“Warehouse of Souls”: 60,000 Refugees in Greece

Over 60,000 refugees are stranded in Greece in “appalling and unsafe” conditions, according to human rights group Amnesty International. This includes almost 1,500 unaccompanied children. Many of the camps they are detained in lack health facilities and simple necessities, such as proper beds and sanitation.

The report comes as world leaders met in New York for a U.N. summit on the global refugee crisis. Despite E.U. leaders agreeing last year to provide for 120,000 refugees, many countries have taken in less than 5 percent of the people they had pledged to shelter. Some countries, such as Hungary, Poland, and Austria, have taken in no refugees.

Greece has become a “warehouse of souls”, and Western countries “should be pulling together to deal with a level of refugee migration that is embarrassingly small compared to that experienced by many far poorer countries in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa”, according to Steve Symonds, the Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director for Amnesty International U.K.


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