά τους ; Για να τους μεταφέρει πού ;

      Οργανώσεις και φορείς έθεσαν την Παρασκευή σοβαρά πρακτικά ερωτήματα στον κ. Μηταράκη. Κι αυτός τους ευχαρίστησε, αλλά απάντηση δεν έδωσε. Γιατί η απάντηση προϋποθέτει προετοιμασία, την οποία δεν έχει κάνει ο κ. Μηταράκης. Προϋποθέτει μια ευρύτερη αντίληψη του ζητήματος, αντί της κοντόθωρης πολιτικής που ενδιαφέρεται μόνο για να μεταθέσει το πρόβλημα και τις ευθύνες αλλού, στην τοπική αυτοδιοίκηση, στους διεθνείς οργανισμούς και στις οργανώσεις, έστω και με κίνδυνο να διαταραχθεί σοβαρά η κοινωνική συνοχή και η εικόνα των πόλεων. Εκτός αν αυτή είναι η επιδίωξη του κ. Μηταράκη. Αλλά η στρατηγική της έντασης δεν αποτελεί σοβαρή πολιτική ευνομούμενου κράτους και έχει αποδειχτεί ιστορικά εξαιρετικά επικίνδυνη.

      Έντονες είναι η αντιδράσεις κατά του σχεδίου εξώσεων από κόμματα, συλλογικότητες και οργανώσεις που δραστηριοποιούνται στο προσφυγικό.
      « Ραντεβού στις πλατείες » από το ΣΥΡΙΖΑ

      Για ιδεοληπτική και βαθιά ρατσιστική και ανακόλουθη πολιτική στο προσφυγικό κατηγορεί την κυβέρνηση το τμήμα Προσφυγικής και Μεταναστευτικής Πολιτικής του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ.

      Η ανακοίνωση του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ

      Σύμφωνα με το τελευταίο νομοθέτημα της κυβέρνησης, οι αναγνωρισμένοι πρόσφυγες υποχρεούνται από την 1η Ιούνη να εγκαταλείψουν τις δομές φιλοξενίας οδηγούμενοι στην αστεγία. Το μέτρο αυτό αποτελεί συνέχεια της ιδεοληπτικής βαθειά ρατσιστικής και ανακόλουθης κυβερνητικής πολιτικής στο μεταναστευτικό – προσφυγικό που εκφράστηκε με την αρχική κατάργηση του υπουργείου Μεταναστευτικής Πολιτικής, το « σπρώξιμο » των αρμοδιοτήτων από υπουργείο σε υπουργείο και τέλος την επανασύσταση υπουργείου με τελείως διαφορετική οπτική και κατεύθυνση. Εθελοτυφλώντας απέναντι στην πραγματική ανάγκη των ανθρώπων να ξεφύγουν από τις εμπόλεμες ζώνες και την αθλιότητα, θεώρησαν ότι η επιδείνωση όλων των συνθηκών ζωής, απονομής ασύλου, κράτησης κλπ. των αιτούντων άσυλο θα λειτουργούσε αποτρεπτικά, ότι έτσι θα πάψει να είναι η Ελλάδα πέρασμα προς την Ευρώπη.

      Άφησαν στον αυτόματο πιλότο όλα τα προγράμματα για την στέγαση και την ένταξη στην εκπαίδευση και την εργασία που είχε σχεδιάσει η κυβέρνηση του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ και οδήγησαν σταδιακά στην λήξη, στην μη ανανέωση και στην μη διεκδίκηση νέων προγραμμάτων και κονδυλίων από την ΕΕ.

      Τραγική συνέπεια των παραπάνω είναι ότι το αμέσως επόμενο διάστημα θα βρεθούν χιλιάδες άνθρωποι κυριολεκτικά στο δρόμο. Στο όνομα της επιβεβλημένης (και καθυστερημένης) αποσυμφόρησης των νησιών, στερούν την στέγη από πρόσφυγες που έχουν πάρει άσυλο και μένουν σε ξενοδοχεία ή διαμερίσματα.

      Εν μέσω πανδημίας η κυβέρνηση αντί να διεκδικήσει λόγω εκτάκτων συνθηκών περισσότερα κονδύλια από την ΕΕ για την συνέχιση παραμονής αυτών των ανθρώπων σε ασφαλείς συνθήκες, προτιμά να γεμίσουν οι πλατείες άστεγες οικογένειες προσφύγων. Με ότι αυτό θα συνεπάγεται για την εκ νέου εξαθλίωσή τους αλλά και τους κινδύνους εξάπλωσης του κορονοϊού. Έτσι θα υποκινήσουν νέο κύμα ξενοφοβίας ακριβώς με την απειλή της πανδημίας.

      Ταυτόχρονα αντί με τα χρήματα που έχουν ήδη δοθεί από την ΕΕ να διευρυνθούν και να συνεχιστούν τα ενταξιακά προγράμματα όπως το Ήλιος, καταγγέλλεται από διεθνή οργανισμό η « κακοδιαχείριση και διασπάθιση των κονδυλίων » από μηχανισμούς μετακλητών του κ. Μηταράκη.

      Και όλα αυτά εν μέσω της τεράστιας κρίσης του τουρισμού και της ανάγκης ενίσχυσης των ανά την χώρα καταλυμάτων που βλέπουν στην στέγαση των προσφύγων, με άμεσα καταβλητέα ευρωπαϊκά κονδύλια, μια λύση για την επιβίωση των επιχειρήσεων τους και την διατήρηση των θέσεων εργασίας.

      Οι ιδεοληψίες δεν είναι μόνο απάνθρωπες, βλάπτουν σοβαρά την υγεία και την οικονομία. Ελπίζουμε να μην τολμήσουν να βγάλουν στο δρόμο χιλιάδες ανθρώπους. Ο κ. Μηταράκης και ο κ. Χαρδαλιάς πρέπει όμως να ξέρουν ότι αν χρειαστεί, η ανθρωπιά και η αλληλεγγύη δεν θα μείνουν σπίτι. Το ραντεβού μας θα είναι στις πλατείες.
      Κινητοποιήσεις ΚΕΕΡΦΑ κατά της έξωσης

      Σε συγκέντρωση διαμαρτυρίας έξω από τη δομή στον Ελαιώνα και άλλες περιοχές της Ελλάδας κάλεσε εργαζόμενους, πρόσφυγες και αλληλέγγυους η ΚΕΕΡΦΑ με αίτημα να μην βρεθούν στο δρόμο οι πρόσφυγες που απειλούνται με έξωση από την 1η Ιουνίου.

      Σε συνέντευξη τύπου έξω από τον Ελαιώνα την Πέμπτη, η ΚΕΕΡΦΑ επισήμανε τον κίνδυνο να γεμίσουν χιλιάδες άστεγοι πρόσφυγες τους δρόμους, τις πλατείες και τα πάρκα των μεγάλων πόλεων και ιδίως της Αθήνας σε μια εποχή όπου πριμοδοτείται από την κυβέρνηση όχι η αλληλεγγύη αλλά ο ρατσισμός και η ξενοφοβική βία.

      « Η μόνη λύση να βρεθούν μέσα σε σπίτια σε πόλεις οι πρόσφυγες, να δοθούν άμεσα τα διαθέσιμα κτήρια του ΕΦΚΑ, να υπάρξει πρόγραμμα κοινωνικής στέγασης για πρόσφυγες, άστεγους και Ρομά. Να επιταχθούν ξενοδοχεία που δεν λειτουργούν και έχουν τους υπαλλήλους απλήρωτους, αντί να σπαταλώνται χρήματα για ρατσιστική αστυνόμευση και παράνομες επαναπροωθήσεις μέχρι και μέσα από δομές, όπως αυτή των Διαβατών », σημείωσε ο συντονιστής της ΚΕΕΡΦΑ και δημοτικός σύμβουλος της Αθήνας Πέτρος Κωνσταντίνου.

      Εκ μέρους της καμπάνιας « Εκκενώστε τα κάμπ, οι πρόσφυγες σε σπίτια και ξενοδοχεία », η καθηγήτρια Αρχιτεκτονικής Ελένη Πορτάλιου σημείωσε ότι η καμπάνια συγκέντρωσε 11.000 υπογραφές ενάντια στο ρατσιστικό αφήγημα ότι είναι φορείς του κορονοϊού οι πρόσφυγες και υπέρ της μεταφοράς τους σε διαθέσιμους ακατοίκητους χώρους. « Το σχέδιο των εξώσεων είναι δώρο στην ακροδεξιά και στους φασίστες των νησιών που είχαν πολεμήσει να διώξουν αυτούς τους ανθρώπους. Θα έρθουν οι πρόσφυγες από τα νησιά και θα διωχτούν οι χιλιάδες που βρίσκονται στο πρόγραμμα ESTIA. Θα βρεθούν στους δρόμους και τις πλατείες σε εποχή που πριμοδοτείται από την κυβέρνηση ο ρατσισμός. Υπάρχουν αδιάθετα σπίτια και μικρά ξενοδοχεία, υπάρχουν ευρωπαϊκά χρήματα που πρέπει να ζητηθούν και να δοθούν. Πρέπει να υπάρξουν πολιτικές που να μην κλείνουν το μάτι στο ρατσισμό », σημείωσε

      Ο Μασούντ, πρόσφυγας από το καμπ του Ελαιώνα, σημείωσε ότι η κυβέρνηση κόβει τη χρηματική βοήθεια τη στιγμή ποιυ δεν προσφέρει ούτε σπίτια ούτε προετοιμασία για δουλειά. « Τι θ’ απογίνουμε ; Δεν έχουμε να πάμε πουθενά », είπε.

      Στις παράνομες επιχειρήσεις επαναπροώθησης στον Έβρο και στην παράνομη κράτηση ασυνόδευτων ανηλίκων στην Αμυγδαλέζα και σε κρατητήρια αναφέρθηκε ο Τζαβέντ Ασλάμ, πρόεδρος της Πακιστανικής Κοινότητας "η Ενότητα".

      « Αν θα βρεθούν στο δρόμνο, θα βγούμε εμείς από τα σπίτια μας και θα τους βάλουμε στα δικά μας και θα βρεθούμε εμείς στο δρόμο. Δεν θα βγάλετε αυτούς στο δρόμο. Θα έχετε εμάς έξω, θα είμαστε μαζί με τους πρόσφυγες, και έτσι θα αναμετρηθούμε και θα κερδίσουμε », είπε ο καθηγητής Παιδαωγωγικής του ΑΠΘ Γιώργος Τσιάκαλος.
      Ένταξη, όχι αστεγία ζητούν οκτώ οργανώσεις

      Δεν είναι δυνατό να επιτραπεί να μείνουν άστεγοι και χωρίς άμεση έμπρακτη υποστήριξη επίσημα αναγνωρισμένοι πρόσφυγες, υπογραμμίζουν σε κοινή τους ανακοίνωση οκτώ οργανώσεις ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων και ανθρωπιστικής βοήθειας (Διοτίμα, ΕλΕΔΑ, ΕΣΠ, Ελληνικό Φόρουμ Προσφύγων, Help Refugees / Choose Love, HumanRights360, Κέντρο Ημέρας Βαβέλ, Terre des hommes Hellas).
      Η ανακοίνωση των οργανώσεων

      "Με πήραν τηλέφωνο πριν από 15 ημέρες και με ρώτησαν αν έχω φύγει από το σπίτι. Τους είπα ότι δεν έχω που να πάω. Αν μας διώξουν, το μόνο που σκέφτομαι είναι ότι θα πάρω ένα σχοινί και θα κάτσω στη πόρτα του σπιτιού. Δεν έχω τίποτα ! Πώς θα ταΐσω την οικογένειά μου ; Είμαι άρρωστος, δε μπορώ να δουλέψω."
      Πατέρας τριών παιδιών, αναγνωρισμένος πρόσφυγας από τη Συρία

      "Άρχισα να βγαίνω στους δρόμους και να ψάχνω [σπίτι]. Έχω πάρει τηλέφωνα παντού. Κάποιοι, όταν τους έλεγα από που είμαι, μου έλεγαν συγγνώμη, δεν μπορούμε να δώσουμε το διαμέρισμα. Την Δευτέρα πρέπει να φύγω και την ίδια μέρα τα παιδιά ξαναξεκινάνε το σχολείο. Τι θα κάνω ; Πού θα τα βάλω να κοιμηθούν ;"
      Μητέρα δυο παιδιών, αναγνωρισμένη πρόσφυγας από το Αφγανιστάν

      "Ενημερωθήκαμε ότι στις 30/05 πρέπει να βγούμε. Δεν έχω ούτε δουλειά, ούτε λεφτά για να ταΐσω την οικογένειά μου. Πώς θα βρω δουλειά ; Που να ψάξω για δουλειά ; Μας πετάνε έξω χωρίς τίποτα."
      Πατέρας δυο παιδιών, αναγνωρισμένοι πρόσφυγες από τη Συρία

      Τέλος διαδρομής για χιλιάδες αναγνωρισμένους πρόσφυγες/ προσφύγισσες και δικαιούχους επικουρικής προστασίας, που σε λίγες ημέρες θα βρεθούν στο δρόμο άστεγοι/άστεγες, στερούμενοι μέχρι και το οικονομικό βοήθημα, που έως τώρα λάμβαναν με ευρωπαϊκούς πόρους.

      Συγκεκριμένα, τη Δευτέρα, 1 Ιουνίου 2020, κατόπιν παράτασης 2 μηνών, λόγω των μέτρων πρόληψης της εξάπλωσης της πανδημίας, έρχεται η ώρα της εφαρμογής των προβλεπόμενων ρυθμίσεων για την διακοπή των παροχών προς όσες και όσους αναγνωρίζονται ως δικαιούχοι διεθνούς προστασίας στην Ελλάδα.

      Καλούνται, πλέον, να ενταχθούν, να βρουν δουλειά και σπίτι, να μάθουν ελληνικά, να πάνε στο σχολείο, να ανακτήσουν την αυτόνομη ζωή που εγκατέλειψαν στις φλόγες του πολέμου και των διώξεων. Αλλά μπορούν ;

      Πολλοί είναι ευάλωτοι, σωματικά και ψυχικά και χρήζουν υποστήριξης για να προσπελάσουν τα γλωσσικά, γραφειοκρατικά και άλλα προσκόμματα, που διαχρονικά τους στερούν την πρόσβαση σε απαραίτητες υπηρεσίες και αγαθά. Πολλές είναι γυναίκες με μικρά παιδιά, ακόμη και μηνών. Πώς θα ψάξουν για δουλειά, όταν δε θα έχουν καν μια στέγη για να προστατεύσουν το παιδί τους ; Πώς θα συνεχίσουν τα παιδιά το σχολείο ; Πολλές γυναίκες είναι επιζώσες ενδοοικογενειακής, έμφυλης βίας ή/και trafficking. Πώς θα υποστηριχθούν αν μείνουν άστεγες και εκτεθειμένες σε πολλαπλούς κινδύνους ;

      Η διαδικασία της ένταξης, η προετοιμασία για τη μετάβαση στη « βιοπάλη », ξεκινάει από τη στιγμή της υποδοχής, και σε καμία περίπτωση δεν μπορεί η έξωση να θεωρηθεί σημείο εκκίνησης για μια εν δυνάμει και χωρίς καμία απολύτως υποστήριξη διαδικασία ένταξης.

      Προϋποθέτει την κατάρτιση και υλοποίηση μιας μακροπρόθεσμης ενταξιακής πολιτικής, με ολιστικά προγράμματα υποστήριξης των προσφύγων, ώστε να έχουν ισότιμη πρόσβαση στην αγορά εργασίας, στην ελληνομάθεια και στην εύρεση στέγης. Η ισονομία των αναγνωρισμένων προσφύγων με τους Έλληνες πολίτες, τουλάχιστον σε τυπικό/ θεσμικό επίπεδο χωρίς την απαιτούμενη ενταξιακή πολιτική, ακυρώνει στην πράξη την ισονομία και παράγει ανισότητες, διακρίσεις ως προς μια σειρά θεμελιώδη δικαιώματα όπως είναι η στέγη, η ασφάλεια, η υγεία, κ.λπ.

      Δεν είναι δυνατόν η πολιτεία, οι θεσμοί, η κοινωνία των πολιτών και κάθε δημοκρατικός πολίτης αυτής της χώρας να επιτρέψει να μείνουν άστεγοι και χωρίς άμεση έμπρακτη υποστήριξη άνθρωποι που είναι επίσημα αναγνωρισμένοι πρόσφυγες.
      Έντονη ανησυχία από την ΑΡΣΙΣ

      Επιστολή στο Υπουργείο Μετανάστευσης και Ασύλου έστειλε η οργάνωση ΑΡΣΙΣ, εκφράζοντας την ανησυχία της για την έξωση των προσφύγων την ερχόμενη εβδομάδα.
      Η επιστολή της ΑΡΣΙΣ

      « [...] Με την παρούσα επιστολή μας θέλουμε να εκφράσουμε την αυξανόμενη ανησυχία μας ότι από τη Δευτέρα 1/6/2020 θα βρεθούμε όλες και όλοι αντιμέτωποι με μία νέα επείγουσα κατάσταση που πρέπει να αποφύγουμε συντεταγμένα και ομόψυχα.

      Η συντριπτική πλειοψηφία των ατόμων που θα υποχρεωθούν να εγκαταλείψουν τα διαμερίσματα του προγράμματος « ESTIA II » είναι εξαιρετικά ευάλωτοι πρόσφυγες και αιτούντες άσυλο, άτομα με δυσίατες ή ανίατες ασθένειες, άτομα με σημαντικά προβλήματα ψυχικής υγείας, άτομα με σοβαρότατες ευαλωτότητες, καθώς και πυρηνικές ή και μονογονεϊκές οικογένειες με μικρά παιδιά. Οι άνθρωποι αυτοί θα αναγκαστούν στη μεγάλη τους πλειοψηφία να μείνουν άστεγοι σε μεγάλα αστικά κέντρα όπως η Αθήνα και η Θεσσαλονίκη, χωρίς υποστηρικτικό περιβάλλον και χωρίς χρήματα, αφού με την έξοδό τους από τα διαμερίσματα διακόπτεται και η οικονομική τους ενίσχυση από το πρόγραμμα.

      Ταυτόχρονα, εκατοντάδες παιδιά θα υποχρεωθούν να διακόψουν τη φοίτησή τους στα σχολεία τους, με ανυπολόγιστες συνέπειες για το ψυχισμό τους.

      Αξίζει να σημειωθεί ότι ενώ από τις 30/4/2020 έχουμε αποστείλει εξειδικευμένες και τεκμηριωμένες κοινωνικές εκθέσεις στην Ύπατη Αρμοστεία του ΟΗΕ για τους Πρόσφυγες αναφορικά με πρόσφυγες που πρέπει να εξαιρεθούν των εξόδων, οι οποίες έχουν περιέλθει σε γνώση του Υπουργείου Μετανάστευσης και Ασύλου, μέχρι σήμερα ουδέν γνωρίζουμε για την αποδοχή ή την απόρριψή τους.

      Η συμμετοχή στο πρόγραμμα « ESTIA II » αναγνωρίζουμε ότι είναι αδύνατον να έχει διάρκεια φιλοξενίας επ’ αόριστον, εν τούτοις, η χρονική περίοδος φιλοξενίας χρειάζεται να στοχεύει και να ολοκληρώνεται όταν επιτυγχάνεται η πρόσβαση και συμμετοχή στην κοινωνική και οικονομική πραγματικότητα της χώρας, σε μια ομαλή κοινωνική ένταξη.

      Αξιότιμε κύριε Υπουργέ, είναι χρέος της Ελληνικής Πολιτείας να διασφαλίσει ότι η έξοδος των ωφελουμένων από το πρόγραμμα και από τα διαμερίσματα που έγιναν « τα σπίτια τους » για πολλούς μήνες θα γίνει με ασφάλεια και θα τους οδηγήσει στο επόμενο βήμα τους, στην ανεξαρτησία και την ένταξή τους στην ελληνική κοινωνία με τα ίδια δικαιώματα και τις υποχρεώσεις που απολαμβάνουν οι Έλληνες πολίτες.

