UNHCR expresses concern at Greece’s asylum plans | @keeptalkingGR

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The United Nations refugees agency UNHCR expressed concern about Greek proposals to overhaul laws affecting asylum seekers, saying they could weaken the protection of refugees. Greece is proposing to streamline a lengthy asylum process and deport rejected asylum seekers. A draft law is pending in the Greek parliament. The law would reduce safeguards for people seeking international protection and put more pressure on overstretched administrative and judicial authorities, UNHCR said in a statement. read more  
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The invisible violence of Europe’s refugee camps | @AJEnglish

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Earlier this month, hundreds of asylum seekers protested against conditions at the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos after a woman was killed in a fire there. The fire was the third fatal incident in the camp in the last two months. An unaccompanied minor was stabbed to death in a fight there in August and a five-year-old boy was accidentally run over by a truck while playing outside the camp in September. read more  
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‘I really feel ashamed’: Lesbos governor criticises his own ‘awful’ migrant camps | @SkyNews

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The governor of the Greek island of Lesbos has told Sky News he is ashamed of the conditions asylum seekers and migrants are being kept in while they wait for their claims to be processed. This September saw a three-year peak of people crossing from Turkey to Greece. Lesbos' main camp Moria is now overflowing, with aid workers calling it a living hell. read more  
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Athens urged to fast track asylum seekers amid island shelters crisis | news.un.org

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In a call for asylum seekers to be moved urgently to the mainland by the central Government in Athens, UNHCR reported that sea arrivals in September rose to more than 10,000 - the highest monthly level since 2016. The development follows a fire on Sunday in a housing container at Moria reception centre in Lesvos in which a woman died, reportedly sparking a violent protest. “This spike has added to, has worsened what were already extremely difficult conditions on the Greek islands in the reception centres, which is why we are underscoring it is so important that urgent measures are taken now…
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