UNHCR demands end to Greek refugee chaos before returns to Turkey

The rights of refugees must be recognized in Greece and Turkey before the European Union can start returning people from one country to the other, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says, pointing to chaotic conditions in Greece.

The situation in hotspot centres on Greek islands are deteriorating as migrants face overcrowding, insufficient food supplies and lacking shelter, UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming says.

Conditions at the Greek-Macedonian border and at the mainland harbour of Piraeus are "dismal," she says, warning that "the risk of panic and injury in these sites and others is real in the current circumstances."

Fleming also calls on Turkey to quickly adopt a regulation that will provide protection status to people who will be returned from Greece under the recent EU-Turkey deal.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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