NGOs fearful of handing island camps to state
Seven top NGOs aiding refugees in Greece have issued a joint statement expressing their concerns over the handover of responsibilities at migrant camps on the Greek islands to the government as of August 1.
The NGOs say the Greek government has released few details about how it plans to continue providing existing assistance to residents at the camps. A deterioration of living conditions and diminished access to essential services are the main concerns cited if the Greek government does not communicate a plan to the NGOs before the handover.
Since the start of the year, more than 9,500 refugees and migrants have arrived on the Greek islands, where nearly 14,000 are currently stranded. “Without a transitional plan, vulnerable men, women and children will be put at greater risk,” the statement said.
A black-winged stilt hatchling takes its first uneasy steps outside the nest on a beach near Argos in the northern Peloponnese, yesterday. The long-legged wader is a migratory species that comes from northern Europe to the warmer climes of Greece in the summer to nest.