Over 11,000 refugees in Greece are at risk of being evicted from their housing and cut off from government cash assistance, according to Doctors Without Borders.
In a statement published on Monday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said that over 11,000 recognized refugees, many of them with severe health and
mental health conditions, are being threatened with eviction or have been
evicted from their accommodation. They are also being cut off from cash assistance and left in the streets without access to shelter, protection or proper healthcare, the medical aid organization said.
In Greece, once someone receives international protection, they are no longer entitled to reception services for asylum seekers, including accommodation and cash assistance. Theoretically, they should have access to most of the social services that Greek nationals have. But in practice, the transition out of the asylum reception system is incredibly difficult for many. The bureaucratic hurdles to receive state support are high, and many face discrimination in the job and housing market.
Pregnant women sleeping rough
In their statement, MSF wrote that "in June, an extremely vulnerable MSF
patient died from a cardiac arrest shortly after she was threatened
with eviction and subsequently left her accommodation."