Heavy snow and icy weather in Greece calls for moving refugees to the mainland
UN refugee agency reminds EU of the continued need to help resolve the situation in Greece through relocating asylum-seekers to other countries
The many asylum-seekers on the Greek Aegean islands of Samos, Chios and Lesvos are currently faced with extremely low temperatures and life-threatening weather conditions.
The United Nations refugee agency has underlined the urgent need to accelerate their transfer to the mainland.
According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), transfers of asylum-seekers from the islands to the mainland are allowed only after people have completed a registration process or in cases of particular vulnerability.
“Slowness in registration or identifying vulnerable individuals and, previously, a shortage of suitable spaces on the mainland have been factors delaying moves,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for UNHCR said.
“Among other things this has contributed to serious overcrowding of facilities built for far fewer people, and increased protection risks,” he added.
The UN agency and its partners have distributed thermal blankets, sleeping bags, winter protection kits and heating fuel, installed electric heaters and insulation, and set up heated emergency tents, the AP reports.
It is clear that people would be better off on the mainland and should be moved there more quickly and in larger numbers (...) it's clear that people would be better off on the mainland and should be moved there more quickly and in larger numbers,” added Edwards explaining that additionall infrastructure upgrades will soon be completed.
In total it has created some 21,000 accommodation places in apartments, with host families, or in other buildings while 700 places have been also found for unaccompanied children in dedicated structures.
Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency reminded European Union (EU) countries of the continued need to help resolve the situation in Greece through relocating asylum-seekers to other countries.
- Register Now
- Tsim Booky speaks to Neos Kosmos
- Is your Greek property on forestland?
- Milo Yiannopoulos' forthcoming memoir will not be published in Australia
- Women of Greece taking to the rugby field
- Greek Tourism Professor wins another international award
- The Vow of the Nation
- The 'Bell Bearers' of Eastern Macedonia come to Melbourne
- Corruption still riding high in crestfallen Greece
- Roar signs former Greek international defender
- Enosis Day vote threatens Cyprus talks
- Tsim Booky speaks to Neos Kosmos
- In memory of 16-month-old Nikki Adipas
- 'The New York Times' picks Greece, Australia and Cyprus among best places to visit in 2017
- Greeks among the hardest-working population in the world
- James Penlidis has the answer: Go naked!
- 138 violations of Greek airspace by Turkish aircraft
- Bougias of Bourke Street
- Bulleen project to set Melbourne up as Hellenic global diaspora headquarters
- WWII Bomb forces people to evacuate Thessaloniki
- When Melbourne went blue and white
The Greek crisis is primarily a crisis of values, and so far no government has managed to restore the credibility of institutions and create standards of integrity.
Lindt cafe gunman Man Haron Monis' former partner will serve at least 33 years without parole, for the murder of his ex-wife
The Cycladic island was named the 'most stylish and Instagrammable' destination to visit in the New Year.
Now that schools are back in session, so too are feelings of anxiety and depression for some. Headspace's head of direct clinical services, Vikki Ryall has some tips for parents.
South Melbourne has announced several measures which it believes are a positive outcome of its One Club policy.
If the changes get the go-ahead, philologists fear it will be another blow to Classical scholarship, occurring across the globe.
Millie and More's director and co-founder on her journey to make women's periods as convenient, stylish, bearable and glamorous as possible.
The popular chocolaterie has released its anticipated cookbook, featuring more than 60 delicious recipes.
The club has re-signed a number of its grand final team, including playmaker Dusan Bosnjak.
The Victorian Association of Argos Orestikon will continue to operate within the Greek Centre on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
Cyprus parliament backs enosis referendum anniversary event.
From Santorini to Australia, Dr Marianna Sigala makes us proud once again.
How Panagiotis Barbounis' vegan lifestyle and passion for global eco-preservation has made his brand a snack favourite all over the world.
My big fat Greek week.
Reflecting on 60 years since that first edition in 1957.
As a nation, we are not better than the sum of the diabolical racism that sees Australian society fractured and many from within the fracture at odds with each.
A traditional Greek delicacy from Kalloni, Lesvos.
My Big Fat Greek Week.