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15 Jun 2018 description

OVERVIEW

DRC Greece's urban and integration programming in 2018 aims to build on the activities being implemented in Athens, start activities in the Municipality of Trikala, and develop further its current partnership with the Municipality of Thessaloniki.

13 Jun 2018 description

Arrivals kept pace in May (2,900) compared to April (3,000). Lesvos received the highest number, 53 per cent and were mainly Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan families.

Seven people were injured and 900 asylum-seekers left the Moria reception centre for other sites on Lesvos after violent clashes on 25 May.

Government-authorized transfers from the islands slowed to 1,100 in May from 1,600 in April, as reception remained overstretched.

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13 Jun 2018 description

This month 2,900 people arrived by sea and 1,500 by land. Despite the fewer arrivals, the increased arrivals of April and the lack of sufficient accommodation in the mainland and the islands has created overcrowding in many sites.

This resulted in difficult conditions, increasing protection risks and tension particularly in sites in Central Macedonia. A violent incident in Moria, Lesvos led 900 people to seek temporary shelter elsewhere on the island. The need to increase accommodation across the country is urgent.

Working with Partners

11 Jun 2018 description
report Médecins du Monde
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Greece is one of the main gateways to Europe, together with Italy and Spain in the Mediterranean region. Refugees and migrants reach Greece both through its land border with Turkey in the North and, mainly, through the Greek-Turkish sea frontier in the Aegean. During 2015, almost one million refugees and migrants arrived in Greece, in their majority viewing Greece as their first stop and as a transit country towards their final destination to central and northern European states.

11 Jun 2018 description

This document provides detailed information on Temporary Accommodation Sites and Reception & Identification Centers (RICs) in Greece in order to allow for better planning and to address gaps where highlighted.

08 Jun 2018 description
report BioMed Central

Rebecca Hémono, Bridget Relyea, Jennifer Scott, Sinan Khaddaj, Angeliki Douka and Alison Wringe

Conflict and Health201812:24

https://doi.org/10.1186/s13031-018-0158-9 | © The Author(s). 2018

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Background

21 May 2018 description

This month land arrivals surpassed sea arrivals for the first time since 2013 when 3,600 people arrived in Evros, and 3,000 by sea. The increased arrivals in 2018 exceeded the capacity of State-run sites and apartments to accommodate them. In response the authorities reactivated sites that had previously closed and plan to increase capacity further. Arrivals in Evros overwhelmed the identification limited processing and assistance and in Evros overwhelmed the reception and identification centre in the area.

21 May 2018 description

Arrivals increased to 3,000 in April from 2,400 in March and 1,250 in February. Most arrived on Lesvos and consisted of Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan families.

As overcrowding worsened, conditions deteriorated on Lesvos, Chios, and Samos and fuelled tension between refugee and island communities.

Delays in covering interpretation gaps at reception centres and hospitals hindered access for asylumseekers to specialized care.

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16 May 2018 description
report METAdrasi

METAdrasi facilitates the communication of healthcare services with refugees and migrants

A three-year-old boy from Iran is in a hospital in Athens. The doctors are ready to proceed with urgent surgery, in order to save his life. It is indispensable that his parents - who do not speak well either Greek or English - are informed and give their consent. Time is valuable.

Proper communication between the child’s parents and the medical staff before, during and after the surgery, as well as within the period of recovery, is of vital importance…

15 May 2018 description

This document provides detailed information on Temporary Accommodation Sites and Reception & Identification Centers (RICs) in Greece in order to allow for better planning and to address gaps where highlighted.

03 May 2018 description

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges Greek government to increase medical services and transfer people to Greek mainland 

ATHENS/NEW YORK, MAY 3, 2018—As the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, visits Lesvos for a regional conference, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warns that thousands of men, women, and children in Lesvos are living in squalid, overcrowded conditions in Moria camp, with insufficient access to health care.

27 Apr 2018 description
  • Arrivals nearly doubled to 2,400 in March mostly to Lesvos and Samos while mainland transfers slowed to 699 from some 2,100 in January.

  • Higher numbers put strain on already overcrowded reception centres and aggravated tension and frustration amongst asylum-seekers and refugees.

  • Sixteen people died and two went missing in a shipwreck off Agathonisi Island. Only three people survived.

23 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2018, some 16,700 refugees and migrants entered Europe through the Mediterranean. This is less than half of registered arrivals during the same period in 2017. One in five of them were children.

23 Apr 2018 description
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There was a significant increase of arrivals this month when 1,480 people arrived at the Evros land border, and 2,440 in the Aegean islands. The increase surpassed the border centre’s capacity to accommodate new arrivals centers’ capacity to accommodate new arrivals, leading to overcrowding, poor conditions and increased protection risks. As State-run sites and UNHCR apartments through municipalities and NGOs are at full working to increase accommodation and NGOs are at full capacity, the Government is working to increase accommodation places and support.

06 Apr 2018 description
report Harvard University

Mark Latonero, PhD*, Danielle Poole*, Jos Berens

The report, Refugee Connectivity: A Survey of Mobile Phones, Mental Health, and Privacy at a Syrian Refugee Camp in Greece, is the result of 2017 field research by Data & Society, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, and Centre for Innovation at Leiden University. Lead authors of the report are Mark Latonero, Ph.D. of Data & Society, Danielle Poole of HHI/Signal and the Harvard School of Public Health, and Jos Berens, formerly of Leiden University.

02 Apr 2018 description
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Women and children were at heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence amid poor security in the reception centers. UNHCR urged action with specific measures.

Overcrowding eased on Lesvos and Chios with lower arrivals and continued transfers, but in Vathy reception center on Samos crowded and unhygienic conditions further deteriorated.

UNHCR supported the Greek Government to transfer 847 vulnerable asylum-seekers and 243 unaccompanied children to improved mainland accommodation