      Προς το σκοπό αυτό επιβάλλεται από τις τρέχουσες συνθήκες η παράταση της παραμονής των αιτούντων άσυλο και προσφύγων που πρέπει να εξέλθουν από τα διαμερίσματα για χρονικό διάστημα ικανό ώστε η Κυβέρνησή σας να λάβει τα απαιτούμενα μέτρα που θα καταστήσουν ασφαλή και επιτυχημένη την έξοδο των συγκεκριμένων ανθρώπων από το πρόγραμμα και θα αποκαταστήσουν την άμεση πρόσβασή τους σε στοιχειώδη δικαιώματα στέγασης, ιατροφαρμακευτικής περίθαλψης, εργασίας και εκπαίδευσης.

      Θα πρέπει να συνεκτιμηθεί το γεγονός ότι η χώρα μας προσπαθεί να εξέλθει από μία τρίμηνη περίοδο καραντίνας λόγω της πανδημίας του κορωναϊού, κατά την οποία ήταν αδύνατη η αναζήτηση νέων διαμερισμάτων για τη διαμονή των ανθρώπων που ολοκληρώνεται η φιλοξενία τους στο πρόγραμμα « ESTIA II ». Ταυτόχρονα, γραφειοκρατικές αγκυλώσεις κατέστησαν αδύνατη τη χορήγηση ΑΦΜ ή το άνοιγμα τραπεζικών λογαριασμών για μερίδα των προσφύγων.

      Πιστεύουμε ότι είναι η ώρα η ελληνική πολιτεία με αποφασιστικότητα να τροποποιήσει προηγούμενες αποφάσεις της και να δώσει το δικαίωμα στους πρόσφυγες που εξέρχονται του προγράμματος « ESTIA II » :

      Να καταστούν δικαιούχοι του Κοινωνικού Εισοδήματος Αλληλεγγύης
      Να αποκτήσουν πρόσβαση σε σειρά επιδομάτων (παιδικής προστασίας, ψυχικής υγείας)
      Να ενεργοποιηθεί το πρόγραμμα « Στέγαση και επανένταξη » στο οποίο θα μπορούν να συμμετάσχουν οι συγκεκριμένοι πληθυσμοί ώστε να επιτευχθεί η ουσιαστική ένταξή τους στην ελληνική κοινωνία.
      Να δοθούν οι κατάλληλες ευκαιρίες πιστοποιημένης εκπαίδευσης, που θα τους δώσουν τη δυνατότητα να αποκτήσουν πρόσβαση στην αγορά εργασίας ώστε να μπορέσουν σε σύντομο χρονικό διάστημα να αυτονομηθούν πλήρως, καθώς και ευκαιρίες επαγγελματικής κατάρτισης.
      Να υλοποιηθεί το πρόγραμμα επιδοτούμενης εργασίας αναγνωρισμένων προσφύγων που είχε εξαγγελθεί από το Υπουργείο το 2019 και μέχρι σήμερα δεν έχει υλοποιηθεί.
      Να γίνουν οι απαραίτητες ενέργειες ώστε οι άνθρωποι αυτοί να έχουν λάβουν όλα τα απαραίτητα έγγραφα (άδεια παραμονής, ταξιδιωτικά έγγραφα), πριν την έξοδο τους από το πρόγραμμα.
      Να δοθεί στους αναγνωρισμένους πρόσφυγες οι οποίοι αποχωρούν οικειοθελώς από το πρόγραμμα κατά τη λήξη της ορισθείσας περιόδου φιλοξενίας συγκεντρωτικά η χρηματική βοήθεια (cash Assistance) 3 μηνών, όπως συνέβαινε το προηγούμενο έτος, προκειμένου οι άνθρωποι αυτοί στη συνέχεια να ενταχθούν στο πρόγραμμα ΗΛΙΟΣ, το οποίο έχει ως σκοπό να ενισχυθούν οι προοπτικές ανεξαρτησίας και αυτονομίας των ωφελούμενων καθιστώντας τους ενεργά μέλη της ελληνικής κοινωνίας και να αποτελέσει ένα εκ περιτροπής μηχανισμό στέγασης στο ήδη υπάρχον προσωρινό σύστημα στέγασης της Ελλάδας.

      Θεωρούμε ότι είναι κοινός τόπος η διαπίστωσή μας ότι χωρίς τις ανωτέρω πρόνοιες οι συγκεκριμένοι πληθυσμοί που θα αναγκαστούν (για μία ακόμη φορά) να εγκαταλείψουν τις οικίες του θα βρεθούν αντιμέτωποι με την αστεγία, την περαιτέρω φτωχοποίησή τους, την εκμετάλλευση, την αδήλωτη εργασία και την εν γένει παραβατικότητα. Κατανοείτε ότι μία τέτοια κατάσταση θα έχει άμεσο κοινωνικό αντίκτυπο στη ζωή των μεγάλων αστικών κέντρων που μοιραία θα φιλοξενήσουν τους εξερχόμενους και τις εξερχόμενες του προγράμματος « ESTIA II ».

      Είναι χρέος όλων μας να δράσουμε άμεσα ώστε να προστατέψουμε αποτελεσματικά και καίρια τους αδύναμους αυτούς πληθυσμούς από το φάσμα της κοινωνικής αφάνειας και εξαθλίωσης που τους επιφυλάσσει η 1/6/2020. Ταυτόχρονα, οφείλουμε να περιφρουρήσουμε όσα έχουμε καταφέρει 4 και πλέον χρόνια οπότε και υλοποιείται το πρόγραμμα « ESTIA ». Η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή έχει δαπανήσει εκατομμύρια για τη στέγαση και υποστήριξη των αιτούντων άσυλο και προσφύγων στην Ελλάδα. Χιλιάδες Έλληνες και μετανάστες έχουν εργαστεί στο πλαίσιο του συγκεκριμένου προγράμματος και είναι αδήριτη η ανάγκη να καταδείξουμε ότι το
      συγκεκριμένο πρόγραμμα ήταν και είναι εξαιρετικά επιτυχημένο και μέσω εθνικών αυτή τη φορά πολιτικών και εργαλείων, μπορεί να οδηγήσει τους ωφελούμενους του που παραμένουν στη χώρα μας σε εξίσου επιτυχημένη ένταξη και ενσωμάτωσή τους στην ελληνική κοινωνία.

      Λαμβάνοντας υπόψη τα παραπάνω αναμένουμε από την Ελληνική Πολιτεία τις δέουσες ενέργειες, που διασφαλίζουν για τους πρόσφυγες και δικαιούχους διεθνούς προστασίας το επόμενο στάδιο της ζωής τους με σεβασμό στα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα και στις ανάγκες της ελληνικής κοινωνίας.


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      Au lieu d’apporter de réponses adéquates aux problèmes urgents que crée l’éviction des réfugiés de leur logement, le gouvernement grec continue la propagande anti-migrants

      Des sources gouvernementales ont encore une fois recouru aux ritournelles de la propagande bien connue du Ministère de l’immigration et de l’asile sous la forme d’une note d’information, sans toutefois fournir aucune nouvelle informations et sans apporter de réponses sérieuses à l’absence d’une politique juste et efficiente sur la question migratoire. Au lieu et place d’une politique sérieusement planifiée, le ministère avance des annonces irréalisables et sans fondement et un discours qui relève de la propagande.

      Il semble que Notis Mitarakis tente, par la répétition sans fin des mêmes allégations, de détourner l’attention des fortes réactions, même de la presse progouvernementale, provoquées par son obsession de jeter plus de 11000 réfugiés reconnus dans la rue le 1er juin, ce qui ne manquera pas de emplir les places et les parcs d’Athènes et d’autres villes de réfugiés sans abri, faute d’alternatives réelles.

      Le Ministre de la politique migratoire cherche de l’aide auprès de sources gouvernementales, paniqué par les révélations de la presse même de la presse progouvernementale, notamment le rapport confidentiel porté à la connaissance du public par le quotidien Kathimerini, qui l’accuse de mauvaise gestion, mauvaise conduite financière, manque de planification et de tenir un discours propagandiste bien loin de toute réalité.( Ef.Syn. , 30-31 / 5/2020 et ekathimerini). Car, il va de soi que même lui-même ne saurait être convaincu par sa tentative de réfuter ce rapport, en prétendant ignorer tout de ce document, tandis qu’il attribue les accusations graves contre les agissements de son ministère à ... « des vues différentes ».

      Mais la note d’information du gouvernement expose davantage le ministre, car elle met en évidence la nudité des arguments sans aucun fondement réel. Cette note d’information parle d’une supposée réduction des flux d’immigration, sans mentionner que celle-ci est principalement due à la conjoncture, et bien sûr sans souffler un mot sur les dénonciations concernant les pratiques de dissuasion illégales et les opérations de refoulement illégal. Elle évoque une prétendue restriction de la crise migratoire, se référant uniquement aux futurs plans du ministère de fermer les structures et les hôtels, des plans qui ont été critiqués comme étant complètement fantaisistes.

      La note mentionne une décongestion des îles de l’ordre de 15% depuis janvier, en se vantant d’avoir effectué 13.000 transferts vers la Grèce continentale, en ignorant le calendrier de coronavirus, et en faisant semblant qu’il ne comprend pas l’énorme problème qui reste sur les îles tandis que le transfert initialement annoncé pour avril et puis pour mai de quelque 2.300 réfugiés particulièrement vulnérables des RIC (hot-spots dans les îles) n’a pas été réalisé. Le ministre se vante de... accélérer les procédures d’asile, tandis que le Service d’asile a été fermé au public à cause de la pandémie pendant deux mois, et que sa réouverture a été marquée par la prolongation supplémentaire de de milliers de problèmes en suspens (entretiens en attente, demandes qui n’ont pas pu être déposées, appels des déboutés etc.) et par de files d’attente interminables et des bousculades aux portes du service.

      Le plus scandaleux est qu’il est question de ... « 11 237 nouveaux logements dans la Grèce continentale ; dans des structures existantes, sans que de nouvelles ne soient construites ». Cet objectif sera atteint, affirme-t-il, avec le départ progressif des réfugiés reconnus comme tels des structures, selon une loi de novembre, dont la mise en œuvre a été reportée au 31 mai en raison du coronavirus. « Il y a donc eu suffisamment de temps pour se préparer », ont indiqué des sources gouvernementales.

      Mais justement ! Bien qu’il y ait eu suffisamment de temps, le Ministère n’a préparé en temps opportun aucune alternative pour que les gens évincés de structures ne soient pas dans la rue. Ce n’est que vendredi dernier, que le ministère a tenu une réunion élargie avec les organismes, où il a été décidé de revoir le programme de subventions pour la préparation au logement et de l’intégration de l’IOM HELIOS et de mieux intégrer les réfugiés à l’Organisme pour les Allocations Sociales et la Solidarité (OPEKA) et à l’Agence Nationale pour l’Emploi (OAED).

      Ce n’est que vendredi que les nouveaux administrateurs des structures pour réfugiés ont été sommés d’évacuer des milliers de réfugiés, à un moment où les administrations impliquées ignorent toujours qui exactement est concerné et par quel moyen elles pourraient imposer une telle décision, étant donné le refus des réfugiés désespérés de quitter les structures et les appartements qu’ils occupent. La police sera-t-elle appelée pour les faire sortir des appartements et des conteneurs des camps avec leurs effets personnels ? Pour les emmener où ?

      Vendredi, des organismes internationaux et des organisations ont soulevé de sérieuses questions pratiques à M. Mitarakis. Tout en les remerciant, il n’a pas apporté la moindre réponse. Parce que la réponse adéquate suppose une préparation, ce que M. Mitarakis n’a point fait. Cela suppose aussi une compréhension plus large de la question, au lieu d’une politique de court terme qui ne cherche qu’à déplacer le problème et les responsabilités ailleurs, vers les autorités locales, les organismes et les organisations internationales, même au risque de troubler gravement la cohésion sociale et de nuire à l’image des villes. . À moins que ce ne soit justement cela le véritable but de M. Mitarakis. Mais la stratégie qui consiste à attiser des tensions, n’est pas une politique sérieuse d’un État géré par le droit ; le long de l’histoire, elle s’est toujours avérée extrêmement dangereuse.

      Les réactions des partis, des collectifs et des organisations de réfugiés contre ce plan d’évacuation ont été très vives et ne cessent de s’amplifier.

    • Τέλος διαδρομής για 11.237 αναγνωρισμένους πρόσφυγες

      Ολοταχώς προς τον δρόμο οδεύουν χιλιάδες αναγνωρισμένοι πρόσφυγες που υποχρεούνται από την 1η Ιούνη να εγκαταλείψουν τις δομές φιλοξενίας στο πλαίσιο της αναθεώρησης του προγράμματος στέγασης και ένταξης προσφύγων « Ήλιος ».

      Η διευρυμένη σύσκεψη της πολιτικής ηγεσίας του υπουργείου Μετανάστευσης και Ασύλου με τους επικεφαλής του Διεθνούς Οργανισμού Μετανάστευσης και της Ύπατης Αρμοστείας, εκπροσώπους της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής, του υπουργείου Εσωτερικών, του Δήμου Αθηναίων και διοικητές του ΟΑΕΔ και του ΟΠΕΚΑ αποφάσισε τη διασύνδεση των προσφύγων με τον ΟΠΕΚΑ και τον ΟΑΕΔ εν όψει της σταδιακής έξωσης 11.237 προσφύγων από τα διαμερίσματα, τα ξενοδοχεία και τις δομές των νησιών και της ενδοχώρας μετά την 1η Ιουνίου.

      Τα νέα δεδομένα που προκύπτουν από την απόφαση αυτή αυξάνουν τις αντιδράσεις αλλά και την ανησυχία χιλιάδες άνθρωποι να βρεθούν στο δρόμο γεμίζοντας τα πάρκα και τις πλατείες των πόλεων. Σε μια απόπειρα αναζήτησης κάποιων λύσεων, το υπουργείο εξετάζει τη δυνατότητα να δοθεί εφάπαξ χρηματικό βοήθημα πριν από την υπογραφή συμβολαίου ενοικίασης στέγης.

      Από τις εξώσεις εξαιρούνται

      Για διάστημα δύο μηνών οικογένειες με μέλος που αντιμετωπίζει πολύ σοβαρά προβλήματα υγείας, οικογένειες με έγκυο -σε προχωρημένη ή επαπειλούμενη εγκυμοσύνη- και γυναίκα σε κατάσταση λοχείας για διάστημα δύο μηνών από τον τοκετό.
      Για τρεις μήνες ασυνόδευτοι ανήλικοι, όταν συντρέχουν λόγοι συνέχισης σπουδών ή ευάλωτης κατάστασης.


      « Το μέτρο αυτό αποτελεί συνέχεια της ιδεοληπτικής βαθειά ρατσιστικής και ανακόλουθης κυβερνητικής πολιτικής στο μεταναστευτικό – προσφυγικό που εκφράστηκε με την αρχική κατάργηση του υπουργείου Μεταναστευτικής Πολιτικής, το ’’σπρώξιμο’’ των αρμοδιοτήτων από υπουργείο σε υπουργείο και τέλος την επανασύσταση υπουργείου με τελείως διαφορετική οπτική και κατεύθυνση » σχολιάζει το Τμήμα Προσφυγικής και Μεταναστευτικής Πολιτικής/Τομέας Δικαιωμάτων του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ.

      Σε συγκέντρωση διαμαρτυρίας έξω από τη δομή στον Ελαιώνα καλεί εργαζόμενους, πρόσφυγες και αλληλέγγυους η ΚΕΕΡΦΑ με αίτημα να μην βρεθούν στο δρόμο οι 300 πρόσφυγες της δομής που απειλούνται με έξωση από την 1η Ιουνίου.

      Η Κίνηση επισημαίνει τον κίνδυνο να γεμίσουν χιλιάδες άστεγοι πρόσφυγες τους δρόμους, τις πλατείες και τα πάρκα των μεγάλων πόλεων και ιδίως της Αθήνας « σε μια εποχή όπου πριμοδοτείται από την κυβέρνηση όχι η αλληλεγγύη αλλά ο ρατσισμός και η ξενοφοβική βία ».
      « Δεν είναι δυνατό να επιτραπεί να μείνουν άστεγοι και χωρίς άμεση έμπρακτη υποστήριξη επίσημα αναγνωρισμένοι πρόσφυγες », υπογραμμίζουν σε κοινή τους ανακοίνωση οκτώ οργανώσεις ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων και ανθρωπιστικής βοήθειας (Διοτίμα, ΕλΕΔΑ, ΕΣΠ, Ελληνικό Φόρουμ Προσφύγων, Help Refugees / Choose Love, HumanRights360, Κέντρο Ημέρας Βαβέλ, Terre des hommes Hellas).

      Επιστολή στο υπουργείο Μετανάστευσης και Ασύλου έστειλε η οργάνωση ΑΡΣΙΣ, εκφράζοντας την ανησυχία της για την έξωση των προσφύγων την ερχόμενη εβδομάδα.


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      Fin du parcours pour 11 237 réfugiés reconnus

      Des milliers de réfugiés reconnus se dirigeant vers la rue le 1er juin sont contraints d’abandonner leurs structures d’hébergement dans le cadre d’une révision du programme de logement et de réinstallation « Helios ».

      La réunion élargie des dirigeants politiques du ministère de l’Immigration et de l’Asile avec les chefs de l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations et le Haut-commissariat, des représentants de la Commission européenne, du ministère de l’Intérieur, de la municipalité d’Athènes et des dirigeants de diverses administrations ont décidés l’intégration des réfugiés expulsés à l’Agence Nationale pour l’Emploi (OAED) et à l’Organisme pour les allocations sociales et la solidarité (OPECA) en vue de l’expulsion progressive de 11 237 réfugiés des appartements, hôtels et structures des îles et de l’arrière-pays après le 1er juin.

      Les nouvelles données de cette réunion alimentent encore plus les inquiétudes de voir bienôt de milliers de personnes être dans la rue, remplissant les parcs et les places publiques des villes. Afin de trouver des solutions, le ministère envisage de leur accorder une aide financière non réitérable avant qu’ils ne signent un bail de logement.

      Quelques rares catégories seront seulement épargnées

      • Pour une période de deux mois, les familles dont un membre a des problèmes de santé très graves, les familles avec une femme enceinte - en grossesse avancée ou menacée - et une femme en état de travail pendant une période de deux mois après l’accouchement.

      • Pendant trois mois, les mineurs non accompagnés, lorsqu’il existe des raisons de poursuivre leur formation ou une situation vulnérable.

      Les réactions

      « Il n’est pas possible que des réfugiés qui ont été officiellement reconnus comme tels se retrouvent sans abri et sans soutien matériel immédiat », ont déclaré huit organisations de défense des droits humains et d’organisations humanitaires dans un communiqué conjoint (Diotima, Ligue hellénique des droits de l’homme, Conseil grec pour les réfugiés, Forum grec des réfugiés, Human Rights360, Choose Love / Help Refuge). Centre de jour Babel, Terre des hommes Hellas).

      L’organisation ARSIS a envoyé une lettre au ministère de l’Immigration et de l’Asile, exprimant sa préoccupation face à l’expulsion des réfugiés la semaine prochaine.

    • Lettre au ministre et aux commissaires signée par 60 organisations

      8,300 refugees to be evicted from their homes in Greece – Joint Letter to EU and Greek officials


      Thousands of refugees in Greece are about to be evicted from their homes. 8,300 people, many of whom are families with children, are now facing an increased risk of homelessness amidst a global pandemic.

      Just one of these people is B. She is a single mother of three children after losing her husband in their country of origin, Iraq. She now has until the end of this month to leave her home, but with nowhere else to go, the family risk ending up on the streets.

      Today, alongside 60 organisations, we released a statement to EU and Greek officials, calling on them to urge the Greek government to reconsider. The human rights to dignity, equality, and inclusion must be respected.

      The full Joint Letter is below.

      Joint letter to:

      The Minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarachis

      The European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson

      The European Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas

      The undersigned organisations express their grave concern about the upcoming exits of at least 8,300 recognised refugees from accommodation and cash assistance schemes in Greece by the end of May 2020. A considerable number of these people, of which a large proportion are families with children, are facing an increased risk of homelessness amidst a global pandemic.

