With mounting evidence and growing allegations of illegal deportation operations along the Greek-Turkish border, the Greek government maintains “ignorance”.
On the move
He made the journey from Afghanistan to Greece. He lived inside the biggest refugee camp in Europe, was transferred to different places across the country, and dreamed of many European destinations – and then a world pandemic erupted.
In addition to the overcrowded Reception and Identification Centres (RIC) in the five Aegean islands, there are currently 27 more hosting structures for asylum seekers in the mainland of Greece.
We met Raz in the afternoon of Sunday, January 21, 2020 at the We Need Books in Kipseli, Athens. He had gone to arrange Greek lessons, which he intended to start. “I am forced to. For my papers, for the language test. So as to bring my wife here,” he told me in fluent Greek.
It was four years ago, March 2016, when the EU-Turkey Joint Declaration to curb refugee flows was signed.
Afghan wood-fired ovens are an example of people’s attempt to resist a regime of detention which imposes misery as normality.
We met Ghulam and Ghulam Ali on February 11, 2020, at the canteen across the main gate of the Moria Reception and Identification Center on the island of Lesvos.
Η περίπτωση του ανήλικου πρόσφυγα Μαλίκ που έχει σύνδρομο Down και σχεδόν καθόλου βοήθεια για να ζήσει σύμφωνα με τις ανάγκες του, δεν είναι η μόνη που συναντάει κανείς στους προσφυγικούς καταυλισμούς της Ελλάδας.
Waiting for months at a time for their applications to be considered, many asylum seekers have had negative experiences with the Greek Asylum Service. Conversely, the employees of the Asylum Service try, with every means possible, to overcome hardships which run deeper than what’s visible on the surface.