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MSF has been providing medical and humanitarian assistance to migrants and asylum seekers in Greece since 1996, using its own funds. Since 2008, this has included responding to the urgent medical and humanitarian needs of migrants confined in administrative detention. During this period, MSF has repeatedly communicated its concerns about the harmful impact of detention on the health and wellbeing of migrants and asylum seekers, and the unacceptable conditions in which they are detained, to the authorities responsible in Greece and to the European Union (EU).
This report outlines MSF’s grave concerns about the situation of migrants and asylum seekers in administrative detention in Greece today, based on MSF’s recent work in three pre-removal centres and four police and border police stations in the north of Greece2, as well as on the findings of assessments conducted during 2013 and 2014 in another 27 regular and border police stations, coastguard facilities and pre-removal centres across Greece3.