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w2eu Statement 22.01.2017: No Dublin Returns to Greece!

‘One step forward, hundreds back…’ seems to be the motto under which EU experts implement refugee policy, as currently also demonstrated in Greece. On 8 December 2015, the European Commission published its fourth recommendation on the resumption of Dublin Returns to Greece, this time stating that they could be gradually re-installed, as according to them, refugee rights would be adequately protected in Greece. At the same time, images of people who fled war and are now staying in tents covered in snow are spreading through the global media. Once more, the EU is using Greece to make a point: Dublin has to survive, not matter what, that’s the plan. But in reality, this failed plan has significant consequences, causing one more massive human tragedy in Europe for thousands of people who are escaping war, conflict, disaster, hunger and poverty.

Refugees are exposed to snow and rain while forced to stay in tents and unheated prefabricated houses, some of which are old and have broken doors and windows. Over the last days awful pictures from the “Hotspot” detention-camp in Moria on Lesvos have travelled around the world. This time, small tents, not even sufficient for a short summer rain, were collapsing under the pressure of snow and the heavy rains. These pictures where taken by the inhabitants themselves, only a few days after the Greek Deputy Minister of Migration Ioannis Mouzalas had proudly announced that now most refugees would not have to live in tents any more. But refugees and solidarity people alike rose in anger immediately posting photos and videos from camps all around Greece on the internet, demonstrating the opposite. The ‘Winterization’ project failed, during a time when the EU is asserting that Greece is now a safe place for refugees, able to offer adequate living conditions and proper access to asylum procedures.

Greece is not a safe country for refugees. Refugees stuck in Greece are suffering in the inhuman and inadequate living conditions in detention centres and mass camps despite the presence of the UNHCR and numerous international and national NGOs. Refugees lack basic legal rights, access to information and legal aid. They have endured months without access to asylum procedures. They have spent months fighting for their right to stay in Greece while the feasibility of their deportation to Turkey is being examined by the EU’s so-called asylum experts. Hundreds were returned without proper access to legal aid for an appeal against the return decision, without a proper examination of their individual persecution in Turkey, without their asylum claim being heard, without a proper examination of their vulnerability, which should exclude them from any deportation procedure. Their lives have been put on hold on the islands of the Aegean and on the mainland by long-lasting procedures of pre-registration and registration. Access to the asylum procedure is yet not secured as the blocked Skype calls to authorities remain the only way to make an appointment, while thousands of families are separated and have to wait to reunite for almost one year.

Even Greeks are escaping Greece. And so are recognized refugees as there is no welfare system and no labour market, which could offer on the prospect of a dignified life. Even survival is not secured upon receiving the right to stay in Greece as those recognized are excluded even from state housing for refugees and from most of the social support structures offered by NGOs. May we remind you that Greece is suffering for years from a massive economic crisis and all people living here have to cope with the devastating austerity measures forced upon them by the Troika, by our European governments and institutions.

We strongly denounce the EU’s dirty game! The Hotspots are detention centres at the external borders of Europe, meant to select and sort human beings into ‘deportable’ or ‘not-deportable’, ‘migrant’ or ‘refugee’, ‘useless’ or ‘useful’, ‘unwanted’ or ‘wanted’. EASO experts are those who carry out the selection. Frontex is not only the key-institution pursuing militarised controls and the deterrence of “refugee flows” at sea, but also responsible for deportations from the Aegean islands back to Turkey. The Dublin Regulation is a mechanism aimed to keep all refugees at the external borders of the EU. Relocation has failed with only 6,212 persons out of 66,400 successfully moving to other EU-states until the beginning of January 2016 – within the first year of a two-year implementation period. ‘Voluntary’ return is for most people the last choice, and a decision followed the suffering of massive deterrence policies, such as enduring for a year a life in a tent at the rims of Greek society. Refugees give up, finally, preferring to “die at once, than every second again and again” – a sentence that is heard over and over again by refugees in the Greek camps. The cruelty of deportations to Afghanistan is obvious, when we see how European citizens are advised not to go there due to concerns for their safety. Nevertheless, and ironically, the life-threatening situation in Afghanistan is swiftly forgotten when it comes to the granting of asylum to Afghan refugees. The EU-Turkey Deal is nothing more than the result of the blackmailing strategies of a dictator, using Europe’s desire to keep refugees out as leverage.

But Dublin will fall again! Deportations to Greece were already once stopped back in 2011 following the decision of the European Human Rights Court in the case ‘MSS v. Greece’ – and as a result of a long struggle during which many, many refugees escaped from Greece, were deported and escaped again. Some had to flee through Europe 5-6 times. But finally it was over, they succeeded often, and stayed.
Dublin Returns to Greece will be strongly contested in national and international courts again now. As we have seen, the Dublin-regulation has been overrun many times before by the struggles for freedom of movement of individuals and groups.
Mouzalas had to correct himself. We politely suggest the European Commission to do the same.

