“Normal reactions to abnormal situations.”- It was only until I heard this characterization by a trauma specialist that I began to understand the mental health concerns of young refugees. This concept becomes even clearer when considering the reports from places like the Greek islands where adolescent asylum seekers have begun to act violently against each other. Attacks are common in an unsafe and deeply precarious camp setting and even some with fatal consequences. When you place their actions in the context of their situation, their behavior, while not excusable, becomes understandable.
On 8 March 2019, key actors from 36 different Greek civil society organisations (CSOs), youth advocates, Greek government agencies and private foundations came together in Athens for the expert convening: “Building our Future with Children and Youth on the Move in Greece”, organised by EPIM. The convening aimed to explore the continued needs and opportunities for migrant children and youth to establish a future in Greece, and to share good practices and recommendations regarding their protection, identification and inclusion.
Summary of the external evaluation conducted under the collaborative Fund “Never Alone – Building our future with children and youth arriving in Europe”
FYROM authorities use force to deter migrants and refugees from attempting to break through the Greece border. Teargas and rubber bullets were fired by the police and security from the FYROM side of the border towards the migrants at the border on the Greek side. Turkish authorities have been put on high alert following the US issuing a travel warning to its citizens. In the past month the capital and other major cities have seen several attacks that have been blamed on both ISIS and pro-Kurdish militants.
Frontex transported 202 migrants on Monday from Greek islands back to Turkey, adhering to the EU-Turkey deal to curb irregular migrant flows into Europe. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to a D.C. research institution caused clashes between his security detail, protesters, journalists and local authorities.
As refugees and migrants at the Idomeni camp lose hope of crossing the FYROM border, Greek officials have begun evacuating the temporary camp and relocating the occupants to other refugee camps in the area. Turkish journalists who exposed Turkey’s involvement in transporting arms to Syria to face life in close-door trial.
The European Council and Turkey agreed on Friday to a plan to manage the flow of migrants and refugees into the European Union. Under this agreement, migrants and refugees who arrived in Greece by illegal means will be returned to Turkey where they will proceed through the asylum process to relocate to a European country.
Turkey and the European Union agree on plan for migrants and refugees stuck in Greece or Turkey on their way to other European countries. Meanwhile, the Former Yugoslavic Republic of Macedonia closes its border with Greece, further trapping migrants and refugees. This and more headlines from March 8 to March 11.
NATO mission to return migrants rescued in Aegean to Turkey and Greece recalls ambassador to Austria over migrant crisis, and other headlines from the week of Feb 22 to 26.
The attack on the Turkish capital that killed 28 occurred during a high-level meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Greek MPs of the far-right Golden Dawn party expelled from parliament during a session on the refugee crisis, and other headlines from this week.