About The Situation
As part of the EU-Turkey Statement from March 2016, the Greek government introduced what has become known as the ‘containment policy’. This is a geographical restriction whereby new arrivals are banned from travelling to mainland Greece until their asylum claims have been processed. As a result of the containment policy, the islands have seen a rapid deterioration. Conditions in the camps on the island fail to meet international humanitarian standards, with overcrowding, failing sanitation services and a large number of mental and physical health problems.
We are advocating for an end to the containment policy which keeps thousands trapped in inhumane conditions. We will moreover advocate with grassroots partners for concrete, incremental change through provision of safe and clean drinking water, sanitation and mental health care, whilst also supporting partners in Greece with their advocacy work at the national level.