10. Oktober 2016 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Marching for Hope vs. New European Army: Die Situation in Kroatien · Kategorien: Balkanroute, Europa, Kroatien


Zur Situation in Kroatien schreibt das Centar za mirovne studije / Centre for Peace Studies:

More than 500 people are currently accommodated in Porin – Centre for Asylum Seekers in Zagreb. Amongst them 5 asylum seekers have been relocated within the ‚EU quota agreement‘. Total number of those relocated to Croatia is 19. Despite decreased number of asylum seekers in Porin due to the fact some have left Croatia, forced returns based on Dublin Agreement continue.

Many refugees have spent months in other countries where they were studying the language and adjusting to the new life, and then were unexpectedly ‘returned’ to Croatia without receiving any prior announcement. Here in Croatia they must go through entire asylum procedure and study the language while no assurance whether protection will be granted or not. This is an important factor of uncertainty refugees are often faced with.
Nevertheless, many do study Croatian language; some have been exploring options for studying and certifying their previous education qualifications. Asylum seekers in Kutina’s fully packed reception centre have been attending language classes, too.

Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia has submitted a request to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The RoS government seeks for an explanation to clarify returns (implementation of Dublin Agreement) from some member states to others, bearing in mind recent circumstances and agreement between the member states on, so to say, illegal passage of refugees. Based on future response, there is a possibility that forced returns to Croatia could be stopped.

Few hundreds of refugees have organized a protest march in Belgrade this past Tuesday while blocking the traffic near main bus station. They demanded opening of the border between Serbia and Hungary. After the traffic blockage, some 400 refugees went walking towards Novi Beograd (New Belgrade), Zemun and further, towards north of the country. During that “march of hope” they were followed by police as well as by rain, cold and other difficult conditions. Frozen and hungry they were returned to refugee camps and Belgrade. At the same time, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić declared after visiting Hungary that Serbia will not allow becoming the victim of the crisis. He also announced vigorous protection of state and national interests of Serbia. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić declared that Serbia will not build border fences but will have army force prepared in case of need.

On Thursday this week European Union has launched joint border and coast guard on the borderline between Bulgaria and Turkey to keep refugees away from Fortress Europe. The guard will replace Frontex with setting 120 staff from different European countries. The guard employs 1000 staff and has reserve of some 1500 guards nominated by Member States. This particular move of the EU, that has previously let more than a million people to it’s’ territories, is highly disapproving. Such a forbiddance to humans in need is in opposition to human ethics. While EU states claim that doors are open to all those eligible for granting protection and closed for all those with intention of illegal entrance, it is clear that that is a pure distortion of reality by the union that has never secured safe and legal passages for those fleeing from violence and devastations. Access to asylum procedures shall be enabled to everyone; the experience so far has been telling us that asylum procedures are rather complex and many experience difficulties while trying to prove well founded fear of prosecution. Therefore there are many questions such as the one on the role of border and coast guard in assessing who will be granted access to asylum procedures and based on what criteria someone will be able to enter Europe. Will it be skin color, native language or country of origin? How come that the guard will have instant answers to those questions on which courts have been deciding for years?

Welcome Initiative urges that money spent in border controls reallocates to human protection and integration.

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