      Refugees who have received international protection are being forced to leave apartments for vulnerable people in the Emergency Support to Integration & Accommodation programme (ESTIA), hotels under the Temporary Shelter and Protection programme (FILOXENIA), Reception and Identification Centres (RICs) and refugee camps. Almost simultaneously, financial assistance in the form of EU implemented and supported cash cards will stop. These upcoming measures will affect the livelihood of at least 4,800 people who need to leave ESTIA accommodation, 3,500 people who need to leave RICs and hosting facilities, as well as 1,200 refugees who are self-accommodated and receive cash assistance.

      The Hellenic Integration Support for Beneficiaries of International Protection programme (HELIOS) provides integration courses and contribute towards rental costs up to a maximum of twelve months for those that have to leave accommodation. In practice, out of 8,752 people enrolled in the HELIOS programme, only 1,590 people receive rental subsidies. 82 percent of people who enrolled in HELIOS since 2019 do not yet receive rental subsidies. To benefit from the HELIOS programme beneficiaries need to have a high level of independence and self-sufficiency. Beneficiaries need to provide a tax number, a bank account and procure a rental agreement to receive HELIOS support. As the Greek bureaucratic system is difficult to navigate, doubly so for non-Greek speakers, people face enormous challenges in finding accommodation, paying deposits, and enrolling in HELIOS. Other than the HELIOS programme which is only available to recognised refugees, apart from a few fragmented municipal and NGO initiatives there is no alternative social support, especially at the reception stage, which in Greece can last up to three years.

      The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in Greece but restrictions on movement and measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 have disproportionately affected the population that now needs to leave accommodation. Lockdown has also meant that people have had no possibility to search for alternative housing, find employment or arrange the necessary requirements to enter the HELIOS programme. Even now that restrictions are slowly being lifted throughout the whole of Greece, life is far from returning to normal, especially for those in Reception and Identification Centres on the Aegean islands and the hosting facilities Ritsona, Malakasa and Koutsohero where restrictions on movement are extended until 7 June 2020.

      At least 8,300 people need to leave their accommodation by the end of May and only a small percentage are provided with integration support (including rental subsidies) through the HELIOS programme. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that people are almost simultaneously losing cash assistance from the cash card assistance programme. Although both ESTIA and HELIOS programmes are funded by DG HOME and implemented by the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum, there is no linkage between them to ease the transition from one to the other. As a result, a considerable number of vulnerable people will be left without any support or prospect of integration and will have to face a severely increased risk of becoming homeless. Bureaucratic obstacles have meant that many of these people do not have a tax number or a bank account, both necessary to get a job or rent an apartment. Indeed, according to UNHCR, only 7 percent of recognised refugees in the ESTIA programme have a bank account and 75 percent have a tax number. To make matters worse, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible for people to find employment, alternative housing or arrange documentation for the HELIOS integration programme.

      Therefore, we urgently request you to ensure that:

      The deadline of exits from ESTIA, FILOXENIA, RICs and refugee camps are extended beyond the end of May so that people have adequate time to find alternative accommodation, search for employment and fully enrol in the HELIOS integration programme after being under restrictive measures since 13 March 2020. No one should face the risk of homelessness amid an ongoing global pandemic.
      The monthly financial support under the EU implemented (and supported) cash card assistance programme is extended for those who need to exit accommodation and face the risk of homelessness.
      Elderly people, people with serious medical problems and single parents, are included in the extension of exits from accomodation in addition to those already deemed extremely vulnerable such as women in the last terms of their pregnancy and women with high-risk pregnancies.
      A bridge is created between ESTIA and other reception accommodation to the HELIOS program which also includes self-accommodated people. Currently self-accommodated people cannot enrol in the HELIOS programme but still need integration support and financial assistance after receiving international protective status.
      Bureaucratic barriers are removed so that asylum seekers have access to all the legal documents they are entitled to, such as a social security number, a tax number, and a bank account, so that people are able to seek employment and accommodation, to guarantee the right to housing.
      A coherent and long term strategy on integration and housing is created as recent legislation requires newly recognised refugees to leave accommodation within 30 days instead of six months, significantly reducing the time for people to prepare themselves.

    • Why thousands of refugees in Greece face eviction — and where they can turn

      In Greece, over 11,000 refugees could soon be evicted. They have been living in reception facilities for asylum seekers where they are no longer allowed to stay. Many worry that they could face homelessness. Here’s what you need to know — and where affected refugees can get help.

      Thousands of refugees in Greece have been asked to leave their accommodation this month. As of June 1st, all refugees who received international protection before May 1, 2020 are no longer eligible to stay at reception facilities.

      Many of those affected by the evictions are considered vulnerable – families with small children, elderly refugees, people struggling with mental or physical health problems. A report by news agency AFP mentions that among those affected is an Iraqi family where the father is in a wheelchair and his five-year-old daughter requires assisted feeding through a gastric tube.

      A total of 11,237 people are set to be evicted from reception and identification centers, camps and hotels, according to NGO Refugee Support Aegean (RSA). This includes people in housing provided through the program ESTIA (European Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation), which is supported by the European Union and UNHCR.

      AFP reported on June 1 that dozens of affected refugees had already left. But there have been no reports of forced evictions being carried out thus far. The Greek migration ministry did not respond to our request asking whether, when and how the authorities would carry out evictions, and whether alternative accommodation would be provided to those evicted.

      Why have 11,000+ refugees been asked to leave?

      There are an estimated 115,600 migrants, asylum seekers and refugees currently living in Greece (according to UNHCR data for January 2020). This number by far exceeds its accommodation capacities, leaving many homeless or stuck in completely overcrowded camps.

      Greece is hoping that by evicting recognized refugees from the reception system, it can transfer asylum seekers from overcrowded camps, such as Moria on the island of Lesbos, into those facilities.

      Once someone receives international protection in Greece, they are no longer entitled to reception services for asylum seekers, including accommodation. “There is a wildly different system of support and set of rights for a person who is an asylum seeker, whose application is still pending, and a beneficiary of international protection,” Minos Mouzourakis, legal officer for RSA, told InfoMigrants. As soon as a person receives international protection, “because their legal status changes, their legal entitlements are completely different,” he said.

      And the transitional grace period was recently reduced significantly: Since March of this year, people can no longer stay in the reception system for six months after they were officially recognized as refugees — they only have 30 days.

      Among the roughly 11,000 refugees who have now been asked to leave the reception system are both people whose grace period expired recently and some who were allowed to stay long past their grace period. According to Greek newspaper Ekathimerini, some of the affected refugees had their asylum applications accepted three years ago.

      Why refugees struggle to find housing

      Theoretically, officially recognized refugees should have access to most of the social services that Greek nationals have. They are also allowed to work. But in practice, the transition out of the asylum reception system is incredibly difficult for many. The bureaucratic hurdles to receive state support are high, many refugees cannot yet communicate effectively in Greek, and many face discrimination in the job and housing market. So they have a hard time paying for housing and finding an apartment or house.

      A refugee from Ghana, who is among those who have been asked to leave their accommodation, told us about his apartment search via Facebook. He lives in Mytilene, Greece. He said it has been incredibly difficult for him, even though he holds a job and would have no problem paying for an apartment:

      “I have been searching … for more than two months. I make a minimum of two calls calls per day. The landlords always reject me. When I make calls, the landlords sometimes ask where I come from. Some are rude [and] say they don’t rent to migrants. Others say ’no to me’ without an explanation. Sometimes I’m able to make an appointment with some landlords, [but] they refuse to show me the house when they see my skin color. Others get angry and ask me why I didn’t inform them that I’m a migrant from Africa.”

      Refugee advocacy groups and the UNHCR have expressed concern that the people evicted could end up homeless. “Forcing people to leave their accommodation without a safety net and measures to ensure their self-reliance may push many into poverty and homelessness,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said last week.

      Program that helps refugees navigate life in Greece

      Where can refugees turn if they are about to be evicted and don’t have anywhere to stay?
      The UN migration agency #IOM runs a program called HELIOS. It supports people who have received international protection in Greece and who have to leave their reception facilities. One of the services they offer is help with housing: They assist people in finding an apartment or house. They also pay rent subsidies for six to twelve months. The program currently still has spots available, though its maximum capacity (3,500 people at a time) is far smaller than the number of people about to be evicted.

      You can find out more about the #HELIOS program here:

    • Πετούν τους πρόσφυγες έξω από καμπς και σπίτια

      Ψήφισμα Δημοτικού Συμβουλίου Χανίων σχετικά με εξώσεις προσφύγων από καμπς και από σπίτια

      Κατακεραυνώνει το δημοτικό συμβούλιο Χανίων τις καταγεγραμμένες εξώσεις προσφύγων από καμπς και σπίτια που διαχειρίζεται η Ύπατη Αρμοστεία του ΟΗΕ και όπου φιλοξενούνται. Με ψήφισμά της καταδικάζει τις ενέργειες αυτές και αναθέτει στο δήμαρχο τις νόμιμες ενέργειες που πρέπει να ακολουθηθούν.

      Το ψήφισμα

      Το Δημοτικό Συμβούλιο Χανίων κατά τη συνεδρίαση της 27ης Μαΐου 2020, που πραγματοποιήθηκε με τηλεδιάσκεψη, με την υπ΄ αριθμ. 268 ομόφωνη απόφασή του εξέδωσε το ακόλουθο ψήφισμα :

      “Το δημοτικό συμβούλιο Χανιών εκφράζει την αντίθεσή του με τις εξώσεις προσφύγων από τα καμπς και από τα σπίτια, στα οποία φιλοξενούνται.

      Οι άνθρωποι αυτοί θα βρεθούν στο δρόμο χωρίς τη δυνατότητα στέγασης και επιβίωσης.

      Ανάμεσά τους άτομα που ανήκουν σε ευπαθείς ομάδες όπως ανάπηροι και γυναίκες μόνες με παιδιά, πολλά από τα οποία φοιτούν σε σχολεία.

      Ακόμη περισσότεροι θα πεταχτούν έξω από σπίτια που διαχειρίζεται η Ύπατη Αρμοστεία του ΟΗΕ σε συνεργασία με ΜΚΟ.

      Η ένταξη των προσφύγων σημαίνει πρόσβαση στο δικαίωμα στην εργασία, την παιδεία και την υγεία και όχι εγκατάλειψη στο δρόμο.

      Διεκδικούμε να ακυρωθούν οι μαζικές εξώσεις.

      Να εξασφαλιστεί στέγαση για όλους σε σπίτια και σε δομές μέσα στις γειτονιές.

      Οι δήμοι μπορούμε να ανοίξουμε προγράμματα κοινωνικής κατοικίας για τους πρόσφυγες.

      Οι πρόσφυγες και οι μετανάστες να πάρουν χαρτιά και άσυλο. Να έχουν δικαίωμα στην εργασία.

      Χωράμε όλοι !.

      Αναθέτει στον κ. Δήμαρχο τις παραπέρα ενέργειες σύμφωνα με το νόμο.”


      Commentaire de Eirini Markidi via la mailing-list Migreurop, le 14,06.2020 :

      Résolution du Conseil municipal de #Chania (#Crète) sur les expulsions de réfugiés des camps et des maisons.

      Le conseil municipal de Chania dénonce les expulsions enregistrées de réfugiés des camps et des maisons gérés par le #HCR et où ils sont logés. Dans sa résolution, il condamne ces actions et confie au maire les démarches en justice à entreprendre.

      La résolution

      Le conseil municipal de Chania lors de la réunion du 27 mai 2020, tenue par téléconférence, par la No. 268 décision unanime a adopté la résolution suivante :
      « Le Conseil municipal de Chania exprime son opposition aux expulsions de réfugiés des camps et des maisons, dans lesquels ils sont hébergés. Ces gens vont se retrouver dans la rue sans possibilité de logement et de survie. Parmi eux, des personnes appartenant à des groupes vulnérables tels que des handicapés et des femmes seules avec des enfants, dont beaucoup fréquentent l’école. D’autres encore seront expulsés des foyers gérés par le HCR en coopération avec des ONG. L’intégration des réfugiés signifie l’accès au droit au travail, à l’éducation et à la santé, et non pas l’abandon dans la rue. Nous exigeons l’annulation des expulsions massives. Assurons l’hébergement pour tous dans les maisons et les structures dans les quartiers. Les municipalités peuvent ouvrir des programmes de logement social pour les réfugiés. Que les réfugiés et les migrants obtiennent des documents et l’asile. Qu’ils aient le droit au travail. Il y a de la place pour tout le monde. Le Conseil confie au maire les actions à entreprendre conformément à la loi ».

    • Άστεγες οικογένειες προσφύγων στην πλατεία Βικτωρίας

      Οικογένειες αναγνωρισμένων προσφύγων από τη Μόρια ήρθαν στην Αθήνα και καθώς αδυνατούσαν να βρουν στέγη μέσω του προγράμματος « ΗΛΙΟΣ » του Διεθνούς Οργανισμού Μετανάστευσης, πέρασαν το βράδυ της Πέμπτης προς Παρασκευή στην πλατεία Βικτωρίας.

      Σύμφωνα με αλληλέγγυους, οι οποίοι έστειλαν φωτογραφίες στην « Εφ.Συν. », κάποιες από αυτές τις οικογένειες με παιδιά παρέμεναν στην πλατεία Βικτωρίας μέχρι το μεσημέρι της Παρασκευής.

      Το πρόγραμμα ΗΛΙΟΣ προβλέπει την επιδότηση ενοικίου για αναγνωρισμένους πρόσφυγες για 6 μήνες, πρέπει όμως πρώτα να έχουν βρει οι ίδιοι το διαμέρισμα που θα νοικιάσουν.

      Κάποια από τα έγγραφα που απαιτούνται ώστε να ενταχθούν στα προγράμματα του ΟΑΕΔ είτε στα προγράμματα κοινωνικής πρόνοιας, ζητούν διεύθυνση κατοικίας με αποτέλεσμα να δημιουργείται φαύλος κύκλος.

      Σε αυτό τον φαύλο κύκλο απειλεί το υπουργείο Μετανάστευσης και Ασύλου να ρίξει περισσότερους από 11.000 αναγνωρισμένους πρόσφυγες, που καλούνται να βγουν από τις δομές χωρίς εξασφάλιση στέγης, χωρίς χρήματα και χωρίς συμμετοχή σε προγράμματα ένταξης.

      #Victoria_Square #SDF #sans-abri


      Commentaire de Vicky_Skoumbi via la mailing-list migreurop, 12.06.2020 :

      –-> voilà ce quels résultant donne la méthode de #décongestion (???) des îles de M. #Mitarakis (Ministre grec de la politique migratoire)

      Familles de réfugiés sans abri à Victoria Square (centre d’Athènes)

      Des familles de réfugiés reconnus sont arrivées à Athènes du camp de Moria, à Lesbos, et comme elles n’ont pas pu trouver d’abri grâce au programme "HELIOS’ de l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations, elles ont passé le jeudi soir et la journée du vendredi sur la place Victoria, à Athènes.

      Selon des solidaires qui ont envoyé des photos à Ef.Syn., certaines de ces familles avec enfants étaient toujours à la Victoria Square vendredi à midi.
      Le programme HELIOS prévoit la subvention du loyer pour les réfugiés reconnus pendant 6 mois, mais ils doivent d’abord avoir trouvé l’appartement à louer.
      Parmi des documents requis pour s’intégrer aux programmes de l’Agence pour l’Emploi ou aux programmes de protection sociale nécessitent un certificat de domicile, ce qui crée un cercle vicieux.
      Dans ce cercle vicieux, le ministère de l’Immigration et de l’Asile menace de jeter plus de 11 000 réfugiés reconnus, qui sont invités à quitter les structures d’accueil, se retrouvant ainsi sans logement, sans ressource et sans possibilité de s’inscrire aux programmes d’intégration.

    • Crète, GRECE : On jette les réfugiés hors des camps et des maisons
      Le 12/06

      Résolution du Conseil municipal de Chania (Crète) sur les expulsions de réfugiés des camps et des maisons.

      Le conseil municipal de Chania dénonce les expulsions enregistrées de réfugiés des camps et des maisons gérés par le HCR et où ils sont logés. Dans sa résolution, il condamne ces actions et confie au maire les démarches en justice à entreprendre.

      La #résolution

      Le conseil municipal de Chania lors de la réunion du 27 mai 2020, tenue par téléconférence, par la No. 268 décision unanime a adopté la résolution suivante :
      « Le Conseil municipal de Chania exprime son opposition aux expulsions de réfugiés des camps et des maisons, dans lesquels ils sont hébergés. Ces gens vont se retrouver dans la rue sans possibilité de logement et de survie. Parmi eux, des personnes appartenant à des groupes vulnérables tels que des handicapés et des femmes seules avec des enfants, dont beaucoup fréquentent l’école. D’autres encore seront expulsés des foyers gérés par le HCR en coopération avec des ONG. L’intégration des réfugiés signifie l’accès au droit au travail, à l’éducation et à la santé, et non pas l’abandon dans la rue. Nous exigeons l’annulation des expulsions massives. Assurons l’hébergement pour tous dans les maisons et les structures dans les quartiers. Les municipalités peuvent ouvrir des programmes de logement social pour les réfugiés. Que les réfugiés et les migrants obtiennent des documents et l’asile. Qu’ils aient le droit au travail. Il y a de la place pour tout le monde. Le Conseil confie au maire les actions à entreprendre conformément à la loi ».

      Reçu via la mailing-list Migreurop, le 14.06.2020

    • Ministry taking over UN accommodation program

      The European Union-funded ESTIA program for asylum seekers in Greece, which has been run by the United Nations refugee agency since 2016, is to come under the control of the Migration Ministry by the end of the year as part of efforts to reduce costs and increase transparency, the ministry said on Thursday.

      There had been rumors that the ESTIA program would be discontinued following the government’s announcement last month that more than 11,000 recognized refugees living in state facilities, many in ESTIA-funded apartments, will be obliged to leave.

      However, according to the ministry, the ESTIA scheme will continue next year with a 91.5-million-euro budget to which regional and local authorities and non-government organizations can apply.

      The ministry also said it has signed two contracts: one to speed up the transfer of migrants from the Aegean islands to the mainland and one for the recruitment of interpreters.

    • Ripe for #Corruption? The Greek Migration Ministry.

      The Greek Migration Ministry has announced that The European Union-funded ESTIA (Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation) program for asylum seekers, which has been run by UNHCR since 2016, will come under the control of the ministry by the end of the year. By October 2019, the UNHCR had created 25,545 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 4,475 apartments and 14 buildings, in 14 cities and 7 islands across Greece. Since November 2015, more than 60,000 have benefitted from the ESTIA scheme now set to be taken over by the Greek Ministry.

      Whilst this move has been defended by the government as part of efforts to reduce costs and increase transparency, due to previous allegations of the misconduct within refugee accommodation management this move to centralise the control of the ESTIA programme should be seriously questioned.

      As previously reported by Are You Syrious, it was discovered last month that a newly appointed manager of a refugee accommodation centre in Pyrgos has extensive affiliation with far-right and Nazi groups and has previously published a book titles ‘Minarets: The Speeches of Islam in Europe’. Upon questioning, the Minister of Immigration and Asylum has failed to make pubic this person’s CV or necessary qualifications for his position as head of a refugee accommodation centre, leading many people to express concern as to why this person has received such an important appointment.

      In addition to the appointment of accommodation managers with far-right and Nazi affiliation, the Greek newspaper Efsyn alleged that it was common for the commanders of refugee structures to be persons with close relations with the ruling N.D. party. Efsyn’s preliminary investigation had shown that the commanders of at least six refugee structures had extensive links with the party.

      As well as allegations being made of questionable appointments of management as commanders of these refugee structures, the Greek migration ministry was mired in controversy last month with the creation of a so-called “black fund” for secret payments. The “black fund” was implemented as part of the new asylum law, but due to the anger of opposition lawmakers, was introduced after the period of public consultation had ended.

      Balkan Insight reported that “Mitarakis will control spending from the “black fund” with the oversight of three public servants from his own ministry. All documentation will be destroyed every six months and, in a change to the original proposal to appease critics, information on payments over 25,000 euros must be submitted to a special committee of the Greek parliament”.

