GREECE: In plain sight – the human cost of migration policies at Greek sea borders

Extract of article published by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on 02/11/2023 – accessible here.

People seeking safety in Europe are being met on Greece’s Aegean islands with aggression, degrading treatment and physical violence – including being beaten, handcuffed, and strip-searched – having their possessions confiscated, and being forcibly sent back to sea, according to reports received by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

MSF has published a report, In plain sight: The human cost of migration policies and violent practices at Greek sea borders. The report contains accounts and information gathered over the period from August 2021 to July 2023 by our medical teams on Lesvos and Samos, Greece. Based on the testimonies of 56 patients, and on MSF’s medical data and observations, the report reveals the shocking reality of the welcome received by people seeking refuge in Europe.