Report DEEEP-REPORT-2021-025

The Invisible Island. Covid-19 restrictions and the future of detention on Kos and Leros

Refugee Rights Europe


Abstract: While there are many reports regarding the difficulties faced by displaced people living in the Reception and Identification Centres (often referred to as hotspots or RICs) of Lesvos, Chios and Samos, the smaller facilities on Kos and Leros are often forgotten. However, on both islands the hotspots actually make up a large proportion of the islands’ entire displaced population, and therefore require further attention. This report provides first-hand insight into the situation in the hotspots on Kos and Leros in the spring of 2020. It raises serious concerns not only in regard to the material living conditions, but also the impact of Covid-19 related restrictions and detention practices.

Keyword(s): Greece ; Covid-19 ; Human Rights ; Detention ; Refugees ; Migration

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 Record created 2021-04-19, last modified 2021-04-19

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