NGO warns about poor con­di­tions for im­mi­grants

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The sub­stan­dard con­di­tion of mi­grant de­ten­tion cen­ters in the north­ern re­gion of Evros has re­sulted in a large pro­por­tion of the un­doc­u­mented mi­grants be­ing held there suf­fer­ing from var­i­ous ill­nesses, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the med­i­cal aid or­ga­ni­za­tion Doc­tors With­out Borders. The re­port, whose find­ings were is­sued yes­ter­day, noted that the ail­ments of more than 60 per­cent of the mi­grants were a di­rect re­sult of the dirty con­di­tions in the fa­cil­i­ties. Of the 1,809 sick mi­grants that were treated by the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s doc­tors be­tween De­cem­ber 2010 and March 2011, the ma­jor­ity – 1,147 – were di­ag­nosed with re­s­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions, mus­cu­lar pains, psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems and skin dis­eases. “Most of the mi­grants we treated were not sick when they ar­rived at the de­ten­tion cen­ters,” said Ioanna Pertsinidou, a co­or­di­na­tor for the aid group. “They got sick be­cause they were con­fined in cramped cells with bad ven­ti­la­tion,” she said.

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