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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Pakistani Migrants In Lesbos Camp Protest

Aid workers say conditions are poor, with food limited and women and children being forced to sleep outside.
Migrants look through a fence from inside the Moria registration centre for refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos
Refugees and migrants look through the fence from the centre
Dozens of Pakistani migrants at a detention camp on the Greek island of Lesbos have staged a protest amid fears they will be sent to Turkey in the coming days.
Many Pakistanis were among more than two hundred migrants shipped from Greek islands on the first day an EU-Turkey deal, to try to halt the flow of people into the EU, came into force.
The male protesters, who chanted "freedom" and "will you help us please", are being held at the closed Moria facility, where Human Rights Watch claims people are being denied proper legal representation and asylum information.
Journalists wanting to get access to the men and other migrants and asylum seekers in the camp are being told to "get papers" from the police. But those papers take days to process, meaning there is limited reporting from inside the camp.
More than 2,000 people, including many Syrians who fled war at home, are currently being held at Moria.
Aid workers say conditions there are poor, with food limited and women and children being forced to sleep outdoors.
Migrants are not allowed out of the camp and face expulsion back to Turkey, from where most of them made the precarious crossing to Greece by sea.
Aid workers who are being allowed inside Moria told Sky News some Syrians have threatened to jump overboard if put on ships back to Turkey. But the reality is many thousands in Greece are likely to be returned in the coming weeks.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees is insisting all migrants in Moria have their asylum claims properly considered and an appeal against a rejected claim considered before being forced to leave Greece.
But there is believed to be a big delay in training and providing the necessary staff to process the mass of applications, leading to fears many will be expelled illegally. 

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