Supporting refugees suffering from European Politics

»Man will uns ruhigstellen«

November 20, 2020

Natalie Gruber, die Mitgründerin der gemeinnützigen Organisation Josoor, hielt die Ermittlungen zunächst für einen Scherz. Das Einzige, was die beschuldigten Organisationen gemeinsam hätten, sagt sie, sei, dass sie Informationen über illegale Pushbacks durch griechische Grenzschützer veröffentlicht hätten. »Man will uns ruhigstellen.«

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Illegale Push-Backs von Migranten in Brüssel am Pranger

November 9, 2020

Jede Nacht versuchen Flüchtlinge und Migranten, in der Türkei ohne Lebensunterhalt und Chance auf Asyl, mit Schlauchbooten die gefährliche Überfahrt auf die griechischen Inseln. Starke Strömung und der Schiffsverkehr in der Dunkelheit können tödlich sein.

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Greece’s ‘new tactic’ of migrant expulsion from deep inside its land borders

October 8, 2020

In the meantime, for people who are rounded up inland and expelled “it’s a huge trauma,” said Gruber, from Josoor. “After usually years of difficult journey, they think they are finally safe, and then, from one day to the next, they are taken back to Turkey. And the way [the police] do it is usually… very violent.”

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‘Catastrophe for human rights’ as Greece steps up refugee ‘pushbacks’

September 27, 2020

Interviews with five victims of pushbacks, 10 NGOs working across the Aegean Sea including Human Rights Watch, Josoor and the Aegean Boat Report, and a tranche of videos reviewed by the Guardian reveal an organised and systemic practice of denying entry to asylum seekers.

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Sent back by men in black at the Greek-Turkish border

September 21, 2020

"We give them clothes, some food and money for the bus," says Gruber. 'They are too exhausted to tell their story. We only write down the testimonials in Istanbul. ' That is an important part of Josoor's work. The reports will be posted on the site of the Border Violence Monitoring Network, with which Josoor collaborates.

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Migrants picked up on Greek soil and rafted out to sea, 'as if we were animals'

September 13, 2020

Gruber from Josoor finds it worrying: "Pushbacks are always illegal. If we take international law seriously, all the treaties that we as Europe have signed to give people the right to apply for asylum, this should never happen. And with these methods people are also immediately endangered at sea. "

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Greece illegally returns refugees to Aegean Sea

September 10, 2020

"We see a higher level in brutality", says Natalie Gruber, founder of the NGO Josoor. "The coast guard is trying to stop all ships arriving on the Greek sea. And groups which have successfully reached the islands are also sent back to sea, after having arrived on land."

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Refugees: Illegal deportations open wound - MPs call for investigation into allegations

September 4, 2020

The BMVN analysis, based on Josoor's research, presents a set of visual material documenting incidents of masked men on an inflatable boat in Lesvos in July. Specifically, the BVMN analysis, using Josoor data, identifies a boat pushback incident with 32 refugees that took place on July 11, 2020.

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Greece ends Turkey deal with the deportation of migrants

August 30, 2020

Greece has closed the legal route to Europe. "All Syrians who arrived on the Greek islands this year have been rejected on the grounds that Turkey is a safe country," said Natalie Gruber of Josoor, an Austrian organization part of the Border Violence Monitoring Network. “They have been sent to deportation centers and are awaiting deportation under the Turkey deal. But Turkey will not take anyone back. The deportation centers in Greece are bulging."

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They push back and contradict

August 24, 2020

The American organization Human Rights Watch denies the unprovoked statements of the prime minister in his interview with CNN and Christian Amanpour last week. And the Border Violence Monitoring Network with Josoor and No Name Kitchen publishes the result of a thorough analysis of visual material from a pushback operation of the Greek Coast Guard on July 11.

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New video-documents show men of the Coast Guard with masks expelling refugees

August 23, 2020

New videos published clearly show a boat of the Greek Coast Guard and its crew wearing masks, preventing a boat with refugees from approaching Lesvos, endangering the lives of dozens of people. The Greek Prime Minister and government lie brazenly and publicly.

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New video-documents expose government and EU for repatriations in the Aegean

August 23, 2020

Analysis of the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) based on revealing visual material of a repatriated refugee in Turkey, which was thoroughly investigated by Josoor and No Name Kitchen, exposes the government, and in a few days deportations and that the Greek authorities are not involved in illegal activities. At the same time, it is emphatically concluded that Europe supports this illegal practice.

