Download the full report - Human Rights Watch

Download the full report - Human Rights Watch

Since the early 2000s, Greece has become the major gateway into the European Union for

undocumented migrants and asylum seekers from Asia and Africa. Years of mismanaged

migration and asylum policies and, most recently, the deep economic crisis, have

changed the demographics of the entire country. The center of Athens, in particular, has

a large population of foreigners living in extreme poverty, occupying abandoned

buildings, town squares and parks. While tourists are welcome, migrants and asylum

seekers face a hostile environment, where they may be subject to detention in inhuman

and degrading conditions, risk destitution, and xenophobic violence.

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