More than 27,000 migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa since fighting began in Tunisia and Libya earlier this year. When they arrive, often after fleeing for their lives, they face appalling conditions. MSF has called once again on the Italian government to provide humane conditions for people escaping violence and abuse.
Year after year, thousands of people come from countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia looking for a better life in Europe. Seventy percent of them enter through Greece, according to UN numbers. If they are caught, these migrants are arrested and held in detention centers – overcrowded, underserviced holding cells – for days or months. MSF is currently running a mental health program in two centers in the north, on the border with Turkey.