‘They told me I would be free’ - 8 July 2013Headline Title: ‘They told me I would be free’ Ahmed has a haunted look about him as he sits on the end of a bed in the dark, damp police cell. He’s been held there for nearly a week. People risking the dangerous journey to Europe's borders are being pushed back and locked up. An Amnesty International team heard the stories of migrants on the Greek island of Lesvos, and met the locals doing their best to support them. Media Node: Greece feature At a Glance: Some facts about migrants in Europe and Greece• Around 18,000 men, women and children have reportedly died trying to enter Europe since 1988.• Migrants can be detained for up to 18 months under EU law, even though they have committed no crime.• Greece doesn’t have a fair and effective asylum system, the European Court of Human Rights said in 2011.• The Court ruled that detention conditions for asylum seekers in Greece amounted to degrading and inhuman treatment. • Children arriving in Greece alone can be detained for months until a more suitable place is found for them. Story Location: Greece 36° 52' 46.6356" N, 22° 19' 27.1884" E “People fleeing war and poverty are now taking even bigger risks to get to Europe. The routes are increasingly dangerous, so people are losing their lives on the way. ” Source: Irem Arf, Amnesty International's migration researcher
A economia do país estava em crise, e a taxa de desemprego chegou a 26,8 por cento em outubro.