Conditions in Piraeus grow increasingly difficult for refugees

The situation at the port of Piraeus, where an estimated 5,476 refugees have set up an impromptu camp, is growing worse each…

The situation at the port of Piraeus, where an estimated 5,476 refugees have set up an impromptu camp, is growing worse each day.

Local bodies have stressed that the refugees are not convinced about moving to any of the government hospitality centers and remain at the port, with the hope of the borders at Idomeni reopening.

Some refugees explained that they initially went to the government-run camps, but found unacceptable conditions, as well as police and army presence. As such they returned to the port.

Fortunately the flow of refugees from Turkey has reduced dramatically since Friday, with only 17 refugees expected to arrive via the Ariadne ferry boat from Chios and Lesvos.

Nevertheless, the cramped conditions and lack of sufficient infrastructure have resulted in outbreaks of gastroenteritis and high fever among the many children.

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