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Manifestation Against Frontex, 23rd February 5 pm in front of BCC Berlin

In 2015, more than 1.000.000 people actively fought against Fortress Europe by crossing the EU external borders. In reaction to that, the EU and its border agency Frontex increased their efforts to criminalize refugees and supporters and thus to impede the freedom of movement. The European Police Congress is one of the venues, where the upgrading of Fortress Europe will be discussed and developed. On February 23rd, Fabrice Leggeri, executive director of Frontex, is going to speak at this congress. We want to use his visit as an opportunity to protest against aggressive and inhumane policies, which the EU imposes on migrants at the external borders. Come to our manifestation and raise your voice against FRONTEX, Fortress Europe and borders!

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FERRIES NOT FORTRESS

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Ferries Not Frontex

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FERRIES NOT FRONTEX

Manifestation against FRONTEX, Fortress Europe and Borders! FERRIES NOT FRONTEX – 23th February 5 pm in front of BCC Berlin

In 2015, more than 1.000.000 people actively fought against Fortress Europe by crossing the EU external borders. In reaction to that, the EU and its border agency Frontex increased their efforts to criminalize refugees and supporters and thus to impede the freedom of movement. The European Police Congress is one of the venues, where the upgrading of Fortress Europe will be discussed and developed. On February 23rd, Fabrice Leggeri, executive director of Frontex, is going to speak at this congress. We want to use his visit as an opportunity to protest against aggressive and inhumane policies, which the EU imposes on migrants at the external borders. Come to our manifestation and raise your voice against FRONTEX, Fortress Europe and borders!
The European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders was created in 2005. After the suspension of the physical Schengen borders, Frontex is now in charge of strengthening the surveillance and control of the EU external borders. The agency is operating as the headbody of the EU surveillance network EUROSUR, coordinating the surveillance systems of the member states. Satellites, drones and other military technologies are used to control the ‘pre-frontier area’. This ‘objective’ also requires enhanced cooperation with countries like Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey and even West African countries. To ‘prevent’ the departure of migrants, Frontex is currently operating in Mali and Niger to create ‘multi-purpose-centers’ against unwanted migration towards European borders.
All European measures of ‘border protection’ have the same intention: More deterrence, higher fences and greater control. Still, Frontex and the military operation EUNAVFOR MED against ‘smugglers’ near Libyan territorial waters, launched in June, were unable to prevent about 150.000 migrants from succeeding to arrive in Italy during 2015. Not only during the previous ‘summer of migration’, millions of refugees demonstrated that borders can’t stop people on the move, but the lack of legal access routes causes their journey to be dangerous and often fatal. More than 3700 men, women and children died in 2015 in the Mediterranean Sea; making it the deadliest border zone of the entire world. In the year 2016 the Mediterranean continues to be a fatal route to Europe: According to the UNHCR the number of people dead or missing already amounts to 403.

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Important information when crossing into Slovenia!

Since Austria is tightening its asylum and imigration policies it is more strict to exclude those who are deemed to be ‘economic migrants’. A domino effect will probably follow up to Greek-Macedonian border. Up until now it was more or less enough for some nationalites to say they are going to Germany, but the policies are gettin stricter, where this reason is not enough anymore.

The following information crucial – currently for the Croatian-Slovenian border:

Only if you choose: ‘1. war’  you are allowed travel on to Germany or Austria. Otherwise they will send you back to Croatia.

فقط عند اختيارك “١. الحرب” يسمح لك بالسفر إلى ألمانيا أو النمسا وإلا ستتم إعادتك إلى كرواتيا

Full information by the Welcome2Europe website:

When you enter Slovenia there is a questionary asking: „Why do you want to go to Germany?” There are four answers that you can choose:

  1. War
  2. Study
  3. Religious reasons
  4. Family reunification
  5. Job

Only if you choose: ‘1. war’  you are allowed travel on to Germany or Austria. Otherwise they will send you back to Croatia.

Possibly, they also ask you this question in an oral interview. It is no longer enough that you say you want to ask for asylum in Germany or Austria, you also have to say the reason is war.

It is possible that this new question will be asked on earlier border crossings, such as when entering Croatia, Serbia or Macedonia.

