Thousands of migrants and asylum seekers in northern Greece have been subject to appalling reception and detention conditions, with at-risk groups lacking necessary protection, Human Rights Watch said.
Unaccompanied migrant children in Lesbos are being incorrectly identified as adults and housed with unrelated adults, leaving them vulnerable to abuse and unable to access the specific care they need, HRW said.
With only 11.5% of asylum seekers relocated, a real solution is overdue and requires solidarity among European countries to uphold the right to seek international protection, states the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Besides replacing tents with some 1,000 residential containers on eight official sites, UNHCR is also delivering up to 200,000 winter items to 38,000 asylum-seekers on sites in the Greek mainland and the islands.
Due to increased restrictions on transit via the official Balkan route, smuggling continues to pose protection risks to increasing numbers of migrants seeking alternative ways to reach the destination countries.