Agencies raise health concerns over treatment of Kos migrants

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 15 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4459
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

International aid organisations and charities have raised concern over the treatment, health, and living conditions of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers on the Greek island of Kos.

The charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said that more than 7000 people had arrived in Kos seeking help since July and that some had been held in an “ill equipped” sports stadium by the Greek authorities.

The mayor of Kos, Georgios Kyritsis, has said, however, that “fleeting and minor discord” had occurred during the process of helping the new arrivals and that the situation was now under control.

MSF said that in the absence of proper reception facilities many of the new arrivals had been directed to put up tents in public parks and squares in Kos town or were sleeping outside the police station, without access …

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