Refugees come to Europe looking for protection from persecution in their home countries. One of the main routes into Europe is crossing the Greek – Turkish border. Greece, for most refugees, is not the destination, but a transit country. European legislation means they get trapped in Greece – at a time of crisis, unemployment, homelessness and social unrest. While refugees are not being sent back to Greece, Greece is still obligated to stop them crossing the border into other European countries.
The UNHCR called the asylum situation in Greece a humanitarian crisis in 2010. Since then, drastic austerity measures have been enacted by Greece and refugees are attacked almost daily by the far right Golden Dawn and its sympathisers.