      In response to this “black fund” Tasos Kostopoulos, a researcher on the history of far-right links to the state apparatus, said, “In the case of the Migration Ministry there might be a need for flexibility to handle emergencies but not at all a need for secret funds. There is no defensible reason for destroying the evidence and this covering up points to the fact that its purpose is internal, which raises questions regarding its democratic credentials”.

      The ability of any ministry to destroy all documentation of its actions, especially within a programme with no independent or impartial oversight, is a matter of grave concern. Given the aforementioned, the justification for reducing costs and increasing transparency is questionable at best and thus the government’s motives for taking over this programme, which will extensively expand their current operations, should seriously be called into question. If this programme is absorbed by the Ministry, a clear and transparent recruitment selection must be made, and the ability to misappropriate funds should be limited with the introduction of independent and impartial oversight.

    • Refugees, Migrants Moved Out of Makeshift Camps in Athens’ Center

      Greek police evicted migrants who had set up camps in central squares in the Greek capital after they’d gone there when they were previously booted from other shelters to make way for new waves of replacements.

      A new law adopted in March 2020 reduces the grace period for recognized refugees from six months to 30 days to transition from organized accommodation and essential support to independent living.

      The United Nation’s refugee arm, the UNHCR urged Greece to increase the national reception capacity at sites, apartments, hotels and provide cash for shelter as droves were being put onto the streets and stripped of benefits with few work prospects.

      The New Democracy government said that thousands of people who have secured asylum had to leave the state-funded accommodations and make it on their own during the still-running COVID-19 pandemic that has put many businesses in peril.

      Police moved out migrants and refugees from Victoria Square to state facilities at Elaionas and Amygdaleza, but it remained unclear what their fate would be or if such police operations will continue, said Kathimerini.

      The departures from centers and subsidized hotels started earlier this month but was progressing slowly until it picked up this month when more than 800 refugees have left facilities on the islands, chiefly from Lesbos’ overcrowded Moria camp.

      Masses of migrants, with no other option, moved to Athens and returned to Victoria Square which had become an outdoor camp during the early days of a refugee and migrant crisis that began in 2015.

      Local residents said who families and children were sleeping in tents and on benches before the police cleared them out while volunteers working in Moria said refugees given asylum were being forced out.

      When stories circulated that authorities were planning deportations, many, including economic migrants who have little chance of being granted sanctuary, boarded ferries to Athens. Five islands near Turkey are holding more than 34,000 people.

      With Greece moving out of accommodations refugees given asylum to make way for others seeking it, Turkey’s pro-government newspaper The Daily Sabah said they are being dumped on the streets of Athens.

      Many were expelled from the notorious Moria detention camp on the island of Lesbos, the report said of a facility holding more than 18,000 in a space designed for only one-third that many.

      With European Union funding ending for some programs, the report said, “They were abandoned by the Greek authorities,” without mentioning Turkey has repeatedly violated an essentially-suspended 2016 swap deal with the EU by letting human traffickers keep sending more to the Greek islands.

    • Déferlement de #violences_policières contre des réfugiés et de solidaires à la #place_Victoria à #Athènes

      Des scènes de brutalités policières contre des réfugiés et des immigrants, principalement des mères de jeunes enfants se sont déroulées samedi soir. Nouvelle opération policière ce dimanche.

      EL.AS (Police hellénique) a montré son visage dur encore une fois ce week-end contre des familles de réfugiés et de migrants qui ont trouvé un abri temporaire à la place Victoria,principalement en raison de la décision du gouvernement d’évincer massivement de leur logement des réfugiés à la fin des programmes d’hébergement. Samedi vers minuit, les forces de MAT (les CRS grecs) ont fait irruption à la place Victoria, menaçant d’embarquer les personnes rassemblées au centre de détention fermé d’Amygdaleza, soi-disant pour leur propre sécurité et pour la protection de la santé publique.

      Lorsque les réfugiés et les migrants ont refusé, la police a attaqué la foule et a commencé à traîner violemment les gens vers les fourgons. Selon nos informations, ils ont d’abord emmené des enfants mineurs en les transportant vers les voitures de police, afin d’obliger leurs mères de suivre. Les vidéos, qui ont enregistré lors de l’attaque, montrent de nombreuses femmes hurlant.


      Des dizaines de soutiens se sont également précipités sur les lieux pour protester contre les violences policières. Cependant, après la fin de l’opération, les forces du MAT ne semblaient pas en avoir assez de la violence et soudain, les lumières éteintes dans plusieurs rues, elles ont attaqué les solidaires et les réfugiés restés sur place. En conséquence, plusieurs personnes qui n’ont pas réussi à s’échapper par les rues étroites ont été atrappées. La police a procédé à l’arrestation de 22 personnes, dont un grièvement blessé, qui ont été transférées au poste de police de Kypseli (quartier d’Athènes). Quatre personnes parmi les interpellées ont été placées en arrestation.

      Malgré les vidéos qui attestent la brutalité de la police, la police prétend que des groupes solidaires ont attaqué les forces de l’ordre sans bâtons ni pierres, mais …à mains nues. Une nouvelle opération policière a été menée cet après-midi sur la place Victoria et, selon les informations, les personnes interpellées ont été transférés à la structure d’accueil Schistou à Pérama, en Attique. Le nouvel incident de brutalité policière survient quelques heures seulement après les images de honte d’Exarcheia, où, vendredi soir, les forces de police ont frappé sans discrimination des personnes pendant des heures dans le quartier, et les policiers ont même fait irruption dans des magasins de divertissement, causant des dégâts considérables.

      Message reçu de Vicky Skoumbi via la mailing-list Migreurop, le 05.07.2020

    • Recognised but unprotected: The situation of refugees in #Victoria_Square

      Over the summer, Refugee Support Aegean (RSA) has documented the cases of several vulnerable families (42 persons including 22 children) from Afghanistan granted international protection on Lesvos, who were informed they had to leave the Moria hotspot and subsequently ended up homeless in Victoria Square, Athens. Among those were three new-born babies, women in advanced pregnancy, victims of torture, a child with autism, a child with a rare genetic disorder and a child suffering from cancer. Their stories, involving destitution, police violence, transfers to and poor living conditions in reception and detention facilities, starkly illustrate the severe impact of Greece’s decision to evict refugees from its reception system without any concrete plan to enable them to exercise their rights as protection holders.

      Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greek government announced the eviction of over 11,000 recognised refugees from reception places they occupied during their asylum procedures. Evictions would start as of 1 June 2020 based on the enforcement of recent legislation foreseeing an obligation on international protection holders to leave their accommodation in camps, apartments and hotels within one month of receiving status.

      Refugees were informed they had to leave their reception places and to autonomously integrate in the host society under conditions equal to Greek citizens. The move, however, has been imposed without any measures to mitigate longstanding obstacles faced by status holders in obtaining the necessary documentation for access to key rights in Greece.

      Specifically, persons seeking to rent property and to open a bank account need a Tax Identification Number (Αριθμός Φορολογικού Μητρώου, AFM). To obtain it, they need to provide a certified residence address to the tax authorities. Beneficiaries of international protection who do not hold a residence certificate and/or are homeless are unable to receive an AFM.

      The only official integration programme for beneficiaries of international protection in Greece, HELIOS, offers support including rental subsidies to assist people in covering running housing expenses, provided they already hold a rental contract and a bank account; both are dependent upon AFM and involve expenses. Still, finding accommodation itself remains extremely difficult for most due to high rent prices, scarcity of spare flats, lack of language knowledge, and discrimination in the housing market.

      The Greek authorities’ stance towards recognised refugees, however, appears to be primarily geared towards decongesting the hotspots on the Eastern Aegean islands. The government has consistently declared that status holders can and should seek assistance through HELIOS, without acknowledging the limitations of the programme. An analysis made by RSA and PRO ASYL in June 2020 showed that less than 4% of people granted status in Greece since the beginning of 2018 had been able to access rental subsidies under HELIOS. By the end of June 2020, a total of 2,484 status holders had accessed rental subsidies through the programme. This is far below the 11,000 beneficiaries requested to leave their accommodation that month, while more people continue to be granted international protection.

    • ’How can I find a home?’ Promise of Athens turns to despair for refugees

      Arrivals from Lesbos are stuck in poor conditions at the city camp, with those granted asylum left to fend for themselves

      The only refugee camp in Athens is barely a mile south-west of the Acropolis as the crow flies. Officials speak of Elaionas as a model reception centre, one that has blended decent living conditions with clockwork efficiency.

      A collection of colourfully painted cabins, set either side of concrete pathways, Elaionas was built on former wasteland off the Sacred Way, ancient Greece’s oldest road. It opened in 2015, at the height of the refugee crisis. But in the rush to house families ordered to leave Moria, the infamous holding centre on Lesbos, authorities have turned the facility’s football ground into a tent city that has become synonymous with desperation and despair.

      “We are 30 families in these nylon tents and there is no electricity and it is very, very hot,” says Murat Shahi, a burly father of four, explaining how the new arrivals are forced to spend “every hour of every day” looking for respite from the sun. “They say ‘leave Moria’, they stop our cash card, but I have no work, I don’t speak Greek. How can I find a home?”

      The former teacher lies awake at night wondering how he will feed and house his children. “In Afghanistan I’m a dead man. I made this journey for a better life. Moria was very bad but then they moved me to a place where I receive no breakfast, no lunch. Why? I’m human with feelings.”

      Mobin Azimi, in the next tent, arrived with his wife and two daughters from Lesbos. Food is a problem because there is never enough. At night women try to cook over a fire of sticks on top of terracotta bricks. “In Moria we had electricity but here it is very difficult to cook. I can control my hunger but what do you say to a child who can’t?” the furniture maker asks.

      The scenes in Elaionas are replicated at the Skaramangas and Schisto reception centres on the outskirts of the Greek capital. People are told to fend for themselves after being accepted for asylum.

      “When you get a blue card [as a protected refugee] everything stops,” says Azimi, who has spent weeks scouring Athens for a flat to rent.

      “Other people in Elaionas, who haven’t got asylum, live in containers with electricity and air-conditioning. It’s crazy but they are in a much better situation. In Moria there was a lot of fighting. Here there is peace but life is so difficult,” he says.

      The plight of refugees forced to leave camps as the centre-right government tries to ease the pressures on a vastly overcrowded reception system has led to growing concern. Volunteers working with refugees speak of hunger and dehydration. Yet Greece currently chairs the Council of Europe, the EU’s leading human rights organisation.

      Around 11,000 people who were granted asylum since entering Greece have been asked to leave managed accommodation in island camps, hotels and apartments under the Estia scheme run by the UN refugee agency.

      Citing the need to free up space in migrant facilities, officials describe the exit strategy as the long overdue “shock” that will shake the system into action.

      Families have ended up in the street in Athens, gathering under the mulberry trees in Victoria Square. Critics claim Greece’s problem-plagued migration system is simply not up to the job.

      “The problem is there is no system to shock, it’s so disorganised, so dysfunctional, it’s like trying to reboot a broken PC,” says Lefteris Papagiannakis, the former vice-mayor of Athens who helped set up Elaionas. “So these poor people, who should have been integrated long ago, end up on the street, collateral damage in a system whose solution will be to move them from one camp to another before they are moved again.”

      This summer, about 1,600 refugees have arrived in Athens from Lesbos, mainly Afghans.

      Among those recently transferred from Victoria Square to Schisto with her husband and baby daughter is Somayeh Hashemi. “It’s very cramped. We are many families but they have put us in the cinema room and not in a tent,” she said through her husband, Saeed. “Now we are sleeping on the floor but we worry about the future. We don’t have a tax number or a bank account. We don’t speak the language. How will we find a home?”

      Since Greece’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis assumed power on a tough law and order platform, integration “even as a word” had barely been mentioned, says Papagiannakis, who now works for the humanitarian organisation, Solidarity Now.

      “The rationale would seem to be to get them out of the camps, out of the system and push them politely out of Greece because once they have papers they are free to travel abroad and, as we know, most never come back.”

      Although the flow of arrivals has been reduced dramatically by reinforced land and sea border patrols, a surge is expected later this year when coronavirus restrictions are relaxed in Turkey.

      The International Organization for Migration (IOM) concedes there are problems. “We are dealing with a system that got up and running late,” its mission chief, Gianluca Rocco, says. “All this time there have not been regular exits [from camps] and now we’re seeing big groups leaving all at once and that is creating challenges.”

      Among the lucky few is Laila Mohammadi, from Kabul, who found a home “by chance and in minutes”. She had enough money to pay the deposit with the monthly cash instalments she, her mother and seven siblings had been given in Moria.

      “I was out looking at this little house when the police came and put my mother and brothers and sisters on the bus for Elaionas,” says the 24–year-old. “My mother called and I went straight there. After 20 minutes completing documents the staff said ‘you can go’. I told them I had found a house with a little garden and it was our dream home.”

  • Διαδοχικές φωτιές και εκκένωση του ΚΥΤ της Σάμου

    –-> Suite à plusieurs #incendies l’#évacuation du hot-spot de #Samos est en cours

    Πυρκαγιά ξέσπασε στο ΚΥΤ #Βαθύ #Σάμος πριν από μια ώρα αφήνοντας περίπου 100 άτομα χωρίς καταφύγιο. Οι ομάδες μας είναι κοντά στο σημείο, σε ετοιμότητα να προσφέρουν ιατρική περίθαλψη & ψυχολογική υποστήριξη στους πληγέντες.

    #feu #migrations #réfugiés #Grèce #îles

    Commentaire/traduction de Vicky Skoumbi via la mailing-list Migreurop :

    Une opération d’#évacuation de la structure de réfugiés à #Vathy, Samons tard dimanche soir. Elle a été précédée par plusieurs départs d’incendies au hotspot de Vathy, mais aussi par des tensions entre les réfugiés et les forces de police, qui ont initialement empêché les réfugiés de quitter la zone en feu.

    Vers 22 h 30 aujourd’hui (dimanche) dans la nuit, l’évacuation de la structure de réfugiés (Centre d’accueil et d’identification) de Vathi de Samos a commencé, les résidents étant actuellement dirigés vers la place centrale de Samos.

    L’évacuation a été précédée par des incendies successifs au hotspot , mais aussi des tensions avec les forces de #police, qui ont initialement empêché les réfugiés de quitter l’enfer de feu, en application ( !!!) les mesures restrictives mises en place en raison d’une #pandémie.

    En particulier, le premier incendie s’est déclaré vers 19h30, brûlant de nombreuses tentes. Selon Médecins Sans Frontières, une centaine de personnes se sont retrouvées sans abri à cause de l’incendie.

    #coronavirus #confinement #SDF #sans-abri


    Autres incendies dans les #hotspots ces derniers temps...

    ping @luciebacon

    • Message de Vicky Skoumbi, reçu via la mailing-list Migreurop, 28.04.2020

      Nouvel incendie au hotspot de Samos

      Ce n’est que quelques heures après une nuit très difficile avec plusieurs foyers d’incendies, qu’un nouvel incendie s’est déclaré vers 11 heures ce matin, au Centre de réception et d’identification de Samos, dans l’aile des mineurs.

      Selon les informations fournies par l’APE-MPE, parallèlement aux incendies, des affrontements ont éclaté entre Africains et Afghans vivant dans le camp, dont les plus importants ce matin avec une guerre de pierre.

      Le nouvel incendie survient après une nuit difficile au hotspot, où des incendies successifs ont éclaté hier, laissant de nombreux migrants et réfugiés sans abri.

      Ainsi, après le deuxième incendie d’hier soir, une partie du hotspot a été évacuée et environ 2 000 personnes ont passé la nuit dans des tentes au stade situé juste en face de la porte sud du hospot.

      Selon le site local Samos 24, deux escadrons de MAT (les CRS grecs) devraient arriver à l’île. Selon les premières informations, la partie principale du hotspot n’a pas été endommagée par les incendies d’avant-hier soit, alors que nous n’avons toujours pas une image complète des dégâts dans le reste de l’endroit, à savoir dans l’extension en dehors de limites du camp proprement dit, où vivent au total environ 6 500 personnes.

      J’ajoute qu’actuellement selon le Ministère il y a 6.869 personnes ‘accueillis’ au hotspot de Samos à Vathy dont la capacité d’accueil se limite à 648 places

      Selon les dernières informations la police a procédé à huit arrestations pour les incidents de Samos

      Selon la police hellénique, les personnes arrêtées hier (dimanche soir) « ont incité et participé à des actes de violence, principalement contre des étrangers vivant au centre d’accueil et d’identification de Samos, alors qu’ils ont également mis le feu ».

      Les personnes arrêtées vont être présentées devant le juge d’instruction tandis qu’une enquête a été ouverte par la sous-préfecture de police.

      source en grec


    • Fires destroy dozens of tents in Samos hotspot (videos)

      Three successive fires broke out in the migrants camp on the island of Samos on Sunday evening destroying accommodation for over 100 people. Fire brigades rushed to the area, an operation to evacuate the structure was launched. Tension between police forces and refugees occurred when the first initially prevented the latter to leave the area reportedly citing “restrictive measures due to coronavirus pandemic.”

      At around 10:30 today (Sunday), the evacuation of the refugee structure (Reception and Identification Center) in Vathi, Samos, began, with the residents being promoted to Samos Square.

      Three successive fires broke out inside and outside the reception and identification center in Vathi.

      The first fire broke out at about 7:30 pm and burned down several tents. According to Médecins Sans Frontières, about 100 people were left homeless by the blaze.

      At around 8:30 pm, while the fire was in progress, police forces prevented the refugees from leaving the scene. Then a second fire broke out at around 9:00 pm and followed by a third, shortly before 10:00 pm.

      Strong firefighter forces rushed to the scene to extinguish the fires, and large crowds of asylum-seekers began leaving the camp and gather at the main square of Samos.

      Local authorities reportedly have contacted the ministry of citizens’ protection in Athens demanding the immediate decongestion of the camp.

      It is unclear how the fires broke out. According to local media, there are continuous tensions between the several ethnic groups.

      Local media report on Monday morning that there is tension between Aghans and Africans and that storng police forces are in the area.

      Two firefighters were slightly injured during the operation on Sunday.

      It is recalled that the center houses several of the approximately 6,500 refugees and migrants on the island.


  • Ι. Γιόχανσον : Δεν είναι δυνατόν να ανασταλούν οι διαδικασίες ασύλου

    Την επανεκκίνηση των διαδικασιών ασύλου στην Ελλάδα ζήτησε η Επίτροπος Μετανάστευσης Ίλβα Γιόχανσον. Μιλώντας στο Euronews, η Επίτροπος επισήμανε ότι έθεσε το ζήτημα και στον Έλληνα πρωθυπουργό Κυριακο Μητσοτάκη.

    « Δεν είναι δυνατόν να ανασταλούν οι διαδικασίες ασύλου. Όλοι οι μετανάστες που φθάνουν θα πρέπει να έχουν δικαίωμα ασύλου. Μπορώ να καταλάβω ότι εάν υπάρξει μια ιδιαίτερη ένταση, μπορεί να υπάρξουν κάποιες ημέρες ή εβδομάδες για να δεχθούν οι αρχές την αίτηση ασύλου. Ημουν στην Ελλάδα την περασμένη εβδομάδα και συναντήθηκα τόσο με τον πρωθυπουργό όσο και με τον αρμόδιο υπουργό και το κατέστησα σαφές : είναι ένα θεμελιώδες δικαίωμα να ζητήσει κανείς άσυλο και να αξιολογηθεί το αίτημά του », τόνισε η Επίτροπος Μετανάστευσης.

    Την ίδια στιγμή, προχωράει η πρωτοβουλία της Κομισιόν για μετεγκατάσταση ανηλίκων από την Ελλάδα στην υπόλοιπη Ευρώπη. Σύμφωνα με την Επίτροπο, η μετεγκατάσταση θα γίνει ακόμη και εν καιρώ κορονοϊού, αφού ληφθούν ωστόσο όλα τα απαραίτητα μέτρα.

