Refugee Crisis Response Greece 2015
6-Oct-2015 - With hundreds of thousands fleeing Syria as a result of continued violence and years of conflict, Greece has become overwhelmed by the number of migrants and asylum seekers. Estimates claim approximately 340,000 people have made their way from the Middle East, with 258,000 either remaining in or passing through southern European countries as they travel into the European Union.
With the instability of the Greek banking system, the situation continues to worsen as the overwhelmed Greek economy is unable to provide access to basic services, including healthcare, shelter, and food. Living conditions are dire, with severe overcrowding causing poor hygiene conditions and forcing many to sleep outdoors in public spaces or abandoned buildings without access to electricity or running water. The government of Greece has requested assistance in dealing with this humanitarian crisis.
GlobalMedic is responding by providing relief items to migrants and asylum seekers, including blankets, non-food items, and food baskets. These items will help to address the needs of the asylum seekers as they continue to move throughout Europe in search of permanent residence.
If you would like to contribute to GlobalMedic's Refugee Response programming, please donate at the CanadaHelps Refugee Crisis Fund.