Giving Compass’ Take:
• The author examines the movement of displaced people specifically in Greece that are still coming at an alarming rate and explains what the country is doing for these refugees.
• How can European networks help Greece to service and hold the influx of displaced people?
• Read about four things you can do to help refugees from the Center for Impact Philanthropy.
In a recent learning visit spanning the Greek archipelago — from Athens to Lesbos and Thessaloniki — our team saw what is really taking place on the ground. While the number of refugee arrivals-per-month has dropped in the past year, the challenges in responding to existing and new refugees remain.
To make matters worse, these “people on the move” (our preferred term) stuck in Greece are left in an intolerable limbo state, lacking agency and unable to predict how their journeys will unfold; they are suffering deeply.
Of course, neither the plight nor the suffering of refugees in Greece is new. In 2015 the world started paying attention to the influx of refugees crossing borders to enter Europe via Greece.
But, the term refugee crisis is misleading as it implies that refugees are causing the crisis. The way issues are framed matters and influence public perception. Language is important. Framing people who are seeking refuge — because of a well-founded fear of persecution, war or violence — as people who are causing the crisis erroneously blames the victim.
While the situation did appear to be stabilizing in 2017, now in mid-2018 the camps that were once closed are once again reopening; and existing camps that have been open since 2015–2016 are becoming overcrowded with additional tents and containers. According to UNHCR, more than 14,500 “people on the move” reside on the Aegean islands; the majority not being able to leave the islands.
Help Refugees is one key organization that has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining this refugee support ecosystem across Greece. Their team of fierce, young, driven and extremely nimble everyday citizens has been coordinating the work of many organizations on the ground. Further, Help Refugees has created and maintained a reliable funding source in support of refugees in Greece.
Read the full article about refugees in Greece by Negar Tayyar at Medium
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