New #Malakasa : Inhuman subsistence, nine months on
Nine months after their arrival in Greece, refugees who arrived in March 2020, were deprived of the right to seek international protection due to the suspension of the asylum procedure by way of emergency decree and were automatically placed in arbitrary detention, remain exposed to inhuman living conditions in a newly established facility in Malakasa in the midst of winter and a pandemic.
The so-called “#new_Malakasa” centre, along with Kleidi, Serres, were initially set up as detention centres in March to accommodate new arrivals held in informal detention sites on Eastern Aegean islands before being detained on board the “Rhodes” Navy vessel. Yet, since the end of March, the two facilities have been incorporated into the state reception system as Temporary Reception Facilities for third-country nationals or stateless persons, managed by the Reception and Identification Service (RIS).
New Malakasa is Ministry of Migration and Asylum a pilot project in independent establishment of reception facilities, contrary to the collaborative approach followed with international actors and organisations for other centres. This #camp, along with Kleidi, Serres and the prospective new centres on Samos, Leros and Kos, is covered by the #METOIKOS programme funded by the European Union (EU) through #Asylum_Migration_and_Integration_Fund (#AMIF) emergency assistance.
The Ministry awarded on 10 April 2020 a €4.4m construction and maintenance contract to company #VITAEL via direct award. Following the approval on 9 October 2020 of €4.9m in EU funding for construction and maintenance of the facility, the aforementioned project was brought under the METOIKOS programme on 3 December 2020.
The date of delivery to the Greek authorities was set for 4 October 2020 following an extension of works. A subsequent extension moved the delivery date to 4 January 2021. Site management support in the camp has been delegated to the International Organisation for Migration (#IOM).
The camp plan raises serious safety concerns, given that no provision has been made for the necessary emergency exits. Among other works approved in October with a view to completion by 4 January 2021, the Ministry has approved activities to bring the camp in line with fire safety standards.
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