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28 avril 2013 7 28 /04 /avril /2013 17:01

There are two main ways to enter Greece from Turkey. The first Greek islands are just a few kilometers from the Turkish coast. This was the main route to the exiles until the coastguard of Frontex are deployed there to reinforce the Greek border guards. And the land boundary between the European part of Turkey and eastern Greece. Border marked by the Evros River, except twelve kilometers near Edirne, where it is possible to go on dry ground.

An anti-migrant wall was built on the twelve-kilometer border last year. The passage became much more dangerous crossing the Evros river more to the south. And the passage of the Turkish coast to the Greek Islands returned. Between 20 and 30 people every day and arrive on the island of Lesbos.

But then, it is impossible to leave the island without money for the crossing to the mainland, it is not possible to submit an asylum claim, go to Athens for that.

PIKPA, a small center which hosts thirty people in a home made ​​available by the Municipality of Mytilene, is run by volunteers. Most exiles are in the street.

Some are locked and packed for weeks and sometimes months in the cells OF the police station. Twelf Afghans are on hunger strike there to demand freedom and papers.


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