Our collection of images of the conditions in detention centres in Greece coincides with the release of MSF's report Invisible Suffering which highlights the massive impact of detention on the physical and mental health of migrants.
During 2013 and 2014, MSF worked in six immigration detention facilities in the north of Greece, and made assessment visits to 27 regular and border police stations, coastguard facilities and pre-removal centers across Greece. Top
MSF calls on Greece and the EU to put an end to the indiscriminate, systematic and prolonged detention of migrants and asylum seekers; stop detention in inappropriate facilities; cease to detain vulnerable people such as minors, victims of torture and chronically ill patients; and to invest in a reception system adapted to the physical, medical and humanitarian needs of migrants and asylum seekers. Top
Invisible Suffering points out the gaps in healthcare provision and the absence of medical assessments, which lead to detainees with serious medical conditions being neglected or even being forced to interrupt their treatment. Top
In places of detention, overcrowding, inadequate heating, insufficient hot water, poor ventilation, a lack of access to the outdoors and a poor diet contribute to the emergence and spread of respiratory, gastrointestinal, dermatological and musculoskeletal diseases among detainees. Top
Sanitary conditions and the provision of basic services remain largely unacceptable. “When I first started working in the detention centres, I was shocked by the conditions. Apart from the really limited space in which people are packed, another major problem is sanitary conditions, especially in the latrines, which are in a dreadful state.” MSF doctor. Top