The acute economic crisis is felt by the most vulnerable in society. Greece remains on the frontline of Europe’s asylum and migration challenges. Border restrictions in the Western Balkans, a 2016 EU migration deal with Turkey, and limited relocations to other EU states, have left over 60,000 asylum seekers and other migrants stranded in Greece. Thousands, including vulnerable asylum seekers, are confined to the islands in abysmal conditions, while tens of thousands face difficult conditions in camps on the mainland. Unaccompanied children are often held in police custody or detention.

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End The Asylum Crisis on Greek Islands

End The Asylum Crisis on Greek Islands

Winter is nearly here, and more than 15,500 asylum seekers are trapped on Greece’s islands in worsening weather conditions. European Union-sponsored processing centres housing them are filthy and overcrowded - many people, including women and children, are forced to sleep in summer tents or on the ground.

This is happening because Greece, with the support of other EU countries, has put in place a containment policy to prevent asylum seekers from leaving the islands to the mainland. But the Greek government can change this. They can ensure that by December 21, the start of winter, no one sleeps in these arduous conditions. It is high time they ended this inhumane containment and #opentheislands.