15 November, Lesvos – Turkey

Date & time

15th of November 2018 (11:30 am Ferry)

Means of transportation

Bus & Ferry (Kaptan Ilyas Mert)

Number & gender

10

Nationalities

unknown

Island

1 from Lesvos, 9 from Kos source

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8 November, Lesvos – Turkey

Date & time

8th of November 2018 (12:00 am Ferry)

Means of transportation

Bus & Ferry

Number & gender

8

Nationalities

unknown

Island

2 from Chios, 6 from Kos source

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4 November 2018, Greek Islands – Greek Mainland (Transfer of “Voluntary Returns”)

Date

4th of November 2018

Number

24

Island

 24 from Samos source

These people agreed to “voluntary” return from Greece to their country of origin with the programme of “Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration” (AVRR) of the IOM. From the Greek Islands they were most propably transferred to a pre-removal centre on the Greek mainland in order to be returned to their country of origin.

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2 November 2018, Greek Islands – Greek Mainland (Transfer of “Voluntary Returns”)

Date

2nd of November 2018

Number

11

Island

 11 from Kos source

These people agreed to “voluntary” return from Greece to their country of origin with the programme of “Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration” (AVRR) of the IOM. From the Greek Islands they were most propably transferred to a pre-removal centre on the Greek mainland in order to be returned to their country of origin.

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1 November, Lesvos – Turkey

Date & time

1st of November 2018 (11:46 am )

Means of transportation

Bus & Ferry

Number & gender

11 men

Nationalities

unkown

Islands

1 from Lesvos, 1 from Samos & 9 from Kos source

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Deportations to Turkey – overview: October 2018

Month

October

Number

17

Island

 9 from Lesvos, 1 from Chios, 2 from Samos, 2 from Leros, 3 from Kos

Particularities

On the 4th the deportation of three men was halted last minute, see report. One person monitoring was arrested.

On the 25th the deportation of the same three men was again halted last minute, see report.

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“Voluntary Returns” overview: October 2018

Month

October

Number

69

Island

 23 from Lesvos, 8 from Chios, 18 from Samos, 20 from Kos

These people agreed to “voluntary” return from Greece to their country of origin with the programme of “Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration” (AVRR) of the IOM. From the Greek Islands they were most propably transferred to a pre-removal centre on the Greek mainland in order to be returned to their country of origin.

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28 October 2018, Greek Islands – Greek Mainland (Transfer of “Voluntary Returns”)

Date

28th of October 2018

Number

1

Island

 1 from Kos source

These people agreed to “voluntary” return from Greece to their country of origin with the programme of “Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration” (AVRR) of the IOM. From the Greek Islands they were most propably transferred to a pre-removal centre on the Greek mainland in order to be returned to their country of origin.

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25 October 2018, Lesvos – Turkey

Date & time

25th of October 2018 (13:00 am Ferry)

Means of transportation

Bus & Ferry

Number & gender

9 men

Nationalities

unkown

Island

5 from Lesvos, 1 from Chios, 1 from Samos, 2 from Kos source

The deportation of three men who had not exhausted their legal remedies in Greece was again halted last minute, see report.

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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 25th, the same three men were yet again transferred from the pre-removal prison of Moria camp to the police station prison of Mytilene in order to be deported.

The police carried out the transfer although several lawyers, and after pressure of independent activists, also the Ombuds Office had been involved to halt the deportation three weeks before to ensure the right of the three men to file a subsequent asylum application.

Today, lawyers again successfully managed to intervene in the deportation process – after having been informed by activists who witnessed the transfer of the three men. 9 men – who probably did not have a lawyer to assist them at the last minute – were deported to Turkey.

The renewed attempted deportation is telling. It confirms the serious lack of transparency, missing controls of deportation lists and the authorities’ focus to carry out returns instead of guaranteeing basic rights to migrants on Lesvos Island.

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