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, policies linked to a 2016 EU migration deal with Turkey, continued arrivals and limited relocations to other EU states have left as many as 60,000 asylum seekers and other migrants stranded in Greece. Thousands, including vulnerable asylum seekers, are confined to the islands in abysmal conditions. Unaccompanied children are often held in police custody or detention whilst hundreds are either homeless, or unaccounted for by the authorities. Access to asylum remains difficult and subject to considerable delay.

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