Greece warns migrants at Idomeni about spread of diseases

Greece warns migrants at Idomeni about spread of diseases

Greek authorities, worried about the spread of diseases in makeshift refugee camps, are urging migrants to relocate to organized camps with better living conditions.

A flyer is circulating at the Idomeni migrant camp on Greece's border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, saying that gastroenteritis, lice and scabies are spreading among the almost 10,400 people there. Written in four languages, including Arab and Farsi, it urges the migrants to relocate to one of several organized camps across Greece.

But the migrants and refugees who have been stranded at Idomeni ever since Austria and several Balkan countries shut down their borders to them in mid-March are reluctant to leave. On Saturday, departing migrants filled just one bus.

In addition to Idomeni, another 10,000 migrants are staying in makeshift camps in mainland Greece.


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