Amy Humphreys, volunteer researcher for RefuComm, on why we need to be alert to anti-refugee policy in Europe, and not allow these abuses to pass unnoticed amid Trump-mania - now on Interruptions.
You are free and responsible to make your own personal moral decision about what to do about this, but consider that there are now thousands of volunteers who befriended refugees over the last few years who share the experience of moral alienation from the conventional ‘mainstream’ European society now. A burning sense of injustice and moral alienation cannot be suppressed even if we wanted to, so we should reflect and then plan how to direct that fire of righteous anger wisely and well.
Is Greece unnecessarily and perhaps unwittingly putting more refugees at risk?
According to the EU-Turkey statement, “all new irregular migrants crossing from Turkey into Greek islands as from 20 March 2016 will be returned to Turkey”.
One of the main modifications brought about by Greek law has been the establishment of an extremely truncated fast-track border procedure, applicable in exceptional cases.
Has Greece ever been under more pressure to resolve the growing challenges created by the influx of asylum seekers and migrants than during this week?
Two reports, with conflicting recommendations have been focused on Greece this week. One, in a hypercritical attempt to force Greece to resolve a situation which is undoubtedly and for the most part, caused by the EU-Turkey deal further compounded by the lack of solidarity from other EU countries to relocate people.
It's been one year since the first hotspots on the Greek Islands were set up, and half a year since the EU-Turkey Statement of March 2016 came into force.
John Owens writes for RefuComm on the fragile and complicated situation for refugees trapped on the Island of Chios.