Refugee camps in Greece
Last update: June 04, 2021
In addition to the overcrowded Reception and Identification Centres (RIC) in the five Aegean islands, there are currently 27 more hosting structures for asylum seekers in the mainland of Greece.
Based on the reports of the Ministry of National Defence and the General Secretariat for Information and Communication, this page presents the data regarding the capacity and the actual number of residents in the thirty-two structures across the country.
The data are presented by geographical area and are updated on a weekly basis.
Diana Takacsova’s photography stresses the role of the essential workers who are frequently trapped outside the formal system, juxtaposing it with the intensified land use and the inadequate living and labour conditions present in the Alentejo region.
The agricultural sector in Greece employs about 528,000 farmers, 12% of the total labor force, and is based on small, family-run holdings, dispersed throughout Greece’s countryside. This, at least, is what’s commonly presented.
Up to 10,000 migrant agricultural workers live in makeshift camps in the strawberry fields of Ilia, which produce the “red gold” that generates tens of millions of euros in exports. While the Greek state remains indifferent, the number of workers is expected to increase, as production is projected to skyrocket by 2025, covering approximately 6,200 acres.
A photo essay by Thodoris Nikolaou
Many domestic workers in Greece have been living in the worst possible conditions. Many migrant women who worked as domestics and babysitters have lost their jobs.
During her recent visit to Greece, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson made assurances that new reception centers on the Aegean islands would not be closed facilities. However, the reconfiguration of existing camps on the mainland into closed facilities are progressing at a rapid pace − and the authorities involved are pointing fingers at each other.