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Souvenir from Lesvos

Greetings from EuropeForgot to buy postcards from Lesvos last summer? Some of the images you see in the postcards might look familiar, others where taken a long time a go but on the same spots, at a alike stituation… . Please feel free to print and distribute them in your town, if you like so.
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bringing you…the infopoint brochure

Long promised, hard worked on, full of fascinating stories: We bring you the brochure about the infopoint that we set up during the noborder camp 2009 in Lesvos. Tons of stories, experiences, insights and a strong example of the difference one can make with a little determination and collectivity.

  • Editorial
  • Circus Tent towards a Welcome Island: Reflections on the Infopoint in Mitilini / Lesvos in Summer 2009
  • Unbelievable Days: Interview with Azadi – Translator & Activist at the Infopoint
  • Eden: Interview with Eden
  • I just Wanted to Say, that I Arrived fine: Refugee women from Eritrea in the Greek Transit
  • We are on the Move to Stay: Impressions from the ›Farewell Parade‹
  • We are Walking until Noborders: Interview with Mr. X
  • We Saw Things can be possible! The Story of two Afghan Families who Resisted Detention
  • Help yourself! Insights of the Infopoint
  • Medical Advice
  • We really didn’t Feel like Refugees! Reflections on Lesvos two Months after Noborder
  • Last Days of Pagani in October 2009
  • No to Pagani and no to any Prison
  • The End, and the Beginning: A Flight from Greece to Germany
  • I would like to Follow a Star. But there is no Star to Follow: – A Blog by underaged Refugees
  • Hartino Karavi – A Paperboat: Permanent Info- and Welcomepoint for Refugees in Mitilini
  • Useful Links & Information

Download the infopoint-brochure as pdf (7.9 MB)

Of course, the brochure will also be printed. Information, where to obtain it can be asked at transact [at] so36 [dot] net via email.

You might also want to check out schengendangle, another blog by young migrants trying to skip from Greece. And those speaking German, we have a campaign-site for the upcoming Dublin II-Campaign at

As the Vice Minister turned his back

A few days ago, news arrived about the vice Minister visiting Pagani, describing it with the words “Dantes Inferno”. Today, our faithful source in Mytilini reports about new revolts in the Detention Center of Pagani.

Today the revolts in Pagani started again. After the Vice Minister of internal affairs visited Pagani two days ago, the violent habits returned to Pagani. Prisoners reported about a huge police brutality after the visit. Some of the prisoners where calls out, one after the other, to the prison Jard. There they where badly beaten by the police. The prisoners felt save, telling the vice Minister about there situation, but in the end there where punished for there statements in front of the visitor. A complain against the police was made by the prisoners.

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Shut down Pagani! Azadi!

Another evaluation of the no border camp in Lesvos. By transact!, October 2009. Published in german language in ak – analyse und kritik.


Never before have we experienced a noborder camp on the outer borders of the EU at which political protests and social struggles for the freedom of movement were as intertwined as they were in Lesvos. International press coverage about the detention centre Pagani was considerable and we return with many new impulses for transnational networking. Even if meetings were characterised by strong disagreements, our evaluation of Lesvos is overwhelmingly positive.

Tomorrow when we continue our journey, we will be refugees again. But till the last minute we will be just people here tonight, friends celebrating together. Who would’ve thought that on this island we wouldn’t have to hide in the woods and that we would get the gift of a night of freedom amongst friends!

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NoborderTV available on bittorrent

Due to popular demand, we make NoborderTV, i.e. all videos from noborder lesvos 09 available on the net. We decided to use the popular p2p filesharing protocol bittorrent as a distribution mechanism in order not to put too much strain on our servers, the torrent comprises 13 films totalling 1.6 GB.

Please don’t just download the films and then kill the torrent: Keep the torrent going, because like this, you help other people to download the films as well. Again: Once the download is completed, do NOT delete the torrent, and don’t remove the files from the incoming folder. Sharing is caring!

For all those who don’t know what bittorrent is: Serious Operating Systems/Distributions usually come with a client, for Windows and MacOSX, you will need to download one. There are plenty of open source clients, check here and here.

Download the Torrent file. (mirror)

List of Contents when you
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Noborder Newspaper

exegermena#4 People from the squat in Mytilini published a newspaper about the noborder actions in August 2009. It is only in Greek but for those who speak Greek, enjoy: download the pdf.


