Join with Amnesty International to help refugees stuck in Greece


What’s happening?

Greece’s capacity to respond to this humanitarian crisis is at breaking point. Exposed to the hostile winter weather, thousands of people, including families with small children, are stuck in Greece. Women, men and children are sleeping rough or in make shift tents, with little food and filthy conditions at the Greece-Macedonia border. And at the port of Pireaus, Athens, they sleep on the floor of the passenger’s terminals.

Many have been there for weeks, enduring the cold and rain, with no idea of what will happen next. The recent deal to return refugees to Turkey has done nothing else than increase uncertainty to their future. The majority of people are fleeing violence and conflict. They have become trapped in Greece because instead of supporting refugees, the rest of Europe is shutting its borders without offering any real alternatives.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Greece can’t cope on its own. Asylum in Greece, already stretched by the sheer number of people stranded, is not a realistic option for many. Yet EU states are failing to relocate refugees in other European countries.

How many children sleeping in the cold does it take for Europe to finally grasp that it has to take refugees from Greece? Safe and legal ways into Europe are vital if refugees and asylum-seekers are to get the protection they so desperately need.

Supporting Amnesty International

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The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

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The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

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How you can help

Join with Amnesty International and call on Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, to take action on the humanitarian crisis in Greece and to push Heads of State and governments in the European Council to:

  • Use all available means to urgently accept asylum-seekers from Greece – including relocating a large number of persons without applying restrictive selection criteria, easing family reunification and allowing asylum-seekers to obtain visas from member states’ representations in Greece for onward legal travel.
  • Open up more safe and legal routes for people in need of international protection to ensure refugees do not need to embark on dangerous sea crossings to reach protection in Europe.



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