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EU silence makes migrant pushbacks a standard procedure

July 6, 2020

"At this point, almost every attempt to cross the Aegean ends in a pushback. Even those who reach the islands are not safe" says Natalie Gruber . She works for Josoor, an organization that monitors the situation at the Greek external border from the Turkish side. "We know of numerous cases in which refugees disappear after their arrival and reappear later in Turkey."

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Focus on Europe: Refugees in Greece face violence and forcible expulsion to Turkey

July 2, 2020

"They told us 'we don't even want to hear you breathing'. It was like a secret operation. I noticed three armed men in civilian clothes, hiding between trees on the Greek side, watching us the entire time with binoculars."

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Greece Suspected of Abandoning Refugees at Sea

June 16, 2020

NGOs like Aegean Boat Report, Josoor and Alarm Phone have also spoken with refugees and reported their experiences - and since March 23, activists have documented a number of incidents.

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Η Ελλάδα εγκαταλείπει προφανώς πρόσφυγες στη θάλασσα

June 16, 2020

Τα παράνομα pushback προσφύγων από την ελληνική ακτοφυλακή αποτελούν θέμα ευρείας έρευνας και πάλι του Spiegel σε συνεργασία αυτή τη φορά με το ARD και το Lighthouse Reports. Ευθύνες όμως και στην Frontex.

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La doctrina del shock que Grecia aplica en sus fronteras

June 13, 2020

Según la red Border Violence Monitoring que funciona de paraguas para las organizaciones independientes que documentan la violencia en frontera en los Balcanes y Grecia, más de 350 personas habrían sido devueltas sin ningún tipo de base legal, pero podrían ser muchas más.

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Plötzlich vor dem Nichts

June 6, 2020

"Die Pandemie hat die ohnehin schon prekäre Situation der Geflüchteten in der Türkei weiter verschärft", sagt Natalie Gruber, ihre NGO Josoor versorgt Flüchtlinge in der Grenzregion.

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Daniel Donskoy combines sport with commitment to refugees.

June 3, 2020

Daniel Donskoycombines sport with commitment to refugees. The actor supports the challenge "Push-ups instead of push-backs" of the association "Josoor", which works for refugees at the Greek-Turkish border.

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Grecia expulsa colectivamente a más de 700 solicitantes de asilo ante el silencio cómplice de la Unión Europea

June 3, 2020

Las organizaciones Border Violence Monitoring Network y Josoor International Solidarity han podido registrar buena parte de las expulsiones practicadas desde la Grecia continental.

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Syriërs op weg naar Europa: pionnen van Erdogan

May 15, 2020

Duizenden vluchtelingen in Turkije werden in maart door de Turkse president Erdogan aangemoedigd om naar Europa te gaan. Maar de grens bleef dicht.

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Turkey: Dropped off at the coastline

April 22, 2020

How does Corona change the situation at the European borders? Eva gives us an overview about the latest development in Turkey and Greece.

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Flüchtlinge an der türkischen Küste: Schon wieder benutzt

April 15, 2020

Natalie Gruber, Präsidentin der Hilfsorganisation Josoor, steht mit vielen der Menschen in Kontakt. Einigen Geflüchteten hätten die Busfahrer empfohlen, sich Schlauchboote zu kaufen und nach Griechenland überzusetzen, sagt sie.

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Epidemia koronawirusa. Turcja zabiera uchodźców z granicy

March 30, 2020

Nach einem Interview mit Natalie berichtet auch die polnische Presse

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Stuck between the Greek and Turkish border during Covid-19.

April 1, 2020

“Natalie Gruber is from Austria, since 2015 she has been involved in the refugee crisis as a volunteer on different borders throughout Europe.“

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Európa nem nyit, egyre inkább zár – Mi lesz a határon rekedtekkel?

March 17, 2020

Az ausztriai Natalie Gruber, a német Lorenz Böttcher és a szintén német Eva minden nap beszámolt a tapasztalataikról.

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Im Visier der Polizei: Studentin aus Mechernich hilft in türkischem Geflüchtetenlager

April 7, 2020

“Die Zustände im Camp sind unmenschlich, deshalb halfen die Studenten den Menschen mit dem Nötigsten.”

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WHO WE ARE

Josoor is a non-profit association registered in Austria, uniting a small but growing team from a range of different countries across the globe.

WHAT WE DO

Our small and flexible partner teams on the ground provide emergency relief and support for refugees currently stuck at Europe's external borders. We coordinate the ground teams and cooperate with a range of other initiatives, report about human rights violations and raise awareness of the inhumane conditions on our borders - all in the hopes of changing European policies regarding innocent people seeking protection. Josoor is currently focusing on the land and sea border between Turkey and Greece.

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