Live Ticker Eidomeni restarted

On the 18th of November 2015, Slovenia closed its borders for refugees who are not from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq. Just a little later, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia also adopted this practice of segregation. There is little doubt about that this policy was pushed by the European Union as a starting point for slowing down or even stopping the flow over the Balkan route. Thousands of refugees were stuck in Eidomeni, Greece, and started to protest. The Moving Europe Bus was on the spot and reported live from the 22nd of November to the 11th of December 2015 – when the camp had been evicted. On the 5th of February 2016, we decided to restart our live-ticker as the new year has already seen several attempts from the European Union to slow down the migration movement towards Europe. Macedonia seems to become a key player in this strategy. For several weeks the Macedonian border authorities have slowed down the transit process. The predictable effect of this, given the high arrival numbers to the Greek islands, is that thousands are becoming stuck in Greece. On the 3th of February the Macedonian government announced its plans to strengthen border controls which will further reduce the speed of the transit process. In the meantime, the Greek authorities have established a new buffer zone near to Eidomeni. Since the camp at the border has already become highly overcrowded, there are fears that the violent scenes of last December in Eidomeni will be repeated. Therefore the authorities have decided that people should be kept at bay, at a gas station on the highway that is 20 km far away from the border (at Polykastro). For weeks migrants have had to stay there for hours under miserable conditions. Since the end of January the situation at the Greek border zone has escalated once more. There is only a trickle of people being let through to Macedonia and now people at the gas station have to wait for days before their buses finally leave towards the border. On the 3rd of February 2016 thousands of them decided not to wait any longer at the petrol station and started to walk towards the Macedonian border (#marchofhope 2). Further protests and tensions are to be expected. The Moving Europe Bus is on the spot since the 2nd of February and reports live from Polykastro and Eidomeni.

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Restrictions and segregation on the Balkanroute: Fences, detention and push-backs

by Moving Europe. First published here. Bordermonitoring.eu is part of the project.

The long summer of migration has turned into winter. During the first half of 2015, migratory movements opened new ways across the borders of Europe, from the Turkish coasts over the Balkans to Northern Europe. Migration through the Balkans is not a new phenomenon: people denied access to legal routes across borders have long forged their own paths through the region. However, the so-called ‚humanitarian corridor‘, which formed in the interplay of the new paths forged by autonomous movements and governmental responses, began channelling refugees arriving from Turkey on the Greek islands on a state-controlled route over the Balkans to Northern Europe. The paradoxical ‘humanitarian corridor’ developed into a temporary passageway of free movement on the one hand, which has to be seen as a victory, but on the other hand the route quickly became heavily state and police controlled.

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Live Ticker Eidomeni

On Wednesday, 18th of November, Slovenia closed its borders for refugees who are not from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq. Just a little  later, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia adopted this practice of segregation. There is little doubt, that this policy was pushed by the European Union as a starting point for slowing down or even stopping the flow over the Balkanroute. There is information, that three camps in Athens are in preparation (for refugees, who are not from the mentioned countries). Furthermore, there are indications, that Afghans should be segregated  as well and that the Greek-Macedonian border will be closed completely for seven days soon. But all this is not officially confirmed yet. However, thousands of refugees are stuck in Eidomeni at the moment and started to protest. The Moving Europe Bus is at the spot and reports live.

We will continue to report live here

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Dublins Tod

Ein Foto-Essay von Kaveh Rostamkhani mit einem Beitrag von Marc Speer (4.12.2015)

Der „lange Sommer der Migration“ auf dem Balkan ist zugleich Resultat und treibende Kraft hinter etlichen Brüchen. Was passiert, wenn staatliche Kontrollbestrebungen und migrantische Mobilitätsstrategien zusammentreffen und etwas Neues entstehen lassen.

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From Belgrade to Idomeni (18.11.2015 – 25.11)

By Moving Europe Bus (29.11.2015)

When we heard about the decision of Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia on the 18 th of November to only give access to those coming from either Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan and after getting
reports of the worsening situation at the Greek-Macedonian border, we decided to leave Belgrade heading for Idomeni where at the time of writing at least between 1000 and 2000 migrants are
stranded still.

