Press Release | Greece: Move Asylum Seekers, Migrants to Safety Immediate Hotspot Decongestion Needed to Address COVID-19

Refugees and migrants move away from the camp of Moria in the island of Lesbos after a fire broke out, on March 16, 2020. (Photo by Manolis Lagoutaris / AFP) (Photo by MANOLIS LAGOUTARIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Greece: Move Asylum Seekers, Migrants to Safety
Immediate Hotspot Decongestion Needed to Address COVID-19

Thousands of people, including older people, those with chronic diseases, children – including very young and unaccompanied children –, pregnant women, new mothers, and people with disabilities, are trapped in dangerously overcrowded, deplorable conditions on the islands amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Forcing asylum seekers to remain in conditions that violate their rights and are harmful to their well-being, health, and dignity cannot be justified on grounds of public health, the organizations said.

International and National NGOs, among them Network for Children’s Rights are asking for immediate hotspot decongestion, in order to to address COVID-19.

Read the press release here.