Criminalization of aid puts migrant lives at further risk | WESTT Blog

Aiding smuggling, facilitating clandestine movement, criminal organization and espionage. These are the charges against three volunteers in Lesvos and accusations against an NGO rescue ship—both tales of individuals and civil society filling the gaps that the state has not been able to provide.

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How Skewed Migration Priorities Divide “Good” and “Bad” Asylum Seekers | WESTT Blog

Who are we excluding when advocating for refugees rights? In a blog post for WESTT, Women’s Eco-Nomic and Social Think Tank, I look at how perceptions of migrants impacts policy. The case study is on Afghan asylum seekers in Greece, but this is also relevant to child detention in the US & migration policy debates in the EU

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FYROM fires teargas at migrants, refugees at Greece border; Turkey on high-terror risk, April 5 to April 11

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.

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Frontex begins migrant deportations to Turkey; Erdogan’s security causes chaos in D.C., March 27 to April 4

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.

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Idomeni border camp evacuated; Turkish journalists face closed-door trial, March 21 to March 27

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.

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