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Greece must act to end dangerous overcrowding in island reception centres, EU support crucial

Tents along a mountain side in Greece

Rows of tents outside Moria reception centre on the island of Lesvos, Greece. © UNHCR/Gordon Welters


This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Liz Throssell  to whom quoted text may be attributed  at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today calling on Greece to urgently move thousands of asylum-seekers out of dangerously overcrowded reception centres on the Greek Aegean islands.   Sea arrivals in September, mostly of Afghan and Syrian families, increased to 10,258 – the highest monthly level since 2016 – worsening conditions on the islands which now host 30,000 asylum-seekers.