Open letter to Mr Notis Mitarakis, Minister on Migration and Asylum

Athens, 21 January 2020 Dear Minister, With this letter, the below signatory humanitarian, human rights and protection organizations would like to congratulate you on taking up your new post as Minister on Migration and Asylum and wish you every success in your term. We would also like to welcome your intention to establish an EU […]

NGOs urge UN High Commissioner for Refugees to act on refugee rights during Greece visit

28 November 2019 – On Wednesday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, visited the Reception and Identification Centre in Moria – Lesvos to witness first-hand the human cost of flawed migration policies which have stranded over 39,000 people in overcrowded and dangerous refugee camps. Ahead of Grandi’s visit, SolidarityNow together with 16 other NGOs* […]

Racist Violence Recording Network expresses concern over xenophobic reactions against refugees

In recent weeks, the Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) has witnessed an increasing number of xenophobic and racist incidents, targeting the transfers of asylum seekers to reception facilities. These incidents may be committed by small groups from local communities but the wide-spread and organized nature they seem to take, as well as the involvement of […]

Έκκληση μετεγκατάστασης προσφύγων

SolidarityNow co-signs a call on EU member states and the European Commission, to make a collective pledge of at least 30,000 places to be made available for resettlement to the EU in 2020. It is imperative that these 30,000 places are implemented within the calendar year, guaranteeing a durable solution for some of the most […]

Greek, EU authorities urged to break ‘vicious cycle’ of overcrowded asylum-seeker hotspots

• For the third year in a row, vulnerable asylum seekers – including thousands of children – are trapped on the Greek islands of the eastern Aegean, enduring inhumane conditions in overcrowded hotspots. • Although the Greek government is moving many people to the mainland, 12 humanitarian organisations are calling for an end to this […]

Child Protection & EU Funding for migrant populations in Greece

On 16 May 2019, on the occasion of the Roundtable Conference “Child Protection & EU Funding for migrant populations in Greece: A reality check and the way forward” several child protection experts and migration stakeholders met to discuss the reception system and integration perspectives of children in migration in Greece, from the perspective of EU […]

Over 100 organisations call Von Der Leyen to stop criminalization of Solidarity with migrants

Over 100 independent organisations are calling the new European Commission to stop the criminalisation of solidarity with migrants in Europe in a joint statement published today. The organisations are calling the European Commission and its newly elected head Ursula Von der Leyen to reform the EU Facilitation Directive, which currently allows Member States to criminalise […]