UN Official Criticizes Deplorable Conditions for Migrants and Refugees on Greek Islands



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While visiting the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios and Kos, which have been central points in the massive influx of refugees and migrants to Greece, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) director for Europe Vincent Cochetel decried the chaotic situation.

On Friday, the European Commission said that 50,000 people had entered the Greek borders in July. The United Nations had found that until the end of this past June, 68,000 people had migrated to Greece through the Mediterranean sea.

In 2014, the total number of refugees and migrants that entered Greece was 43,500.

Reuters reported that Cochetel said that he had never seen a situation like this in his 30-year affiliation with the United Nations and described the scenes as shameful.

“In terms of water, in terms of sanitation, in terms of food assistance, it’s totally inadequate. On most of the islands, there is no reception capacity, people are not sleeping under any form of roof,” he said and added “So it’s total chaos on the islands. After a couple of days they are transferred to Athens and there is nothing waiting for them in Athens.”

Cochetel called for a collective response to the problem and urged Greece to launch initiatives that will provide humane reception conditions for migrants and refugees.

“We are concerned with the situation where no one is really assuming leadership in the response, which makes it very difficult for humanitarian operators to participate in the efforts,” he said.

On Friday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the migration crisis is a European problem and should be dealt as such.


14 COMMENTS

  1. He can say what ever he likes..But he forgets Greece IS BANKRUPT..He can put his hand in his pocket and bring some sort of cash and a boat…And feel free to load them onto any boat he wishes to bring and take them with you…Greece cannot even look after their own citizens…yet want something done about foreigners…Raise your concerns to the EU and we will include it as part of the new memorandum of austerity…Greece is now a state of the EU…And can not do much..They all come from Turkey anyway so conditions must be better there than in Greece yet they still keep on coming..Why does he not say anything about the Turks who take these peoples money and load them onto inflatable boats meant for 6 and put 40 and they also die along the way…But Turkey is exempt…………

  2. The Invasion continues unabated, according to the United Nations, Greece has no right to protect it’s borders or it’s sovereingt.
    This is a war of Invaders that helped to destroy their own countries, now they aim for the disorganised destruction of Greece.

  3. These refugees destroyed and did not fight for their own countries, now they are turning Greece into a basket case.

  4. Reuters reported that UNHCR High Commissioner Vincent Cochetel said that he had never seen a situation like this in his 30-year affiliation with the United Nations and described the scenes as shameful. – Meanwhile, twopenceworth who posts comments on Greek reporter articles belittling the problems that massive illegal 3rd world immigration is causing Greece, and indigenous Greeks, whilst always full of sympathy for 3rd world illegals, made the following comment recently on the protothema article titled, “Is Kos a ‘disgusting hellhole’? Daily Mail readers think so! (photos)”

    HERE IS WHAT twopenceworth wrote, quote:

    “if you look at the original disgusting article… 95% of the photos are taken in the same place… outside the hotel that is housing the Syrian refugees. How do these “scores” not even hundreds, of people fill up an island and turn it into a “disgusting” place? Perhaps those British tourists who don’t like it in that particular spot might get off their asses and move further down the beach where they can indulge themselves in peace. Also, they were not queing for icecream!!! It is a mobile canteen selling hot dogs and sandwiches etc. Typical Daily Mail lies and immigrant bashing!”

    Perhaps Mr “twopenceworth” should consider the fact that 54,899 illegal 3rd world immigrants entered Greece just in the month of July!

    twopenceworth has stated several times on other Greek reporter articles that he is of non-white mixed-race origins, and that he immigrated to Greece from the UK, so perhaps given his racist, hateful, anti-Hellenic attitudes he should move back to Londonistan.

  5. UNHCR like most UN functions is ineffective. With so many leaving their Syrian Concentration Camps they should thank Greece for alleviating their problems. But in the realm of globalists it is far easier to point their finger at the weakest party and decry as “deplorable” Greece rather than do something substantive about the issue. It all goes back to Tsipras capitulation. By his actions the whole world now rightfully believes Greece is the fulcrum for all the regions problems. Capitulation as Alexis will soon find out has a price far greater than austerity.

  6. Deplorable conditions are people unfamiliar with the sea set adrift in a powerless craft at the mercy of the elements. The perpetrators of these “deplorable” actions are for the most part Turks operating under the eye and protection of Turkish Government officials. Often erroneously identified as “migrants” or “refugees” for political purposes, these people have left the safety of UN Concentration Camps, paid human traffickers and ILLEGALLY enter Greece. It is THEIR actions that should be declared “deplorable” as they hold Greece’s laws in contempt. No lives are at risk at UNHCR C-Camps unless Sharia Laws are broken. By remaining in Greece these people are a ticking time bomb for civil-religious war that can explode any time or place as we have already seen. Every incident grows more violent and larger in scale. Get them out ASAP or rue the day you were born.

