Greece pledges to shut immigrant detention centers

SyrizaReuters: Greece’s new left-wing government pledged on Saturday to close down detention centers for illegal immigrants that have long been criticized by rights groups as inhumane.

A Pakistani man had died overnight at the Amygdaleza detention center in western Athens in a suspected suicide.

“Detention centers – we’re finished with them,” Deputy Interior Minister Yannis Panousis, who is in charge of public order and civil protection, told reporters on Saturday when he visited the center. Continue reading “Greece pledges to shut immigrant detention centers”

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SAFE AND LEGAL PATHS TO PROTECTION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

QCEAOur organisations represent Churches throughout Europe – Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic – as well as Christian agencies particularly concerned with migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. As Christian organisations we are deeply committed to the inviolable dignity of the human person created in the image of God, as well as to the concepts of the common good, of global solidarity and of the promotion of a society that welcomes strangers. We also share the conviction that the core values of the European Union as an area of freedom and justice must be reflected by day-to-day politics. It is against this background that we make the following proposals for the development of safe and legal paths to protection in the European Union.

[The group included QCEA – Quaker Council for European Affairs] – read the full report here:

http://www.caritas.eu/sites/default/files/christian_group_recomm_for_safe_legal_paths_to_protection_final.pdf