Despite the ongoing winter season in Europe, refugees and migrants continue to arrive from Turkey’s coast to the Greek islands.
The country is now also struggling to deal with stranded migrants. They got stuck in Greece, after several countries decided to close their borders to everyone but refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Some feel so hopeless that going back is their only choice. In a few days, the International Organization for Migration in Athens registered 250 people who want to voluntarily return to their countries, mostly Moroccans.
Until the IOM’s Greek office gets its yearly funding from the European Union sometime next year, it can only accommodate 1000 repatriations.