Refugees are no numbers on a tent, no fingerprints, but people with faces, names and stories!

The Dublin Regulation has to be abolished now.
Human rights violations have to end now.
People have to join their families now.
People have to be in safety and in dignified conditions now.

We therefore demand:

Equal rights for all!
Freedom of movement to all refugees in Greece and elsewhere!
The right to stay for all!
Stop deportations!

No one is illegal!

w2eu – a network born out of the struggle against Dublin returns in 2009

w2eu Statement 22.01.2017: No Dublin Returns to Greece!

The second issue of >Daily Resistance< is out!

Dear people from all over the world, this is the second issue of the newspaper >Daily Resistance< (Read it as a PDF)! It is written by people in the same position like you as so-called refugees who don’t accept their disfranchisement by the German state. They write about their fight and share their opinions to reach out to people who are in the same situation. They are supported by very few citizens and friends in solidarity. Together, we are a growing group of people who are fighting against a system of politicians, media and capitalists that is based on dehumanizing laws, that criminalizes and instrumentalizes people and that exposes itself by the capitalized lager industry.

After releasing the first issue of Daily Resistance, we have received a lot of positive feedback. Many of people started to show interest in writing for the newspaper or distributing it in lagers. Initially, we printed 2000 copies. Soon they were all gone and we realized we have to print more. In the end, we distributed more than 5000 copies in Berlin, Munchen, Jena, Erfurt, Bremen, Darmstadt, Kiel, Hannover, Delmenhorst, Landshut … also in Manchester and Vienna. In Thessaloniki, people managed to throw packages of newspapers over the fences of a closed lager. This is all incredible and gave us the energy to continue. We like to thank everybody who moved the newspaper forward and invite all to join in the fight of breaking the isolation in lagers.

You can join and contribute to the newspaper as an author or join as translater, lecturer, editor, photographer, distributer, … get in contact with us.
The newspaper is now ready for distribution!
We are trying to distribute the newspaper german-wide. You are more than welcome to help distribute the newspaper in your city. Just get in contact with us and we organize it together. We are also working on a list of contact persons who have access to lagers and can distribute the newspaper by putting it directly into the hands of the adressed, past the security. Please get in contact with us, if you can distribute.
We are very interested in your opinion, in your ideas and your criticism, too. Please get in touch: dailyresistance@oplatz.net
The Daily Resistance Group

Press Statement Anti Frontex Days 2015 in Warsaw

On May 21st, the “International Day without Papers,” migrants, activists and supporters met in Warsaw to protest against the European border policy, and in particular its military wing, the so-called security agency FRONTEX, based in the Polish capital, during its 10th anniversary celebrations.

The demonstration was part of the Anti Frontex Days where activists met already days before for an exchange, to prepare actions and information material for a strong demonstration to protest, but also to raise political awareness. 200 people carried out a strong and colorful protest starting from the Technical University “Politechnika”, passing a police station, the representative office of the EU as to finally handover a birthday present to FRONTEX in front of their headquarter. With banners, leaflets, performances and multilingual speeches the demonstration was able to reach a lot of public interest about EU migration policy and its deadly effects.

Greetings from Anti Frontex Days Warsaw

Greetings from the Anti Frontex Days in Warsaw/Poland ! Today’s demonstration is organised by different international groups and activists. If you want to see in live pictures and demo of our protest actions here In Poland, see all here, start from 5 pm.

Please check following pages for further information and the live stream:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Droits-de-Migrants/782327021778814
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In solidarity with all protest demos against frontex in Brussels, Paris, Rome, and also in Morroco…

“Stop War on Migrants”

Semaine d’action contre les politiques migratoires européennes //// Week of action against european migratory policies- Press release

english below….


Communiqué de presse – 19 mai 2015

Semaine d’action contre les politiques migratoires européennes
Week of action against european migratory policies

« Pour la justice sociale et la liberté de circulation et d’installation pour toutes et tous »
 « For Social justice and freedom of circulation and settlement for all »

 La Coalition Internationale des sans-papiers, demandeurs d’asile, réfugiés et migrants (CISPM) – regroupant divers collectifs à travers l’Europe et l’Afrique – lance un appel à manifester le 22 mai 2015. Partout en Europe et en Afrique, durant la semaine du 19 au 22 mai, se dérouleront des actions et des manifestations contre la politique européenne en matière d’immigration, contre Frontex, mais également contre l’exploitation, pour un partage équitable des richesses et la liberté de circulation et d’installation de tous.

