Moria, Lesbos. For yet another year, for yet another winter, thousands of refugees face desperately poor living conditions. Some, the lucky ones, have found a place in the refugee camp that can accommodate up to 3, migrants.
Greek authorities are scrambling to deal with unrest at a heavily overcrowded migrant camp on Lesbos after a fire there left at least one person dead. Officials said they had found the charred remains of an Afghan woman after the blaze erupted inside a container used to house refugees at the Moria reception centre on Sunday. The fire was eventually extinguished by plane.
Europe is in the midst of the greatest mass movement of people across it since the Second World War. Millions have made the long, arduous and often dangerous journey to Europe by land or sea from the Asian and the African continents to flee from the effects of war in those regions. The numbers tragically rise on an almost daily basis.
New arrivals on the Greek island of Lesbos have to fend for themselves outside its barbed wire perimeter in a maze of tents, each sprayed with a number in black paint. He has spent the last 30 nights curled up inside a small tent kept immaculately tidy with his wife, 4-year-old daughter, and two sons, who are 1 and As Heideri reached Lesbos in late August, the rate of arrivals hit the highest level since a European Union crackdown on migration three years ago.
Signaling a shift in policy, the Greek government said Monday it would accelerate efforts to move thousands of refugees and migrants from Aegean Sea islands to the mainland following a deadly fire at the country's largest camp on the island of Lesbos. The decision was announced after Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis chaired a four-hour cabinet meeting, which marked the beginning of the implementation of a package of measures decided on Monday with the goal of easing the situation on the Greek islands. Among other things, the government wants to speed up asylum processes, which have been stagnating for months; from now on, asylum applications are to be decided within three months.
Migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos started a fire at an overcrowded facility and clashed with police in an incident that killed at least one person. The migrants set a fire at an olive grove outside the camp Sunday evening and then started another blaze inside the camp, Greek police spokesman Lt. Theodoros Chronopoulos told the Associated Press.
A first group of Afghans at the Moria camp were transferred early Monday toward the north of Greece, boarding police buses under the supervision of U. The migrants were taken onto a ship, the Caldera Vista, bound for the port of Thessaloniki on mainland Greece. Another migrants are to be transferred later Monday, following a decision taken by the Greek government at an emergency meeting Saturday.
A ship carrying people, mostly Afghan families, from a congested camp on the Greece's Aegean island of Lesbos has reached the northern port city of Thessaloniki. From there, authorities said, the asylum-seekers were being bused to a camp in Nea Kavala in northern Greece that already holds another 1, people. Abdul Tamim Azimi, 24, from Afghanistan said he spent nine dire months in Moria with his parents and two siblings, and was looking forward to the new camp. For food, for water, for anything.
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