    « Υπήρξε μια πολύ θετική απάντηση από πολλά κράτη-μέλη να προχωρήσουν στην μετεγκατάσταση ασυνόδευτων ανηλίκων από την Ελλάδα, ειδικά από τις υπερπλήρεις δομές στα νησιά. Εργαζόμαστε σκληρά με τα κράτη-μέλη, τις ελληνικές Αρχές και τις αρμόδιες υπηρεσίες και οργανώσεις της ΕΕ και προσπαθούμε να το κάνουμε αυτό, παρόλο που ενδέχεται να υπάρξουν πρόσθετα μέτρα που πρέπει να ληφθούν για την αντιμετώπιση του κορονοϊού, ώστε τα επιλεγμένα άτομα να μην είναι θετικά για να μην μεταδώσουν τον ιό. Αυτό που περιμένουμε τώρα είναι οι ελληνικές αρχές να κάνουν εκτίμηση της ηλικίας των επιλεγμένων, ώστε να είναι βέβαιο ότι είναι παιδιά που πρόκειται να μετεγκατασταθούν », τόνισε η Επίτροπος Ίλβα Γιόχανσον.

    Προς το παρόν, πάντως, το επείγον ζήτημα είναι να θωρακιστούν οι μετανάστες και οι πρόσφυγες αλλά και οι κάτοικοι των νησιών από τον κορονοϊό.
    Έκκληση από 21 ΜΚΟ να μετακινηθούν αιτούντες άσυλο από τα νησιά

    Έκκληση προς την κυβέρνηση να μετακινήσει τους αιτούντες άσυλο και τους μετανάστες άμεσα από τα Κέντρα Υποδοχής και Ταυτοποίησης στα νησιά σε ασφαλή τοποθεσία, ώστε να αποφευχθεί μία κρίση δημόσιας υγείας εν μέσω πανδημίας κορονοϊού, απευθύνουν σήμερα 21 ανθρωπιστικές οργανώσεις με κοινή τους ανακοίνωση.

    Όπως σημειώνουν, χιλιάδες άτομα, συμπεριλαμβανομένων ηλικιωμένων, πασχόντων από χρόνιες παθήσεις, παιδιών, εγκύων, νέων μητέρων και ατόμων με αναπηρία, « είναι παγιδευμένα υπό άθλιες συνθήκες επικίνδυνου συνωστισμού στα νησιά εν μέσω πανδημίας ».

    Την ίδια ώρα υπενθυμίζουν ότι οι διαμένοντες στις εγκαταστάσεις έρχονται αντιμέτωποι με « εξαιρετικά περιορισμένη πρόσβαση σε τρεχούμενο νερό, τουαλέτες και ντουζιέρες, καθώς και πολύωρη αναμονή σε ουρές για τη διανομή τροφίμων και ανεπάρκεια ιατρικού και νοσηλευτικού προσωπικού », συνθήκες που « καθιστούν αδύνατη τη συμμόρφωση με τις κατευθυντήριες οδηγίες για την προστασία από τον κορονοϊό, θέτοντας τους ανθρώπους σε σημαντικά αυξημένο κίνδυνο εν όψει της αυξανόμενης απειλής ευρείας μετάδοσης του COVID-19 ».

    Οι οργανώσεις ζητούν από την κυβέρνηση να υιοθετήσει μέτρα για να παρεμποδίσει την εξάπλωση και να ετοιμάσει ένα σχέδιο ανταπόκρισης προς άμεση εφαρμογή μόλις ανιχνευτεί το πρώτο κρούσμα σε κέντρο υποδοχής. Μεταξύ άλλων ζητούν να μετακινηθούν τα άτομα εκτός κέντρων υποδοχής σε κατάλληλα κέντρα μικρότερης κλίμακας στην ηπειρωτική χώρα, όπως ξενοδοχεία και διαμερίσματα, λαμβάνοντας όλες τις απαραίτητες προφυλάξεις για την ασφαλή μετακίνηση, με προτεραιότητα στους ηλικιωμένους, σε άτομα με χρόνιες ασθένειες και με σοβαρές υποκείμενες παθήσεις, άτομα με αναπηρία, εγκύους, νέες μητέρες και τα παιδιά τους και παιδιά, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των ασυνόδευτων.

    Επίσης, να υιοθετηθούν ειδικά μέτρα για την εγγύηση της καθολικής και δωρεάν απρόσκοπτης πρόσβασης στο δημόσιο σύστημα υγείας για αιτούντες άσυλο, πρόσφυγες και μετανάστες χωρίς διακρίσεις, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των ελέγχων και της θεραπείας για τον COVID-19, και να λάβουν οι αιτούντες άσυλο χωρίς καθυστέρηση τον Προσωρινό Αριθμό Ασφάλισης και Υγειονομικής Περίθαλψης Αλλοδαπού (ΠΑΑΥΠΑ), όπως ορίζεται από τη σχετική κοινή υπουργική απόφαση. Τέλος, να παρασχεθούν στα κέντρα υποδοχής επαρκή προϊόντα προσωπικής καθαριότητας και υγιεινής, να διασφαλιστεί το τρεχούμενο νερό προκειμένου οι διαμένοντες να είναι σε θέση να ακολουθούν τις κατευθυντήριες οδηγίες του ΕΟΔΥ και του Παγκόσμιου Οργανισμού Υγείας αναφορικά με την προστασία από τον ιό, και να διασφαλιστεί η τακτική απολύμανση στους κοινόχρηστους χώρους.

    Την ανακοίνωση συνυπογράφουν οι οργανώσεις : Action Aid Hellas, Διεθνής Αμνηστία, ΑΡΣΙΣ, Defence for Children International, ELIX, Ελληνικό Φόρουμ Προσφύγων, Help Refugees, HIAS Ελλάδος, HumanRights360, Human Rights Watch, International Rescue Committee, JRS Ελλάδας, Legal Centre Lesvos, Γιατροί του Κόσμου Ελλάδας, Δίκτυο για τα Δικαιώματα του Παιδιού, Praksis, Refugee Legal Support, Refugee Rights Europe, Refugee Support Aegean, Solidarity Now και Terre des hommes Hellas.

    –-> commentaire de Vicky Skoumbi, reçu via la mailing-list Migreurop, le 25.03.2020 :

    Il n’est pas possible de suspendre les procédures d’asile, a déclaré sur Euronews Mme Ylva Johansson, Commissaire à l’Immigration. Elle a demandé au gouvernement grec la réouverture de procédures selon les règles internationales.

    La commissaire de l’Immigration a souligné que : « Il n’est possible de suspendre les procédures d’asile. Tous les migrants qui arrivent doivent avoir accès à la procédure. Je peux comprendre que dans une situation de tension particulière, il peut y avoir quelques jours ou quelques semaines de retard pour que les autorités enregistrent la demande d’asile. J’ai été en Grèce la semaine dernière et j’ai rencontré tant le PM que le Ministre compétent, et je leur ai dit clairement que c’est un droit fondamental de demander l’asile et d’avoir sa demande être examiné selon les règles »

    #suspension #procédure_d'asile #migrations #asile #réfugiés #Grèce #coronavirus #covid-19

    ping @thomas_lacroix

    • Grèce : recours en justice contre la suspension de la procédure d’octroi d’asile

      Le conseil grec des réfugiés (GCR), ONG grecque de défense du droit d’asile, a annoncé mardi avoir formulé un recours devant le Conseil d’Etat contre une ordonnance de l’exécutif qui en suspend temporairement la procédure.

      Le conseil grec des réfugiés (GCR), ONG grecque de défense du droit d’asile, a annoncé mardi avoir formulé un recours devant le Conseil d’Etat contre une ordonnance de l’exécutif qui en suspend temporairement la procédure.

      Adoptée le 1er mars, à effet immédiat et valable un mois, cette ordnnance, qui permet aussi le refoulement des demandeurs d’asile, a été la réponse d’Athènes à la décision d’Ankara d’ouvrir fin février les frontières aux migrants qui souhaitaient passer en Europe.

      De violents incidents avaient alors eu lieu à Kastanies, l’un des deux postes frontaliers grecs avec la Turquie, où des milliers de demandeurs d’asile avaient alors afflué à destination de l’Europe.

      Le recours du GCR a été déposé lundi pour le compte de demandeurs d’asile que cette ONG assiste dans leurs démarches.

      « Trois femmes qui accompagnent leurs enfants sont menacées d’expulsion immédiate vers Afghanistan ou la Turquie alors que leur vie, leur santé et leurs droits fondamentaux sont en danger », prévient dans u communiqué l’ONG, qui souligne que la suspension de l’octroi du droit d’asile « a été fortement critiquée par des organisations nationales et internationales, y compris la Commission nationale des droits de l’homme et l’Agence onusienne du Haut commissariat des réfugiés ».

      L’ONG rappelle que ce droit est prévu par « le droit international » et qu’« on ne peut pas le suspendre ».

      Elle exhorte la présidente de la République hellénique, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, à « annuler cet acte législatif illégal et le Parlement grec à ne pas le ratifier pour que la Grèce ne soit pas le premier pays après la Seconde guerre mondiale à violer le principe international du non refoulement ».

      De nombreux demandeurs d’asile entrés en Grèce après le 1er mars ont été arrêtés et transférés dans des camps fermés avant leur expulsion prévue en vertu de cette ordonnance malgré les critiques des ONG de défense des droits de l’homme, comme Amnesty International.

    • Procédures pour le droit d’asile gelées

      « De quel crime se sont rendus coupables, ces gens pour être confinés dans cette situation inhumaine ? », s’est ému cette semaine le quotidien Efimerida Ton Syntakton (« Le journal des rédacteurs »), l’un des rares médias grecs à avoir dénoncé cet #enfermement qui ne respecte ni la convention de Genève, ni la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme. Qui s’en soucie ? Bruxelles se tait. Et le gouvernement grec du Premier ministre, Kyriákos Mitsotákis, a de toute façon gelé toutes les procédures de droit d’asile depuis le 1er mars, réagissant alors à la décision du président turc, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, d’ouvrir les frontières aux réfugiés et migrants qui se trouvaient en Turquie. La menace d’un afflux massif depuis la Turquie a permis à la Grèce de faire jouer une clause d’urgence, bloquant provisoirement le droit d’asile, tout en négligeant de consulter ses partenaires européens, comme le veut pourtant la règle.

      Et dans l’immédiat, la mise entre parenthèses du droit d’asile permet désormais de considérer de facto comme des migrants illégaux promis à la déportation, tous ceux qui ont accosté depuis mars sur les îles grecques. Avant même de quitter Lesbos, les 189 réfugiés transportés à Klidi avaient d’ailleurs été sommés de signer un document en grec. Sans savoir qu’ils acceptaient ainsi leur future déportation. Le coronavirus (et les mauvaises relations actuelles entre la Grèce et la Turquie) retarde dans l’immédiat ces rapatriements forcés. Mais le confinement dans un camp quasi militaire au nord de la Grèce risque de générer de nouvelles souffrances pour ces réfugiés jugés indésirables.

    • Europe must act to stop coronavirus outbreak in Lesbos, say MEPs

      NGOs have raised concerns over asylum procedures being frozen. According to the Commissioner for Home Affairs, processing applications must not be stopped.

      “People arriving at the borders still have the right to apply for asylum and cannot be sent away without their claim being assessed,” explains Professor Philippe De Bruycker, Institute for European Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles. “This does not mean that nothing can be done regarding the protection of health: People requiring asylum maybe tested to see if they are sick or not, and if they are it can be applied measures such as quarantine, or even detention or restrictions of movement within the territory of the states.”

      Restrictions on travel and social distancing measures means delays in the asylum process are inevitable.

      “A lot of member states are making the decision that the interviews with asylum seekers should not take place right now because they would like to limit the social interaction,” says Commissioner Johansson. “So there will be delays in the processes of asylum, but I think that member states are taking measures to deal with the risk of the virus being spread.”

      MEPs have called for an “immediate European response” to avoid a humanitarian crisis spiralling into a public health crisis. NGOs warn there is little chance of not getting infected living in such conditions.

    • Grèce : un nouveau projet de loi encore plus restrictif pour l’asile en cours d’élaboration

      Le quotidien grec Efimerida tôn syntaktôn (Journal des Rédacteurs) ( révèle le nouveau projet du ministère de l’Immigration pour la procédure d’asile

      Un nouveau projet de loi est en cours d’élaboration avec des dispositions problématiques en termes de finalité, d’efficacité et de légalité.

      Ce projet de loi vient à peine cinq mois après la loi sur la protection internationale, dont les dispositions restrictives ont été dénoncées par plusieurs organisations.

      Le nouveau projet en élaboration comprend les dispositions suivantes, très problématiques du point de vue de leur opportunité, de leur applicabilité, mais surtout de leur conformité au droit européen, international et national :

      • la possibilité d’omettre l’entretien personnel, pierre angulaire de la procédure d’asile, s’il s’avère impossible de trouver un interprète dans la langue choisie par l’interviewé, dans le cas où celle-ci est différente de la langue officielle de son pays d’origine

      • L’aide juridique, lors de l’examen en deuxième instance de la demande d’asile sera fournie uniquement à la demande de l’intéressé dans les deux jours qui suivent la notification de la décision de première instance. La demande d’aide juridique ne sera pas satisfaite automatiquement, mais sera examinée par le président de la commission de recours et ne sera accordée que si celui-ci juge probable une issue favorable à l’intéressé de l’appel. L’absence d’assistance judiciaire ne constituera pas une raison valable pour un report du réexamen de la demande d’asile, à moins que la Commission de recours ne considère que cette absence puisse provoquer un préjudice irréparable au demandeur d’asile, et que l’appel ait de fortes chances d’aboutir à l’annulation de la décision en première instance.

      • si le demandeur d’asile a déjà séjourné dans un autre pays pendant plus que de deux mois, sans être menacé de poursuite individuelle pour des raisons de race, de religion, de nationalité, d’appartenance à un groupe social particulier ou de convictions politiques, alors ce pays est considéré comme offrant une protection adéquate et sa demande d’asile en Grèce est irrecevable

      • en cas de rejet en deuxième instance de la demande d’asile, le demandeur sera maintenu en centre de détention jusqu’à son expulsion ou jusqu’à ce que la procédure arrive à son terme, sans qu’il puisse être libéré, s’il dépose une demande d’annulation du rejet ou une demande de suspension de son expulsion.

      Ce nouveau projet réduit à moins que rien, voire annule des garanties de la procédure d’asile ; il est introduit quelques jours après l’expiration de la loi sans précédent qui suspendait le dépôt de nouvelles demandes d’asile pendant un mois et prévoyait l’expulsion immédiate vers les pays d’origine des nouveaux arrivants. Il s’agissait d’une suspension de la Convention de Genève, qui n’est pas prévue par celle-ci même en temps de guerre. Il faudrait ajouter que la fin de la période de suspension ne se traduit pas par une réouverture de la procédure car le service d’asile reste fermé jusqu’au 10 avril à cause de mesures de protection sanitaire. Et tout laisse croire que la fermeture du service, sera prolongée pour au moins un mois.

      Enfin, le projet de loi réduit de plus que de moitié le temps prévu pour l’examen et l’adoption d’une décision en appel, en introduisant de nouveaux délais impossible à tenir : un mois pour la décision en appel contre trois actuellement, vingt jours pour la procédure accélérée appliquée aux frontières contre 40 jours en vigueur aujourd’hui, dix jours pour l’audition de l’appel si l’intéressé est en détention.

      L’expulsion en application du décret de suspension de la procédure d’asile de deux femmes vulnérables d’origine afghane, a été stoppée par le Conseil d’État, qui a ordonné leur maintien dans le territoire. Le sort d’une troisième femme afghane sera décidée en séance plénière du Conseil d’Etat en septembre.

      Source (en grec)

      –-> reçu de Vicky Skoumbi, via la mailing-list Migreurop, le 04.04.2020

    • GCR’s comments on the draft law amending asylum legislation

      Athens, 27 April 2020—The Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) expresses its deep concern over the new draft law that inter alia amends asylum legislation[1], which was submitted for public consultation amidst a public health crisis, at a time when the main concern is the protection of asylum seekers and the entire population from the risks and effects of the pandemic, and while concerns for asylum seekers who remain in overcrowded sites and/or in administrative detention in the midst of the pandemic are increasing.

      The Ministry’s of Migration and Asylum new draft law comes within less than 4 months since the entry into force (January 1, 2020) of L. 4636/2019 "On International Protection”, i.e. the law that entailed extensive changes of the Greek asylum law, which in itself is not an example of good law-making, and which in practice invalidates the invoked purpose of systematizing and codifying the relevant legislation (see explanatory memorandum law 4636/2019).

      In addition, despite the fact that L. 4636/2019 has been consistently and substantively criticized by all national and international bodies and civil society organisations, due its numerous problematic regulations having led to deregulating the Greek asylum system, weakening the safeguards of refugee protection in Greece and “placing people in need of international protection in danger”,[2] the proposed amendments do not, in any part, restore the extremely problematic provisions of L. 4636/2019.

      On the contrary, the introduced amendments are once more and in many respects contrary to the EU acquis in the field of asylum, and in this sense constitute a direct violation of EU law and of the Asylum and Return Directives, weakening basic guarantees for persons in need of protection, introducing additional procedural obstacles and reflecting, at the legislative level, the repeatedly stated intention to generalize detention and to increase returns, by preventing actual access to international protection. Accordingly, the draft law’s title “Improving Legislation on Migration, etc.” can only be considered as a euphemism.

      Amongst a set of extremely problematic provisions, the following are indicatively highlighted:

      The possibility for a non-competent Service (Regional Reception and Identification Services), which unlike the Asylum Service does not have the status of an independent Agency, to register requests for international protection, without even ensuring that this procedure can be completed by properly trained staff or compliance with the necessary guarantees for properly completing the procedure (Article 5 of the draft law)

      The deviation from the obligation to provide interpretation in a language that the applicant understands and the limitation of the obligation to conduct a personal interview with the applicant prior to a decision on a request for international protection (articles 7 & 11 of the draft law), in direct violation of the Procedures’ Directive (Directive 2013/32/ EU).

      The proposed amendments derogate from the minimum guarantees provided by the Procedures’ Directive, allowing for a personal interview to be conducted in the official language of the applicant’s country of origin “if it proves impossible to provide interpretation in the language of his/her choice" and for a decision to be issued without having previously conducted a personal interview, “if the applicant does not wish to conduct the interview in the official language of his/her country of origin", irrespective of whether the applicant is in fact able to understand this language. It is recalled that the competent Commissioner of the European Commission recently reiterated that “as far as interpretation is concerned, the Asylum Procedure Directive provides that communication takes place in the language preferred by the applicant, unless there is another language which the applicant understands and in which he/she can communicate in a clear and concise manner”,[3] while the Directive does not, under any circumstances, infer that the language understood by the applicant is the official language of their country of origin. Syrian Kurds, who constitute the largest minority in Syria and who largely do not speak/understand the official language of their state (Arabic), but only the Kurdish dialect kurmanji, are a typical such case. It is further noted that the cases under which a first instance asylum decision can be issued without conducting a personal interview are restrictively regulated under Article 14 of Directive 2013/32/EU. The proposed omission of the personal interview, under Article 11 of the draft law, does not constitute one of the cases provided in the Directive, nor is it left at the Member States’ discretion to foresee additional exceptions to the obligation to conduct a personal interview. In any case, the possibility of issuing a decision without conducting a personal interview with the applicant places asylum seekers at increased risk of return, in violation of the principle of non-refoulement.

      The obstruction of the right to legal aid and the right to effective remedies (article 9 of the draft law). As has been repeatedly documented, to date, the Greek authorities have yet to ensure real access to free legal aid at second instance, as is enshrined in EU law. On the contrary, in 2019 only 33% of asylum seekers who appealed a negative decision were able to benefit from free legal aid at second instance, and only 21% in 2018. [4] A fact that demonstrates “an administrative practice that is incompatible with EU law, and which to an extent is of a permanent and genera nature”. [5]

      However and instead of taking all necessary measures to ensure the right to free legal aid, the proposed amendment introduces an additional restriction on this right, requiring for applicants to submit, within a very short and exclusive period of two days, after the notification of their negative decision, an application for legal aid, which is granted by the President of the Appeals Committee “only if it is considered probable for the appeal to succeed.” In this case, and in order to provide legal assistance to the applicant, the appointed lawyer has the opportunity to submit a memorandum, which can exclusively include “belated (οψιφανείς and και οψιγενείς)” claims.