Refugee School and University Strike on April, 24th

— english below —



Eine einfache Frage: „Was ist der Unterschied zwischen 6m² und 8m²?“ 6m² … so viel steht einer*m Geflüchteten in Deutschland als Wohnraum zu. 8m² … so viel steht einem deutschen Schäferhund per Tierschutz-Verordnung zu. Doch das wird sich bald ändern! Ab dem Jahr 2016 stehen den Menschen, die auf ihrer Flucht vor Hunger, Krieg, Ausbeutung usw. über die Mauern Europas bis nach Deutschland kommen, 7m² zu. Im Gegenzug wird durch die Asylgesetzverschärfung die Chance auf einen gesicherten Aufenthaltsstatus in der BRD noch weiter verringert. Die Verfahren zu Abschiebung und Abschiebehaft werden so angepasst, dass sie in Zukunft noch schneller noch mehr Menschen abschieben können. Das Arbeitsverbot, mangelnder Zugang zu Bildung usw. wird dabei weiterhin aufrechterhalten.

Während die Parteien à la CDU, SPD und Grünen die rassistischen Gesetzte machen, hetzen auf der Straße neue rassistische Bewegungen wie Pegida, HoGeSa oder „Bürgerbewegungen“, wie in Marzahn, Köpenick und Buch. Und sehen ihr ach so christliches „Abendland“ in Gefahr vor sog. „Überfremdung“.

Ihnen ist es egal, dass bei der Flucht nach Europa seit 1990 weit mehr als 28.000 Menschen starben, die EU ihre Außengrenzen immer weiter abschottet und private Grenzagenturen riesige Zäune, Gefängnisse und Flotten aufbauen. Ihnen ist auch egal, dass vor allem deutsche Konzerne und Politik für die Fluchtursachen verantwortlich sind. Deutschland, als drittgrößter Waffenexporteur, verdient an jedem Krieg fleißig mit. Gleichzeitig erzwingen sie die Öffnung der Märkte in ehemaligen kolonialen Ländern, sodass Konzerne ohne Einschränkung die lokale Wirtschaft für ihre maximale Gewinnausbeutung benutzen können. Das erzeugt vor allem Armut und somit Abhängigkeit. Wo das Wichtigste der Profit ist, gibt es keinen Platz für Solidarität. Ihnen ist auch egal, dass seit der Krise des Kapitalismus der Konkurrenzkampf zwischen den wirtschaftlich starken Nationen (auch Imperialist_innen genannt) zunimmt, da jeder seine eigenen Profite sichern will. Das bedeutet mehr Krieg und mehr Ausbeutung. Weltweit sind deshalb so viele Menschen auf der Flucht wie seit dem 2. Weltkrieg nicht mehr. Allein in Syrien sind es 9 Millionen. Im Juni wollen sich genau diese Industrienationen in Bayern treffen um beim G7 Gipfel die Welt erneut unter sich aufzuteilen.

Wir haben keinen Bock auf Rassismus in der Schule, wir haben keinen Bock, dass unsere Freunde isoliert in extra Klassen gehalten werden um dann mit 18 abgeschoben zu werden. Wir finden es zum kotzen, dass die Asylgesetze weiter verschärft werden, statt Geflüchteten ein würdevolles Leben zu ermöglichen!

Anti Frontex Days 19-22 may, 2015


On May, 21st, 2015 the crème de la crème of European racism will gather in Warsaw, Poland, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the creation of one of the most influential meta-organisations that guards assets of the Fortress Europe. The organization, not widely known, until recently standing in the shadows, is a hybrid of border police and intelligence service, as well as aggressive promoter of anti-migrant policy. Frontex (from french “Frontieres exterieurs”), being discussed here, is the executive body of EU (anti)migration policy, enjoys autonomy in decision-making (for EU foreign policy), and has a yearly growing budget, which is not accounted. Budget, used to finance futuristic projects, straight from distopia, like an automatic system of land drones, known as TALOS project, carried out in cooperation that included Warsaw University of Technology, Israeli Aerospace Industries and a lot of other military corporations. The trust also allows them to conduct their own foreign policy on migration – dealing with the neighboring dictatorships (Belarus, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria), sponsoring and organizing repression against refugees in a secure buffer zone, which blurs responsibility. As a result, the border of Europe moves farther away from the ‘old continent’, helping to hide the effects of this policy in the eyes of Europeans. Sponsored camps in the countries of the global south and ruthless anti-human migration policy of the EU countries result in real victims – tens of thousands of people drown, starve, are left at sea or desert, or are directly shot – every year more than at the Berlin wall in the entire time of its existence.

Grenzen überschreiten. Statement von Mely Kiyak, Theater-Kolumnistin des Maxim Gorki Theaters zur Aktion des Zentrums für politische Schönheit

Gedenken ist ein abstrakter Vorgang. Er soll andere dazu animieren, in Ehrfurcht und Respekt etwas zu gedenken. Man kann niemanden zwingen, zu gedenken. Der Gedenkstein für einen Toten kann immer nur eine Einladung sein, sich mit dem Menschen und seiner Todesumstände zu befassen. Der zum Gedenken Eingeladene kann dieses Angebot annehmen oder es lassen. Meistens lässt er es.