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The Empty Cage. Lesbos Arrivals, Turkish Smugglers and EU Migration Politics

By Lore Salamon (26.11.2015)

For those coming by boat from Ayvalık, Turkey, the first thing they might see of Europe is an orange life vest waved at the Greek shore: life vests left behind from those who arrived before them, used as wigwag signals by self-organised helpers. If the arrivals manage to head for such a place, they will find some basic assistance with landing as well as some food, tea, and clothes. Some can’t wait to leave the vessels, even if they get wet. The general feeling of overwhelming relief to be on European soil seems to outweigh the exertions, even if helpers (mostly referred to as “volunteers”) say they often receive people suffering from hypothermia, apathy and weakness, showing signs of trauma. Much has been reported recently about the situation in Lesbos and the nearby island of Chios, where thousands of refugees land each week; and much has been written on the risky passage from Turkey to Greece as a whole.
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Some reflections on Šid and Adaševci

Šid, November 14th, 2015

The Moving Europe bus is a project by Welcome to Europe, Forschungsgesellschaft Flucht und Migration and bordermonitoring.eu. The aims of the bus are to document the situation on the Balkan route, to provide information for people on the move, and to strengthen political networks along the route.

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Information point of Moving Europe Bus at petrol station in Adaševci

Some reflections on Šid and Adaševci weiterlesen

Von Spielfeld nach Slavonski Brod

Von Marc Speer

Ende Oktober 2015 in Spielfeld an der slowenisch/österreichischen Grenze: Es ist eine Warnweste, die den Zugang zum Camp ermöglicht. Überall auf der Balkanroute laufen Freiwillige in Warnwesten durch die Gegend. Auch wir haben sie an. Erst eine billige, wie man sie nicht nur in Österreich standardmäßig im Auto mitführen muss, und daher an jeder Tankstelle für gerade mal einen Euro bekommt. Kurze Zeit später wechseln wir unser selbst mitgebrachtes Billig-Exemplar gegen eine offizielle Warnweste von „Österreich hilft“. Das erfordert nicht sonderlich viel. Man muss lediglich im Container des Roten Kreuzes ein Formular ausfüllen und schon ist man offiziell anerkannter humanitärer Helfer und wird von den österreichischen Soldaten mit einem freundlichen und ernst gemeinten „Servus“ begrüßt.

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Entlang der Balkanroute

Ein Reisebericht solidarischer Gruppen aus Halle und Leipzig im September/Oktober 2015. Von Lore Salamon.

Über diesen Bericht: Insgesamt vier unterschiedlich große Gruppen machten sich in diesem Spätsommer auf den Weg in Richtung Ungarn und Kroatien, nachdem die dort für Flüchtende herrschenden Bedingungen bekannt wurden. Dies ist der Bericht unserer Erlebnisse in Ungarn, Kroatien und Serbien, die uns zornig, aber auch bewegt zurücklassen. Er umfasst den Zeitraum vom 14. September bis zum 3. Oktober. In diesem Bericht findet (fast) keine politische Analyse statt; dennoch erlebten wir derart viel Ungerechtigkeit, Willkür und Diskriminierung, dass es unmöglich wäre, diese im Zuge eines Reports über die Ereignisse nicht zu erwähnen – und besonders in Hinblick auf Organisationen mit einem humanitären Mandat anzuprangern.

Der Bericht kann auch als PDF heruntergeladen werden.

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Wir möchten hiermit einen Teil dazu leisten, dass veröffentlicht und geteilt wird, was momentan mitten in Europa geschieht. Dies ist kein Bericht aus einem fernen Krisengebiet, sondern größtenteils aus EU-Ländern. Ein erschreckendes Fazit unserer Erlebnisse lautet, dass auch innerhalb Europas der Tod von Menschen hingenommen werden würde, wenn nicht selbstorganisierte Gruppen wie die unsere dort interveniert und inoffizielle Versorgungsstrukturen aufgebaut hätten. Wäre dies nicht passiert, wäre weitaus Schlimmeres passiert. Und während von allen Seiten die „unverzichtbaren“ HelferInnen gelobt werden, wurde und wird die Katastrophe hingenommen oder bewusst herbeigeführt.

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