Unconscionable Conditions at Greek Camps

Protests have erupted after a fire yesterday in Greece’s infamous, overcrowded Moria refugee camp killed at least 1 woman and possibly her child, BBC reports.  
 
The Lesbos camp only has capacity for 3,000 people, but houses more than 12,000.
 
The UN urged Greece to relocate the refugees after “appalling conditions” were exposed in 2018.
 
“No one can call the fire and these deaths an accident. This tragedy is the direct result of a brutal policy,” says Médecins Sans Frontières field coordinator Marco Sandrone.
 
A 2016 EU-Turkey deal established “hotspots” to streamline the EU refugee coordination strategy—but have resulted in severe overcrowding and inhumane conditions. At present, the bulk of new arrivals are coming from Afghanistan.
 
2019 is the busiest year since 2016 for refugee arrivals in Greece, with over 26,000 arrivals since September 1, Deutsche Welle reported.

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