This month 600 people arrived by land and 1,600 by sea.
Reduced sea arrivals combined with the ongoing transfers of the Government and UNHCR to the mainland helped reduce the number of refugees and migrants on the islands to 11,270 people thus allowing conditions in the overcrowded reception centres to slightly improve. However, more needs to be done as protection risks remain high particularly for women and children. In the mainland and Crete, UNHCR provides 22,000 places in rented housing through municipalities and NGOs.
Reception conditions slightly improved as, since December, the population on the islands decreased by 12 per cent, sea arrivals dropped by 30 per cent and transfers continued.
The Government, with the support of UNHCR, transferred to accommodation facilities on the mainland over 2,100 vulnerable asylum-seekers, and 237 unaccompanied children.
Women and children continued to be at heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence, while security remained inadequate at the reception centres.
- 229 residents in the site of Veria, as of 2nd of February 2018, all registered.
- 10 new arrivals were received throughout January from Samos and Evros border crossing. They were all provided with food and non-food items by NRC Shelter/WASH team.
- 2 residents departed spontaneously, 2 under accommodation scheme and 2 were transferred to other facility in the context of family reunification.
- Protection services, including Legal Assistance and Asylum Information are still provided by UNHCR, DRC, and EASO.
UNHCR particularly worried about the situation at overcrowded centres on the Aegean islands of Lesvos and Samos.
GENEVA – Reports of sexual harassment and violence at some overcrowded refugee reception centres in Greece are a cause for concern and one woman said she had not taken a shower for two months from fear of being attacked, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said today.
• 226 residents in the site of Veria, as of 31st of December 2017, including an unregistered family of 4.
• 21 new arrivals were received throughout December from Chios and Evros border crossing. They were all provided with food and non-food items by NRC Shelter/WASH team.
• 8 residents departed spontaneously and 13 under accommodation scheme.
• Protection services, including Legal Assistance and Asylum Information are still provided by UNHCR, DRC, and EASO.
2,700 people arrived by sea and land this month, and a total of 35,200 this year. The winter conditions, the overcrowding of reception centres and the inability of services to respond to the needs led to extremely poor hygiene, increased security and protection risks on the islands. The Government with UNHCR support accelerated efforts, transferring 3,195 people authorized to the mainland state-run sites, temporarily used hotels, and UNHCR’s rented housing. The latter, provides 22,000 places through municipalities and NGOs.
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SITUATION IN NUMBERS
# of arrivals in Europe through Italy, Greece and Spain in 2017
(UNHCR, 10 January 2018)
1 in 4
Of all arrivals in 2017 are children
(UNHCR, 10 January 2018)
# of child asylum-seekers in Europe between January and November 2017
(Eurostat, 10 January 2018)
17 January 2018
ATHENS, Greece/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Over two years ago, Greece became the centre of a refugee and migration crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people streaming into the country, many of them risking death to escape war, persecution and deprivation. In 2016 alone, some 173,000 people arrived in Greece, overwhelming local communities and resources.
Sea arrivals continued mainly to Lesvos and Samos, but decreased this month to 2,300 people. The majority came from Syria and Iraq, and 59% were women and children.
The situation remains difficult for asylum-seekers staying under unhygienic conditions in border reception centres. 178 people at high risk are hosted in UNHCR-rented hotels for the winter.
The Government accelerated transfers to the mainland and UNHCR supported some 3,200 asylum-seekers, mainly vulnerable or families authorized to move.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
In Lesbos Camp, Neglect Threatens Women’s, Girls’ Safety, Health
(Athens) – Greek authorities are failing to provide adequate protection for women and girls living in government-run, European Union-sponsored facilities for asylum seekers on the island of Lesbos, Human Rights Watch said today.
Sea arrivals continued mainly to Lesvos and Chios, but decreased this month to 3,200 people. The majority came from Syria and Iraq, and 62% were women and children.
Amid dropping temperatures tensions amplified and living conditions further deteriorated for asylum-seekers in border reception centres with limited access to services.
The Government intensified transfers to the mainland and UNHCR supported some 2,130 asylum-seekers, mainly vulnerable or families authorized to move.
- 225 residents living in the site of Veria, as of 31 November.
- 3 new arrivals were received throughout November from Lesvos and Evros border crossing. They were all provided with food and non-food items by NRC Shelter team and Bridge.
- 12 residents departed spontaneously and 3 under accommodation scheme.
- Protection services, including Legal Assistance and Asylum Information are still being provided by UNHCR, DRC, and EASO.
- IRC is still handling PSS and CP. All WP / SGBV or any other protection referrals are referred to UNHCR.
Concerns for hundreds of unaccompanied children sleeping rough in Greece this winter
NGOs launch roadmap for handover of refugee response to Greek Government
More than 2,000 unaccompanied children are on the waiting list for safe shelters in Greece, according to a new report by 12 organisations. The chronic shortage of accommodation for children is just one of the gaps in services that is worsening as the Greek Government prepares to take full control of the refugee response.
3,800 people arrived by sea and land this month, the majority of whom from Syria and Iraq. On the islands, the heavy rain worsened further the living conditions for asylum-seekers
Protection risks increased in the overcrowded RICs as hygiene and security deteriorated, putting children and the vulnerable in particular danger. The Government decided to increase transfers of those eligible to accommodation in Government-run sites and UNHCR apartments in the mainland and Crete with UNHCR’s support.
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MSF has been providing medical and humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers and migrants in Greece since 1996. In 2014, MSF expanded its activities in Greece to meet the needs of asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands and mainland from Turkey. Since 2016, MSF medical teams in Greece have offered services including primary healthcare, treatment for chronic diseases, sexual and reproductive healthcare, physiotherapy and mental healthcare. Today, MSF provides medical services in the wider area of Athens, in Epirus, as well as on the islands of Lesvos and Samos.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 — For the second consecutive winter, Greek authorities are trapping thousands of men, women and children on the Greek islands leaving them on the brink of a humanitarian emergency, warns the medical and humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). In response to this crisis, 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.
Athens – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and partner Médecins du Monde (MdM) announced today (5 December) that together they have rapidly provided primary health care services to over 1,200 migrants and refugees on the Greek mainland. The services were provided via mobile medical units during a two-month period between September and October 2017.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Since Wednesday, 15 November 2017, floods have been reported in the town of Mandra, Megara and Nea Peramos, which are all towns in the West Attica region of Greece (approx. 30 min drive from Athens).
Mandra – a town of 13,5001 inhabitants – was the most severely affected. In Mandra, at around 6 a.m., a wave of water suddenly rushed through the city, killing people, carrying away hundreds of cars, and devastating houses and property.