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Short Update: Greece extends confinement of migrants for the third time

FT Admin - June 8, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Rule of Law

Greece has extended confinement of migrants in the migrant camps for the third time with the current extension period ending on 21 June.  

The government-imposed confinement started on 21 March in the camps set up on the Aegean islands as well as those on the mainland. It was then decided to have general confinement on 23 March which was maintained until 4 May. The confinement of the camps has already been extended twice, on 10 May and then on 21 May. 

The migrant camps are currently severely overcrowded with more than 33,000 asylum seekers living in five camps on the Aegean islands, which are designed to accommodate only 5,400 people. About 70,000 migrants are held in facilities on the continent.  

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