Policy Brief | March 2021
The refugee camps on the Greek islands have long been overcrowded; residents are subject to precarious and insecure living conditions and lack basic services. Asylum and return procedures in the so-called hotspots are slow. The Policy Brief by the Scientific Staff of the Expert Council identifies three factors underlying the situation in the hotspots: The impact of the 2016 EU-Turkey Statement, ongoing challenges in the Greek political and administrative system, and the shortcomings of EU asylum policy. The analysis discusses the conditions that need to be met in order to improve the situation in the hotspots and makes recommendations for a future common European asylum system.