More than 100 people missing after boat sink near the Libyan border // Boat with 31 children under 5 years old saved in the sea // New deportations from Greece // Pan-European far-right group strengthening its network in Europe // Traffickers Indicted in Bulgaria // Alarming situation in the camp at Hungarian border // France continues deportation to Afghanistan
Libyan Coast Guard rescued over 480 people today at sea off Azzawya, but at least eight people drowned and over 100 are still missing. Previously this week, only on Thursday and Friday, more than 900 people were rescued off Libya.
All the people who were rescued are taken to the detention center in Zawia, and probably they will be sent back to the countries they are coming from.
At the same time, over 1000 people were rescued closer to Italy in several operations. Sea-Watch crew at one point of time during a day had on board 220 people rescued from sinking inflatables, including one pregnant woman — Virtue from Nigeria — who was transferred to boat Pheonix for medical care. Unfortunately, two of the passengers did not make it.
Meet Chok from Southsudan who just got out of prison in #Libya. So glad we found him on a wooden boat with 44 other people this morning!
That was not the only rescue operation for the crew today.
Boat Prudence had 50 people on board today. Among them, 31 were children under 5 years old.
You have to be beyond desperate to take a boat like this with your kids. #Prudence has more than 50 on board and 31 are under 5.
This year, over 72,000 people crossed this dangerous route to arrive in Europe. It is estimated that over 1,700 died on this route.
Most of the new arrivals are in Italy, the country that is struggling to find ways to accommodate all the people. While many are trying to help, every day we are receiving news about those who are finding a ways to harm refugees and migrants. According to the latest information, starting this Monday, in Pordenone, the area in the North of the country, parishes and local office of the left wing party, won’t be able to host people any longer. If this decision is implemented, over 50 more people are destined to sleep in the street.
While the officials are finding ways to make life even more difficult for people who are migrating, not enough is done to stop fascists. The media in Europe are reporting about a new pan-European far-right group that gathered 73,000 Euro through the crowdfunding. They are campaigning to stop informal migration to Europe.
Last month, part of this group
Identitarian Generation, stopped an SOS Mediterranee rescue ship from entering the port of Catania before being intercepted by the Italian Coast Guard.
The funds they gathered through crowdfunding will be used to continue their actions, and they will continue targeting those who are saving lives. It is said that the person who is representing this group in public is 23 years old student.
Nevertheless, what this group is proposing is much closer to official policies in EU than opposed to. Including the support for the EU cooperation with North African countries to close smuggling routes, and basically migration, as well as the EU-Turkey deal.
The group is developing a phone application for their members tentatively called “Patriot Peer”. The app will help to other thinking, in the same way, to find each other through geolocation services and help foster networks throughout Europe.
More people arrived in Greece today, too. On Lesvos, two boats arrived, one early this morning, caring 13 people onboard, including four children. A second boat arrived in the afternoon with 55 people on board.
Another day on Chios. Refugee camp in Europe.
In the meantime, six refugees were moved from Chios to Lesvos to be deported.
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The situation in Serbia for refugees and migrants is getting worse. People who lived in barracks during the entire winter, and relocated across the country at the beginning of May, are slowly coming back to Belgrade. Groups of volunteers in Serbia are trying to help to those who are in the streets, including Syrian family with three kids.
Local media are reporting about two Bulgarians and one Afghan man who are charged with human trafficking after nine people died when a minibus crashed in southern Bulgaria weekend before. The driver was 16-years old Bulgarian, who did not even have a driving license. He also got killed in this accident. One of the Bulgarians was also charged with causing the deaths through negligence.
Bulgarian police continue arresting people who are trying to cross the border. This year, 2,054 people on their journey were intercepted and arrested after crossing the border. At the same time, fifty-two traffickers were arrested.
“More and more people are quarantined with gastrointestinal symptoms. People are lying on the floor of the containers because there are too many patients. The heat is unbearable and the metal containers become warmer. There is no shadow anywhere. The air is full of dust which the wind will stir up even more. People are losing their weight and the kids are getting thinner. There are some families who have been locked in the barbed wire for two months. In the first few weeks, we could even ask the people of a relief organization to buy us things in the shop, now it can not be. They want us to die here?”, MigrationAid reports.
People from Afghanistan are being more often arrested and taken to detention across the country, the local activists are reporting. This year, a number of Afghans in detention centers has risen to 80, and six of them are facing deportation to Kabul soon. Several flights has been booked for June, despite reports from Afghanistan about increased hostilities.
La Cimade group strongly denounces deportations and calls on France to stop immediately all deportations to Afghanistan.
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