More boats are heading to Greece again

Greece

In 2015, 856,000 people passed through the Greek islands, and in 2017 and 2018 only just under 30 thousand (according to UNHCR). But 2019 brought already a growth – over 60,000 newcomers. Today, boats coming to Greek beaches are back again, and practice shows that you can get stuck in Lesbos for a good few years. Nikos and Katerina run a small restaurant on the island, where every refugee can feel at home and eat a meal for free.

Overview:
  • There are currently over 2200 refugees in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos
  • At least half of them are children
  • Since the beginning of 2015, nearly 1 million refugees have arrived in Europe via the Greek islands
We provide more than

850

meals to refugees a day
We distribute

meals and first aid items

for the most needy, inc. children, pregnant women and the sick

01.02.2023

More boats are heading to Greece again. Near the airport on the island of Lesbos, the body of a young African woman who had arrived on the island with 25 other refugees was found. This is another victim of European resentment towards migrants. Last year, tens of thousands of asylum seekers in Europe experienced illegal pushback.

Shortly after a group of frozen and emaciated refugees reached the island of Lesbos, they hid in the forest. They knew that the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights were, to put it mildly, treated selectively towards them by the authorities, and pushbacks had become common practice. In all likelihood, the African woman died of hypothermia. This is the 49th boat that has managed to cross the narrow strait between the Turkish coast and the Greek islands. A similar number have been turned back.

The number of refugees in the camp on Lesbos is growing, with more than 2,000 people there at the moment. Plans for a new camp set in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the island, are also still unclear. It is nearing the end of its construction, which has already cost more than €100 million. However, the controversy does not end there. Human rights activists are sounding the alarm that a hidden ghetto for migrants is being built on the island with millions of European funds. In just a few days we will be on site talking to our partners about the changing situation.

At any time, each of you can reach out to the residents of the camp on Lesbos. Donate a hot meal to a sick person, a diabetic or a pregnant woman.

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