Source: Hospital Infections In Greece
The UK is to send a team of experts to Greece to help root out economic migrants from the flow of refugees coming into Europe, allowing them to be sent back quicker, as it has been revealed ahead of the EU summit .
The British officials will take part in the pilot fast-tracking deportation for those not thought to be refugees, …
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No one told the residents of the North Aegean islands, nor the rest of the Greeks, not even the refugees and migrants that apply for asylum, that they are strictly obliged to stay in this island because the agreement restricts any movement of the incomers further than the natural boundaries of the island set by the sea
But how many are the refugees in Lesvos ? How many the migrants? Are they segregated ?
Not at all as it seems
In a meeting held on Thursday September 22 by the EKEPY, the National Operation Center of Health for the response refugees accommodation in Lesvos after the fires, governmental authorities announced that the fires in the hotspot of Lesvos were set up…. Go to greek2m.org article
URGENT! Situation escalates warns the UNHCR
With increasing border restrictions across the Balkans, the UNHCR agency has early warned for the escalation of the situation into a humanitarian crisis similar to that on the Greek islands last autumn, and especially Lesvos .
Solving Europe’s refugees and migrants’ situation and preventing a new crisis in Greece (which has meanwhile occured, thoug, just in a few hours, as soon as borders closed, after the 7th of March), requires a number of clear actions, Adrian Edwards,UNHCR spokesperson told a press briefing in Geneva.
Emergency Actions required
Among the most urgent of these actions when it comes to Greece is the need for
- better contingency planning,
- with increased accommodation capacity
- and other support.
“The authorities are trying to respond now to prevent a further deterioration of conditions throughout Greece.
But, more resources and better coordination are critical for averting wider suffering and chaos,” Edwards stressed.
UNHCR is continuing to support the response operation and has set up field offices in eight locations and deployed additional staff including mobile emergency teams who quickly move to wherever the changing situation demands.
registration and asylum
UNHCR is urging the Greek authorities with the support of the European Asylum Support Office and EU Member States to strongly reinforce its capacity to register and process asylum seekers through the national asylum procedure, as well as through the European relocation scheme.
In the overall management of the situation will also help, the UNHR has said,
- Increased regular pathways for admission of refugees from countries neighbouring Syria
- More resettlement and humanitarian admission,
- family reunification,
- private sponsorship, and
- humanitarian and refugee student and work visas
UNHCR will convene an important conference on this topic in Geneva on 30 March and hopes for concrete offers in this regard.
All the above measures serve to reduce demand for people smuggling, onward movements, and dangerous boat journeys. They thus save lives.
UNHCR spokesman underlined.
relocation in question
” It should concern everyone that despite commitments to relocate 66,400 refugees from Greece, states have so far only pledged 1,539 spaces, and only 325 actual relocations have occurred,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards underlined.
Not a “Safe country ” is Turkey …
The FIDH Worldwide Movement for Human Rights strongly condemned by an official Organization Press Release, the EU States’ and Governments’ decesion of March 7, along with the Trurkish Government, and called on the EU and its member States to stop trying to push migrants away at all costs, stop bartering migrants as goods, but create instead legal and safe channels including through increasing their unconditional resettlement capacities.
the cynical ‘migrant swap’
With the help of NATO, the EU will ‘return all new irregular migrants’ crossing the Aegean Sea to Turkey. Given that migrants reaching Europe are mostly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis in need of international protection, FIDH is worried that these people will not have access to a fair and effective asylum process
According to the plan, the EU would resettle a Syrian from Turkey for every Syrian returned to Turkey
The mere idea that the EU could condition resettlement of Syrians on Turkish willingness to readmit other Syrians is repulsive., codemns FIDH President, Karim Lahidji
‘The announced ‘migrant swap’ shows once again the EU complete lack of consideration for migrants’ dignity and rights. Do we have to remind the EU and Turkish leaders that they are not bartering goods but dealing with human beings, some of them in urgent need of protection? The mere idea that the EU could condition resettlement of Syrians on Turkish willingness to readmit other Syrians is repulsive.’
According to EU Heads of State and Government, for this plan to be ‘legal’, Europe must grant a ‘safe country’ status to Turkey.
‘Under no circumstances can Turkey be considered a ‘safe country’ for migrants. The EU’s decision to turn a blind eye to the deteriorating human rights situation and the lack of an adequate asylum system does not mean it is a safe country. Refugees may be at risk of deportation, in violation of the principle of non-refoulement. This decision only sadly shows that in order to outsource its responsibilities, the EU is caving in to Turkish blackmail using migrants as bargaining chips.’’
“Decision to exclude #Afghans violates summit agreement”, said @imouzalas, “though it was not a written one…” We are trapped.
Those kind of “individual” countries’ decisions in its territory, Europe proves to be unable to handle, or avoid. Greece will pay the unbearable, unthinkable cost , but we should definitely have a plan, said @imouzalas , Monday 22, the closed-FYROM- #borders day .
See more on vima article Mouzalas: “Decision to exclude Afghans violates summit agreement”
Alexis Tsipras said officially NO to Angela Merkel talking on the phone on Wednesday October 14, hours before the European Council for Migration, and while Turkey had gladly said Yes to joint patrols of Greek and Turkish Naval and Coastguard Patrols in the Aegean.
Instead of that the Greek Prime Minister insisted to ask the identification screening procedure of migrants and refugees to be held on the Turkish coast, before the migrants make the journey of life-or-death that has lead to hundreds of drownings in the Aegean waters, and which make them pay to smugglers more than 2000 euros each.
This is a proposal officially first made by the official Lesbos’ Municipality Plan for the refugees crisis Response, by the Mayor of the island Spyros Galenos, who had already made diplomatic contacts with his counterparts in Turkey, and had found them positive so far, as the official document reports .
Jean Claude Junker had also officially received the proposal early enough, by late September, but had transposed the responsibility of assessing it as a whole to the EU Commissioner of Migration, the Greek Dimitris Avramopoulos, who has not answered so far and plans to visit Lesbos after the EU Council on October 15, as is announced.
But the mayor of Lesbos official presented the proposal to the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, and the Austrian Chancellor Faymann on their visit to the island on October 6, and had analysed all the steps made so far, to make possible the solution of the identification procedures to be held on the Turkish coast . And this is what Alexis Tsipras openly and bravely chose to support , even though Jean Claude Junker openly asked the Greek part to say YES to joint patrols After the NO of the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on public statements, while the scenario of joint patrols was still not formally presented to the Greek government, the Greek PM Alexis Tsipras openly repeated the NO to Angela Merkel , and immediately answered to her arguments for better safeguarding EU’s external borders by proposing the screening and identification procedures to be held on Turkish coast. What will be done, remains to be seen not Today is the critical meeting
Go to our Greek to me ! story on full details on this story , we have made full awareness early enough, based on Paris Karvounopoulos, the Defense reporter information about the common German and Turkish
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find the news update on the eurobserver, as of Wednesday October14, 2015 Greece says no to plan for sea patrols with Turkey
“There is a war in Aegean, with human deaths” … The “hot incidents” between the Greek Coast Guard and the Turkish Coast Guard Command, the credible Military Affairs reporter Paris Karvounopoulos explains on onalert site, are numerous and at the same time serious as tens of human lives are lost
The latest tragedy in Pharmakonisi dramatically raises the death toll in the Aegean sea, Go on our latest Greek to me ! article .