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Greek Island Refugee Crisis
    © Jacob Ehrbahn/Polfoto/ZUMA (bios)
On average 1,000 refugees are now arriving on the Greek islands every day creating an unprecedented emergency for Greece and other countries, the UN refugee agency reported. The increase in refugees arriving on Greece’s Aegean islands is pushing an already faltering reception system to breaking point and is symptomatic of a failure by Europe’s leaders to adequately address the refugee crisis, warned Amnesty International. Each month the humanitarian crisis, enflamed by Greece’s financial disaster, worsens. More than 60,000 migrants who have arrived on the islands this year have minimal access to medical or humanitarian support and face crowded and squalid conditions in reception and detention centers, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s director for Europe and Central Asia, said. New arrivals, including children, face appalling reception conditions. Poor planning, ineffective use of EU funds and a hiring freeze crisis has left Greek authorities incapable of meeting the needs and protecting the rights of refugees.
Greek Island Refugee Crisis
    © Jacob Ehrbahn/Polfoto/ZUMA (bios)
On average 1,000 refugees are now arriving on the Greek islands every day creating an unprecedented emergency for Greece and other countries, the UN refugee agency reported. The increase in refugees arriving on Greece’s Aegean islands is pushing an already faltering reception system to breaking point and is symptomatic of a failure by Europe’s leaders to adequately address the refugee crisis, warned Amnesty International. Each month the humanitarian crisis, enflamed by Greece’s financial disaster, worsens. More than 60,000 migrants who have arrived on the islands this year have minimal access to medical or humanitarian support and face crowded and squalid conditions in reception and detention centers, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s director for Europe and Central Asia, said. New arrivals, including children, face appalling reception conditions. Poor planning, ineffective use of EU funds and a hiring freeze crisis has left Greek authorities incapable of meeting the needs and protecting the rights of refugees.