Auditors warn of shortfalls at Greece, Italy migrant centers
Migrant centers in Greece and Italy meant to fast-track the arrival of people seeking sanctuary in Europe are overwhelmed and urgently require more experts, particularly to help vulnerable children traveling alone, European Union auditors warned Tuesday.
In a new report, the auditors said that two more centers known as “hotspots” are needed to process migrants in Italy and that facilities on Greek islands where people arrive from Turkey must be improved.
In Greece, the auditors said, “there are still more migrants arriving at the hotspots than leaving, and they are seriously overcrowded.” Some children have been held in “restrictive conditions” there for more than three months.
“This issue needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency,” said Hans Gustaf Wessberg, an auditor responsible for the report.
While the hotspot system has helped manage the problem short-term, migrant arrivals are unlikely to ease soon. “I cannot see any end of this situation,” he told reporters in Brussels.