The average number of refugees and migrants arriving daily in Greece is at its highest since May, causing serious congestion in the camps on the islands and putting children at risk, Save the Children said today.
Arrivals to the islands during the first 14 days of August increased by 144 per cent compared to the first 14 days of July*. The island of Chios has seen one of the largest spikes in arrivals with the daily average jumping from eight in July to 42 in August.
Unaccompanied children detained on the Greek Island of Lesvos feel they are being treated like criminals, Save the Children International’s CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt said today.
Speaking after a series of visits to camps near Athens and on Lesvos, Ms Thorning-Schmidt said if European leaders could hear what she had been told and see it for themselves they would respond differently.
Save the Children today expressed serious concerns for refugee children and families who were relocated yesterday from Idomeni camp to new sites in northern Greece where many lack adequate basic services including food, water and accommodation.
Save the Children is urging the Greek authorities to ensure today’s evacuation of Idomeni informal camp in northern Greece remains peaceful, and that children are provided with the protection they need during the process.
Save the Children International is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with company number 3732267 and a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1076822. Its registered office is St Vincent House, 30 Orange Street, London, WC2H 7HH