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Hidden infrastructures of the European border regime: the Poros detention facility in #Evros, #Greece

NOTE: THIS BLOG POST AND THE RESEARCH IT DRAWS ON DATE BEFORE THE ONSET OF THE CURRENT BORDER SPECTACLE IN EVROS OF FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020. OBVIOUSLY, THE SITUATION IN EVROS REGION HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY. OUR RESEARCH HOWEVER UNDERLINES THAT THE GREEK STATE HAS ALWAYS RESORTED TO EXTRA-LEGAL METHODS OF BORDER AND MIGRATION CONTROL IN THE EVROS REGION. PARTICULARLY THE VIOLENT AND ILLEGAL PUSHBACK PRACTICES WHICH HAVE PERSISTED FOR DECADES IN EVROS REGION HAVE NOW BEEN ELEVATED TO OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT POLICY.

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Press release: Institutional abuse of refugees and human rights violations on the Turkish-Greek border

March 10, 2020. THE GREEK TEAM OF THE EC-FUNDED INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT “RESPOND: MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE OF MASS MIGRATION IN EUROPE AND BEYOND”, EXPRESSES ITS DEEPEST CONCERN REGARDING THE UPSURGE OF RACIST VIOLENCE, INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS UNFOLDING ON THE GREEK AND EUROPEAN SEA AND LAND BORDERS WITH TURKEY, WHERE THOUSANDS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE ARE STRANDED UNDER INHUMANE CONDITIONS.

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