Update #3 on Refugees in the Balkans deployment – IMPORTANT

This is the third update on the deployment for refugees on the Balkan route.

As you may have read, the current “migrant crisis” is something that will be remembered in the history books. To give you an idea of the situation, the last time Europe had so many migrants was at the end of World War II.

Standby Task force has agreed to support Internews in the collection of information that can help them create better information systems and help refugees arriving in Europe access services, understand their rights and stay safe.

The work you have done so far is amazing. We know that the data that we’ve been asked to collect is hard to find, but each new line added to the spreadsheet is as valuable as a diamond. I know that I can speak for the whole Core Team when I tell you that we are proud of you.

We still need more volunteers. We still need people who speak Arabic. We still need people with media monitoring skills. Even if it’s just for an hour.

Future steps

Since the current landscape of reliant data is changing by the hour, the Core Team has contacted Helena and Internews in order to reassess current needs.

It’s not a time out; the deployment goes on. You can still search for new data sources and add more lines to the document. But in the next hours Jus, Per and the other members of the Core Team (including myself) will work hard in order to create an easier workflow, develop a centralized workspace and update the instructions.  

We would love to hear from you as well

Your thoughts will help us improve this deployment. You don’t have to come up with a solution, but it is important that we are aware of problems. Every feedback that contains a suggestion or a complaint is important for us.

Depending on your time zone, please feel free to contact:

Joyce Skype: joyce.monsees  Slack: joycemonsees-sbtf (UTC -7)


Stuart Skype: stuart.costello5  Slack: stuart_sbtf (UTC + 1)

Next update

You will receive the next update as soon as the new workflow is defined.

Please stay tuned


Leads for this deployment are:

Per Aarvik () skype:per_aarvik
Helena Puig Larrauri ()

Keep in touch

If you’ve got any questions, comments, suggestions then drop me or anyone in the core team an email or ask in the SBTF general chat room on Skype.

[email protected] or [email protected]

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