Unwelcome Reception in Greece

Migrants and asylum seekers arriving in northern Greece, fleeing countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, are subject to “appalling reception and detention conditions,” Human Rights Watch reported today.

Under national and European law, Greece is obliged to treat asylum seekers and migrants with dignity and provide them with a decent living standard, including timely access to health care.

But in May, HRW visited government-run facilities housing migrants and refugees, and found people living in dark, dank quarters without locking bathrooms. Health care and interpreter services were lacking, as was support for at-risk groups including pregnant women and new mothers.

Human Right Watch

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