08. Februar 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für ‚The camp is run by bad people‘: an asylum seeker’s life in Sicily · Kategorien: Italien · Tags:

The Guardian | 08.02.2018

In an excerpt from her new book, Hsiao-Hung Pai talks to Adedayo, who has been living in the Cara di Mineo camp for more than a year

The camp is run by bad people. They work with the police and the mafia,” says Adedayo. Adedayo, a 29-year-old Nigerian man, has been living in the Cara di Mineo camp in Sicily for more than a year.

The notorious camp, which houses 4,000 asylum seekers, has become a lawless place, which is believed to have been infiltrated by Italy’s various mafia organisations. Conditions are tough inside and, as a result, some people have run away. But Adedayo says he would never do that: he believes in following procedures and does not want to fall out of the system.

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30. Januar 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Auffangländer für Flüchtlinge“ · Kategorien: Jordanien, Libanon · Tags:

German Foreign Policy | 30.01.2018

Mit Reisen nach Jordanien sowie in den Libanon bemüht sich Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier um den Ausbau einer eigenständigen deutschen Position in Nahost. In offen erklärter Distanz zu Maßnahmen der Trump-Administration hat Steinmeier in den vergangenen Tagen Gespräche in der jordanischen Hauptstadt Amman geführt, die neben den gegenwärtigen Großkonflikten in Nah- und Mittelost, etwa dem erbitterten Machtkampf zwischen Saudi-Arabien und Iran, auch die Lage in Jordanien selbst zum Gegenstand hatten. Das Land erhält von Deutschland Rüstungsgüter in Höhe einer insgesamt sechsstelligen Millionensumme, um den Zustrom von Flüchtlingen strikt zu kontrollieren. Jordanien bietet mehr Syrern und Irakern Zuflucht als die Bundesrepublik auf dem Höhepunkt der hierzulande „Krise“ genannten Phase der Aufnahme von Flüchtlingen. Berlin stellt weitere Mittel bereit, damit dies so bleibt: Dies gilt als billiger als die ökonomischen, vor allem aber auch die politischen Kosten einer Unterbringung neuer Flüchtlinge in der EU.

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16. Januar 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Conditions are horrific at Greece’s ‘island prisons’ for refugees. Is that the point?“ · Kategorien: Europa, Griechenland · Tags:

The Washington Post | 15.01.2018

Griff Witte

The first thing you notice is the smell: the stench from open-pit latrines mingling with the odor of thousands of unwashed bodies and the acrid tang of olive trees being burned for warmth.

Then there are the sounds: Children hacking like old men. Angry shouts as people joust for food.

And, finally, the sights: Thin, shivering figures drinking water from washed-out motor oil jugs. A brown-haired girl of no more than 3 clutching a fuzzy toy rabbit and smiling as she repeats to all who will listen, “I love you. I love you.”

For years, the turquoise-ringed vacationer’s paradise known as Lesbos has been on the front lines of Europe’s struggle to contain its part of a global refugee crisis. But conditions at the Greek island’s vastly overcapacity, razor-wired main camp have rarely if ever been as bad as they are this winter.

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07. Januar 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Flüchtlinge in Israel: Operation „Beschleunigte Entfernung“ · Kategorien: Afrika, Israel · Tags: ,

FAZ | 06.01.2018

Israel will das umstrittene Flüchtlingslager Holot schließen – aber nicht aus Mitgefühl mit den Insassen. Sondern um noch härter gegen sie vorzugehen. Die Afrikaner sollen in Drittstaaten abgeschoben werden, notfalls mit Gewalt.

Von Stefan Tomik

Mitten in der Negev-Wüste, im Südwesten Israels, liegt das Lager Holot. Hinter stacheldrahtbewehrten Gitterzäunen leben mehr als tausend afrikanische Flüchtlinge. Besucher dürfen das Lager nicht betreten. Aber die Bewohner haben Bilder gepostet aus seinem Inneren. Sie zeigen kahle Räume mit nackten Neonröhren an der Decke und unappetitliche, bisweilen ekelige Essensrationen. Die Zimmer werden grundsätzlich mit zehn Mann belegt, freie Räume zugesperrt. Arbeiten dürfen die Bewohner nur im Camp. Für sechs Stunden erhalten sie 20 Schekel, das sind nicht einmal fünf Euro.

