x

Society

Asylum But No Home: Refugees, Migrants Living in Athens’ Victoria Square

ATHENS – Greek authorities still haven't been able to keep dozens of refugees and migrants from camping out in Victoria Square near the capital's center, while trying to deal with more than 100,000 in detention camps and centers.

Thousands had been brought to the mainland from five islands near Turkey, which has allowed human traffickers to keep sending more during an essentially suspended 2016 swap deal with the European Union, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those sleeping outdoors in the square adjacent to a number of businesses – the square has been occupied before by refugees and migrants – reportedly were among those formerly in camps who had been given asylum but have nowhere else to go.

"All these people are exhausted. We feel their pain. We’re also human, even if we have businesses that don’t have any customers because people are afraid to come here," 35-year-old cafe owner Haris Koureas told Kathimerini. 

He said he has never felt fear. "We just want the problem of the people in the square to be settled so that we also feel more comfortable and they do not feel trapped," he added.

Human rights and activists groups had earlier warned about the plight of people who waited two years or more for asylum applications to be reviewed, many finding that after they granted sanctuary their ordeal was worse because now they had no shelter, food or access to doctors and other services to help them.

RELATED

ATHENS - Greece confirmed 4,048 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on Thursday, bringing all confirmed infections since the pandemic began to 3,436,046 (daily change: +0.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.

Video

Mission, TNH’s New Travel Documentary Series with Clelia Charissis

Every weekend, TNH and Clelia Charissis are on a mission, traveling around Greece and the world to highlight places through the people we meet along the way.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.