EU urged to evacuate asylum seekers from cramped Greek island camps

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
EU urged to evacuate asylum seekers from cramped Greek island camps

Authors: Jennifer Rankin and Helena Smith | theguardian.com | 24 March 2020

The European Union has been urged to evacuate asylum seekers from overcrowded camps on the Greek islands in order to save lives.

The European parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee has called for the evacuation of 42,000 people on the Greek islands as “an urgent preventive” measure to avoid “many deaths” from coronavirus.

Holding facilities on all five Aegean isles opposite the Turkish coast are currently six times over capacity.

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