The conditions are sub-par in most of Greece’s state-run refugee camps, but at Oinofyta the refugees themselves share responsibility for running the organization. Many say they’ve been able to regain their dignity.
The camp closed on October 31 after the court had found it unconstitutional. But the 600 refugees have refused to move due to fears that locals may attack them.
When hundreds of refugees camped out in Athens in 2015, the women's organization Melissa Network found itself at the forefront of the crisis. It has grown to become a thriving space for the empowerment of refugee women.
A fresh bid by the United Nations to resolve the Western Sahara dispute has taken former German President Horst Köhler to Algiers. The new UN envoy has already visited Morocco and refugee camps in southwest Algeria.
The EU's executive has unveiled plans to resettle at least 50,000 refugees, focusing on people from northern Africa, to bypass smugglers. Europe is struggling to distribute thousands of migrants already in the bloc.
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