In Greece, MSF has been responding since 2008 to the urgent medical and humanitarian needs of newly arrived migrants, as well as to asylum seekers and migrants in administrative detention. During 2013 and 2014, MSF worked in six immigration detention facilities in the north of Greece, and made assessment visits to 27 regular and border police stations, coastguard facilities and pre-removal centers across Greece.
In April 2014, MSF published the report “Invisible Suffering”, which highlights the massive impact of detention on the physical and mental health of migrants. The report also points out the gaps in healthcare provision and the absence of medical assessments, which lead to detainees with serious medical conditions being neglected or even being forced to interrupt their treatment.