The non-governmental organization Save the Children says the number of refugees coming to the islands has doubled in recent weeks in the previous month. And alert for children who are at risk.
“The average number of refugees and migrants who arrive daily to Greece is at the highest level this May, causing congestion in the fields of the islands, and putting children at risk,” says Save the Children, adding that arrivals to the islands in the first 14 days August increased by 144% compared to the first 14 days of July.
According to the BBC, it was recorded 1,367 entries in August so far, compared with the 1,721 recorded in the month of May.
One of the reasons that may explain the increase, says Save the Children is the failed attempt of the coup in Turkey. However, the deterioration of relations between the country led by Erdogan and Europe – face the controversy purge the country’s president carried out after the coup attempt – can also contribute to this situation they added observers, writes the BBC.
Since the agreement signed between the European Union and Turkey (where the EU is committed to facilitating the granting of work visas for Turks, while in return, Turkey helps with the arrival of migrants), the number of migrants trying enter Greece by the Turkish west coast stanched, but the organization is concerned that is not enough and become a sustainable future.
On the other hand, the new rules that prevent the passage of illegal migrants from the islands to the Greek mainland are making a record number of migrants being forced to live in refugee camps without conditions.
More than 10,300 migrants (3,800 of them children) are currently imprisoned on the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos. These come predominantly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, seeking to escape violence and war.
“Mothers with babies are forced to sleep on the floor in makeshift tents,” says the director of Save the Children in Greece, Katie Dimmer.
“Children and mothers who are breastfeeding are suffering from dehydration due to lack of water. There is an increase in tension because basic services such as towels and showers are limited. ”
In 2015, nevertheless, the average daily entries in Greece was dramatically higher. Only in August were registered 107,843 entries.
This year, the number continue to shoot and walk to identical values, the setting can also be tricky, since the facilities are overcrowded and unable to accommodate such a large number of people.
“It is absolutely shameful that the refugees and migrants living precarious conditions for more than four months and no end in sight,” says Dimmer.
“The EU must provide more conditions for Greece to be improved accommodation facilities and speed up process applications for asylum, resettlement and family reunification programs, “he said.