CamCRAG is a registered charity who organise regular weekend volunteer convoys from Cambridge to Calais. We also collect donations and funds to help refugees in Europe and beyond.
CamCRAG is a registered charity who organise regular weekend volunteer convoys from Cambridge to Calais. We also collect donations and funds to help refugees in Europe and beyond.
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Report from Mobile Info Team

In September CamCRAG gave Mobile Info Team almost £3,000 to support their work in Greece. Their Fundraising and Finance Manager, Sadhbh, reports on how the money was used.

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The funding allocated by Camcrag allowed us to pay for our advocacy team for the final quarter of 2023. This was a busy period for our advocacy department as we published our report  “Protection Unavailable: Dysfunctional Practices and Restrictions on the Right to Asylum” after months of research.

Our report revealed systematic use of prolonged detention of asylum seekers in the new system on the Greek mainland. We found deprivation of liberty for periods exceeding two weeks and in some cases unlawfully extended to beyond one month, simply to apply for asylum. We found that 83% of people are not being informed about their situation and rights, in a language they can understand, during the screening and registration process.

The report also highlighted the lack of protection for vulnerable people in Greece’s asylum system. People with serious medical conditions, survivors of torture and single parents – among others – are not effectively identified in the procedure, leaving them without support or legal protections while they wait to be registered. During registration, applicants undergo sometimes rushed and insufficient vulnerability screening, further exposing them to risk as their vulnerabilities go undetected.

After our report was published it was covered in both international and national news with mentions in ECRE, Melting Pot and Info Migrants, amongst others. 

We also welcomed a new Advocacy Officer on our team and continued to co-sign press releases and statements on topics such as the EU screening regulation and the criminalisation of NGOs in Greece. We also submitted reports on detention and access to asylum to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) as part of their monitoring visit to Greek detention facilities and closed camps in December 2023.  Our full advocacy library can be found at mobileinfoteam.org/advocacy

We also continued providing up-to-date information through Facebook posts. In this period we were able to publish 11 Informative Facebook Posts, reaching over 110,000 people. We covered topics such as Information on how to renew residence permits, the conditions under which you can receive a Greek Passport and also the waiting period to receive a decision on your asylum claim. Our Facebook posts can be found on our facebook page at facebook.com/mobileinfoteam

Additionally Mobile Info Team responded to over 1700 enquiries on our Facebook and WhatApp hotlines answering people questions surrounding the asylum procedure in Greece, as well as meeting over 150 people in our in-person Information Sessions.

Our lawyer, director and senior case workers also resolved 20 cases in this period, which included a positive decision on a subsequent application in which the person received refugee status, a family reunification case in which a family was reunited in Germany and the re-enrolment of a previously unaccompanied minor in the relocation programme and their subsequent relocation to Portugal.