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Greece: MSF ends activities inside the Lesvos 'hotspot'

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has decided to suspend its activities linked to the EU-run Moria "hotspot" on Lesvos without further notice.

The decision comes following the signing of the EU/Turkey deal which will lead to the forced return of refugees and migrants from the Greek Island. 

“We took the extremely difficult decision to end our activities in Moria because continuing to work inside would make us complicit in a system we consider being both unfair and inhumane,” said Marie Elisabeth Ingres, MSF Head of Mission in Greece.

“We will not allow our assistance to be instrumentalised for a mass expulsion operation and we refuse to be part of a system that has no regard for the humanitarian or protection needs of asylum seekers and migrants.”

From tonight, MSF will cease all activities linked to the so called ‘hotspot’ of Moria, including the transportation of refugees to the centre, water and sanitation management and medical work at the clinic. 


Closing of activities

“Under the implementation of the new deal, the conditions to guarantee the basic humanitarian and protection needs of refugees and migrants are no longer respected."

"We will not be complicit in this unfair and inhumane system,” said Jane-Ann McKenna, Director of MSF in Ireland.

MSF will continue to run its transit center in Mantamados - where new arrivals are offered medical assistance. 

Sea rescue activities will continue  from the northern beaches of Lesvos.  MSF will also continue to run mobile clinics on the island of Lesvos for those outside of the hotspot location.

Read more about MSF's work in the refugee crisis