Julien Mercille: No way forward, and no way back

Thousands who left Afghanistan as refugees now fill camps at the decaying 2004 Olympic venues in Greece, reclassified as ‘economic migrants’

15th May, 2016
People sit at the Moria refugee camp where asylum-seekers wander the complex on April 15, in Mytilini on Lesbos island in Greece Pic: Getty

There are currently 54,000 migrants and refugees stranded in Greece, packed in some 40 sites around the country. While in Athens, I decided to explore Elliniko camp, known as the worst one in the city for the conditions that refugees endure. Journalists and human rights organisations have had little or no access to it.

Elliniko is composed of three camps, called Baseball, Hockey and Domestic Arrivals. This is because it is located on the site of the...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Share this post

Related Stories

Private rental sector remains strong despite Covid-19

How the programme for government will shape housing

Insight Niall Byrne 8 months ago

Comment: US must defuse Covid-19’s ticking time bomb of debt

Insight Todd G Buchholz 8 months ago

Comment: The recovery will be more U than V-shaped

Insight Larry Hatheway 8 months ago