End The Asylum Crisis on Greek Islands

UPDATE: Last week the Greek government pledged to transfer 5,000 asylum seekers to mainland Greece by December 15. Currently, more than 1,500 people have already been transferred.

Winter is here, and more than 13,500 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. This winter no one should sleep in these arduous conditions. It is high time they ended this inhumane containment and #opentheislands.


Please tell Greece’s Prime Minister and EU member states to end the containment of asylum seekers on the Islands by December 21, and call on other European leaders to support Greece in doing so!


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It's time for Greece to protect asylum-seekers trapped on Greek islands. Declare an end to the containment policy on the islands and allow people to move to mainland Greece.

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