EU Emergency Funding For Greek Islands Ends

This week, the European Union withdrew its emergency funding for NGOs working with refugees on Greek islands such as Chios.

The financial responsibility for these projects now lies with the Greek government, however few details have been released on how the transition will be implemented. Many NGOs are worried that if mismanaged, the transition from EU funding to Greek government support could cause devastating gaps in access to healthcare for refugees who have already suffered so much. Our Greek team spoke to Al Jazeera about what the consequences will be when NGOs leave these refugee hotspots. Doctors of the World also signed on to a joint statement with 6 other NGOs, outlining our concerns about the transition. Read the full statement below. 

“There are 3 problems when the NGO’s leave: the wellbeing of refugees, access to medical care, and psychological support. There are many traumatized people here and they need a lot of help.” – Kostas Antepas, Doctors of the World

Doctors of the World along with 6 other NGOs is warning that lack of handover plans for the Greek refugee response puts refugees at risk. Read our statement and recommendations for this transition period.