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No Stress Tour 2016


Summer is the time when lots of things are happening in Germany, also in and around Berlin.  People profit of the sun, they become more active and open up. This offers opportunities, particular for refugees, to think of new strategies to build up a better communal life.
For this reason CISPM and Afrique Europe Interact, international networks for emancipation and integration of refugees, are planning a project called „No Stress Tour“, which should take place this summer from July until October.
The aim of the project is to bring refugees and other inhabitants of the city closer to each other and to provide support with regard to the current complex asylum policy.

Link: Programm No Stress Tour

Migszol: Update on the Situation of Hungary

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29/4/2016: Many are asking  us about the situation in Hungary regarding the transit zones and the planned legislation that would abolish all integration contract. In this post, we have gathered some of the latest information on the situation:

The situation is particularly worrying in the so called transit zone at the southern border. While access to the actual containers where cases are handled in extreme speed is restricted,  humanitarian groups are working on both sides of the border. We especially recommend this testimony from a volunteer at the humanitarian group Migration Aid, describing the situation in the transit zone this week. Migszol Szeged is also present in this area, as well as Serbian groups. Furthermore, this recent, powerful video testimony from the transit zone, made by Volunteers on the Rise this April, is very telling of the situation.


We are extremely concerned about the new plan of the Austrian government to push back asylum seekers to Hungary and Italy. Leaving Hungary is becoming extremely difficult – undercover policemen, quite clearly relying on racial profiling, are trying to catch people in the train stations, and the cars travelling from Hungary to Austria are being checked. Regarding Austria’s planned legislation, we wonder how Austria can declare Hungary a safe country, when Finland has completely stopped Dublin deportations to the country? In our recent discussions with people seeking protection, we heard of many cases where people have been pushed back to Hungary in total disregard of the EU legislation that would ask for a Dublin case. Those people deported to Hungary are systematically detained.

full report: click here

Warning to those it may concern


On April 21st, a mass deportation flight from Austria to Nigeria is supposed to take place. We recommend you to be on alert if you are potentially concerned of this mass deportation. We also ask you to pass this information on to family members, friends and people within your community who are potentially affected.

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Who may be concerned by a charter mass deportation flight to Nigeria?

  • Generally persons who have had a definite negative result on their asylum case.
  • People living in Austria under undocumented, irregular conditions.
  • Having trouble with the Austrian law enforcement authorities and having a criminal case on one’s record can increase the risk of deportation, but people who have never had any such problems are also concerned.

How to avoid deportation:

  • Be aware of the potential dangers (see points above).
  • Inform your lawyer, your friends, your family members etc. if you are under deportation threat, so that they can try to support you in case you get arrested.
  • If you have new information about any risks of persecution in your home country, you can use this to make a new asylum application.
  • If you are suffering from severe physical diseases or mental troubles, get it confirmed by a doctor and present it as a reason against being deported.
  • In case that you are already arrested, you have the right to demand for a phone call to inform your people and your lawyer.
  • On a normal passengers’ flight, you have lots of ways to resist: declare you are not willing to fly, demand to talk to the pilot, refuse to sit down on your seat, involve other passengers, struggle physically if necessary. But: all this does not work out on a charter flight mass deportation with lots of police inside.
  • Some people managed to get out of the deportation prison due to critical health conditions resulting from hunger strike etc. But be aware that a hunger strike can be very harmful for one’s health – everyone must decide for himself/herself what level of resistance is possible for her/him.
  • In general: Don’t hide your problem of deportation threat to yourself, share your problem with other people, get organized against deportation!

Situations of high risk to get arrested for deportation:

  • The risk is generally higher if someone is already under severe pressure from the authorities to leave Austria.
  • If people regularly have to show up at the police station due to the so-called “gelinderes Mittel” imposed on them.
  • For people under deportation threat, it is dangerous to get in a “racial profiling” police control situation. Such racist controls are common at certain police control hotspots in international train stations like Westbahnhof and Hauptbahnhof as well as in metro stations of U6 and in Praterstern. People under deportation threat should be aware of the danger of visiting such places, especially with a mass deportation on the way.
  • The “Meldeadresse”, as an officially registered address, is the place where the police will show up first if they are searching for you for deportation.

For more enquiries, please contact us:


Returnwatch monitors risks that forced returnees from the European Union face upon arrival in Turkey. We are an initiative of volunteers and researchers who operate under the umbrella of the Post-Deportation Monitoring Network.