Als Teile der Gedenkstätte für die Mauertoten der DDR durch ein Künstlerkollektiv entwendet wurden, damit sie an den Außengrenzen der EU darauf aufmerksam machen, dass trotz des Falls der deutsch-deutschen Mauer das Problem der außer-europäischen Mauern besteht, war die Aufregung groß.

Zunächst einmal: Es wurden Objekte des Gedenkens entwendet. Sie haben keinerlei Sakralität. Sie sind nie geweiht wurden oder dergleichen. Es handelt sich auch nicht um Grabsteine. Es handelt sich um materialistische Symbole zum Zeichen für Verbrechen, die begangen wurden. Nicht die, die Kreuze wegtrugen haben ein Verbrechen begangen, sondern ein Regime und seine Todesschützen. Die Kreuze selber sind hilflose Versuche, Erinnerung aufrecht zu erhalten. Alle Gedenkstätten sind hilflose Versuche dem Anderen Erinnerung aufzuzwingen. Weil der Mensch nicht gerne erinnern will. Jedenfalls nicht, wenn es nicht ihn oder seine Angehörigen betrifft. Wer in diesem Land kennt schon den Namen eines Mauertoten? Mein Gott, unser Land platzt aus allen Nähten vor Gedenkstätten. Weil unsere Historie so reich ist an Verbrechen. Und während die Gedenkstätten errichtet werden, werden wieder neue Verbrechen begangen. Das ist nicht nur bei uns so. Das ist überall auf der Welt so.

Fortbildung auf arabisch zu Asylverfahren und Asylverfahrengesetz

Arabic below


Wann & Wo? 10.11., 19 Uhr, Zentrum für Demokratie Treptow Köpenick (Michael-Brücknerstr. 1/Spreestraße, direkt gegenüber S-bhf Schöneweide)

Zielgruppe: Geflüchtete Menschen, die sich im Asylverfahren befinden, oder Asyl beantragen werden.

Der Hauptzweck ist, dass geflüchtete Menschen ein ausführliches Bild über das Asylverfahrensgesetz in Deutschland bekommen, um ihre rechtliche Situation besser einschätzen zu können, sowie auch die Gelegenheit zu haben, neue Kenntnisse über das Verfahren eines Asylantrages gewinnen zu können. Dafür wird es in jeder Veranstaltung (ca. 3 Stunden) genügend Zeit für die Übersetzung in eine andere Sprache geben. Die Fortbildung wird über das Asylverfahrensgesetz in Deutschland handeln und soll einen Überblick zu dem gesamten Asylverfahrensgesetz geben. Welches Amt ist dafür zuständig? Wie läuft die asylrechtliche Entscheidung? Welche Rechte haben Menschen vor der Anerkennung des Asyls? Welche Rechte haben Menschen mit einem anerkannten Asylstatus in Deutschland? Welche Rechte haben Menschen mit einem Duldung-Status? Welche Regelungen betreffen das Leben von asylsuchenden Menschen und Menschen mit einem anerkannten Asylstatus?

Referent: RA. Michael Junge, der seit Jahren im Bereich Asylverfahren und Aufenthaltsgesetz arbeitet u.a. bei der Kontakt und Beratungsstelle für Flüchtlinge und Migrant_innen (KuB).

Übersetzer: Muthanna Mhamood

Wenn möglich bitte um Anmeldung unter die Adresse: carolina.t@offensiv91.de

Weitere Informationen finden Sie im Internet unter www.zentrum-für-demokratie.de.

Let‘s march for our freedom!

We come from everywhere – to march from Strasbourg to Bruessels. May & June 2014

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We are asylum seekers, refugees, undocumented migrants, migrants from many European countries, we are Europeans with a “migration background”, we are all those who have no full priviledge of citizenship, but also citizens who share a common anger against the racist EU migration policy.

We decided to organize a European caravan which will go from the largest number of European countries towards Brussels (Belgium), where the European institutions are settled. Showing that we don’t respect the borders they impose us, holding us prisonners of the states borders and in the lagers, we will exercise our basic right of freedom of movement and adress our demands directly where the decisions come from.

We have a dream:

  • Freedom of movement and of residence for all asylum seekers
  • Stop the Dublin trap and the obligatory residence in Lagers throughout Europe
  • Permanent documents without criteria (not depending on working contracts or individual state prosecution)
  • Stop the imprisonment and deportation of migrants
  • Same working conditions for all
  • Same political, social and cultural rights for all: right to study and to work
  • Stop the European imperialist policies: no more free trade treaties and NATOwars
  • Abolish Frontex, Eurosur and other anti-migration policies and measures
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