Notes From the Margins…

A New Kind of Barbarism: the Non-People of Patras

  • June 21, 2012
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I have just read a copy of the  so-far unpublished report* by the German NGO Pro-Asyl and the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) on police brutality towards undocumented migrants in the port-city of Patras in Greece.   It makes grim and often sickening reading. Patras is one of the main exit points in Greece for migrants and asylum seekers trying to make their way to other European countries.

Every year hundreds of people from Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan, Eritrea and other Third World countries pass through the city, where they live in squats, makeshift shelters and fields while they try to get onto a truck or ferry to Italy

My piece for Ceasefire magazine on the searing Pro-Asyl/Greek Council for Refugees report ‘ I came here for peace: the systematic ill-treatment of migrants and refugees in Patras.’   You can read the rest of the piece here.

The full English-language version of the report referred to  is now available here.   It’s a tragic, essential, and exemplary piece of human rights research from the frontline of Europe’s immigration wars, which shines a torchlight on a world that the Greek government and the EU would prefer the world not to know about.


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