Re-blog: Into The Fire – refugees and migrants in Greece

JCWI are working alongside video activists from Reel News to help gain the widest audience possible for their new film Into The Fire. The film is thoughtfully made and brilliantly put together but makes, in places, for somewhat uncomfortable viewing.
Things are bleak in Greece at the moment. The vicious austerity measures are ripping up people’s lives, denying people a pension, heating, food and security. The reaction seems to be going in two directions, there is a strong feeling of solidarity with communal kitchens and medical care provided by those who can and there is the growth of progressive parties such as Syriza. But there is also a nasty backlash against the more vulnerable people there – refugees and immigrants.
Into The Fire tells the story of those immigrants, the attacks from police and organised fascists, the appalling treatment of their asylum claims or their attempts to get documentation and the right to work, the homelessness and the lack of healthcare. Add to all that, the impossibility of moving to another country – even the one they came from – and you have the desperate situation these people face.
A huge percentage of refugees making it to the EU in search of sanctuary arrive in Greece – entirely for geographical reasons. They arrive to find the system for documenting and processing asylum seekers in meltdown.  It’s bad enough for the UNHCR, in September 2010, to call the asylum situation in Greece a ‘humanitarian crisis’. Unquestionably things have deteriorated since then. In January this year, Human Rights Watch reported:

“Violence against people from Afghanistan and North and sub-Saharan Africa is alarmingly commonplace, much of it going unrecorded.”

Into the Fire reports on some of the victims of this violence, and looks at the living conditions, prospects and reality faced by them.

– See more at: http://www.jcwi.org.uk/blog/2013/04/11/fire-refugees-and-migrants-greece#sthash.8RlbpTe4.dpuf

Into The Fire – refugees and migrants in Greece
JCWI are working alongside video activists from Reel News to help gain the widest audience possible for their new film Into The Fire. The film is thoughtfully made and brilliantly put together but makes, in places, for somewhat uncomfortable viewing.
Things are bleak in Greece at the moment. The vicious austerity measures are ripping up people’s lives, denying people a pension, heating, food and security. The reaction seems to be going in two directions, there is a strong feeling of solidarity with communal kitchens and medical care provided by those who can and there is the growth of progressive parties such as Syriza. But there is also a nasty backlash against the more vulnerable people there – refugees and immigrants.

Into The Fire tells the story of those immigrants, the attacks from police and organised fascists, the appalling treatment of their asylum claims or their attempts to get documentation and the right to work, the homelessness and the lack of healthcare. Add to all that, the impossibility of moving to another country – even the one they came from – and you have the desperate situation these people face.

A huge percentage of refugees making it to the EU in search of sanctuary arrive in Greece – entirely for geographical reasons. They arrive to find the system for documenting and processing asylum seekers in meltdown.  It’s bad enough for the UNHCR, in September 2010, to call the asylum situation in Greece a ‘humanitarian crisis’. Unquestionably things have deteriorated since then. In January this year, Human Rights Watch reported:

“Violence against people from Afghanistan and North and sub-Saharan Africa is alarmingly commonplace, much of it going unrecorded.”

Into the Fire reports on some of the victims of this violence, and looks at the living conditions, prospects and reality faced by them.

– See more at: www.jcwi.org.uk/blog/2013/04/11/fire-refugees-and-migrants-greece#sthash.8RlbpTe4.dpuf

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