DETENTIONS UNFAIR – Amnesty International has called on the government to stop police sweep operations to detain undocumented migrants, arguing that authorities are deliberately targeting vulnerable groups while denying many asylum seekers a fair application process. “It is especially concerning that those eligible for international protection also face being detained. Migrants and asylum seekers are not criminals and should not be treated as such,” said Jezerca Tigani, an Amnesty programme director for Europe and Central Asia.
MIGRATION FUNDING NOT USED – Meanwhile, a total of 250m euros is available to Greece to deal with the issue of undocumented migration but the country has only absorbed 40m euros of it, the citizen protection minister said on Monday. Michalis Chrysochoidis was speaking after a meeting with the European home affairs commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom. The commissioner stressed that efficient guarding of borders, a properly functioning asylum system, humanitarian action but also detention centres for those ineligible for asylum were necessary in order to deal with illegal migration.
Here are a few refugee-related stories from Kathimerini – a local Greek newspaper. Please continue to pray for the city, the ministry, and the refugees. Many refugees are afraid; many locals are frustrated. Hope is in short supply. The city of Athens – Greeks, refugees, and everyone else – needs to see the God who is greater than all the problems, the fears, and the hate that is haunting this city. Pray. Please pray.