      Specifically, it is noted that a) The amendment reverses the rule and standard of proof set out in Article 20 (3) of Directive 2013/32/EU, which states that “Member States may provide that free legal assistance and representation not be granted where the applicant’s appeal is considered by a court or tribunal or other competent authority to have no tangible prospect of success", instead providing that legal assistance is restricted not in case where the appeal “has no tangible prospects of success”, but in case it is merely “presumed that the appeal has no prospects of success”.

      b) The amendment of article 9 of the draft law introduces an additional procedural obstacle to accessing legal aid and the right to an effective remedy, in what concerns the applicants, as well as added workload in what concerns the Appeals Committees. Applicants are required to submit a request in Greek (and for that matter, within a deadline of only two days from the moment the decision has been notified), following which the existence of the substantial preconditions for the provision of free legal aid shall be examined. Without the assistance of a lawyer, without specialized legal knowledge and without knowledge of the language, it is obvious that this request, in the oumost favorable event, will necessarily be limited to a standardised form, essentially depriving the applicant of the opportunity to develop the reasons his/her meeting, in the specific case, the substantial reasons for being granted legal aid.

      (c) In the proposed amendment it is stated that the request for legal aid is “examined by the President of the Committee, before which the appeal is pending” and “is granted only if the appeal is presumed likely to be successful”, whereas if the request is granted, the lawyer that represents the applicant, in the context of legal aid, can only "submit a memorandum on the appeal, with which they can make “belated and posterior (οψιφανείς and και οψιγενείς) claims”. Based on this, it appears as if the provision indicates that the request for legal aid is submitted after the appeal has already been lodged (as, otherwise, neither a determination of the appeal can take place, nor can the probability of success of an appeal that has yet to be lodged be examined). However, it is recalled that in accordance with Article 93 (c) L. 4636/2019, the appeal must inter alia cite the “specific reasons on which the appeal is based”, which in itself requires the drafting of a legal document in Greek, [6] unless the appeal is to be rejected as inadmissible; i.e. rejected without previously having examined the substance of the appeal. Consequently, even in the event that the request for free legal aid is ultimately granted, the content of the legal aid ends up being devoid of meaning, in violation of Article 20 (1) of Directive 2013/32/ EU, which provides that free legal assistance “shall include, at least, the preparation of the required procedural documents […]“. By contrast, in accordance with the introduced amendment, the lack of “specific reasons” in the initial appeal cannot be remedied by the appointed lawyer, nor is a possibility to develop any potential claims in the memorandum even provided, as currently provided by article 99 L. 4636/2019; instead, the lawyer can only make “belated (οψιφανείς και οψιγενείς) claims” that is new or subsequent arguments, under an obvious and actual fear that, even after granting free legal aid, the appeal can be rejected as inadmissible; i.e. without examining the merits of the applicant’s claims at second instance, practically depriving the applicant of actual access to an effective remedy, in violation of Directive 2013/33/EU and article 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

      The retroactive abolition of the possibility for the applicant to be referred for the issuance of a residence permit on humanitarian grounds, in case their application for international protection is rejected (Article 33). The possibility of referral for the issuance of a residence permit on humanitarian grounds is to this day an important safeguard and complements the Greek state’s obligations in view of its international commitments to protect individuals who, although not recognized as beneficiaries of international protection, fall under the non-refoulement principle (eg. unaccompanied minors, persons with special connection with the country - right to private or family life under Article 8 of the ECHR, serious health reasons) that prevent their removal. The abolition of the relevant provision contributes to creating a significant group of persons who cannot be removed from the country, yet whom being deprived fundamental rights, remain in a prolonged state of insecurity and peril.

      The generalization of the possibility to impose detention measures and the reduction of basic guarantees when imposing such a measure (articles 2, 21 and 52 of the draft law). The proposed amendments attempt a further strictening of legislation with respect to the imposition of detention measures, in violation of fundamental guarantees enshrined in EU law and international human rights law. Indicatively, article 2 proposes the abolition of the obligation to provide “full and thorough reasoning” when ordering the detention of asylum seekers. The provision of article 52 attempts to reverse the rule that administrative detention in view of return is applied, exclusively, as an exceptional measure, and only if the possibility of implementing alternatives to detention has been exhausted, while at the same time attempts to limit the control of legality. In view of CJEU case law, based on which the Return Directive foresees “a gradation of the measures to be taken in order to enforce the return decision, a gradation which goes from the measure which allows the person concerned the most liberty, namely granting a period for his voluntary departure, to measures which restrict that liberty the most, namely detention in a specialised facility",[7] the proposed provision is in check for compliance with the minimum standards of protection guaranteed by the EU.

      [1] “Improvements on the Legislation on Migration, amendments of provisions of laws 4636/2019 (A ’169), 4375/2016 (A’ 51), 4251/2014 (A ’80) and other provisions”.

      [2] See UNHCR, UNHCR urges Greece to strengthen safeguards in draft asylum law, 24 October 2019, available at:; GNCHR Observations [in Greek] on the Draft Law of the Ministry of Citizen Protection: “On International Protection: provisions on the recognition and status of third-country nationals or stateless persons as beneficiaries of international protection, on a single status for refugees or for persons entitled to subsidiary protection and on the content of the protection provided, unification of provisions on the reception of applicants for international protection, the procedure for granting and revoking the status of international protection, restructuring of judicial protection for asylum seekers and other provisions”, 24 October 2019, available at:; GCR, GCR’s comments on the draft bill “On International Protection, 22 October 2019, available at:

      [3] P-004017/2019, Commissioner Johansson’s reply on behalf of the European Commission, 5 February 2020, available at:

      [4] AIDA Report on Greece, Update 2019, forthcoming and AIDA Report on Greece, Update 2018, March 2019, available at:

      [5] See case C‑525/14, Commission v Czech Republic, EU C 2016 714, recital 14.

      [6] Indicatively, see GCR, GCR’s comments on the draft bill “On International Protection”, op. cit.

      [7] CJEU, El Dridi, C-61/11, recital 41.

    • Asylum-seekers in Evros center protest asylum procedures delays

      Young asylum-seekers rioted on Tuesday morning in the Reception and Identification Center of #Fylakio in northern Evros. They set mattresses in the ward for unaccompanied minors on fire and it needed the intervention of the fire service extinguish the blaze.

      The riots started short before 10 o’ clock. Police forces rushed to the center to restore the order..

      Nobody was injured, yet significant material damage was reportedly caused.

      According to state broadcaster ERT TV, the protest was staged against the delays in asylum procedures and the extension of the lockdown in refugees centers until May 21.

      Local media report adds also the living conditions as one of the reasons for the protest.
      #résistance #protestation #Evros

    • Grèce : prison ferme pour deux demandeurs d’asile accusés de violences dans un camp

      Deux demandeurs d’asile afghans ont été condamnés jeudi 14 mai par la justice grecque à six ans et huit mois de prison ferme pour des violences commises lors d’une manifestation dans le camp de Fylakio, au nord du pays.

      Ils réclamaient l’accélération du traitement de leur demande d’asile, ils ont obtenu de la prison ferme.

      Deux demandeurs d’asile originaires d’Afghanistan, âgés de 22 et 23 ans, ont écopé jeudi en Grèce de peines de six ans et huit mois de prison pour violences, trouble à l’ordre public, possession et utilisation illégale d’armes.

      Mardi 12 mai, des migrants avaient exprimé leur mécontentement en mettant le feu à des matelas et en agressant des policiers présents dans le camp de Fylakio (, à la frontière gréco-turque. Selon les forces de l’ordre appelées à la barre lors de l’audience de jeudi, plusieurs personnes les ont attaquées avec des tournevis, des lames métalliques et des haches.

      Vingt-six autres demandeurs d’asile, qui avaient également été interpellés par la police grecque lors de cette manifestation, seront jugés ultérieurement.

      La centaine de migrants, dont des mineurs isolés, hébergés dans le centre de Fylakio y sont détenus le temps du traitement de leur dossier d’asile. Certains attendent depuis plus de six mois l’examen de leur demande.

      La pandémie de coronavirus a aggravé les retards déjà existants dans le traitement des dossiers, les services d’asile fonctionnant au ralenti ces dernières semaines.

      Athènes a été critiqué à plusieurs reprises par des ONG de défense des droits de migrants et réfugiés pour les défaillances chroniques de son système d’octroi d’asile et les conditions de vie épouvantables dans les camps de réfugiés surpeuplés.

  • Greece to extend border fence over migration surge

    Greece will extend its fence on the border with Turkey, a government source said Sunday (8 March), amid continuing efforts by migrants to break through in a surge enabled by Ankara.

    “We have decided to immediately extend the fence in three different areas,” the government source told AFP, adding that the new sections, to the south of the area now under pressure, would cover around 36 kilometres (22 miles).

    The current stretch of fence will also be upgraded, the official added.

    Tens of thousands of asylum-seekers have been trying to break through the land border from Turkey for a week after Ankara announced it would no longer prevent people from trying to cross into the European Union.

    A police source Sunday told AFP that riot police reinforcements from around the country had been sent to the border in recent days, in addition to drones and police dogs.

    There have been numerous exchanges of tear gas and stones between Greek riot police and migrants.

    Turkey has also bombarded Greek forces with tear gas at regular intervals, and Athens has accused Turkish police of handing out wire cutters to migrants to help them break through the border fence.

    The Greek government over the weekend also released footage which it said showed a Turkish armoured vehicle assisting efforts to bring down the fence.

    “Parts of the fence have been removed, both by the (Turkish) vehicle and with wire cutters, but they are constantly being repaired,” local police unionist Elias Akidis told Skai TV.

    Turkey has accused Greek border guards of using undue force against the migrants, injuring many and killing at least five.

    The government in Athens has consistently dismissed the claim as lies.
    #murs #Evros #barrières_frontalières #Grèce #Turquie #frontières #extension
    ping @fil @reka @albertocampiphoto

    • je suis tombé sur une vidéo YT d’un compte néo-nazi montrant une attaque du mur de l’Evros par des migrants. L’attaque y est présentée comme soutenue par la police turque, ce qui est vraiment beaucoup solliciter les images… les migrants sont noyés sous les lacrymos.

    • Evros: Greece to extend the fence on the borders with Turkey to 40km

      Greece will extend the fence to its Evros borders with Turkey to 40 km, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Friday morning. The additional fence will be installed in “sensitive” areas preferred for illegal entries by migrants and refugees.

      The fence currently covers 12.5 km.

      Speaking to ANT1 TV, Petsas noted that at the moment the most vulnerable border point is in the south.

      The current 12.5 km fence of land access points is installed north and south of Kastanies customs office, where thousands of migrants and refugees have amassed.

      According to the daily Kathimerini, the 40 kilometers new fence is planned to be partially installed either in areas where the Evros waters are low or in areas where the landscape favors illegla paasage.

      Sections such as Ormenio, Gardens, Feres, Tychero, Soufli, Dikaia, Dilofo, Marassia, Nea Vyssa and elsewhere have been designated as the areas where the new fence will installed by the Greek Army and support by the police.

      According to a report by daily Elftheros Typos, Greece’s Plan B aside from the fence extension is the presence of about 4,000 police officers and soldiers in parallel patrols, helicopters, unmanned aircraft, message broadcasting, cameras for audio-video.

      A Greek Army – Greek Police “joint operations center” is to be established in Nea Vryssa.

      According to the daily more than 1,000 soldiers, two commandos squads, 1,500 police and national guards are currently operating in the Evros area.

      Petsas underlined that the Greek government has changed its policy because there is a national security issue at the moment.

      He reiterated the new policy saying that “no one will cross the border.”

    • Video 2 - Violences contre les exilé·es à la frontière gréco-turque

      Depuis le début du mois de mars 2020, des milliers d’exilé·es, incité·es voire poussé·es par les autorités turques, se sont précipité·es aux frontières terrestres et maritimes entre la Turquie et la Grèce. Ils et elles se sont heurté·es à la violence de la police et de l’armée grecque, ainsi que de groupe fascistes, mobilisés pour leur en interdire le franchissement, la suite : ?article6368

    • Greece shields Evros border with blades wire, 400 new border guards

      Greece is strengthening ifs defense and is preparing for a possible new wave of migrants at its Evros border. A fence of sharp blades wire (concertina wire) and 400 additional border guards are to shield the country for the case Turkey will open its borders again so that migrants can cross into Europe.

      According to daily ethnos (, Ankara has already been holding groups of migrants in warehouses near the border, while the Greek side is methodically being prepared for the possibility of a new attempt for waves of migrants to try to cross again the border.

      “At the bridgeheads of Peplos and Fera, at the land borders after the riverbed is aligned, and in other vulnerable areas along the border, kilometer-long of metal fence with sharp blades wire are being installed, the soil is being cleaned from wild vegetation and clearing of marsh lands.

      The fence in the northern part is being strengthened and expanded, and 11 additional border pylons, each one 50 meters high, will be installed along the river in the near future. Each pylon will be equipped with cameras and modern day and night surveillance systems, with a range of several kilometers and multiple telecommunications capabilities, the daily notes.

      Within the next few months, 400 newly recruited border guards will be on duty and will almost double the deterrent force and enhance the joint patrols of the Army and Police, ethnos adds.

      Big armored military vehicles destined for Libya and confiscated five years ago south of Crete have been made available to the Army in the area, the daily notes.

      One and a half month after the end of the “war without arms” at the Evros border from end of February till the end of March, sporadic movement on the Turkish side of the border has been observed.

      At least four shooting incidents have been reported in the past two weeks, with Turkish jandarmerie to have fired at Greek border guards and members of the Frontex.

      Greece’s security forces are on high alert.

      Just a few days ago, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated that Ankara’s policy of “open borders” will continue for anyone wishing to cross into Europe.

      Speaking to nationalist Akit TV on Wednesday, Cavusoglu claimed that Greece used “inhumane” behavior towards the migrants who want to cross into the country.

      Also Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu had threatened that the migrants will be allowed to leave Turkey again once the pandemic was over.

      PS It could be a very hot summer, should Turkey attempt to send migrants to Europe by land through Evros and by sea with boats to the Aegean islands and at the same time, deploys a drilling ship off Crete in July, as it claimed a few days ago.


    • Pour la bagatelle de 63 millions d’euro...

      Greece to extend fence on land border with Turkey to deter migrants

      Greece will proceed with plans to extend a cement and barbed-wire fence that it set up in 2012 along its northern border with Turkey to prevent migrants from entering the country, the government said on Monday.

      The conservative government made the decision this year, spokesman Stelios Petsas said, after tens of thousands of asylum seekers tried to enter EU member Greece in late February when Ankara said it would no longer prevent them from doing so.

      Greece, which is at odds with neighbouring Turkey over a range of issues, has been a gateway to Europe for people fleeing conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and beyond, with more than a million passing through the country in 2015-2016.

      The project led by four Greek construction companies will be completed within eight months at an estimated cost of 63 million euros, Petsas told a news briefing.

      The 12.5-kilometre fence was built eight years ago to stop migrants from crossing into Greece. It will be extended in areas indicated by Greek police and the army, Petsas said without elaborating. In March, he said it would be extended to 40 kilometres.

      Tensions between NATO allies Greece and Turkey, who disagree over where their continental shelves begin and end, have recently escalated further over hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean region.

    • Greece to extend fence on land border with Turkey to deter migrants

      Greece will proceed with plans to extend a cement and barbed-wire fence that it set up in 2012 along its northern border with Turkey to prevent migrants from entering the country, the government said on Monday.

      The conservative government made the decision this year, spokesman Stelios Petsas said, after tens of thousands of asylum seekers tried to enter EU member Greece in late February when Ankara said it would no longer prevent them from doing so.

      Greece, which is at odds with neighbouring Turkey over a range of issues, has been a gateway to Europe for people fleeing conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and beyond, with more than a million passing through the country in 2015-2016.

      The project led by four Greek construction companies will be completed within eight months at an estimated cost of 63 million euros, Petsas told a news briefing.

      The 12.5-kilometre fence was built eight years ago to stop migrants from crossing into Greece. It will be extended in areas indicated by Greek police and the army, Petsas said without elaborating. In March, he said it would be extended to 40 kilometres.

      Tensions between NATO allies Greece and Turkey, who disagree over where their continental shelves begin and end, have recently escalated further over hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean region.

    • Evros land border fence to be ready in eight months

      The construction of a new fence on northeastern Greece’s Evros land border with Turkey will be completed in eight months, according to Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, speaking in Parliament on Monday.

      The border fence project has a total budget of 62.9 million euros and has been undertaken by a consortium put together by four construction companies.

      It will have a total length of 27 kilometers and eight elevated observatories will be constructed to be used by the Hellenic Army.

      Moreover, the existing fence will be reinforced with a steel railing measuring 4.3 meters in height, instead of the current 3.5 meters.

      Damage to the existing fence during attempts by thousands of migrants to cross into Greece territory from Turkey, as well as bad weather, will be repaired – including a 400-meter stretch that collapsed as a result of flooding.

    • New Evros fence to be completed by April next year, PM says during on-site inspection

      Construction of a new fence designed to stop undocumented migrants from slipping into Greece along its northeastern border with Turkey, demarcated by the Evros River, is expected to be completed by April next year, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during a visit at the area of Ferres on Saturday.

      “Building the Evros fence was the least we could do to secure the border and make the people of Evros feel more safe,” Mitsotakis said.

      The 62.9-million-euro steel fence with barbed wire will be five meters high and have a total length of 27 kilometers. Eight elevated observatories will be constructed to be used by the Hellenic Army. The project, which is designed to also serve as anti-flood protection, has been undertaken by a consortium put together by four construction companies.

      During a meeting with local officials, Mitsotakis also confirmed the hiring of 400 guards to patrol the border.

    • To Vima: Evros wall will be ready in April, the Min. of Public
      Order said that ’labourers worked in the snow to finish the fence’.
      It also claims drones fly daily over the border - can anyone confirm? Only found older news saying they were to be deployed.


      Εβρος : Ο φράκτης, τα drones και ο χιονιάς

      O καινούργιος φράκτης στα σύνορα με μήκος 27 χιλιόμετρα και με 13 χιλιόμετρα ο παλαιός, θα είναι απόλυτα έτοιμος τον Απρίλιο.

      Ούτε το χιόνι, ούτε οι λευκές νύχτες του Φεβρουαρίου, ούτε οι θερμοκρασίες κάτω από το μηδέν εμπόδισαν τα συνεργεία στις εργασίες τους για την κατασκευή του φράκτη στον Έβρο. Όπως μου είπε ο Μιχάλης Χρυσοχοΐδης « μηχανήματα και εργάτες δούλεψαν μέσα στα χιόνια για να ολοκληρώσουν τον φράκτη ». Μου αποκάλυψε μάλιστα ότι ο καινούργιος φράκτης στα σύνορα με μήκος 27 χιλιόμετρα και με 13 χιλιόμετρα ο παλαιός, θα είναι απόλυτα έτοιμος τον Απρίλιο. Και τούτο παρά το γεγονός ότι αυτές τις ημέρες το μόνον που δυσκολεύει τις εργασίες είναι τα πολλά νερά του ποταμού ο οποίος έχει υπερχειλίσει. Ωστόσο τα drones πετούν καθημερινά και συλλέγουν πληροφορίες, οι περιπολίες είναι συνεχείς και τα ηχοβολιστικά μηχανήματα έτοιμα, εάν χρειαστεί να δράσουν.

    • In post-pandemic Europe, migrants will face digital fortress

      As the world begins to travel again, Europe is sending migrants a loud message: Stay away!

      Greek border police are firing bursts of deafening noise from an armored truck over the frontier into Turkey. Mounted on the vehicle, the long-range acoustic device, or “sound cannon,” is the size of a small TV set but can match the volume of a jet engine.

      It’s part of a vast array of physical and experimental new digital barriers being installed and tested during the quiet months of the coronavirus pandemic at the 200-kilometer (125-mile) Greek border with Turkey to stop people entering the European Union illegally.

      A new steel wall, similar to recent construction on the US-Mexico border, blocks commonly-used crossing points along the Evros River that separates the two countries.

      Nearby observation towers are being fitted with long-range cameras, night vision, and multiple sensors. The data will be sent to control centers to flag suspicious movement using artificial intelligence analysis.

