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Greece: Transfer refugees and asylum seekers to safety on mainland

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Following yesterday’s fire in Moria, on Lesvos, which destroyed the Reception and Identification Centre, 31 civil society organizations call on the Greek Government to immediately provide assistance to people who lost their shelter.

Those affected, among them many children and at-risk groups, must be carefully transferred to safety on the mainland.

The transfer of at-risk groups, including unaccompanied children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, people with medical and mental health conditions, and older people should be prioritized.

People who tested positive for Covid-19 should be given safe housing for the quarantine period, healthcare, and hospitalization if necessary.

Moving people from Lesvos to mainland Greece requires finding urgent solutions to address the fact that many current housing facilities for refugees and asylum seekers are at full capacity.

We urge the Greek authorities to work on a coherent plan that maximises all available resources including those from the EU and we renew our call to European leaders to share the responsibility for the reception and support of asylum seekers now more than ever.

In these difficult times, it is of outmost importance that respect for human rights is at the centre of the response to the fire at Moria, and that authorities do not resort to use of force or inflammatory language, but take appropriate steps to de-escalate any risk of violence.

  1. ActionAid Hellas
  2. Amnesty International
  3. Boat Refugee Foundation
  4. CRWI Diotima
  5. ECHO100PLUS
  6. ELIX
  7. Equal Rights Beyond Borders
  8. Fenix – Humanitarian Legal Aid
  9. Greek Council for Refugees (GCR)
  10. Hellenic League for Human Rights
  11. Hellenic Platform for Development (ΕλληνικήΠλατφόρμαγιατηνΑνάπτυξη)
  12. Help Refugees
  13. Hias Greece
  14. HumanRights360
  15. Humanitarian Legal Aid
  16. Human Rights Watch
  17. International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  18. INTERSOS Hellas
  19. Legal Centre Lesvos
  20. Médecins Sans Frontières
  21. Melissa
  22. Network for Children’s Rights
  23. Omnes
  24. Refugee Legal Support (RLS)
  25. Refugee Rights Europe (RRE)
  26. Refugee Support Aegean (RSA)
  27. Refugee Trauma Initiative
  28. Solidarity Now
  29. Symbiosis-School of Political Studies in Greece
  30. Terre des hommes Hellas
  31. TheHOMEProject