Death at Border

Hundreds of refugees lost their lives at the Greek borders during the last years while trying to reach Europe and move to the North. The refusal of the EU-countries to open up legal routes for those seeking safety has forced refugees in the hands of the smuggling networks and pushed them to choose more dangerous routes.

The year 2016, when the so-called Balkan Corridor was re-closed and the EU–Turkey Statement was enforced, has been the deadliest year in record. More than 5,000 refugees drowned and suffocated while trying to cross the Mediterranean – also in the Aegean Sea and at the Greek–Turkish land border.

RSA closely monitors shipwreck incidents on both sides of the Aegean, assists victims and their families and raises awareness about the consequences and human cost of EU border policy.

03 Jul: AGATHONISI TRAGEDY: INVESTIGATION MUST SHED LIGHT ON CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DEATHS OF REFUGEES LAST MARCH  

PRO-ASYL and Refugee Support Aegean wish to express once more their profound concerns over the loss of sixteen lives following the capsizing of…

26 Jun: #AgathonisiShipwreck: The case file

On 16 March 2018, a refugee boat sank near the Greek island of Agathonisi. Sixteen persons perished including seven children…

11 Jul: Code of Conduct for INGOs Involved in SAR Operations in the Mediterranean

Statewatch has leaked a version of the code of contact the European Commission has demanded that INGOs involved in SAR…

20 Jun: Syrian acquitted for deaths of refugees in Farmakonisi case

The Felony Appeal Court of Dodecanese in Rhodes decided yesterday that the young Syrian – sentenced initially to 25 years…

15 Jun: Greek Hotspots: Deaths Not to Be Forgotten

(a joint PRO ASYL / Refugee Support Aegean (RSA) Policy Note) 14th June 2017 Greek Hotspots: Deaths Not to Be…