      “We will have a clear ‘pre-border’ picture of what’s happening,” Police Maj. Dimonsthenis Kamargios, head of the region’s border guard authority, told the Associated Press.

      The EU has poured 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) into security tech research following the refugee crisis in 2015-16, when more than 1 million people – many escaping wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – fled to Greece and on to other EU countries.

      The automated surveillance network being built on the Greek-Turkish border is aimed at detecting migrants early and deterring them from crossing, with river and land patrols using searchlights and long-range acoustic devices.

      Key elements of the network will be launched by the end of the year, Kamargios said. “Our task is to prevent migrants from entering the country illegally. We need modern equipment and tools to do that.”

      Researchers at universities around Europe, working with private firms, have developed futuristic surveillance and verification technology, and tested more than a dozen projects at Greek borders.

      AI-powered lie detectors and virtual border-guard interview bots have been piloted, as well as efforts to integrate satellite data with footage from drones on land, air, sea and underwater. Palm scanners record the unique vein pattern in a person’s hand to use as a biometric identifier, and the makers of live camera reconstruction technology promise to erase foliage virtually, exposing people hiding near border areas.

      Testing has also been conducted in Hungary, Latvia and elsewhere along the eastern EU perimeter.

      The more aggressive migration strategy has been advanced by European policymakers over the past five years, funding deals with Mediterranean countries outside the bloc to hold migrants back and transforming the EU border protection agency, Frontex, from a coordination mechanism to a full-fledged multinational security force.

      But regional migration deals have left the EU exposed to political pressure from neighbors.

      Earlier this month, several thousand migrants crossed from Morocco into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in a single day, prompting Spain to deploy the army. A similar crisis unfolded on the Greek-Turkish border and lasted three weeks last year.

      Greece is pressing the EU to let Frontex patrol outside its territorial waters to stop migrants reaching Lesbos and other Greek islands, the most common route in Europe for illegal crossing in recent years.

      Armed with new tech tools, European law enforcement authorities are leaning further outside borders.

      Not all the surveillance programs being tested will be included in the new detection system, but human rights groups say the emerging technology will make it even harder for refugees fleeing wars and extreme hardship to find safety.

      Patrick Breyer, a European lawmaker from Germany, has taken an EU research authority to court, demanding that details of the AI-powered lie detection program be made public.

      “What we are seeing at the borders, and in treating foreign nationals generally, is that it’s often a testing field for technologies that are later used on Europeans as well. And that’s why everybody should care, in their own self-interest,” Breyer of the German Pirates Party told the AP.

      He urged authorities to allow broad oversight of border surveillance methods to review ethical concerns and prevent the sale of the technology through private partners to authoritarian regimes outside the EU.

      Ella Jakubowska, of the digital rights group EDRi, argued that EU officials were adopting “techno-solutionism” to sideline moral considerations in dealing with the complex issue of migration.

      “It is deeply troubling that, time and again, EU funds are poured into expensive technologies which are used in ways that criminalize, experiment with and dehumanize people on the move,” she said.

      Migration flows have slowed in many parts of Europe during the pandemic, interrupting an increase recorded over years. In Greece, for example, the number of arrivals dropped from nearly 75,000 in 2019 to 15,700 in 2020, a 78% decrease.

      But the pressure is sure to return. Between 2000 and 2020, the world’s migrant population rose by more than 80% to reach 272 million, according to United Nations data, fast outpacing international population growth.

      At the Greek border village of Poros, the breakfast discussion at a cafe was about the recent crisis on the Spanish-Moroccan border.

      Many of the houses in the area are abandoned and in a gradual state of collapse, and life is adjusting to that reality.

      Cows use the steel wall as a barrier for the wind and rest nearby.

      Panagiotis Kyrgiannis, a Poros resident, says the wall and other preventive measures have brought migrant crossings to a dead stop.

      “We are used to seeing them cross over and come through the village in groups of 80 or a 100,” he said. “We were not afraid. … They don’t want to settle here. All of this that’s happening around us is not about us.”

      #pandémie #covid-19 #coronavirus #barrière_digitale #mur_digital #pré-mur #technologie #complexe_militaro-industriel #AI #IA #intelligence_artificielle #détecteurs_de_mensonge #satellite #biométrie #Hongrie #Lettonie #Frontex #surveillance #privatisation #techno-solutionism #déshumanisation

    • Greece: EU Commission upgrades border surveillance – and criticises it at the same time

      The Greek border police are using a sound cannon and drones on a new border fence, and the EU Commission expresses its „concern“ about this. However, it is itself funding several similar research projects, including a semi-autonomous drone with stealth features for „effective surveillance of borders and migration flows“

      On Monday, the Associated Press (AP) news agency had reported ( that police in Greece plan to deploy a long-range sound cannon at the external border with Turkey in the future. The device, mounted on a police tank, makes a deafening noise with the volume of a jet engine. It is part of a system of steel walls that is being installed and tested along with drones on the 200-kilometre border with Turkey for migration defence. The vehicle, made by the Canadian manufacturer #Streit, comes from a series of seized „#Typhoons“ ( that were to be illegally exported to Libya via Dubai (

      After the AP report about the sound cannons went viral, Commission spokesman Adalbert Jahnz had clarified that it was not an EU project (

      Yesterday, AP reported again on this ( According to Jahnz, the Commission has „noted with concern“ the installation of the technology and is requesting information on its use. Methods used in EU member states would have to comply with European fundamental rights, including the „right to dignity“. The right to asylum and the principle of non-refoulement in states where refugees face persecution must also be respected.

      The Commission’s outrage is anything but credible. After Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan used refugees to storm the Turkish-Greek border in March 2020, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen travelled to the border river Evros before the start of a Frontex mission and declared her solidarity there. Literally, the former German Defence Minister said ( „I thank Greece for being our European shield“.

      Commission funds research on border surveillance

      Also yesterday, the Commission-funded #ROBORDER project ( said in a statement ( that it is now cooperating with the #BorderUAS project ( Both are about the use of drones. The police in Greece are involved and the applications are to be tested there.

      The acronym ROBORDER stands for „#Autonomous_Swarm_of_Heterogeneous_Robots_for_Border_Surveillance“. It works with drones on water, on land and in the air. In Greece, for example, a drone is to be used to detect „unauthorised sea border crossing“ (, as well as an aircraft from the #Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft with a surveillance test platform, #radar systems and thermal imaging cameras.

      All drones in ROBORDER are supposed to be able to operate in swarms. They are controlled via a mobile control centre from the German company #Elettronica. This „#Multipurpose_Mission_Support_Vehicle“ (#MUROS) is used to collect all recorded data ( The project, which will soon come to an end, will cost around nine million euros, of which the EU Commission will pay the largest share.

      High-resolution cameras on lighter-than-air drones

      The acronym BorderUAS means „#Semi-Autonomous_Border_Surveillance_Platform_with_a_High-Resolution_Multi-Sensor_Surveillance_Payload“. Border authorities, police forces as well as companies and institutes mainly from Eastern Europe and Greece want to use it to investigate so-called lighter-than-air drones.

      These can be small zeppelins or balloons that are propelled by alternative propulsion systems and have a multitude of sensors and cameras. The participating company #HiperSfera ( from Croatia markets such systems for border surveillance, for example.

      The project aims to prevent migration on the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route, the Western Balkan route and across the EU’s eastern external land border. According to the project description, these account for 58 percent of all detected irregular border crossings. BorderUAS ends in 2023, and the technology will be tested by police forces in Greece, Ukraine and Belarus until then. The Commission is funding the entire budget with around seven million euros.

      Civilian and military drone research

      For border surveillance, the EU Defence Agency and the Commission are funding numerous civilian and military drone projects in Greece. These include the €35 million #OCEAN2020 project (, which conducts research on the integration of drones and unmanned submarines into fleet formations. #ARESIBO, which costs around seven million euros ( and on which the Greek, Portuguese and Romanian Ministries of Defence and the #NATO Research Centre are working on drone technology, will end in 2022. With another five million euros, the Commission is supporting an „#Information_Exchange_for_Command_Control_and_Coordination_Systems_at_the_Borders“ (#ANDROMEDA) ( This also involves drones used by navies, coast guards and the police forces of the member states.

      In #CAMELOT ( are flying various drones from Israel and Portugal, and as in ROBORDER, a single ground station is to be used for this purpose. A scenario „illegal activity, illegal immigration persons“ is being tested with various surveillance equipment at the Evros river. The Commission is contributing eight million euros of the total sum. This year, results from #FOLDOUT ( will also be tried out on the Greek-Turkish border river Evros, involving satellites, high-flying platforms and drones with technology for „through-foliage detection“ ( in the „outermost regions of the EU„. The Commission is allocating eight million euros for this as well.

      Also with EU funding, predominantly Greek partners, including drone manufacturers #ALTUS and #Intracom_Defense, as well as the Air Force, are developing a drone under the acronym LOTUS with „autonomy functions“ and stealth features for surveillance. The project manager promotes the system as suitable for „effective surveillance of borders and migration flows“ (

      #drones #Canada #complexe_militaro-industriel

    • La Grèce construit un mur sur sa frontière avec la Turquie

      22 août - 13h : La Grèce a annoncé vendredi avoir achevé une clôture de 40 km à sa frontière avec la Turquie et mis en place un nouveau système de #surveillance pour empêcher d’éventuels demandeurs d’asile d’essayer d’atteindre l’Europe après la prise de contrôle de l’Afghanistan par les talibans.

      La crise afghane a créé « des possibilités de flux de migrants », a déclaré le ministre de la Protection des citoyens Michalis Chrysochoidis après s’être rendu vendredi dans la région d’Evros avec le ministre de la Défense et le chef des forces armées. « Nous ne pouvons pas attendre passivement l’impact possible », a-t-il affirmé. « Nos frontières resteront sûres et inviolables. »

  • Turkey to open #Idlib border and allow Syrian refugees free passage to Europe

    Route out of northwestern Syria to be opened for 72 hours, officials tell MEE, after 33 Turkish troops killed in attack by pro-Assad forces.

    Turkey will open its southwestern border with Syria for 72 hours to allow Syrians fleeing the pro-government forces’ assault free passage to Europe, Turkish official sources have told Middle East Eye.

    The decision came after a security meeting chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara late on Thursday after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in Syria’s Idlib province.

    A senior Turkish official said on Thursday that Syrian refugees headed towards Europe would not be stopped either on land or by sea.

    The official said that Ankara would order police and border and sea patrols to stand down if they detected any Syrian refugees trying to cross into Europe.

    Groups of Syrian refugees and migrants from other countries began heading to Turkey’s borders with Greece and Bulgaria after the announcement was made.

    Various Turkish refugee groups have also organised buses for Syrian refugees intending to head to Turkey’s border with Europe.

    The governor of Hatay province said that Turkish soldiers were killed in a Syrian government attack in Idlib, a province where forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been staging an offensive against rebels since December.

    Since then, about a million civilians have been displaced towards the Turkish border - more than half of them children - and hundreds have been killed in the onslaught.
    Nato meeting

    Turkey blamed Thursday’s air strike on Syrian government forces, who are backed by Russia.

    However, Russia’s defence ministry was cited by the RIA news agency on Friday as saying that the Turkish troops had been hit by artillery fire from Syrian government forces who were trying to repel an offensive by Turkish-backed rebel forces.

    Russia is sending two warships equipped with cruise missiles to the Mediterranean Sea towards the Syrian coast, the Interfax news agency cited Russia’s Black Sea fleet as saying on Friday.

    North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) ambassadors were meeting in Brussels on Friday at Turkey’s request to hold consultations about developments in Syria, the alliance said.

    Under article four of Nato’s founding Washington Treaty, any ally can request consultations whenever, in their opinion, their territorial integrity, political independence or security are threatened.
    Migrants not allowed through

    Turkey’s Demiroren news agency said around 300 migrants, including women and children, had begun heading towards the borders between European Union countries Greece and Bulgaria and Turkey’s Edirne province at around midnight on Thursday.

    Syrians, Iranians, Iraqis, Pakistanis and Moroccans were among those in the group, it said.

    It said migrants had also gathered in the western Turkish coastal district of Ayvacik in Canakkale province with the aim of travelling by boat to the Greek island of Lesbos.

    Video footage of the migrants broadcast by pro-government Turkish television channels could also not immediately be verified.

    Turkish broadcaster NTV showed scores of people walking through fields wearing backpacks and said the refugees had tried to cross the Kapikule border into Bulgaria, but were not allowed through.

    It said the same group of migrants had then walked through fields to reach the Pazarkule border crossing into Greece, but it was unclear what happened to them thereafter.

    Greece has tightened sea and land borders with Turkey after the overnight developments in Idlib, government sources told Reuters on Friday.

    The sources, who declined to be identified, said Athens was also in contact with the European Union and Nato on the matter.
    ’Turkey is currently hitting all known regime targets’

    The Turkish soldiers’ deaths are the biggest number of fatalities suffered by Ankara’s forces in a single day since it began deploying thousands of troops into Idlib in recent weeks in a bid to halt the military push by Assad’s forces and their allies.

    The latest incident means a total of 46 Turkish security personnel have been killed this month in Idlib.

    Fahrettin Altun, Erdogan’s communications director, said in a written statement that the Turkish government had decided in the meeting to retaliate against Assad’s forces by land and by air.

    “Turkey is currently hitting all known regime targets. What happened in Rwanda and Bosnia cannot be allowed to be repeated in Idlib,” he said.

    Attacks on Turkish forces have caused severe tensions between the Syrian government’s key ally, Russia, and Turkey, which backs certain opposition groups in Idlib.

    Erdogan had vowed to launch a military operation to push back Syrian government forces if they did not retreat from a line of Turkish observations posts by the end of February.

    The nine-year war in Syria has devastated much of the country. An estimated half a million people have been killed and millions have been forced to live as refugees.

    Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, having taken in some 3.7 million Syrians.

    Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to open the gates for migrants to travel to Europe.

    If it did so, it would reverse a pledge Turkey made to the EU in 2016 and could draw western powers into the standoff over Idlib.

    #turquie #frontières #ouverture_des_frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Erdogan #bras_de_fer #Europe


    ajouté à la métaliste sur les refoulements dans l’Evros :

    • La #Grèce bloque des centaines de migrants à sa frontière avec la Turquie

      A la suite de la montée des tensions en Syrie, Ankara avait plus tôt affirmé que le pays « ne retiendrait pas » les migrants qui cherchent à rejoindre l’Europe. La Grèce a annoncé avoir renforcé ses patrouilles à la frontière.

    • Greek police fire teargas on migrants at border with Turkey

      Greek police fired teargas toward migrants who were gathered on its border with Turkey and demanding entry on Saturday, as a crisis over Syria abruptly moved onto the European Union’s doorstep.

      The Greek government reiterated its promise to keep migrants out.

      “The government will do whatever it takes to protect its borders,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas told reporters, adding that in the past 24 hours Greek authorities had averted attempts by 4,000 people to cross.

      Live images from Greece’s Skai TV on the Turkish side of the northern land border at Kastanies showed Greek riot police firing teargas rounds at groups of migrants who were hurling stones and shouting obscenities.

      Media were not permitted to approach the Greek side of the border in the early morning, but the area smelled heavily of teargas, a Reuters witness said.

      A Turkish government official said late Thursday that Turkey will no longer contain the hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers after an air strike on war-ravaged Idlib in Syria killed 33 Turkish soldiers earlier that day.

      Almost immediately, convoys of people appeared heading to the Greek land and sea borders on Friday.

      An estimated 3,000 people had gathered on the Turkish side of the border at Kastanies, according to a Greek government official. Kastanies lies just over 900 km (550 miles)north-east of Athens.

      Greece, which was a primary gateway for hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers in 2015 and 2016, has promised it will keep the migrants out.

      However, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that some 18,000 migrants had crossed borders from Turkey into Europe. Speaking in Istanbul, he did not immediately provide evidence for the number, but said it would rise.

      Greek police were keeping media about a kilometre away from the Kastanies border crossing, but the broader area, where the two countries are divided by a river, was more permeable.

      A group of Afghans with young children waded across fast-moving waters of the Evros river and took refuge in a small chapel. They crossed into Greece on Friday morning.

      “Today is good” said Shir Agha, 30 in broken English. “Before, Erdogan people, police problem,” he said. Their shoes were caked in mud. It had rained heavily the night before, and by early morning, temperatures were close to freezing.

      Greece had already said on Thursday it would tighten border controls to prevent coronavirus reaching its Aegean islands, where thousands of migrants are living in poor conditions.

      Nearly a million refugees and migrants crossed from Turkey to Greece’s islands in 2015, setting off a crisis over immigration in Europe, but that route all but closed after the European Union and Ankara agreed to stop the flow in March 2016.
      #Evros #région_de_l'Evros

    • ’Following last night’s announcement of Turkish plans to open the borders with Greece for 72 hours, a large number of people attempted to cross the Evros/Meriç border near the 11km-long fence in Kastanies.
      They were stopped and are now trapped in the buffer zone between the two countries, surrounded by Greek and Turkish armed forces. Tear gas and stun grenade were reportedly used to dispersed the crowds.
      Human Rights 360 and @ForensicArchi have obtained material from the ground, including proof of people being pushed back across the border from Greece to Turkey and are monitoring the situation.
      As night has fallen, these people fear their human rights will be violated further. We urge the European, Greek, and Turkish authorities to safeguard their rights and safety.

    • ’Number of migrants leaving Turkey reaches 36,776’

      Migrants departing from Turkey via northwestern border province of #Edirne, says country’s interior minister.

      The number of migrants leaving Turkey via its northwestern border province of Edirne reached 36,776, the country’s interior minister said on Saturday.

      In a statement on Twitter, Suleyman Soylu said that the number was registered as of 9.02 p.m. local time (1802 GMT).

      Turkish officials announced Friday that they would no longer try to stop irregular migrants from reaching Europe.

      The decision was made as 34 Turkish soldiers were martyred at the hands of regime forces in Idlib, Syria. The Turkish soldiers are working to protect local civilians under a 2018 deal with Russia under which acts of aggression are prohibited in the region.

      Since then, thousands of irregular migrants have flocked to Edirne to make their way into Europe.

      Turkey already hosts some 3.7 million migrants from Syria alone, more than any other country in the world.

      It has repeatedly complained that Europe has failed to keep its promises to help migrants and stem further migrant waves.

    • Erdoğan says border will stay open as Greece tries to repel influx

      Turkish leader claims 18,000 people have crossed into EU but some are met with teargas.

      Thousands of migrants may be in no man’s land between Turkey and Greece after Ankara opened its western borders, sparking chaotic scenes as Greek troops attempted to prevent refugees from entering Europe en masse.

      Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, claimed 18,000 migrants had crossed the border, without immediately providing supporting evidence, but many appear to have been repelled by Greek border patrols firing teargas and stun grenades.

      Erdoğan has long threatened to allow refugees and migrants transit into the EU, with which Turkey signed an accord in 2016 to stem westward migration in return for financial aid.

      He stressed the frontier would remain open. “We will not close these doors in the coming period and this will continue,” he said in Istanbul on Saturday. “Why? The European Union needs to keep its promises. We are not obliged to look after and feed so many refugees. If you’re honest, if you’re sincere, then you need to share.”

      Erdoğan complained that funds transferred to Turkey from the EU to support refugees were arriving too slowly, saying he had asked Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, to send them directly to his government.

      But the policy shift appears to be intended to force the EU and Nato to support Ankara’s new military campaign in the north-western province of Idlib, Syria’s last rebel stronghold, where thousands of Turkish soldiers are supporting opposition forces facing an onslaught from regime forces backed by Russian air power.

      Erdoğan said Turkey could not handle a new wave of migration, in an apparent reference to the growing humanitarian crisis in Idlib.

      The Idlib offensive has pushed almost a million displaced civilians toward the Syrian-Turkish border, and hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians remain between advancing Syrian government forces backed by Russia and rebel fighters supported by Turkey.

      In the largest single loss of life to Turkish forces since their country became involved in the Syria conflict, at least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike on Thursday night.