  7. UNHCR obviously knows this. I assume that it is a way to put pressure on the EU to do something, and also finance Greece. As for Turkey, it is hosting and paying for over 2 million refugees: it is not appropriate to complain about private smugglers when the state is doing a lot…

  8. Since we don’t know what article was being commented on, it is not acceptable to attack the commenter here on this blog. Moreover, your personal attack on the skin colour, racial origin and nationality of the commenter is a personal attack and should be deleted by Greek Reporter as a malicious racial attack which is sanctioned by law. Golden Dawn activists have to obey the laws of Greece and the EU.

  9. you can go search the facts yourself ….If there is truth in his post I would rather it remains.

  10. Which “state” is doing a lot Turkey or Greece? What to you is a lot, to another person is very little.Turkish officials looking the other way while lining their pockets with flesh & blood money hardly qualifies as a lot.

  11. At no point did I demean twopenceworth because of his race, he has as much right to be proud of his ethnic racial background as anyone else, and I would rebuke anyone who tried to tell him that he is inferior because of his mixed heritage, or colour. We are all equally valuable in Gods eyes. I simply made the point that he himself has stated on other articles that he is of mixed heritage and immigrated from the UK, so I find it offensive that he tells people of Greek ancestry/ethnicity to basically get over the Turkish occupation and move on, and that (despite approx 2000 mostly muslim illegals entering Greece each day, and regular incursions into Greek airspace by Turkish fighter jets etc.
    twopenceworth recently commented quote, “I do understand the history of Greece and the occupation by Turkey but it’s time to move on.” Really, what right does a person whose ancestors are not Greek, and never suffered under the centuries of Islamic Turkish occupation have to tell Greeks that it is “time to move on”?? Think about it. Would anyone here think it is ok to tell the Jewish people that they understand that Jews suffered during the Nazi occupation of Europe but that it is time to move on? He should try being a little more culturally aware, and sensitive to the trauma suffered by the indigenous people of his adopted homeland Greece, at the hands of Turkish occupation, which apart from centuries of occupation culminated in the final genocides of the Pontian Greeks and the Greeks of Asia Minor between 1915 -1922. I’ve never seen twopenceworth write a single sentence of sympathy for the plight of Greek citizens who are suffering as a result of illegal immigration, he always belittles the issue, as demonstrated by his comment on the protothema article, but is never short of excuses and sympathy for illegal immigrants. Given he is originally from the UK, one wonders why he remains in Greece with these attitudes. I certainly wouldn’t immigrate to Israel and then tell the Jewish people to get over what happened to them during the Nazi occupation of Europe, and to move on. That would be the height of cultural insensitivity and arrogance. In reality ofcourse I wouldn’t be permitted to immigrate to Israel given I don’t have jewish origins. But that’s beside the point. You can’t tell a race to get over their experiences if you are not a member of that race. Greece suffered under centuries of Turkish occupation so Greeks are worried when they see foreigners nearly all of whom are of the muslim faith pouring into their practically bankrupt nation at a rate approaching 2,000 per day.

  12. The UNHCR are a joke, they prevent countries from protecting their own citizens and their own borders, they advocate invasion by their support for uncontrolled movement of illegals, it is about time that sovereign countries stood up and expose the UNHCR as an organisation of communism and the Navy and army and air force of each sovereign should be able to militarily able to defend borders against invasion that destroys the quality of life for the citizens of each nation.

  13. The only true answer is that there needs to be some new political parties formed and elected that will stand up against this form of communism and forced invasion.

  14. Went to add some additional information to my original comment and it got deleted somehow, so i’ve reposted below what twopenceworth wrote on the protothema article titled, “Is Kos a ‘disgusting hellhole’? Daily Mail readers think so! (photos)”

    HERE IS WHAT twopenceworth wrote, quote:

    “if you look at the original disgusting article… 95% of the photos are taken in the same place… outside the hotel that is housing the Syrian refugees. How do these “scores” not even hundreds, of people fill up an island and turn it into a “disgusting” place? Perhaps those British tourists who don’t like it in that particular spot might get off their asses and move further down the beach where they can indulge themselves in peace. Also, they were not queing for icecream!!! It is a mobile canteen selling hot dogs and sandwiches etc. Typical Daily Mail lies and immigrant bashing!”

    Perhaps Mr “twopenceworth” should consider the fact that 54,899 illegal 3rd world immigrants entered Greece just in the month of July!