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. 

Komotini Detention Centre in Northern GreeceMSF has been providing independent medical and psychosocial care in Greek detention centres since 2008. Find out more.


The prolonged and systematic detention of migrants and asylum seekers in Greece is having devastating consequences on their health and human dignity, MSF have warned. Top


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


“We are allowed in the yard one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening. And not always every day. Komotini is not a detention centre – it is a stable for animals.” 28-year-old man, seven months in detentionTop

“Please help us. I don’t think detention solves any problems. How would you feel if you were in my position? If I became you and you became me, what would you do?” 16-year-old boy, six months in detention. 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


"Even prison is better than here. You went in and saw – you are witnesses. If there is justice, someone should assert our rights.” 34-year-old man, 17 months in detention. Top