      After officials briefed on Friday that police, coastguard and border guards had been ordered to stand down, meaning passage to Europe would be no longer prevented, thousands of refugees and migrants made haste to Turkey’s borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Many travelled on buses provided by the Turkish state.

      They were met by Greek border patrols reportedly firing teargas and stun grenades. Some young migrants and refugees appeared to hurl rocks at the guards.

      “A titanic battle [is being waged] to keep our frontiers closed,” said Panayiotis Harelas, who heads the federation of border guards during an impromptu press conference at the scene.

      A 17-year-old Iranian who had made it into Greece overnight along with a group of friends told the Associated Press he had spent two months in Turkey and could not sustain himself there. “We learned the border was open and we headed there,” he said. “But we saw it was closed and we found a hole in the fence and went through it.”

      Greek authorities said 52 ships were patrolling the seas around Lesbos, along with other Aegean isles, in an apparent show of force to deter clandestine voyages. Greece has also bolstered its eastern land border, while Bulgaria has sent an extra 1,000 troops to its border with Turkey.

      A Greek government spokesperson, Stelios Petsas, said after an emergency meeting of ministers that security forces had repelled “more than 4,000 illegal entries”. Sixty-six people had been arrested after making their way through forest land into the country, none of whom were believed to hail from Idlib, according to Petsas.

      On Saturday morning high winds on Lesbos were mostly preventing arrivals there, with just one boat containing 27 people from various African countries reported to have reached the island. Another 180 reached other Greek islands from Turkey between Friday morning and Saturday morning, according to the coastguard.

      There are more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, along with many others fleeing war and poverty in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Turkey’s borders to Europe were closed to migrants following a £5.2bn deal with the EU in 2016 after more than a million people crossed into Europe by foot.

      As that policy was effectively reversed, Erdoğan claimed that the number of people entering Europe from Turkey could rise to up to 30,000 on Saturday.

      He also said he had told Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, to end his support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria so that Turkey could more easily battle Assad’s forces.

      “We did not go [to Syria] because we were invited by [Assad],” he said. “We went there because we were invited by the people of Syria. We don’t intend to leave before the people of Syria [say] OK, this is done.”

      Syrian and Russian warplanes kept up airstrikes on the strategically important Idlib city of Saraqib on Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. There were reports that nine Assad-supporting Hezbollah forces were killed by Turkish smart missiles and drones.

      Russia’s foreign ministry said on Saturday that the two sides had agreed this week to reduce tensions on the ground in Idlib, though military action will continue, after Nato envoys held emergency talks at the request of Turkey, a member of the alliance.

      While urging de-escalation in Idlib, Nato offered no immediate assistance but said it would consider strengthening Ankara’s air defences.

      The UN secretary general, António Guterres, called for an immediate ceasefire and said the risk of ever greater escalation was growing by the hour, with civilians paying the gravest price.

    • Austria says it will stop any migrants trying to rush its border

      Austria will stop any migrants attempting to rush its border if measures to halt them in Greece and through the Balkans fail, conservative Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said on Sunday.

      Greek police fired tear gas to repel hundreds of stone-throwing migrants who tried to force their way across the border from Turkey on Sunday, with thousands more behind them after Ankara relaxed curbs on their movement. It was the second straight day of clashes.

      The rush echoes Europe’s migration crisis in 2015-2016, when Austria served as a corridor into Germany for hundreds of thousands of migrants who traveled through Greece and the Balkans. Austria also took in more than 1% of its population in asylum seekers in the process.

      “Hungary has assured us that it will protect its borders as best it can, like Croatia’s,” Nehammer told broadcaster ORF, referring to two of Austria’s neighbors. Migrants coming up through the Balkans would almost certainly have to pass through either of those countries before reaching Austria.

      “Should, despite that, people reach us then they must be stopped,” he said when asked what Austria would do.

      Nehammer’s boss, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, built his career on a hard line on immigration, pledging to prevent a repeat of 2015’s influx. He governed in coalition with the far right from 2017 until last year, and is back in power with the Greens as a junior partner.

      When Kurz was foreign minister in 2016, Austria coordinated border restrictions in neighboring Balkan countries to stop migrants reaching it from Greece.

      Austria is prepared to do the same again if necessary, Kurz and Nehammer have indicated. Kurz is an outspoken critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s government, a popular stance in his conservative Alpine country.

      Turkey said on Thursday it would let migrants cross its borders into Europe, despite a commitment to hold them in its territory under a 2016 deal with the European Union.

      Turkey’s turnabout came after an air strike killed 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria, and appeared to be an effort to press for more EU aid in tackling the refugee crisis from Syria’s civil war.

      “The second safety net, and here the Austrian security services have a lot of previous experience, is close cooperation and also support, whether that be financial, material or in terms of personnel, with countries along the (migrants’) escape route,” Nehammer said, referring to Balkan countries.
      #route_des_Balkans #Autriche

    • Evros: Greek Army announces exercise with live ammunition on March 2

      Real ammunition will be used on Monday, March 2, 2020, across the Evros river, an announcement by the Greek Army said late on Sunday.

      The 4th Army Corps has announced military exercises with live ammunition at all border outposts at Kipoi and Kastanies where thousands of migrants and refugees have amassed. The broader area of the 24-hour exercise is where also all migrants crossings are in general.

      According to the announcement, guns, machine guns, rifles and pistols will be used during the military exercise with live ammunition.

      Listing the specific areas where the exercise will take place, the Army warns that “movement or stay of persons, trucks and animals during shooting hours is prohibited to avoid accidents.”

      “Non-exploded bullets that may be found, shod not me removed,” and the nearest police authorities should be immediately notified.”

      The timing of the military exercise and thus on a Greek holiday – Clean Monday – is peculiar, but it may serve rather the “internal consumption” and to scare off the migrants, comments news website

      On Sunday, Greek special police forces and army fired warning shots during patrol in the Evros area in order to deter migrants trying to cross into the country.

      #armée #militarisation_des_frontières #armes #armes_à_feu

    • Greece Suspends Asylum as Turkey Opens Gates for Migrants

      Greece took a raft of tough measures Sunday as it tried to repel thousands of migrants amassed at its border with Turkey.

      It deployed major military forces to the border, seeking to fortify the area after Turkey allowed migrants to pass through to the European Union over the weekend. The Greek government also said it would suspend asylum applications for a month and summarily deport migrants entering illegally.

      The developments were increasing tensions between the two countries, leaving thousands of people exposed to winter weather and caught in an increasingly volatile situation.

      Neither move announced by Greece is permitted by European Union law, but the Greek government said it would request special dispensation from the bloc. International protocols on the protection of refugees, of which Greece is a signatory, also prohibit such policies.

      “Turkey, instead of curbing migrant and refugee smuggling networks, has become a smuggler itself,” the Greek government said in a statement.

      Military officials would not say how many additional troops were being deployed, but they confirmed that they were stepping up joint military and police operations along the border. Dozens of military vehicles were seen moving toward various outposts along Greece’s 120-mile boundary with Turkey.

      The fortification of the area came after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey confirmed on Saturday that he was opening Turkey’s border for migrants to enter Europe, saying that his country could no longer handle the huge numbers of people fleeing the war in Syria.

      Mr. Erdogan accused European leaders of failing to keep their promise to help Turkey bear the load of hosting 3.6 million Syrian refugees. And he demanded European support for his military operation against a Russian and Syrian offensive in northern Syria that has displaced at least a million Syrians, many of whom are now heading toward the Turkish border. The Turkish Army also suffered significant casualties last week in an airstrike in northwest Syria.

      The president of the European Council said he would visit the Greek-Turkish line on Tuesday with the Greek prime minister, and the European Union announced an urgent foreign ministers’ meeting sometime this week to deliberate on the crisis.

      Thousands of migrants languishing in Turkey were on the move this weekend after Mr. Erdogan said he would not stand in their way. Many dropped everything the moment they heard the border was opening and rushed by bus or taxi, fearing they might miss the chance to get across.

      The Greek government, alarmed at the unfolding migrant wave, said it had sent a warning through mass text messages to all international phone numbers in the area. “From the Hellenic Republic: Greece is increasing border security to level maximum,” the message said in English. “Do not attempt illegally to cross the border.”

      Many migrants went ahead anyway, and some succeeded. Many ended up clashing with the authorities in Greece as riot police officers with batons, shields and masks tried to block their path, sometimes firing tear gas.

      Turkey’s interior minister, Suleyman Soylu, wrote Sunday on Twitter that more than 76,000 people had left Turkey for Greece — a drastically inflated number, according to ground reports from both sides of the border.

      The United Nations estimated that about 15,000 people from several countries, including families with children, were on their way in Turkey to the northern land border with Greece.

      Hundreds of people crossed the Turkish border, either over farmland or the Evros River. Nearly 500 others arrived by boat on the islands near Turkey in the northeastern Aegean, creating small-scale scenes reminiscent of the 2015 crisis that paralyzed parts of Europe.

      The Greek government said it had thwarted nearly 10,000 crossing attempts in 24 hours and arrested 150 people over the weekend.

      But dozens of migrants in small groups could be seen scattered in the region’s villages. The Greek government claimed that those attempting to cross into Greece were all single men and that none were Syrians, but families and Syrians did manage to reach Greece.

      One man with his wife and small children took shelter in a church, trying to warm up and regroup after the arduous crossing.

      Another migrant, Kaniwar Ibrahim, a 26-year-old tailor from Kobane, Syria, said he had heard from friends that Mr. Erdogan was opening the borders to Europe, so he rushed north.

      Mr. Ibrahim, his face ashen and his lips blue from the cold, was planning his next move at the train station in Orestiada with three West Africans and a few Palestinian migrants who had crossed the border with him overnight.

      He had spent two terrible years in Turkey, he said, so he grabbed the chance to join relatives legally settled in Germany.

      On the Turkish side, where thousands were gathering and smugglers were flocking to offer rides, boats and other services, others were less fortunate, and the hazards of attempting the crossing were becoming clear.

      One migrant died from the cold overnight, according to other migrants, and others said they were badly beaten by Greek border guards or vigilantes — an assertion that the Greek government denied.

      Abdul Kareem al Mir, 23, from the city of Al Salamiyah in central Syria, reached Edirne, Turkey, near Greece, but he was already having second thoughts.

      “I’ve been stuck here for three days in the rain and cold,” he said in a series of messages. “I guess the promises and statements were just a lie.”

    • Greece freezes asylum applications from illegally entering migrants

      Greece will not accept for a month, beginning Sunday, any asylum applications from migrants entering the country illegally and, where possible, will immediately return them to the country they entered from, Greece’s government spokesman Stelios Petsas announced Sunday.

      The announcement was made at the conclusion of a cabinet meeting on national security.

      Greece will also ask the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, also known as Frontex, to engage in a rapid border intervention to protect Greece’s borders, which are also EU’s borders, Petsas said.

      The above decisions will be communicated to the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council so that Greece can benefit from temporary measures to face an emergency.

      Petsas said Turkey is violating its commitments from the 2016 EU-Turkey agreement and of becoming itself a trafficker instead of cracking down on them. He called the migrant movement “a sudden, massive, organized and coordinated pressure from population movements in its eastern, land and sea, borders.”

      Charles Michel, President of the European Council, tweeted a few minutes ago:

      “Support for Greek efforts to protect the European borders. Closely monitoring the situation on the ground. I will be visiting the Greek-Turkish border on Tuesday with @PrimeministerGR Mitsotakis.”


    • Griechenland setzt Asylrecht für einen Monat aus

      Der Lage an der griechisch-türkischen Grenze spitzt sich weiter zu: Nun kündigte der griechische Ministerpräsident an, dass sein Land für einen Monat keine neuen Anträge auf Asyl annehmen werde.

    • Clashes as thousands gather at Turkish border to enter Greece

      EU border agency Frontex on high alert as Turkish president keeps crossings open.

      Migrants trying to reach Europe have clashed violently with Greek riot police as Turkey claimed more than 76,000 people were now heading for the EU as a result of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision to open the Turkish side of the border.

      Officers fired teargas at the migrants, some of whom threw stones and wielded metal bars as they sought to force their way into Greece at the normally quiet crossing in the north-eastern town of Kastanies.

      As the situation escalated, Turkey’s interior minister, Süleyman Soylu, fuelled the anxiety in Greece and Bulgaria, which also shares a border with Turkey, by tweeting on Sunday morning that 76,385 refugees had left his country through Edirne, a province bordering the two EU member states. He provided no evidence pto support the claim.

      The UN’s International Organization for Migration had said earlier in the day that at least 13,000 people had gathered by Saturday evening at the formal border crossing points at Pazarkule and İpsala, among others, in groups of between several dozen and more than 3,000. The majority were said to have been from Afghanistan.

      Greek police confirmed that at least 500 people had arrived by sea on the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos near the Turkish coast within a few hours.

      The Greek government said on Sunday evening that it would suspend EU asylum law to implement summary deportations over the next month, a fix allowed within the treaties.

      Earlier in the day the government in Athens had sent a mass text message to all international numbers in the border region appealing for people to stay away. “From the Hellenic Republic: Greece is increasing border security to level maximum,” read the message in English. “Do not attempt illegally to cross the border.”

      The EU’s border protection agency, Frontex, said it was on high alert and had deployed extra support to Greece, as the country’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, held a meeting of his national security council.

      “We … have raised the alert level for all borders with Turkey to high,” a Frontex spokeswoman said. “We have received a request from Greece for additional support. We have already taken steps to redeploy to Greece technical equipment and additional officers.”

      The Greek government accused Turkey of orchestrating a “coordinated and mass” attempt to breach the country’s borders by encouraging thousands of asylum seekers to illegally cross them.

      Mitsotakis said he would visit the land border Greece shares with Turkey along the Evros river alongside Charles Michel, the European Council president, on Tuesday. “Once more, do not attempt to enter Greece illegally – you will be turned back,” Mitsotakis said after the national security council meeting.

      Along the north-eastern mainland border, some people waded across a shallow section of the Evros river to the Greek side. Witnesses said there were groups of up to 30, including an Afghan woman with a five-day-old infant.

      Erdoğan opened his western border after an airstrike on Thursday night in Syria’s Idlib province killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers recently deployed to support the Syrian opposition.

      The deaths came as fighting in north-west Syria between Turkish-backed rebels and Russian-backed Syrian government forces escalated, raising the risk of the two regional powers being brought into direct confrontation.

      The Turkish president had repeatedly said he would break his country’s deal with Brussels to prevent migrants entering the EU unless he received greater support from the 27 member states for his intervention in Syria.

      Erdoğan said in a speech on Saturday that he had no intention of rethinking his decision. “What did we say? If this continues, we will be forced to open the doors,” he told a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development party.

      “They did not believe what we said. What did we do yesterday? We opened our border. The number of people crossing the doors to Europe reached around 18,000 by Saturday morning, but today the number could reach 25 or even 30,000, and we will not close the passages during the period to come.”

      The EU has insisted it expects Ankara to abide by a €6bn (£5.2bn) deal signed in 2016, under which Turkey agreed to halt the flow of people to the EU in return for funds. Turkey hosts about 3.6 million refugees from Syria.

      The European council president, Charles Michel, spoke to Erdoğan on Saturday. “The EU is actively engaged to uphold the EU-Turkey statement and to support Greece and Bulgaria to protect the EU’s external borders,” he said in a statement.

      The Kremlin said on Sunday that it hoped Vladimir Putin and Erdoğan would hold talks in Moscow on Thursday or Friday. Istanbul police released Mahir Boztepe, the editor-in-chief of the Turkish edition of Sputnik, the Russian news website, on Sunday.

      Boztepe had been held for two hours as part of what the Ankara public prosecutor’s office said was an investigation into whether Sputnik had been involved in “degrading the Turkish people, the Turkish state, state institutions” and “disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state”.

    • Migrants : Erdogan ouvre sa frontière, la Grèce la ferme

      Mécontent du manque de soutien de l’UE, le président turc a mis à exécution vendredi sa menace de laisser passer des réfugiés.

      « Yunanistan ! » C’est avec ce cri de ralliement, qui désigne la Grèce en turc, que plusieurs centaines de réfugiés se sont amassés dès vendredi matin le long du fleuve Evros qui marque la frontière terrestre entre la Grèce et la Turquie. Très vite, les autorités grecques ont fermé le principal point de passage situé à Kastanies, alors que le chef d’état-major des armées se précipitait sur place pour annoncer l’arrivée d’hélicoptères et de renforts militaires pour empêcher toute incursion massive. Les menaces d’Erdogan d’ouvrir les vannes des flux migratoires, qui lui permettent depuis cinq ans de souffler le chaud et le froid vis-à-vis de l’Europe, ont donc été mises à exécution. Furieux du peu de soutien de l’Occident après la perte de 33 soldats jeudi en Syrie, Erdogan a joué la pression sur le point faible de l’UE. Et un simple effet d’annonce a suffi pour ressusciter le spectre d’un remake de 2015, lorsque la Grèce, et l’Europe, avaient dû faire face à un afflux massif de réfugiés, considéré comme le plus important mouvement de population depuis 1945.

      Et pour Athènes, cette menace réactualisée ne pouvait tomber à un plus mauvais moment. Alors que la surpopulation des camps de réfugiés sur les îles grecques faisant face à la Turquie a déjà conduit à une situation explosive, cette semaine des affrontements d’une violence inédite ont eu lieu sur les îles de Lesbos et Chios. De véritables batailles rangées entre les forces de l’ordre et les populations locales, qui refusent la construction de nouveaux centres. Longtemps les habitants avaient pourtant fait preuve d’une générosité et d’une patience à toute épreuve. Mais l’inaction des autorités, qui ont laissé les camps se dégrader jusqu’à l’intolérable, et l’indifférence de l’Europe, qui a renié sa promesse de partager le fardeau migratoire, ont fini par provoquer la colère populaire sur les îles. Et c’est dans ce climat toxique que la Turquie fait soudain basculer le fragile dispositif censé contenir les réfugiés aux portes de l’Europe.

      En réalité, le deal conclu en 2016 entre Ankara et l’Union européenne avait dès le départ tout d’un marché de dupes, sacrifiant de facto la Grèce, chargée de jouer les zones tampons en confinant les nouveaux arrivants sur les îles. Or les flux n’ont jamais totalement cessé. Ils sont même repartis à la hausse en 2019, avec plus de 70 000 arrivées depuis les côtes turques, faisant à nouveau de la Grèce la principale porte d’entrée en Europe.

      En comparaison, les mouvements observés dans la journée de vendredi n’avaient rien d’impressionnant dans l’immédiat : quelques centaines de réfugiés regroupés le long de l’Evros, certes, mais seulement deux canots pneumatiques ont accosté dans la journée de vendredi dans le petit port de Skala Sikaminia, dans le nord de Lesbos. Le premier transportait une quinzaine de personnes, le second une cinquantaine. Alors que pour le seul mois de janvier, 3 136 réfugiés avaient débarqué à Lesbos.

      Mais le vrai sujet d’inquiétude est ailleurs. « Le problème, ce n’est pas seulement que la Turquie annonce qu’elle ne surveille plus ses frontières. Ce qui est plus grave, et totalement nouveau, c’est que les autorités turques semblent organiser et encadrer ces départs vers la Grèce », souligne un humanitaire joint à Athènes. Toute la journée de vendredi, les médias turcs ont ainsi relayé les images de réfugiés invités à monter dans des bus, mis spécialement à disposition pour eux, et qui les ont conduits de la périphérie d’Istanbul jusqu’à la frontière grecque. Au même moment, plusieurs chaînes de télévision, dont la version turque de CNN, filmaient d’autres réfugiés se rassemblant sur des plages pour grimper tranquillement dans un canot pneumatique en partance vers la Grèce, comme pour une banale balade en mer. « Du jamais-vu. En 2015, au moins, la Turquie prétendait ne pas voir et ne pas pouvoir contenir les flux en partance vers la Grèce », soulignait vendredi un internaute grec.

      Par ailleurs, la crise syrienne, qui sert de prétexte à la Turquie pour rompre le statu quo migratoire, a pour l’instant motivé non pas les innombrables réfugiés du pays qu’elle accueille à quitter son sol, mais en priorité des Afghans, à l’image de ceux arrivés en canots vendredi à Lesbos. Sur cette île, où se trouvent près de 20 00