Archive Lesvos 2009
In this post, we are trying to put together an overview over all that happened around and during the noborder camp. It is based on the entries on this blog, but surely, things will be missing. Therefore, yet another call to collaborative action: Use the comment function and add what is missing, we will incorporate it into this article, so in the end, we can have a fairly comprehensive documentation of noborder lesvos oh nine. We are looking for: missing information on what happened, links to other reportings (indymedia or mainstream or …). We will also put images and links to videos. Please suggest what is missing. This is work in progress, so even if you are only a reader, make sure to check back as this will be growing.

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Stop deportations to Greece – suspend Dublin II!

Please read, spread and sign this Communiqué from activists of the international No Border Camp 2009 on Lesvos concerning the Dublin II regulations and deportations to Greece. You can sign using the form below (introduced due to popular demand). Let’s build pressure!

As activists of the international No Border Camp 2009 on Lesvos, we are witnessing a policy of systematic human rights abuse against migrants and refugees. As a crucial symbol for this policy stands Pagani, a detention centre, situated in the outskirts of the city of Mitilini, for migrtants and refugees, women, men, minors and children, who arrive in Greece without documents. People are imprisoned in Pagani for many weeks, even months. They are forced to share a room with approximately 100 people. About 1000 people are constantly locked up in a place normally designed for only 280 people. Sanitary and medical conditions are beyond any possible imagination. It is not even necessary to describe the further consequences of forcing people to under these circumstances, since the absolute lack of human rights is all too obvious.

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the end?

Basically, noborder lesvos 09 started early, and finishes late: Officially, we concluded the camp yesterday, but there is still a lot of people around, helping to deconstruct the camp and to continue political work here in Lesvos. After all, we helped to push quite a few things, but we need to guarantee that they were not just temporary changes, but rather that they are the beginning of completely different migration policies. As always, this is work that takes time. Still, the noborder camp has provided a great start. And if it should turn out that the authorities will go back to business as usual, our answer will be the Noborder Lesvos 2010!


We, the people responsible for this site, will not write a proper conclusion here. There are different opinions about the camp, we have our own (you can read them out of our posts), and we would like to invite everybody to make heavy use of the comment function on this site to start a debate. On the right top, you can register with a nickname, which makes it easier to post a comment. We will watch comments for sexist and racist language and general abuse and will filter them out. Apart from that, we won’t do any censorship (it is censorship after all, we shouldn’t deceive ourselves about it). Please discuss in a fair way, and don’t reveal facts that should not be discussed in public. We will also try to convert the website into a proper documentation of what happened, to make content more accessible and add other things. You can contact us at lesvos09[at], we are collecting everything (digital or to be digitalized).

We want to thank everybody who found the way to Lesvos to make the noborder camp the event it was. Special thanks go out to all the activists (noborder or not) from Lesvos who welcomed us and provided space we needed to do our work. A lot of thanks also go to the Bineio Squat, which provided us not only with a media centre, but generally with space to meet, discuss and relax. Together, a lot of things were possible. We have found many a new friend, and we are convinved that this is not an end, but rather the beginning of yet another transnational, antiracist cooperation. We hope that all the migrants that we had the chance to meet and live together have a safe and not too slow journey to their respective destinations. We know that their way is a hard one, but we will continue to struggle together, here in Lesvos as well as in any other place where we are.

One week in Lesvos, 52 weeks in struggle.

Heute ist nicht aller Tage, wir kommen wieder, keine Frage.

22 refugee received travelling papers without detention

noborder.lesvos09--230809--01 About 100 NoBorder activist met this morning in front of the Prefecture of Lesvos to squat it. The matter of the squat is to point out the responsibility over the horrible circumstances in the detention center of Pagani to the Prefect and to increase pressure: we want the unconditional closure of Pagani detention centre.

Although they could not get inside the Prefecture, the Prefect responded to some demands of NoBorder. 22 Afghans, mainly families, that recently arrived and were hosted by noborder where brought directly to the open refugee camp, without being detained in the detention center of Pagani.

This is an important achievement for noborder: the standard procedure of unconditionally detaining all refugees intercepted in Pagani was finally broken. The families also received their traveling papers, although they needed to buy a ferry ticket to Athens themselves. At present there are about 180 refugees, mainly women with children in the new refugee camp.

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About w2eu

This is the blog of the antiracist network Welcome to Europe. It was formerly known as


The name Welcome to Europe expresses the discontent and anger we feel when looking at the fatal realities of the European external border: the long documented deaths and suffering have continued for years, and no end is in sight. We stand for a grassroots movement that embraces migration and wants to create a Europe of hospitality.


We maintain our focus on the European external border in Greece, but will not limit ourselves to that geographical area. The right of freely roaming the globe has to be fought for everywhere. Join us!


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Voices from the Inside of Pagani (2009)

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