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An open message from the International Network Against the Border System Meeting in Poland

The situation that has been ongoing for months on the border between Poland and Belarus is a real humanitarian crisis, putting in danger thousands of people who try to find refuge in Europe. But, it is not only that.

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Solidarity Without Borders in Poland & Belarus

Thousands of people are trapped on the border between Belarus and Poland. Approximately 6,000 men, women and children are out in temperatures falling as low as -10C as they attempt to cross the border into Europe. The events – geopolitical, national, personal – leading to this situation are complex, but one thing is certain: the people there need our practical support and solidarity today.

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Abolish Frontex: Blockade Koningin Máxima barracks Royal Marechaussee in Badhoevedorp [Amsterdam Airport, Schiphol]

Badhoevedorp. Netherlands. December 18, 2021 – Since 7 o’clock this morning, on International Migrants Day and also international Abolish Frontex day of action, Stop the War on Migrants has blocked the entrances to the Queen Máxima Barracks of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar) in Badhoevedorp (Sloterweg 400). The Border Security Training Center located there is a training location for EU border security agency Frontex. The action is a protest against Frontex, the Dutch cooperation with Frontex, the European migration policy and the role of the KMar in border control and deportations.

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Fortress Europe: Exposed to the Systematic Arbitrariness of IOM and Bosnian Police

Velika Kladuša. Bosnia. On November 24, the biggest autonomous squat in Velika Kladuša, a town close to the Croatian-Bosnian border in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), was evicted by special police. People on the Move (PoM) were forced to get out of their tents, pack their stuff and get into busses, not knowing where they will be brought. Afterwards special police forces burned down the camp structures and remaining shelters and with it all the belongings, people couldn’t take with them.

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Statement in Support of Migrants Stranded at the Belarus-EU Border

Thousands of migrants are stranded along the border between Poland and Belarus trying to enter the European Union. As we have already reported some time ago, for months the eastern EU countries have become the new routes used by migrants to reach Europe, avoiding crossing into Turkey and ending up imprisoned by the agreements between Erdogan and the European Commission or risking their lives in the Mediterranean Sea. In recent days, however, the Polish government has decided to block them: Poland has set up an emergency zone of several kilometres along the border, employing police and army. Lithuania, the other country of entry, has done the same. This prevents anyone from helping the migrants stuck in the cold in the middle of the forest. Several of them have already died as a result of this blockade. Attempts to break through are repelled with tear gas and barbed wire.

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We Are Still Here demonstration: Permanent Residency [Amsterdam, Netherlands]

their right to be accepted and respected. The demo was strong and powerful, with 250 people chanting slogans during the whole route of 7 km in Amsterdam east, the Pijp and the eastern part of the city center.

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Deportation airlines return to Afghanistan to cash in on evacuation flights

Several airlines involved in the recent evacuation from Kabul have been making money for years deporting vulnerable refugees back to Afghanistan.

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Message from the refugees after the death of our brother [Calais, France]

Calais. France. Last Tuesday, September 28, Yasser, a young Sudanese man died at the French-British border. Despite his grief, his family chose to bury Yasser’s body in Calais. Yasser’s relatives and members of the Sudanese community in Calais have written the following letter, available in French, Arabic and English (scroll down for the French and Arabic version).

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Migrants in camps and detention centres in Greece – A political analysis

The Greek state has a long tradition in the racist management of refugees and migrants within it. The on going war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa (to which the Greek state actively contributes), the exclusion and exploitation policies, as well as ecological disaster, are forcing hundreds of thousands of people to seek a better future in Europe.
The planning of the European Union, however, holds a nightmarish future for them, with the Greek state being behind the expansive military interventions and at the forefront of the war against migrants on the European territories.

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Murder by negligence on EU border [Poland, Belarus]

Last month, Freedom reported on the plight of 32 people from Afghanistan seeking asylum in the EU imprisoned on the Polish-Belarus border and left there without food, shelter or medical assistance for weeks. These people are the victims of a diplomatic spat between the dictatorial regime of Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko and the EU.

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