Urgent & long-term solutions more necessary than ever after Moria fire
The escalating situation in Lesvos has, unfortunately, taken an even more horrific turn overnight with a fire that raged through the camp, leaving 13,000 people on the streets with nowhere to go.
Both the asylum seekers and the local population have been suffering for too long from the policy of containing asylum seekers in overcrowded camps on Greek islands, in reality, turning them into prisons while ignoring the real issue. A Europe which still only wants to pay so that people in need of protection, people fleeing wars and poverty, will stay as far away as possible. A Europe that wants Greece and other frontline member states to serve as its ‘shields’.
The current pandemic, and the additional challenges it brings forward, only add to the horrific situation. But here again, the policy choices and the failures, of the Greek government and the EU, have been adding to the problem instead of solving it: instead of dealing with the issue from a public health perspective, the choice was to focus on the migration status of the persons in the hotspots, with their detention being the main element of the policies.Weiterlesen