14/11/2020: At Brussels airport on 10 November 2020, we welcomed five so-called ‘Dublin’ exiles of different nationalities, deported to Belgium through France and Great Britain.
The three exiles coming from Great Britain had been arrested by the police in their hotel or host place as soon as their asylum request had been notified as ‘Dublin’. They had been retained in a closed centre afterwards and then rapidly put on a ‘charter’ flight. We had had contacts with them thanks to associations in Great Britain a few days before their deportation and arranged an appointment at the airport. Infos here
Eleven other migrants locked up at Brookhouse, who were to be put on the plane, were released from the detention centre following appeals lodged by lawyers in Great Britain.
This so-called ‘charter’ was a TUI Airway commercial flight. They were nine exiles on board. The flight had a stop in Bordeaux to drop off three exiles, and then flew to Brussels where they dropped off three others and again to Bratislava to drop off the last three ones.
The two exiles coming from Paris flew on a Brussels Airlines flight to Brussels. They had been arrested during a convocation and brought to Charles de Gaulle airport. The exiles coming from Great Britain had met these two men at Brussels airport and had suggested them to join us.
They all had introduced an asylum request in Belgium, some several years ago already, which had been refused, and they had continued their journey to Great Britain or France.
When they arrived to the airport, they got a convocation from the Foreigners Office for this 12 November 2020 at 9 a.m, inviting them to reintroduce an application for international protection.
After an assessment of their situation, all together around a coffee, they were hosted by friends for a first night.
Other charter flights are foreseen to different European cities in the coming weeks .
We are launching a call for volunteers to welcome them at the airport in Brussels and/or host them.
We condemn both airlines (Brussels airlines and TUI Airways) for their collaboration to these deportations!
Campain against TUI Airways : https://twitter.com/calaisolidarity/status/1326867448713400321?s=20
Campain against Brussels Airlines : https://www.facebook.com/Brussels-Airlines-Stop-Deportations-2341425242795496/
STOP ALL DEPRTATIONS