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August 21, 2015

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile medical team operating in the Idomeni area on the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece today received ten people with wounds from stun grenades fired by Macedonian border troops. The area is currently in a state of chaos, with 3,000 migrants and refugees being violently prevented from crossing the border by Macedonian troops. Tear gas has been used to disperse crowds, and there is widespread fear, panic, and frustration among the refugees.

August 12, 2015

In July, more than 7,000 refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants fleeing war and privation in their home countries arrived to the Greek island of Kos, a two-fold increase compared to June. In the absence of proper reception facilities, most have had no choice but to put up tents in public parks and squares in town; or sleep outside, near the police station, without any access to latrines or showers. Food has not been provided to migrants and refugees since April. Though plenty of land is available, no facilities have been opened to shelter them.

August 11, 2015

Police are evicting migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers from public areas on the Greek island of Kos and directing them into an ill-equipped stadium, exacerbating conditions for thousands of people fleeing war zones, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

July 07, 2015

During the last week, the number of migrants and refugees stranded in the shrubby forests around the village of Idomeni on the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) increased tenfold. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing medical consultations, psychological support, and relief items, and is now also planning to reinforce its activities in the area by launching an additional mobile team.

September 05, 2012

MSF is providing aid to Syrian and Afghan migrants and asylum-seekers arriving on the Greek islands of Samos, Leros, and Simi.

February 28, 2012

Extreme cold and the ongoing waves of new arrivals of migrants are putting pressure on the already fragile reception system in Greece.

November 09, 2009

The Greek government has announced to temporary close down the Pagani detention center. MSF sees this as a welcome first step towards more humane treatment of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers.

October 22, 2009

It has been more than two months since Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) resumed providing psychosocial support to undocumented migrants and asylum seekers in the Pagani detention center on the island of Lesvos, and the situation continues to be extremely worrying.

September 09, 2009

According to local authorities, its capacity is for up to 300 people, but when I visited I saw three times that many people—men, women, adolescents, and children—living in overcrowded cells, most of them sleeping on mattresses on the floor with no bed sheets.

August 11, 2009

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is resuming activities in the detention center for undocumented migrants in Pagani on the Greek island of Lesvos in the northeastern Aegean Sea. The project is focusing on the provision of psychosocial support to the center’s detainees.

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