This website aims to be an accessible and practical tool for people to reach us after having been forcibly returned to Turkey. We seek to connect returnees to Turkey with lawyers and human rights NGOs in Turkey, as well as to document the procedures implemented by Turkish authorities.

Forced returns to Turkey are expected to start on the 4th of April from Greece and by the 1st of June 2016 from other European Union member states. To be able to hold policy makers in Europe and Turkey accountable, we need to know whether these returns can be qualified as collective expulsions, whether returnees have effective access to international protection on a case by case basis and whether refugees are safe from being sent back to countries where they are at risk of serious harm.

Thank you for supporting our initiative by sharing this tools with refugees at risk of being deported to Turkey.

Calais is burning : Freedom for migrants !


Start of the expulsion of a part of the Jungle migrant camp in Ca

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This monday, the police began to destroy the camp of Calais. We, refugees in Paris, say that you should let the refugees to decide by themselves and give them some solutions.
We want the government to let the refugees in Calais, if they want, to go to UK. If they want to stay in Paris to make asylum, they should have their rights, the things that were promised to us, houses, papers and education.
We, refugees, are all together. The refugees that want to go to Britain and the ones, here. We are sorry, we don’t like to tell it but we are sleeping in the streets. We will never move back from our rights.
We want to be treated like human beings. We are feeling badly because we are living in the sreets and parks. We are human beings. Can someone say it to the government ?
We are going to do peaceful protests about the situation of refugees in Calais.
We call everybody to come with us and support the migrants, in Calais and Paris :
Rally this tuesday 1st march in place de la République at 18.00.
Demonstrate on friday 4 march from Gare du Nord at 18.00.
Paris, 29 february 2016

Afghanistan: ein „sicheres Herkunftsland“?

medico-Newsletter, Februar 2016

Um die Zahl der Flüchtlinge zu reduzieren, wollen einige deutsche Politiker_innen Afghanistan zum „sicheren Herkunftsland“ erklären. Das Auswärtige Amt und die deutsche Botschaft lassen in Kabul Plakate verkleben, die ausreisewillige Afghan_innen zum Verbleib im Land auffordern. Die Kampagne beruft sich einerseits auf die deutschen Leistung für Frieden und Wiederaufbau und arbeitet andererseits offen mit Furcht: „Denken Sie nach, ob Sie Hab und Gut verkaufen wollen, um kriminelle Schleuser zu bezahlen und Ihr Leben auf der Flucht zu riskieren.“
Ist Afghanistan ein „sicheres Herkunftsland“? Sind die Afghan_innen verpflichtet, dankbar im Land zu bleiben? Ein Interview.

„Ein Jahr nach der Übergabe der Sicherheitsverantwortung von der International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) zu den Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) ist die Lage sogar in den einstmals sicheren Gebieten des Nordens einschließlich von Kunduz außer Kontrolle. Nach Angaben der UN starben allein 2014 über 1000 Zivilistinnen und Zivilisten. (…) Tausende wurden ihres Obdachs und ihres Besitzes beraubt und in die Nachbarprovinzen oder nach Kabul vertrieben.“ (Hadi Marifat)

Der afghanische Menschenrechtsaktivist Hadi Marifat war 2009 einer der Mitbegründer der Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO), einer Nicht-Regierungs-Organisation, die sich mit künstlerischen und kulturellen Mitteln für einen umfassenden Demokratisierungsprozess in Afghanistan einsetzt. Er war zuvor u.a. für das Centre for Civilians in Conflict und für Human Rights Watch tätig, war Menschenrechtsbeauftragter der United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan und einer der Koordinatoren der Unabhängigen Wahlkommission des Landes.

Der deutsch-bolivianische Drehbuchautor, Theatermacher und Regisseur Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn hat in mehr als 20 Ländern mit Gemeinden in Konflikt- und Bürgerkriegssituationen gearbeitet. Auf der gemeinsamen Suche nach einem grassroots-Dialog und nach Möglichkeiten einer Konfliktlösung von unten nutzt er verschiedene Formen eines interaktiven und partizipatorischen Theaters. Er ist ebenfalls Mitbegründer von AHRDO und hat ein Buch über seine afghanischen Theatererfahrungen veröffentlicht: Wenn die Burka plötzlich fliegt. Einblicke in die Arbeit mit dem Theater der Unterdrückten in Afghanistan. Stuttgart 2013.

Das Interview mit den beiden medico-Partnern findet sich hier.

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