Question: Criminalisation of protection seekers in Greece

In order to deter, Greece sentences those seeking protection to long prison terms – covered by the Commission, which refuses to intervene and does not declare itself competent. For example, Hanad Abdi Mohammad was sentenced to a total of 142 years in prison for taking the helm of a boat and saving 31 people in the process. With other Members, I asked whether …

What was important this week

Here, at the end of the week, I give an overview of my work and the currently important debates and issues in the European Parliament. Calendar week 41 Afghanistan On the agenda of the Delegation for relations with Afghanistan was the continuing worrying humanitarian situation, which is likely to worsen over the winter months. In this context, also the …

News from Afghanistan

Because of the current developments in Afghanistan, we have created until mid-October 2021 in addition to the „News from the Borders“ daily press review on the most important events in the country itself, but also on the people who are trying to flee from there. 10/14/2021: I talk to T-Online and Watson about the Kabul airlift and the …

Question: Security situation in Afghanistan

Together with the Social Democrat Bettina Vollath and the left-wing Clare Daly, I tabled a question to the Commission on the advance of the Islamists as early as 30 June, six weeks before the Taliban invaded Kabul. Unfortunately, it took the Commission more than 10 weeks to answer our question. This and other questions can be found …

Question: Arrest of Dutch journalist Ingeborg Beugel

Journalist Ingeborg Beugel was arrested on the Greek island of Hydra at the beginning of June for harbouring a young Afghan. If convicted, she faces up to a year in prison. She says the accusations against her are unjustified and that the young man is a refugee, not an illegal migrant. To that …

EU Commission supports Croatia's Schengen accession despite pushback

On 15 June, together with eleven other MEPs from three political groups, I wrote this letter to Commissioner Ylva Johansson, in which we call on the Commission to take immediate action against the pushbacks and human rights violations by Croatia at the EU's external border. The letter was prompted by media reports from Spiegel, ARD, Lifhthouse Reports and Novosti, from which …

This is the current situation on Lesvos

I travelled to Lesvos in July to see what the current situation is in the new Mavrovouni camp after the fire in Moria. I also met with the Frontex field officers to talk about the current situation and the pushbacks by the Greek Coast Guard. And I visited various NGOs and civil society actors, …

Inquiry: 130 dead in the Mediterranean

In April, at least 130 people died after a shipwreck off the coast of Libya. This tragedy, like many others before it, could and should have been avoided. I have therefore put the following three questions to the Commission in a question. These and other questions can be found in full on the European Parliament's website. 1. how far were the ships …

Question: Does the EU support closed mass camps in Greece?

On 28.5.2021 the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum published a tender for the construction of the planned new "multi-purpose reception and identification centres" on Lesvos and Chios. A total of €142 million will be allocated for this purpose. The tender explicitly mentions that these will be "closed, controlled structures", 100 % of which will be financed with funds from the European …

Question: Construction of walls around Greek refugee camps

The Greek government is building more and more walls around the mass camps. This separates the refugees from the local population and makes the camps look more and more like prisons. That is why I, together with other MEPs, have asked the Commission what its position is on the construction and whether it is being supported with EU funds. The Commission replied, …

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