Webinar: March 8, 2022 | 11 AM CT / 7 PM EET Greece

Violence at the border: the case of pushbacks

orange rafts in the sea with clouds in the background

March 8, 2022 - 11 AM CT / 7 PM EET Greece

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Violence at the borders against migrants and refugees is an ongoing phenomenon that takes many different forms. In this webinar we will present the particularly deadly practice of push-backs, which is illegal according to international law and is systematically used by the Greek state. Push-backs are extremely violent and dangerous deportations of migrants, either in the middle of the sea borders or upon arrival on Greek territory. Migrants are denied the legal right to seek asylum. We will focus on the push-backs that have taken place in the Aegean Sea, and talk with the Legal Centre Lesvos, which monitors push-backs and undertakes legal representation of the victims of this practice.

Join the Aegean Migrant Solidarity team in conversation with the Legal Centre Lesvos, which has been documenting pushbacks in the Aegean sea and offering legal support to the victims of this practice.


Lorraine Leete, Legal Centre Lesvos

Lorraine Leete is the co-ordinator of Legal Centre Lesvos which has since 2016 provided free and individual legal information and assistance to migrants who arrive by sea to Lesvos. LCL documents violations of migrants' rights and engages in advocacy and strategic litigation to hold the Greek government, Member States of the European Union, and European institutions to account. LCL advocates for equal access to safe and legal routes of migration in Greece, Europe and globally.

Aegean Migrant Solidarity is the Lesvos program of Community Peacemaker Teams. AMS works with local partners to accompany migrants at the borders of Europe, often those who face the harsh consequences of Europe’s criminalisation of migration. We have supported those who face life sentences for simply driving a boat from Turkey to Greece, as well as those facing arbitrary arrest for protesting the conditions in the camps.

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