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- Vulnerable and abandoned: How the Greek reception system is failing to protect the most vulnerable people seeking asylum
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- Greece Aegean Islands Weekly Snapshot: 7 -13 January 2019
Long Past Time to Put an End to Brutal Treatment of Migrants, Asylum Seekers
Director, Refugee Rights Program
Ten years ago, I documented a systematic pattern of brutal Greek border police pushbacks of migrants and asylum seekers at the Evros River border that divides Greece and Turkey. Last week, as I edited a new Human Rights Watch report, I felt as though I was re-reading my old report.
Total number of places 27,005
Actual capacity 23,044
Current population 22,376
Occupancy rate 97.1%
By Michelle Mittelstadt
Hardline policies in the United States and Australia toward migrants and asylum seekers in 2018 hit turbulence when their effects on the most vulnerable—young children—provoked widespread public revulsion and prompted a retreat, at least temporarily. In Europe, conditions for children in the Moria refugee camp in Greece and the return by European governments of failed asylum seekers, including children, to an increasingly unstable Afghanistan also drew condemnation, though did not provoke policy reversal.
“Our constant goal is to continue to be a catalyst for promoting the values of open and just societies”
Athens, December 18, 2018
Just 5 years after SolidarityNow was founded, the organization assesses its accomplishments that sum up to a great number: more than 300,000 vulnerable people have been supported through the organization’s actions and programs. These are people we have met, helped and empowered in many ways through the diversity of free services we provide across the country.
- Total number of places: 26,972
- Actual capacity: 23,016
- Current population: 22,425
- Occupancy rate: 97.4%
**Geneva – **IOM, the International Organization for Migration, reports that 111,558 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 16 December. This year is the fifth straight during which the arrival of irregular migrants and refugees has topped the 100,000 threshold – although 2018’s total is low compared to those recorded at this time in 2017 (167,916) and 2016 (358,018) (See Table 1).
End Summary Returns, Unchecked Violence
(Athens) – Greek law enforcement officers at the land border with Turkey in the northeastern Evros region routinely summarily return asylum seekers and migrants, Human Rights Watch said today. The officers in some cases use violence and often confiscate and destroy the migrants’ belongings.
This week, 598 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 658 arrivals and from last year’s 839 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 85, compared to 94 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
This document presents an overview of safety, security and access incidents affecting aid delivery between January 2017 and June 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). The focus is on countries where possible changing or emerging risks can be identified. See our Regional Security Incident Analysis for selective country overviews.
Geneva – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, reports that 111,237 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 12 December. This year is the fifth straight during which the arrival of irregular migrants and refugees has topped the 100,000 threshold – although 2018’s total is low compared to those recorded at this time in 2017 (166,737) and 2016 (358,018).
The persisting divisions between European Union (EU) Member States on the allocation of responsibility for asylum seekers have cast into uncertainty the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). The stalemate in negotiations on the Dublin IV proposal has also undermined compliance with the Dublin III Regulation, with some countries preferring bilateral measures to EU-wide solutions on responsibility.
MSF International President Dr Joanne Liu's speech on a panel discussion at the Global Compact on Migration conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, 11 December 2018.
Thank you for being here today, and for gathering to address the challenges of migration.
This is not an issue countries can deal with in isolation. It must be tackled collectively, and—crucially—humanely.
- Total number of places: 26,693
- Actual capacity: 22,786
- Current population: 22,333
- Occupancy rate: 98.0%
Geneva – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, reports that 110,833 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 9 December. This year is the fifth straight during which the arrival of irregular migrants and refugees has topped the 100,000 threshold – although 2018’s total is low compared to those recorded at this time in 2017 (165,536) and 2016 (354,395).
"Cada día, las personas que se desplazan se enfrentan a la brutalidad de las actuales políticas migratorias. Estas políticas intentan detener los flujos migratorios castigando a las personas y tratando de ocultar su realidad. Pero esto no impide que estas sigan huyendo de la violencia y la pobreza. Es más, sólo les infligen aún más sufrimiento. Nuestros equipos ven de primera mano las consecuencias desgarradoras de estas políticas en todo el mundo: desde Libia hasta México y desde Grecia hasta Nauru".