Category: Raising Awareness

Not too late to act responsibly: stop deporting Afghans to an unsafe country!
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Not too late to act responsibly: stop deporting Afghans to an unsafe country!

We, refugees, join all Afghan citizens to denounce the EU Joint Way Forward on migration issues implementing an agreement between Afghanistan and the European Union of the 2nd of October 2016. We are deeply worried to see that this agreement is not isolated and as said “It should be seen not only in the context...

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The EU willing to conclude questionable deals to keep people away

Since the migrants’ crisis has erupted, several civil society organisations and associations engaged in the protection of human rights have felt concerned by the EU migration policy. The closure of the external borders and the prevention of people from reaching the Southern countries’ coasts, led asylum seekers and migrants to borrow even more dangerous ways,...

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Refugees and Human Rights Open discussion

On Wednesday 14 December, the GFR organised and hosted a discussion, as part of SCI Hellas Volunteering for Human Rights Week. The aim of the event was to create the space for refugees, volunteers and organizations to exchange about the situation in Greece regarding refugees and asylum seekers. To start, a short documentary was screened...

An Eid Holiday Without Joy and Celebration for Refugee Children
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An Eid Holiday Without Joy and Celebration for Refugee Children

(Translated Opinion Piece by Yonous Muhammadi, see original here) Zabi has been hospitalized for almost one month It has been years that I have been volunteering in hospitals in Athens, specifically at two large children’s hospitals.  In the past two years I have had less time to be present in the hospitals to help treat...

Meanwhile, people are still dying–Refugees & Migrants’ Call
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Meanwhile, people are still dying–Refugees & Migrants’ Call

We, people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, workers, parents, students, soon-to-be or already European citizens, are joining our voices to all those ashamed of how Europe is treating refugees and migrants. What’s wrong? Is Europe so poor that it cannot provide a shelter to just 1.7% of the refugees and displaced in the world? There...

“We Are in Europe, We Have Rights”–Idomeni
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“We Are in Europe, We Have Rights”–Idomeni

“Crossing the Border is forcing people to pay for smugglers.” says a young woman from Syria, who has been in Idomeni for weeks now. “I am stuck in a place where people used to spend a few hours or one day maximum and then they crossed. Now, I have been here for 22 days.” Greek...

We need to talk about Cologne
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We need to talk about Cologne

We, refugee and migrant communities settled in different EU countries, from different nationalities and backgrounds, strongly condemn the recent sexual attacks against women in Germany. We would like to express our sorrow and sympathy to the victims of these terrible attacks. We condemn any violence against women, be they nationals or foreigners, perpetrated by foreigners...