Over the past moth devastating fires burnt down the Moria Registration and Identification Center and surrounding areas, the EU Hotspot on the Greek island Lesvos. The fires have left thousands of vulnerable individuals homeless and traumatised, among them over 4,000 children.
While we are shocked and saddened at these developments, they come as no surprise. Lesvos and the other EU Hotspotsv on the Aegean islands have reached breaking point long ago. Moria camp is currently hosting roughly 12-13,000 displaced individuals, with an official capacity of only 2,800. These severely overcrowded camps are characterized by squalid living conditions and a severe lack of adequate sanitation or hygiene facilities, even amid the heightened health risks due to Covid-19.
The situation in the other Greek Hotspots is similarly untenable and repeated warnings have remained unanswered for over four years. A petiotion has been circulated for a radical change in EU migration policy which has been signed by 172,655 people around the world. Read the full petition on changes.org.
SAVE DIGNITY, SAVE PIKPA AND KARA TEPE
Μore than 160 Greek and international organizations, academics and other actors from all over Europe urge the Greek authorities to revoke decision to close dignified alternatives in accommodating refugees οn Lesvos
Athens, 30 September 2020 – We, the undersigned, call on the Minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis, and the local authorities of Lesvos to repeal their decision to terminate the operations of PIKPA and Kara Tepe facilities for vulnerable asylum seekers on the island of Lesvos. The authorities should not only revoke the decision to shut down these facilities, but in this time of great need, they should further strengthen and protect all dignified alternative solutions for asylum seekers’ housing and protection.
Read the full Statement here.