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05. Januar 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Libyen: Geschlagen, getötet, verkauft wie Sklaven – Video · Kategorien: Libyen, Video · Tags: ,

Video, das am 14. Januar 2017 in Grigarage, einem Stadtteil in Tripolis, von einem Zeugen gedreht wurde. „Ich habe meinen Freunden versprochen, dass ich, sobald ich Europa erreicht habe, öffentlich machen würde, was an jenem 14. Januar 2017 passiert, ein Datum, das sich in unser Gedächtnis eingeprägt hat.“

Meltingpot Europa | 05.01.2018

Una testimonianza video girata in un lager libico

Una testimonianza video girata il 14 gennaio del 2017 in Libia a Grigarage uno dei quartieri più pericolosi di Tripoli.
„Tutti i libici possiedono delle case in cui stanno i neri. Siccome sei stato pagato, sei stato comprato, sei obbligato a consegnarti a loro, hai sempre un’arma puntata contro“, racconta il testimone che ha girato il video e ci ha chiesto di pubblicare queste immagini.

„Avevo promesso ai miei amici che, se fossi entrato in Europa, avrei reso pubblico quanto accaduto il 14 gennaio, una data che resterà impressa nella nostra memoria“.

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03. Januar 2018 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Refugees in Greece reflect on another year of waiting“ · Kategorien: Europa, Griechenland, Schengen Migration, Türkei · Tags: ,

Al Jazeera | 02.01.2018

by Patrick Strickland

Athens, Greece – Closed borders, racism, xenophobic attacks, rejected asylum applications, poverty and lengthy waits.

These experiences are what many refugees and migrants in Greece say defined 2017 for them.

More than 60,000 refugees and migrants are trapped in Greece due to sealed borders across the so-called Balkan route and the March 2016 deal between Turkey and the European Union, which was sculpted to stem the flow of displaced people to Europe.

That deal has been roundly condemned by rights groups and watchdogs.

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29. Dezember 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Ouster of a brutal militia from Libya’s smuggling hub chokes off migrant flow“ · Kategorien: Libyen · Tags: ,

The Washington Post | 28.12.2017

By Sudarsan Raghavan

SABRATHA, Libya — For nearly two years, this ancient, beachfront city, famed for its Roman ruins, was one of North Africa’s largest smuggling hubs, a gateway for tens of thousands of migrants seeking better futures in Europe. Now, there are none on the beaches where hundreds of rickety boats once ferried them to Italy illegally, none in the migrant detention center where they ended up when an attempt failed.

At the five-star West Tallil Holiday resort, the white, two-story villas once housed as many as 3,000 migrants at a time waiting to set sail. Their traffickers, who had seized the hotel, had erected sand dunes along the beach to hide them from Libyan coast guard patrols and curious swimmers.

The resort is now empty, as are the smugglers’ other safe houses.

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22. Dezember 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „‚Welcome to prison‘: winter hits in one of Greece’s worst refugee camps“ · Kategorien: Griechenland · Tags:

The Guardian | 22.12.2017

Patience is running out on Lesbos, where thousands live in the packed Moria camp, but the government is finally taking action

High in the hills of the Greek island of Lesbos, in a former military camp now filled with containers and tents, the onset of winter has elicited particular dread.

In the countdown to its official arrival, protests have become louder both inside and outside the facility, whose wall is graffitied with the menacing message: welcome to Moria prison.

For the men, women and children forced to call Moria their home, the refugee camp is a daily battle for survival in conditions so desperate that even the Greek migration minister has warned they could be life-threatening.

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21. Dezember 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „From Transit Hub to Dead End: A Chronicle of Idomeni“ · Kategorien: Balkanroute, Griechenland, Lesetipps · Tags:

bordermonitoring.eu | 20.12.2017

In spring 2016, after the formalized corridor across the Balkans was closed entirely, the informal refugee camp in Idomeni (at the border between the Greece and the Republic of Macedonia) was captured in the media glare for months. The story of Idomeni is, however, much more than the spectacle of a few months of human suffering and humanitarian aid. It started long before and continues until today. In the first chapter, it is described, how, and why, Idomeni became an important site of transit migration, with a growing number of migrants using the Idomeni region to leave Greece clandestinely from as early as 2010. In chapter two, it is shown how the situation in Idomeni changed, when one South-East European government after another implemented formal procedures for transit migrants to pass through their countries. Another turning-point in the history of Idomeni is marked by the gradual closure of the formalized corridor, beginning in November 2015, until the final eviction of Idomeni in May 2016. The strategy of the Greek government, aiming to replace the informall camps and their anarchical humanitarianism by state-controlled camps all over Northern Greece is discussed in the third chapter.

18. Dezember 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Inside Moria, a camp on Lesbos – Video · Kategorien: Griechenland, Video · Tags: ,

Hamburger mit Herz | 16.12.2017

In November 2017, members of our association visited Camp Moria. The goal was to coordinate a joint winter emergency aid project with other NGOs.

In Front of the Camp Moria we met the young Men Massuod. He is from Afghanistan. He asked us to follow him to the camp and record the conditions for the European public, to show people in Europe the conditions under which people live in Moria. We refused, because the filming is not allowed. He asked us to wait and brought us this material, 30 minutes later, then he handed it us over via BlueTooth

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