Photo by Giovanna Vaccaro
What is unusual with this procedure of having an "informal list"?
First, the fact that the acceptance of the application for asylum does not occur by its submission. Second, that the identification takes up to two weeks and then passes additional time between the identification and the reception.
The most serious consequence that results from this practice is that during the time between identification and formalization of the application for international protection, which is done by filling in model ‘’C3’’, only when reception is ready, these asylum seekers are not considered as such and protected by any rights. This means that if they get into a police control, they could be identified as irregular migrants, and, as such, end up in the CIE* (if not yet identified) or directly receive a deportation order.
The total number of asylum seekers who find themselves in this situation is therefore about a hundred.
Thirty men of Bangladeshi nationality, average aged 30, live in a basement of the city’s sports center that had been vacated in March 2014.
For food, they are telling me, they are buying things day by day in the nearest stores. It’s mainly cold food since they are unable to cook, and since there’s not even a canteen in the city. For dinner we brought them some food from acquaintances that live in the CARA*.
When I asked how they are coping in these conditions they tell me I could see by myself that there was "No water, no electricity, and no food." They manage to eat once a day and only thanks to some of their acquaintances who are in the CARA*, and who in the evening bring their left over meals.
I ask to take pictures of the camp and I am granted permission. Then a guy comes holding wood, they tell me to take a picture of him: that wood is heating for the night.
‘Is it already so cold at night?’ – ‘Oh yes, very!’
Then they remember the emergency number to call an ambulance. They already know the service because, as they tell me, a few weeks ago, they had to help their friend who had excruciating pain; they had to call five times before the ambulance finally arrived.