8 October 2012
EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is in Greece to discuss the asylum and migration situation in the country. On Monday, she visited several registration and detention centres for migrants in the Evros region along the Greek-Turkish border.
In a blog post after the visit, she wrote:
"The situation in the centres is difficult and the humanitarian conditions are very basic, in some places downright awful. Some centres should be closed down entirely, others are newly opened and quite OK. The new Greek government is facing many challenges here, but improvements have actually been carried out recently."
The European Commission and Member States are helping Greece through financial, human and technical assistance. European Commission Agencies Frontex and EASO are present, assisting Greek authorities in the areas of border control and asylum.
On Tuesday, 9 October, Cecilia Malmström is meeting Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, as well as representatives from several organisations working with refugees.