UPDATE: Since the start of the campaign, more than 5,000 asylum seekers have been transferred to mainland Greece.
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.