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Medical assistance to migrants and refugees in Greece

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters.

In Greece, MSF has been offering medical assistance to migrants and asylum seekers between 1996 and 2004 and between 2008 and today. In the latter period, since 2008, MSF has mainly responded to emergency medical and humanitarian needs of migrants arriving to Greece through the Greek-Turkish borders, of the Evros region and the Islands of the Eastern Aegean. This report describes the findings from our medical action during the first four months of 2013 and outlines the severe gaps that the responsible authorities need to cover to ensure the minimum requirements for the safe and dignified living of newly arrived migrants and migrants under administrative detention.