Migration and Struggle in Greece

Archive for May, 2014

Athens court rules more than 18 months detention of migrants is illegal

Posted by clandestina on 29 May 2014

The appeal against detention that was brought to court by the Greek Council for Refugees is of broader significance as it was the first case of its kind against the “endless detention duration. The decision 2255/23.5.2014 says that the endless detention defined as measure of compulsory stay in a detention centre by the states Legal Council Opinion 44/2014 is not according to law.

It states:

“it is not founded on any legislative provision”
“the compulsory measure imposed on the affected person is actually a continuation of his detention”

The case affects an Afghan refugee who was detained until May 5th 2014 a total of 18 months. Three days before that date (not even three months before as the Councils Opinion had defined) he received a documented informing him that his detention would be continued until he would “cooperate” to his “voluntary” deportation. The court decision was ruled on May 23rd and the refugee was released.

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Igoumenitsa: immigrant dies inside a truck

Posted by clandestina on 22 May 2014

Igoumenitsa port police has discovered the dead body of an Afghan refugee inside the cargo ares of a truck. The truck was going to board on a ship departing for Italy.

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Many immigrants dead and missing in the Aegean

Posted by clandestina on 5 May 2014

Two immigrants were found dead and 36 rescued after a new shipwreck in the Aegean, in the area north of Samos. Later. divers spotted 14 more dead bodies trapped in one of the two capsized boats.

The exact number of immigrants aboard the two boats that capsized is still unknown. According to the rescued immigrants, up to 65 people were trying to enter Fortress Europe on the two boats.

UPDATE: The number of dead immigrants pulled from the sea by Port Police has risen to 22…


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