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PATRA: THE RESULT OF ELLINKO CAMP

Patra

As of Sunday, 14th May, 2017, Patra has over 70 refugees – all male adults and unaccompanied minors and many from Afghanistan/Elliniko Camp that are risking their lives. This rise again is the result of the Elliniko camp closure in urban Athens, many families and individuals have made the decision to send loved ones to Patra in the hope to leave Greece before being confined in unknown locations/camps and for an undetermined amount of time.

Patra

 

As the result of the field trip by members of the Generation Outside of Afghanistan Network in Athens, the interviews with people risking their lives is a reminder of their dangerous past when the first arrivals of people/minors came to Europe via Greece post 2001.

We hope to support and bring awareness for the second generation of people arriving and that risking their lives illegally from Patra to Italy. Many victims have died, broken limbs and have never been seen again using these unprotected routes.

IF AFGHANS WERE IN THE PROGRAM OF RELOCATION THERE WOULD BE NO PATRA AGAIN

Please view recent links:

MIGRANT IN GREECE: ‘IT IS VERY DANGEROUS HERE’

Many migrants in the port of Patras, Greece, are prepared to take huge risks to try to reach Italy. BBC News spoke to one of them, 17-year-old Mustafa.

Produced and edited by: Kostas Kallergis Filmed by: Giorgos Moutafis

VIDEO: BBC.COM/NEWS

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-39931365/migrant-in-greece-it-is-very-dangerous-here

| 02 May 2017, © 2017 Al Jazeera Media Network

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2017/04/life-greece-elliniko-refugee-camp-170427092441621.html

GENERATION OUTSIDE

Generation Outside Presentation & Open Discussion November 6th, 2016 @ 2pm  

 

Location: Afghan Cultural Center  Address: Peristeri Lefkosias 68dsc_0329

We are pleased to invite you to the Afghan Cultural Center for the presentation of “A Generation Outside of Afghanistan 2003-2016, Afghan Refugees in Greece” a research project conducted to support the Mental Health of Asylum Seekers in Greece.

The open discussion will be Livestream via FB for all to address the critical issues:

  • The Barriers of Afghan Asylum in Greece/EU: sharing the experiences of old refugee asylum seekers
  • Afghan residents of Greece since 2015-post March 2016-Deportation Policy
  • Integration / Lack of Legal Documents
  • The imperative situation of discrimination for people residing in official/unofficial camps, squats and self-organized housing in Greece
  • How to advocate for Afghan participation in the relocation schemes and set up a strategy of support to petition policy makers/stakeholders

Afghan Panel Members will include:

 Mohammad Mirzay, Nadir Noori, Alimadad Rahimi, Rahmad Mohammadi,

Haiatallah Safari

We look forward to everyone’s voice to coordinate the effort,

Thank you,

Generation Outside

Livestream Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625053277787530/?active_tab=about

An Afghan refugee girl’s message for European heads of state: “We have been spun around aimlessly by Europe”

By Team: Conflict  20th Oct 2016

CARE has coordinated an open letter to EU heads of state calling for a new approach that puts its commitments to human rights and refugee protection at the heart of EU migration and development policy. Activists at the Melissa centre also recorded a video testimonial by Marzia, which I share here. Our hope is that European citizens and politicians might listen to these voices, and that over time, this might result in a more humane European policy on migration.
Aged 15 and with only two years’ formal education in her whole life, Marzia returned to the Melissa centre the next day with a hand-written statement she wanted somehow conveyed to European political leaders. In Marzia’s own words:
It’s true, I am not Syrian, but do I not have a right to live? Is the blood of others different from the blood of an Afghan? No, people of the world, an Afghan also bleeds red. But unfortunately, today the European Union discriminates against us. They have recognised difference between peoples, have determined that others are worthy of their humanity, and have lowered the value of an Afghan life. Politics determines who is offered a safe place to go, not their needs.
The EU relocation scheme gives privileged status to some nationalities, as only applicants for whose nationality the average recognition rate of international protection at the EU level is above 75% are eligible. Afghans, who currently have a 59% recognition rate, and Iraqis, who currently have a 73% rate, are therefore not eligible even though they make up about 25% and 15% respectively of the refugee population in Greece.
FULL ARTICLE
http://insights.careinternational.org.uk/development-blog/humanitarian-emergencies/an-afghan-refugee-girl-s-message-for-european-heads-of-state-we-have-been-spun-around-aimlessly-by-europe

Rest In Peace Not In Vain

Generation Outside members today were deeply saddened 16/10/2016 to be called to service (yet again) to provide legal and support services to a newly widowed young Afghan mother (traveling with their 4 year child and other family members) living in the Arrivals section at Elliniko Camp for the last 5 months.

The unfortunate news was delivered while escorting the family to identify the young Afghan refugee at a nearby hospital in Voula, after being discovered early this morning by the local coastguard.Please send your prayers as we go forward in assisting the family to respectively bury the young man with dignity, valuing their journey and effort to make a better life for themselves and to all the refugees we stand with you and honor you. Thank you City Plaza for the image and kind words and service you provide together with all people.

Generation Outside

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Elliniko Camp August 20, 2016 Generation Outside Afghanistan “ARE WE NOT HUMAN?”

GENERATION OUTSIDE OF AFGHANISTAN

We acknowledge the many humanitarians that stood together in solidarity with all refugees in Elliniko Camp and to share this day together on Saturday August 20th 2016.

Generation Outside of Afghanistan was present with the people to hear and reflect their voices.

The Afghan refugees are asking from European countries why they are not registered and according to policy acknowledged as refugees, they ask:

“ARE WE NOT HUMAN?” 

People want a clear policy that offers a systematic plan for Afghans and demand a response as to why Afghans are not in the proposed Relocation or Family Reunification Schemas?

Currently Afghan refugees in Elliniko Camp have pre-registration cards from the newly adapted asylum service with an approximate time wait of 1 year.

THE REFUGEES VOICES

  • Due to the long term waiting process: the atmosphere creates a tension that all are stuck and the lack of authority and security most are at risk and NOT safe
  • There are plenty of vulnerable, pregnant women, and minors together within the general population without any special considerations.
  • Unfortunately to date there is no security after 10pm and no one authority safeguarding people’s security and many people are reporting they are in danger
  • Adding to the fact that there are not ample interpreters in the camp to cover the needs of the people
  • These include some medical teams who have no interpreters:
  • When any request for medicines is made from doctors for any type of sickness all are given the same paracetamol and sometimes offered advice to drink more water.

The main psychological issues stem from the lack of information and rights for Afghans in Greece and Europe, whom are now living in the worst conditions and coping with discrimination from an unjust system, which is creating an overall security risk and heightened political crisis.

An example includes the unfortunate deaths of young Afghan refugees within the camp, never properly reported or accounted for by authorities or the responsible media.

The message many demand to be heard:

“The current asylum system creates the discrimination between refugees NOT the refugees themselves”

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