 

عندما تصل سلوفينيا هناك استطلاع يسأل : “لماذا تريد الذهاب إلى ألمانيا؟” هناك 4 إجابات بإمكانك اختيارها
١. الحرب
٢. الدراسة
٣. أسباب دينية
٤. لم شمل العائلة
٥. العمل

فقط عند اختيارك “١. الحرب” يسمح لك بالسفر إلى ألمانيا أو النمسا وإلا ستتم إعادتك إلى كرواتيا

ومن الممكن أن يسألوك ذاك السؤال في مقابلة شفوية. لم يعد كافيا” القول أنك تريد طلب اللجوء في ألمانيا أو النمسا، عليك أن تضيف أيضا أن السبب هو الحرب

من المحتمل أن يتم سؤال هذا السؤال الجديد على الحدود الكرواتية، الصربية أو حتى المقدونية

Welcome to Europe website: http://live.w2eu.info/


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Story by Dawid Krawczyk of Krytyka Polityczna on the Refugee Movement Berlin: “Not everything works out as planned”

On Ohlauer Strasse in Berlin there is a building that once housed a co-educational high school. Later it stood empty. Now refugees live in it. Behind a gate with two guards, under constant surveillance.

‘No, no! You can’t take photos here. Outside the bars you can,’ I hear a few seconds after I decide to enter the school area. Alongside the guards I also see a smiling man coming towards me. He wears a winter cap and a light down jacket. His name is Alnour Ahmad-Hassan, a resident of the school. He calms the guard down.

‘Okay, let’s get out of here. At the corner there is a café. We can sit there and talk in peace,’ Alnour suggests.

‘So this is how it is here now?’ I ask, surprised.

‘Yes, more or less. You see, they are isolating us here completely.’

fot. Andrea Linss
Entrance gate of Gerhart Hauptmann school at Ohlauer Straße, Berlin. 2 July 2014 © Andrea Linss

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‘What would you like to know?’ asks Alnour several minutes later, sipping his black coffee.

‘Everything, basically.’

‘If everything, it would be good to start at the beginning.’

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Demo against Asylum Law Package II on Feb 16th

deutsch unten – francais en bas – TürkSrpskohrvatski  – فارسی– اردو – العربية

Gegen Asylrechtsverschärfungen!

No to even tighter laws! Yes to solidarity! Photo: Yusuf Beyazit

16th February 2016 at 6pm
start at LaGeSo (Turmstraße 21, 10559 Berlin) to Bundestag

In the next days the parliament will vote on a new law. This racist law is directed aggressively against refugees.

They Asylum Package II includes:
• “Special reception camps” for people from “secure” countries of origin, or people who are accused to have destroyed their documents, will be opened. In these camps the asylum procedure should be completed in three weeks with the aim to deport people faster.
• People coming from a country where there is war and who have the status of ‘Subsidiary Protection’ shall not be allowed to bring their family from abroad during the first two years of their stay.
• Deportations of people who are sick will be easier. Illnesses that people had already before they came to Germany will not be an obstacle to deportations anymore.
• Algeria, Tunesia and Marokko shall be declared as secure countries of origin in order to deport people more easily.

This Asylum Package II is an act of isolationist politics and division!
Let us not be played off against each other! Let’s get on the streets and be loud against these racist laws, against the violence of camp security and against the Lagers!

For the right to stay and the right to family for everyone!

Solidarity is: resistance!!


supporting groups:

African Refugees Union – International Women Space – Union des Refugiés Berlin Brandenbourg – alle bleiben! – Medibüro Berlin – Moabit hilft! – Weise-Kiez-Initiative – Bündnis für bedingungsloses Bleiberecht – Bündnis gegen Rassismus – My Right Is Your Right – Lager Mobilisation Group – Hände weg vom Wedding – AK Geflüchtete der Naturfreunde Jugend – Wem gehört Kreuzberg – Antifa Friedrichshain

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Video: Emergency shelter in Wiesenstraße throws out Syrian refugee woman at night

 

Klick HERE for the Press Release which was published few days ago.

Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/154353396

International Women Space got to know Viviana when she was still living the emergency shelter (Lager) at the Wiesenstraße, in Wedding, Berlin. On te 29th of January we went to the Notunterkunft to have a coffee with Viviana and see how she was. The moment we met, Viviana was already showing signs of stress. No wonder, she was one of the few women living in a shared space of a former Basketball Hall with 200 men having only her bed as a place of her own.

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Denmark: Refugees Protest New Laws Permitting Confiscation of Their Valuables

‘Many have compared the so-called “jewellrey bill” to the confiscation of property from Jews during the Holocaust’

Refugees Protest New Laws Permitting Confiscation of Their Valuables

Source: Democracynow.org: Denmark

For more details please click here