We, Niamh Keady-Tabbal and Izzy Tomico Ellis, have been on-the-ground of the European refugee crisis since 2015 and are both without official affiliation. The stories included in this report have been verified with copies of the transcripts of admissibility interviews, other witnesses and reports. We have also verified and seen a number of cases that mirror the ones we have included: Like Ghaith, a 24-year-old schizophrenic Kurdish man, whose condition was ignored received a rejection to both his application and appeal. We witnessed Frontex officers in Souda camp repeatedly encouraging refugees to deport themselves to Turkey and have seen numerous cases of self harm and a smaller number of suicide attempts. We have been involved in countless incidents where individuals have been unaware of their rights, procedures and have been the victim of disastrous errors on behalf of the asylum authorities. Finally, throughout this report, official investigations and reportage from leading human rights organisations is linked confirming the commonalities of the stories we have included and for those who wish to find out more about the struggles individuals have encountered as a result of the EU/Turkey Deal.
** With the exemption of Wassim Omar, the names of the refugees who appear in this report were changed due to their own fears of persecution by Greek and Turkish authorities. The figures were provided by Aegean Boat Report, an independent organisation which has been documenting the movement of refugees to Greece since 2015. *** Raw footage of Inas was provided by Action From Switzerland and Seawatch