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22 May 2018 description
'Supported Independent Living for Unaccompanied Minors' covers their housing needs and focuses on leveraging and strengthening the teenagers’ skills and potential.
04 May 2018 description
IOM assisted with 10,576 voluntary returns to 84 countries and territories over the 20-month period, through EU and Greece-funded Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programme.
03 May 2018 description
With about 500 people arriving in Lesvos every week, the overcrowding, as well as the increased demand for health care and other services, are pushing the camp to breaking point.
27 Apr 2018 description
Some 2,900 people have arrived in Evros so far this month, mostly Syrian and Iraqi families. This is equivalent to half the estimated arrivals for all of 2017. In April land arrivals have outpaced sea arrivals.
20 Apr 2018 description
More than 1,000 people have made the dangerous journey since March. The Hellenic Red Cross and IFRC are preparing to provide essential supplies like sleeping bags and blankets.
19 Mar 2018 description
Living conditions in reception facilities on the islands do not meet basic humanitarian standards and are the result of both overcrowding and recent reductions in services, says MSF.
09 Feb 2018 description
The situation is particularly worrying in reception centres of Lesvos and Samos where thousands of refugees continue to stay in unsuitable shelter with inadequate security.
22 Dec 2017 description
Since mid-October, 6,000 asylum seekers have been moved out of the islands but 10,000 are still crammed into government-run facilities on the islands, double the design capacity.
21 Dec 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch states they should be transferred to the Greek mainland and provided with adequate accommodation, and access to fair and efficient asylum procedures.
14 Dec 2017 description
report European Union
The agreement builds on EASO’s existing operational support and aims to sustain the Agency’s support for the country’s response to the pressure on its asylum and reception systems while implementing the EU Asylum Acquis.
11 Dec 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch
Unrest in overcrowded facilities, coupled with bad conditions, means kids living in hot spots for prolonged periods experience high levels of stress, and can undergo depression and self-harming.
08 Dec 2017 description
report Oxfam
Oxfam hails positive move but says: "Even if we could move all 5,000 people overnight, reception facilities on the islands will still be over-capacity, unsafe and unsanitary."
06 Dec 2017 description
MSF is scaling up its emergency humanitarian intervention, and is calling on EU and Greek authorities to open the islands and immediately move people to the mainland.
22 Nov 2017 description
The Greek government, with the support of EU member states, should act now to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 20 human rights and aid groups said.
27 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund
Only a third of the nearly 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children in Greece are receiving shelter and care. UNICEF urges key policy and legal reforms to help keep them safe.
23 Oct 2017 description
19 human rights and humanitarian aid organizations called upon the Greek government to put an end to the ongoing “containment policy” confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands.
16 Oct 2017 description
Legal status challenges place unaccompanied and separated children at risk of arrest, detention and in the cases of Greece and Jordan, relocation and even deportation.
25 Sep 2017 description
report Save the Children
In Greek camps, up to 16 people are forced to sleep in five-person tents. This level of overcrowding puts children at immense risk, with reports of violent outbreaks in some camps.
08 Sep 2017 description
The number of new arrivals, which accelerated in August, is putting pressure on overcrowded reception facilities and hampering efforts to improve conditions.
27 Jul 2017 description
The programme helps refugees rent urban accommodation and provides them with cash assistance marking a change from providing support for accommodation in camps.