Situation in Greek refugee camps still desolate


Entrance of the old Moria Camp, Picture: Thomas v. der Osten-Sacken

In an interview with the Norwegian newspaper Utrop Shirin Tinnesand, who is working for the German-Iraq organisation Wadi in Greece, describes the situation in the new Camp on Lesvos as desolate.

After the initial report was published Save the Children reacted strongly:

Health challenges, restrictions on freedom of movement and economic restrictions characterize everyday life for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the Greek camps.

Utrop’s latest report on the situation in the Greek camps makes Save the Children react strongly, especially considering the situation of children in the camps.

Shirin Tinnesand, research researcher, who has worked professionally on Lesvos since March 2020, describes the situation as follows:

– Some of the children have been there for as long as four or five, maybe six years. In principle, the Greek authorities have a responsibility to provide formal education. There are some refugee children who have received education through the formal system, but there are few. Many children have only received one kind of education without documentation. No one checks the quality of the teaching. Greek authorities were much better at getting children into school classes before, but due to lack of follow-up, including language, more teachers and parents were reluctant, and thus the offer was reduced.

Camilla Scharffscher Engeset, special adviser for refugee children in Save the Children, claims that Save the Children believes it is important not to forget the children in the refugee camps in Greece.

– Even though there are fewer children in the camps now than before, there are still many children who live in camps under unacceptable conditions. Many of them are under 12 years old. Children’s rights are violated daily. They do not receive the necessary protection, do not have a safe place to sleep, and only limited access to education.

(With Google Translate)