Joint Statement of Greek and International organizations on the decision to terminate the operations of PIKPA and Kara Tepe facilities


PUBLIC STATEMENT – for immediate release


Μore than 160 Greek and international organizations,  academics and other actors from all over Europe urge the Greek authorities to revoke decision to close dignified alternatives in accommodating refugees οn Lesvos  

Athens, 30 September 2020 - We, the undersigned, call on the Minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis, and the local authorities of Lesvos to repeal their decision to terminate the operations of PIKPA and Kara Tepe facilities for vulnerable asylum seekers on the island of Lesvos. The authorities should not only revoke the decision to shut down these facilities, but in this time of great need, they should further strengthen and protect all dignified alternative solutions for asylum seekers’ housing and protection.

Thank you HELP!


Ever since its inception in 1981,“Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe”has been committed to providing people in need with prompt, sustainable and long-term aid and support. With more than 73 aid programs in 23 countries Help has been helping people in need, fast, sustainably and in the long term.

Help partners with GCR in providing support for refugees in Greece. Following the fire in Moria, Help has launched a campaign to support GCR to provide emergency relief items and psychosocial support.

We are grateful for the solidarity!

Joint statement of 48 NGOs regarding the fire at the Registration and Identification Centre at Moria*


Greece: Transfer Refugees and Asylum seekers to Safety on Mainland

Respect for Human Rights should Prevail over Use of Force

Following yesterday's fire in Moria, on Lesvos, which destroyed the Reception and Identification Centre, 31 civil society organizations call on the Greek Government to immediately provide assistance to people who lost their shelter. Those affected, among them many children and at-risk groups, must be carefully transferred to safety on the mainland. 

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