News from Moria migrant camp, Lesvos. June 2020

On 4th May the general lockdown was lifted in Greece. This allowed people to be outside without an official reason and began the re-opening of shops such as hairdressers. Without giving a reason the Greek government simultaneously announced an extension of the lockdown in closed camps, including Moria, until 21st May. On 31st May the lockdown in Moria was extended for another week, meaning the camp will re-open 1 month* after the rest of the island of Lesvos. There have been no confirmed cases of Corona in Moria camp.

* This never happened. After lots of extensions, the camps are still closed currently until August 31st.

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ESTIA programme, evictions of Migrants in Athens. May 2020

ESTIA stands for Emergency Support Towards Integration and Accommodation. Started in 2017 it is funded by the EU and run by UNHCR in cooperation with the Greek government, local authorities and NGOs. The program provides accommodation in apartments and hotels in Greece as well as the cash card scheme which provides a variant and relative amount of money to individuals and families.

In February 2019 Syriza & UNHCR announced they will be evicting people from these accommodation structures and ending cash support giving 6 month notice periods after individuals gained asylum. In November 2019 a new asylum law is passed, which among many other things reduces the eviction notice period from 6 months to 2 months.

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