Refugees

03.03.2020

The Borders are Killing, Open the Borders!

The Borders are Killing, Open the Borders!

Hundreds of groups and organizations worldwide sign multilingual Statement demanding peace, fundamental rights and freedoms of every person on the move. Five years after the so-called “refugee crisis” and almost four years after the EU-Turkey deal, we are once again witnessing the violence caused by security-centred migration policies. Since last… »

30.12.2019

Not everyone can travel home for Christmas

Not everyone can travel home for Christmas

At this time of year often people talk of going home for the holidays, of travelling to see family and friends, and of spending time in places where they grew up, reminiscing about the past and discussing, or even arguing, about the present. At this time the topic of politics… »

11.12.2019

Children alone amongst 6.000 refugees on Samos

Children alone amongst 6.000 refugees on Samos

On the 6th of November the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs welcomed the Minister of Citizen Protection in Greece to the European Parliament to discuss the Dublin Agreement and the conditions faced by refugees in Greece. As a part of this the Minister was asked questions about… »

10.12.2019

Claremont United Methodist Church shows Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees separated in cages

Claremont United Methodist Church shows Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees separated in cages

Rev. Karen Clark Ristine, the lead pastor at Claremont United Methodist Church (California), explains in Facebook the decision to create a Nativity scene with the Holy Family portrayed as refugees in cages, in a clear denunciation of the treatment of migrants at the Mexico-US border. In a time in… »

24.10.2019

Climate, migrants, Rojava: a turn

Climate, migrants, Rojava: a turn

Wars are waged to get hold of oil reserves and then that oil is used to carry out other wars (world emissions from military equipment amount to 15% of total emissions, but are not accounted for in the Paris Agreement). Wars produce refugees and in order to push back the… »

23.09.2019

More refugees arrive on Greek islands amid overcrowding and water shortages

More refugees arrive on Greek islands amid overcrowding and water shortages

The hotspots on the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros are struggling to manage an increase in the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey in recent months. Between January and August 2019, 25,590 people arrived by sea on the Greek islands, according… »

17.09.2019

More refugees arrive on Greek islands amid overcrowding and water shortages

More refugees arrive on Greek islands amid overcrowding and water shortages

Gemma Bird, University of Liverpool for The Conversation The hotspots on the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros are struggling to manage an increase in the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey in recent months. Between January and August 2019,… »

28.08.2019

From Rome to Athens, squatting is under attack

From Rome to Athens, squatting is under attack

In July of this year New Democracy came to power in Greece with a promise to crack down on immigration and the networks of solidarity surrounding refugees. In the last few weeks they have started to put this process into action suggesting that they are ‘cleaning up Exarcheia’, evicting… »

12.07.2019

Changing vulnerabilities on Samos: Why young men are not always the least vulnerable refugees

Changing vulnerabilities on Samos: Why young men are not always the least vulnerable refugees

Men between the ages of 18 and 39 are often assumed to be the most likely to survive troubling conditions in refugee reception centres. Drawing on recent research on the Greek island of Samos, Gemma Bird highlights that this is now always the case. Vulnerabilities are not fixed, and in environments… »

04.07.2019

The best and worst of humanity, side by side in Samos

The best and worst of humanity, side by side in Samos

There is an island in the South Aegean Sea that, until a few years ago, was known only as a tourist destination, then it was the ‘Hotspot’ or Refugee Reception Centre that got ignored, and then, of late, the media arrived. The media arrived to tell the stories of the… »

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