EU urged to help refugees stranded in Greece

Aid groups say thousands of refugees on Greece islands have been overlooked by Europe as it worries about Greek bailout moves. EU ministers meet in Brussels Monday to continue their row over distributing asylum-seekers.

The German organization Pro Asyl (Pro-Asylum) on Sunday accused Europe of “looking the other way” as volunteer Greeks tried to cope with arrivals of refugees on Aegean Sea islands such as Kos.

The German news agency DPA quoted Pro Asyl director Günter Burkhardt as saying that conditions on several Greek islands were “catastrophic,” with refugees from crisis regions such as Syria and Eritrea left stranded.

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He said civilian Greek volunteers and groups who were providing food and medicines were trying to make up for the inactivity of Greek authorities, themselves hard hit by austerity measures.
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Source News: DW