Refugees on the island of Chios, Greece, 28 November, 2016.
Souda camp on the Greek island of Chios. Conditions in Souda camp were dire particularly for people who as a result of overcrowding slept in tents exposed to low temperatures and heavy rain. Many refugees including vulnerable families slept in tents next to the beach. The refugees interviewed spoke of a lack of heating or insufficient heating and hot water and their security fears stemming either from fights between different nationalities or racist attacks by members of far-right groups on Chios. The majority of people stranded in Chios arrived after the 20 March 2016 following the implementation of the EU Turkey deal which foresees the return of refugees to Turkey. While their asylum claim is reviewed they are not allowed to leave the island. More than 4,000 refugees and migrants are stranded on the island, the majority living in dire conditions.