Lesbos

Refugee crisis, 2019

Greece is currently hosting around 85,000 refugees, mostly from Syria although recent arrivals have also been from Afghanistan and Africa. Close to 35,000 have arrived this year, outstripping the numbers in Italy and Spain.

More than 13,000 people are now crammed into tents and shipping containers at Moria, a disused military barracks outside Mytilene, the island’s capital, originally designed to house. A high proportion of these are children without parents, who have to live in unsafe conditions, with insufficient showers and clean toilets.

 

Many refugees, especially children and adolescents, have experienced trauma related to war or persecution in a way that may affect their mental and physical health.