UPDATE: Since the start of the campaign, more than 7,000 asylum seekers have been transferred to mainland Greece.
More than 13,000 asylum seekers are trapped on Greece’s islands in deplorable 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. No one should sleep in these arduous conditions. It is high time they ended this inhumane containment and #OpenTheIslands.
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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.