Refugees released from Pagani yesterday night

We already posted that information once, but now we know more and want to publish a follow-up report.

Yesterday, at least 38 refugees were released from Pagani at night. They obtained the “white paper” but didn’t get a ticket for a ferry to the mainland. Nor did they receive any other means of supporting themselves. Consequence is that they are now stuck in Lesvos, they spent their night at the port.

Among them is a pregnant woman with little children as well as kids from other families. Due to being released so late in the day, they had to spend the night in the cold. Since it is well known that all ferries are fully booked these days (a lot of people return home from their holidays), it was impossible for them to leave the island of Lesvos.

To us, this is yet another expression of the anti-migrant stance of the greek authorities, which we will denounce again and again during the noborder camp. It however also shows that the current greek asylum system is clearly stuck and not capable of providing care and protection for refugees. In this concrete case, this humanitarian gap has been filled by individuals from Mitiline how started bringing food, tents and other basic necessities to the refugees.

We are in contact with now homeless refugees and try to work out a strategy together. We believe that this situation needs to be solved politically, and we are prepared to take the necessary steps.

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