Tag: migrants

  • Voices from the Shadows: Inside Sweden’s Deportation Camps

    Voices from the Shadows:
    Inside Sweden’s Deportation Camps

    Berham Mohammad, a Kurdish refugee in Gothenburg, recounts the harrowing conditions in a Swedish camp that resembles a prison-like environment with psychological warfare, inhumane treatment, and repeated violations of human rights. Incarcerated with other refugees, some long-term residents face forced returns, while harsh daily living conditions provoke hunger strikes and…

  • Forgotten Refugees of the Balkan Route

    Forgotten Refugees of the Balkan Route

    Trieste’s Piazza della Libertà and the nearby Silos warehouses have become a hub for migrants, mostly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, fleeing violence and seeking asylum. They endure harsh living conditions, with inadequate shelter, facing winter cold and illness. Volunteers provide some aid, while local organizations struggle to house the 420…

  • Greece: The Uncertain Future of the Helios Program

    Greece: The Uncertain Future of the Helios Program

    The HELIOS refugee integration project in Greece, managed by the International Organization for Migration and the Greek Ministry, was abruptly halted due to funding shortfalls since early 2024, leaving many refugees vulnerable to homelessness. The suspension hinders access to housing support, language courses, and employment resources. Funding inconsistencies and bureaucratic…

  • Behind the Bravado: The Human Costs of Mitsotakis’ Falsehoods

    Behind the Bravado:
    The Human Costs of Mitsotakis’ Falsehoods

    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis boasted about excelling in migration management at a recent conference, but crucial issues were conveniently omitted. Violations of international laws and human rights, pushbacks of thousands of refugees, and a tragic shipwreck involving over 650 lives paint a different picture. European Commission’s silence and financial…

  • Decoding Injustice in Greece: Çelik’s Battle Against 155-Years Prison

    Decoding Injustice in Greece:
    Çelik’s Battle Against 155-Years Prison

    In Greece, a “pushback” strategy targeting refugees has led to a systematic environment of violence and arbitrary detentions. One victim, Mehmet Çelik, who sought refuge in Europe after facing legal issues in Turkey, was sentenced to 155 years in prison despite the prosecutor recommending acquittal. He and several other refugees…

  • Racist or far-right and anti-Islam!?

    Racist or far-right and anti-Islam!?

    Mainstream media misrepresents Geert Wilders’ far-right victory in the Netherlands as anti-Islam instead of racist. Rather than promoting a united society, media establishments encourage a fictitious “us versus them” narrative. This narrative benefits liberal-lefts, who ignore authoritarian and ultra right-wing Islamic groups. Meanwhile, right-wing trends in the Middle East exploit…

  • Emotional Desolation: Opening a Conversation on Displaced One’s Emotional Challenges

    Emotional Desolation:
    Opening a Conversation on Displaced One’s Emotional Challenges

    From simple friendships to love relationships, common gender stereotypes about people from the Middle East or Africa and, strong colonial and supremacy bias towards them led to some experiences that treating human as sexual and emotional satisfaction resources, then discarded similar to batteries, and seeking out new resource once the…

  • Seeking Refuge in Chains: The Plight of Homayoun Sabetara

    Seeking Refuge in Chains:
    The Plight of Homayoun Sabetara

    In September 2022, Homayoun Sabetara, a native of Iran, was handed an 18-year prison sentence for “aiding unauthorized entry into the EU from third countries.” Having driven a car from Turkey to Greece with six others seeking refuge, he was apprehended by the police in Thessaloniki. For the past two…

  • Obstruction and Repression: Greek Law Forces Mare Liberum’s Dissolution

    Obstruction and Repression:
    Greek Law Forces Mare Liberum’s Dissolution

    In a somber announcement, the human rights monitoring group Mare Liberum has announced its withdrawal from Lesvos island, the end of its operations, and the dissolution of the association. The decision came after five years of operation in the Aegean, during which the group faced multiple forms of sabotage, obstruction,…

  • Ankara’s “Hospitality” Strategy: Syrian Refugees in Turkey

    Ankara’s “Hospitality” Strategy: Syrian Refugees in Turkey

    As the upcoming presidential election draws near, political parties are making a variety of promises on how to handle the refugee crisis. Unfortunately, one of the topics dominating election news is the potential deportation of refugees back to their home countries in order to stem the flow of movement across…

  • The Intersection of Industrial Power and Immigration Policy

    The Intersection of Industrial Power and Immigration Policy

    In recent years, Greece has seen a reconfiguration of its migrant concentration camps, with new camps being erected on islands and existing camps being converted into “closed controlled centers” surrounded by walls. These military-style camps are part of a broader racist-colonial system operating within Greece and throughout Europe.

  • From Hope to Despair: The Failure of the EU-Turkey Statement

    From Hope to Despair: The Failure of the EU-Turkey Statement

    In 2016, the European Union (EU) and Turkey reached a deal known as the EU-Turkey Statement, aimed at managing the large influx of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe from conflict zones in the Middle East and North Africa. Under the agreement, Turkey agreed to take back all refugees and…