Greek NGOs: government must take action to save migrants this winter

TMP – 12/11/2017

More than 100 charities in Greece are urging the government to provide migrants living on the country’s islands with better living conditions as winter is fast approaching.

Cold weather killed six migrants in the Moria camp on Lesvos Island last year, where most people lack access to basic insulation and heating. The camp was designed for a maximum capacity of 2,000 people but now more than 5,000 migrants live there. Many live in summer tents and sleep on the floor on thin mats or blankets.

Migrants throughout Greece have been protesting about the conditions on both the islands and the mainland. A group of Afghan migrants on Lesvos began a hunger strike last month in protest against the country’s asylum policies and urged the government to either grant them asylum or allow them to make their way to other European countries.

In Athens, families of migrants continue to put up tents on the city’s central Syntagma Square opposite the Greek parliament, as they protest against delays in being reunited with their relatives in other European countries.
There are currently more than 60,000 migrants stranded in Greece, with more arriving each week.