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Activists Call for Urgent Action to Save Displaced Palestinians in Greece

Published : 15-07-2019

Activists Call for Urgent Action to Save Displaced Palestinians in Greece

Activists have launched calls for serious action to protect displaced migrants taking refuge in Exarcheia neighborhood, in downtown Athens, following a decision by the government of Greece to evacuate buildings sheltering migrant families.

In a letter to the concerned NGOs and activists, Palestinian activist Mootaz Mahmoud said that in the next few days the Greek authorities will evacuate buildings sheltering irregular migrants, including women and children, in Exarcheia neighborhood.

The activist warned that scores of migrants will be left in the streets, with no roof over their heads, and called for urgent steps to secure safe shelters for the displaced families.

Sometime earlier, the Immigration Department of Greece announced its decision to force refugees who have obtained Greek visas since July 31, 2017 out of their homes and sent notifications to hundreds of asylum-seekers who were granted “refugee status” to evacuate their European-funded shelters.

Activists said the policy dovetails the country’s attempt to rein in the influx of migrants and overcrowdings on its islands.

Human rights groups said the new decision comes in line with the EU commitment to fund the UNHCR’s relief and housing program for asylum-seekers who have not yet received replies over their applications for asylum.

The activists further warned of the fallouts of the decision, which they said will result in increasing numbers of homeless refugees who will be left with neither food nor shelter and be denied their basic human rights.

Palestinian refugees who have fled war-stricken zones to Greece have been denied their rights to visas and prevented from accessing vital facilities.

Palestinian refugees from Syria continue to risk their lives onboard the “death boats” to Greece, rummaging around for a momentary respite from the daily scenes of bloodshed and destruction.

AGPS has kept record of the death of dozens of refugees onboard Greece-bound ships. Several others have been arrested by Turkish coast guards.

Activists estimate that around 4,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria are taking shelter in Greece.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8901

Activists have launched calls for serious action to protect displaced migrants taking refuge in Exarcheia neighborhood, in downtown Athens, following a decision by the government of Greece to evacuate buildings sheltering migrant families.

In a letter to the concerned NGOs and activists, Palestinian activist Mootaz Mahmoud said that in the next few days the Greek authorities will evacuate buildings sheltering irregular migrants, including women and children, in Exarcheia neighborhood.

The activist warned that scores of migrants will be left in the streets, with no roof over their heads, and called for urgent steps to secure safe shelters for the displaced families.

Sometime earlier, the Immigration Department of Greece announced its decision to force refugees who have obtained Greek visas since July 31, 2017 out of their homes and sent notifications to hundreds of asylum-seekers who were granted “refugee status” to evacuate their European-funded shelters.

Activists said the policy dovetails the country’s attempt to rein in the influx of migrants and overcrowdings on its islands.

Human rights groups said the new decision comes in line with the EU commitment to fund the UNHCR’s relief and housing program for asylum-seekers who have not yet received replies over their applications for asylum.

The activists further warned of the fallouts of the decision, which they said will result in increasing numbers of homeless refugees who will be left with neither food nor shelter and be denied their basic human rights.

Palestinian refugees who have fled war-stricken zones to Greece have been denied their rights to visas and prevented from accessing vital facilities.

Palestinian refugees from Syria continue to risk their lives onboard the “death boats” to Greece, rummaging around for a momentary respite from the daily scenes of bloodshed and destruction.

AGPS has kept record of the death of dozens of refugees onboard Greece-bound ships. Several others have been arrested by Turkish coast guards.

Activists estimate that around 4,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria are taking shelter in Greece.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8901