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HELLENIC REPUBLIC: People displaced by imminent closure of refugee camps must get safe and adequate housing

26 May 2017
[International Secretariat]
Region: HELLENIC REPUBLIC
Topic: Refugees and Migrants

Greek authorities must ensure that refugees and migrants expected to start being evacuated from three Elliniko camps tomorrow, are provided with safe, adequate, alternative housing, said Amnesty International.

“Whilst no one will mourn the closure of these uninhabitable, unsafe camps, the failure to provide people living there with information about their imminent removal has only served to increase their fears and anxieties,” said Monica Costa Riba, Amnesty International’s Regional Campaigner.

“The authorities must urgently guarantee that no one will be rendered homeless or placed at risk as a result of the closure. Safe and secure adequate alternative housing which takes account of the particular needs of women and girls must be made available.”

One Afghan man told Amnesty International: “They don’t give us information, which creates a lot of anxiety...They want to confuse us so that we cannot decide and they’ll decide for us.”

One Afghan woman told Amnesty International: “We talked with everyone but no one tells us anything. I am really worried about ending up on the street”.

Another Afghan woman who described the poor conditions in Elliniko including poor sanitation, lack of privacy and security, told Amnesty International: “We have been through hell here. I won’t go to another camp.”

BACKGROUND

The evacuation of the Elliniko refugee camps in Athens is expected to begin tomorrow. More than 800 refugees and migrants, mostly from Afghanistan, are currently living there in tents.

Join Amnesty International's campaign for the residents of Elliniko here.

22 May 2017
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE

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