WALLING OFF WELCOME: New reception facilities in Greece reinforce a policy of refugee containment and exclusion.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021
WALLING OFF WELCOME: New reception facilities in Greece reinforce a policy of refugee containment and exclusion.

45 civil society organisations urge EU institutions and national governments to abandon policies
that contain people seeking asylum at Europe’s borders and to instead facilitate asylum seekers’

social inclusion and subsequent integration. They must fulfil their commitments to share respon-
sibility for ensuring displaced people’s adequate reception and protection, in line with EU and

international law and reverse the extension of containment policies represented by the new recep-
tion facilities under construction. Where new or adapted structures are already in place, measures

must be taken to ensure that they create conditions that meet EU and international standards.
A true show of EU solidarity would build bridges between communities, not walls.

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