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This section shows in-depth reports and cases we follow.

Again – Three individuals removed from the deportation list

On October 4th, 2018, the deportation of three migrants from Lesvos to Turkey – who did not get the possibility to exhaust their legal remedies in Greece – was stopped at the last minute. Only three weeks later, on October … Continue reading

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Deportation as Business Model

Deportation as a Business Model The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, better known as Frontex, supports the operational implementation of the deportations under the EU-Turkey statement. This means that the agency is responsible for deploying so-called “forced-return escorts” that … Continue reading

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Deportation of three individuals halted last minute

On 4th October 2018, the deportation of three individuals was halted at the very last minute. They had been transferred from Moria Camp to the police station to be then escorted on the deportation ferry to Turkey, although the three … Continue reading

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The prison within the prison within the prison: The detention complex of Moria Camp

Since the EU-Turkey statement, migrants arriving from Turkey on the Greek Islands – on EU soil – are prohibited to travel freely within Greece. Their movement is restricted to the small Islands of Lesvos, Chios, Leros, Samos or Kos where … Continue reading

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STOP DEPORTATIONS TO TURKEY

People trapped on the Greek Islands are deprived of basic rights Since the EU-Turkey Statement, more and more people seeking protection in Europe are deported directly from the Greek Islands to Turkey. According to the European Commission, at least 2,224 … Continue reading

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Infrastructure of Deportations

We just published our first blogpost about the EU-Turkey deportation regime. In this post  we briefly illustrate the different phases of deportations from Lesvos to Turkey to  point out the roles of important players who facilitate these practices of removal. … Continue reading

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Denial of Right to Appeal – Two Migrants from “Moria 35” Deported, 13 June 2018

by Valeria Hänsel On June 13th, two refugees from Ghana and Guinea have been deported to Turkey under questionable legal grounds. Despite the efforts of the Legal Centre Lesbos and lawyers from the organization HIAS, who were fighting against the … Continue reading

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The Myth of Voluntary Deportations – “Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration” from Greece, January 2018

By Muriel Schweizer and Valeria Hänsel The number of people who agree to “voluntary” return from Greece to their country of origin with the programme of “Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration” of the “International Organization for Migration” (IOM) is significantly … Continue reading

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30 November 2017 – Nigerian man deported despite serious health condition

Two brothers from Nigeria who made the deadly crossing from Turkey to Lesvos in a rubber dinghy were immediately detained in the pre-removal prison inside the so-called “Hotspot camp”, Moria. For almost three months they were isolated from society, adequate … Continue reading

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27 November 2017 – Dubious Deportations to Turkey Prevented!

Author: Valeria Hänsel On Thursday, 23rd November 2017, the deportation of two migrants was stopped last minute. The two men from Iran and Afghanistan were held in detention on Lesvos Island. Shortly before they were transported to the harbour of … Continue reading

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