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(en) Berlin / Potsdam, press release on refugees being distributed in germany

Date Fri, 17 Nov 2006 17:30:11 +0200


Poland's government puts refugees on the street
On the 27 of November 2006 an amendment on the Act on Granting Protection to
Aliens becomes active. This means that ca. 1500 refugees will be thrown out of the refugee-homes, in which at this time around 3500 refugees live. With this
amendment being made on the 26 of August, following aggravations for refugees are inserted: Refugees who have a tolerated stay in Poland, have to leave the refugee-homes three months after this law becoming valid. Even applying again for asylum is not a protection anymore for being thrown out of the refugee-homes. Until now, many refugees who only got a tolerated stay and were denied being acknowledged as refugees, applied again for asylum, to at least be able to stay in the refugee-homes and have at least a minimal care. Not because the living conditions in the refugee-homes are so great, the opposite is the case. The living conditions in the homes are so bad, that again and again refugees from Chechnya choose to go to prosecutor state Russia
„voluntarily“ or even go back to civil war in Chechnya. Outside the refugee-homes, the refugees have practically no chance to find a place to live or even a job, to be able to survive. In 2005 6860 refugees applied for asylum in Poland. About 90 % come from the Caucasus, mostly from Chechnya. Less as 5 % got the acknowledgement as refugee. The majority got a rejection or a tolerated stay (Office for Repatriation and aliens, Warsaw). Many refugees from Chechnya are extremely traumatised. Many of them are single Mothers with children. It is not clear how many unaccompanied minors are staying in Poland. For these people who need protection, the statement of Jan Wegrzyn (general director of the Office for Repatriation and Aliens) must sound extremely cynical:“ This Amendment helps refugees to get better integrated in the society“. Neither objections nor protests, not even from polish ngo`s working in the refugee-field have been made against the horrible consequences of this law.

Through information papers in the refugee homes, the refugees know the date on which they have to have left their homes. Before they are thrown on the streets many of them prefer to leave Poland and travel secretly further to Western Europe, because this is officially not allowed. Most of them know that they won’t have a chance on a legal staying-permit, because of the Dublin 2 law, and might be deported to Poland immediately. The Dublin 2 law is stating that the first EU country a refugee arrives is responsible for the asylum-procedure of this refugee. When they are controlled in another EU-country or even get arrested, they are easily identified because of the Eurodac-fingerprintsystem and it is easily seen in which country they have been before. They will be taken in a deportation-prison and be deported to the responsible EU-country.

In this way the core-states of the EU manage to keep their countries free of refugees and put the responsibility for refugees on the border states of the EU. That is why the number of refugees in Germany is as low as ever. The border states of the EU, who are often the poorer states try to get rid of the refugees by keeping them in impossible living-conditions.

The refugee-expulsion-politics of the EU-states does not take human rights into consideration and violates against human rights and refugee-conventions.

Abolition of the Law on protection of refugees
Refugees have the right to search for protection where they want
Abolition of the Dublin 2 Law
Human rights for everybody!

Poland Working Group of the antiracist initiative Berlin

For questions:
gloede@fluechtlingsrat-brandenburg.de
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