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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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Solidaritat öffnet die Grenzen‏ – Call for support für Idomeni!

Unterstützungs-Aufruf / Call for support:

„NoBorder-Train-Kitchen Idomeni” 3. Dezember 2015

Infotelephon: 0030 – 69466-50046

Refugee struggle at Idomeni

Struggle at Idomeni from rabble.org.uk

Liebe Freund_innen und Genoss_innen,

es ist mittlerweile gut 4 Wochen her, seit wir uns an Euch mit der Bitte um Eure Unterstützung gewendet hatten. Ursprünglich um nach Slovenien zu fahren – um dort gespendetes Material (Zelte,Decken,Schlafsäcke etc ) an geflüchtete Menschen zu verteilen und eine mobile VolXküche zu errichten.

Die Reaktion auf unseren Aufruf war überwältigend. Schon nach kurzer Zeit hatten wir soviel Material gespendet bekommen das die Sammelstellen
überquollen.

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Eviction attempts at the Idomeni have begun!

Refugee protest at Eidomeni

Protest at Idomeni, people are shouting “Open the Border”

After more than 3 weeks of refusing to move from the Idomeni border (Greek-Macedonian), the police force has started to forcibly evict the protesters forcibly sending them to Greek cities such as Athens and Thessaloniki (source: http://livetickereidomeni.bordermonitoring.eu/2015/12/09/9-12-2015/). As a reminder, these are mostly the people who do not come from Syria, Irak and Afganistan and three weeks ago the EU with the cooperation with its potential member states closed its borders under the pretense of everybody else being an ‘economic migrant’. Continue reading


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The sealing off of the ‘Balkan borders’

Balkan borders

Photo: Gavgelija, Robert Atanasovski, AFP

The EU has finally struck a deal with the Turkish government at 29.10.2015 in which 3 bilion Euros per yer, visa liberalizations and unfrozen EU membership negotiations, negotiations that the EU froze with Turkey in 2005 under pretense of  R. Erdoğans government style as authoritative, will be exchanged for the Turkish role as an external Schengen border ‘guardian’. With this EU again proved that its interests have to be protected at all costs, quickly ignoring previous comments regarding the current Turkish president R. Erdoğan, as well as his increased surpression of Kurdish people, media critics and activists in the recent years. Political Machiavellism labels and continue to label Western politics throughout the history and it doesn’t leave out other political actors around the globe.

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The EU is closing its borders, letting through only certain nationalities!

News from Anti-Racist Front Without Borders, gathered by the activists from the borderzones:

Idomeni, Greece (Greek-Macedonian border):

Today, as yesterday, only Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis are allowed to pass, everyone else is halted.

Despair has started to spread among the people gathered there. Some have been in Eidomeni for four days. The food is not enough and the weather is getting really cold… This morning at least 6 people were transferred for medical care (on stretchers).

Currently there are around 1,500 people who are not allowed to pass. They remain in the camp, hanging around the borders area and in the village of ‪#‎Eidomeni‬ (local residents already started getting nervous). A large number of the people not allowed to pass remain near the borderline, mainly Iranians and Moroccans, shouting slogans and holding placards.

Rep. of ‪#‎Macedonia‬ intensified border surveillance, with more army and water cannons. At some point this morning there was some tension and immediately 2 more trucks with soldiers arrived – the once already there wore their bullet proof vest to intimidate the migrants. In any case, they seem ready to handle any tension, which in fact sooner or later will come.

About the future:

After todays visit of the Greek minister for migration, the following information was leaked:

E.U. will harden its’ attitude further. The borders are closed definitively for all nationalities besides the 3 mentioned above (Iraqis, Afghans and Syrians).

Those without passes will be transferred to ‪#‎Athens, as Thessaloniki and other northern Greece cities are not suitable (they are too close to the border and this would leave migrants with a hope that they will finally pass).

– Three camps are prepared in Athens: a football stadium in the neighborhood of Galatsi, the Olympic Games Tae Kwon Do stadium and warehouses at the former airport of Hellinikon. Those wishing to return to Athens will be transported by bus.

– Most important, at some (unspecified) time the borders will close completely for 7 days to stop immigrants flows altogether. At some point, the borders will close permanently for Afghan nationals too – it is not clear if it will happen before or after the 7-day temporary closing of the border.

– The border will remain open for the two nationalities (Syrians and Iraqis) for some time after the seven-day temporary shutdown, but in the end the border will close for them too.


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(Possible) Enactment of EU’s policies of “slowing down” the movement flows

European’s Unions recent plans to manage the movement of people by slowing the flows at the so called ‘Balkan route‘ is apparently taking its first steps. To not enter the abstract theoretical discussions let us qoute the information posted from the Anti-racist Front Without Borders (17.11.2015), gathered by the activists and volunteers at the borders:

At the border Croatia-Slovenia (Dobova) refugees are separated by country of origin and sent back!

Before even arriving in Slovenia, people are given documents to sign. The documents are not translated so people do not know what they are signing. When they arrive to Slovenia, people are then segregated according to these documents. Some are allowed to pass, while others are sent back to Croatia by train. Currently, people from Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq are being sent back.

In Dobova, there are international, self-organized volunteers who set up a tent behind the train station. People who want to help can come there. Help will be very much needed from Saturday (21.11.2015) onwards, because the international team is leaving on that day.

IMPORTANT: However it is to say that it is not ment that all people from Africa, Afganistan and Iraq are being sent back! According to the Slovenian national media (source: http://www.rtvslo.si/svet/drzave-na-balkanski-poti-ustavile-prehod-ekonomskih-migrantov/379011) the Balkan countries, for now starting with Serbia (comming through Macedonia) are not letting anymore through people from Morocco, Bangladesh, Sri lanka, Algeria, Liberia, Congo, Sudan and Pakistan, as they are starting to be considered as economic migrants.

According to the media people from Syria, Iraq and Afganistan are let through!

However this is not clear, as for now Slovenian general secretary Boštjan Šefic is denying this, but people should prepare that this will most probably become the reality.

Moving to the northern border in Slovenia (bordercrossing Spielfeld/Šentilj (Slovenia-Austria). Information and video (15.11.2015):

After the official statements that all is under control and volunteers are not needed, self-organized volunteers went to no man’s land. People are still waiting days and hours, no food, no water, no medical help, police uses violence and people are sleeping on cold wet floors waiting to be accepted into Austria.”

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Dramaturgy of safe corridor through the Balkans

The category of Border monitoring will be used to give reports about the flow of people throught the borders of the so called “Balkan route”. The route watch will mostly include borders and registration centers between Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.

All information will be first-hand and forwarded from the groups of activists and volunteers (from sites such as Anti-Racist Front Without Borders from Slovenia, Open Borders Caravan that are located on the borders. The aim of the Border monitoring is not only to report on happening on mentioned borders and to give coordinates for the humanitarian aid, but also to make the recent flow of people (what the EU, its member states and mainstream media calls ‘refugee crisis’) a politically relevant question which adresses the discriminatory and xenophobic imigration and asylum policies within the EU, as well as its connection with the neoliberal developments. Open borders for all!

First post will outline the thoughts by some activists from the Anti-Racist Front Without Borders (Slovenia), who were in the past month present at the Slovenian, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian and Hungarian borders. Continue reading