From ERT and Samos Times: A group of refugees and migrants have been on a hunger strike on the island of Samos, demanding better living conditions and faster decisions on asylum claims.
A demonstration at the island’s main refugee facility included a large “NO FOOD” display made of the food containers handed out by authorities and aid groups.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Migration Policy Yiannis Balafas visited the island in order to assess what is needed to make improvements. He was informed of the hunger strike, which began on January 31st but made no direct comment on the issue.
Balafas told reporters, “The situation in Samos is generally under control. In some parts of the ‘hotspot’ conditions are not entirely satisfactory and we have taken steps to replace tents with winterised shelters.”
He added the islands will be decongested over time using a variety of methods, including the transfer of vulnerable people and the International Organization for Migration arranging travel for those who wish to return to their country of origin.
However, Samos mayor Michalis Angelopoulos refused to see Deputy Minister Balafas, saying he had already made it clear the island will not accept another refugee structure.