Greece currently hosts about 120,000 refugees and asylum seekers, 37,000 of which are on the Greek islands. The pressure to address this growing humanitarian crisis has resulted in increased domestic tensions. The complex situation is exacerbated by the inability of EU states to reform the Common European Asylum System, while at the same time the COVID-19 pandemic has created an additional layer of difficulty for refugees and asylum seekers.
The European Think Tanks Group discussed with METAdrasi’s President, Lora Papa, the realities of the situation on the ground in Greece and the importance of national Civil Society Organizations that are active in the field to provide feedback to policy makers.
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