15 October 2020

FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty visits temporary camp at Mavrovouni, Lesbos

This video statement by FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty was recorded on 14 October 2020 at the temporary facility at Mavrovouni. This temporary camp was built to re-house people after the fire at the Moria migration facility on the island of Lesbos, in Greece.

I'm wrapping up my second and last day on the island of Lesbos. Right now, I am in the Moria camp that was destroyed by fire just 4 weeks ago. It is a shocking place.

There are lessons to be learned here for the better protection of the fundamental rights of migrants. Lessons for all of us in the EU.

It's all about partnership. It's about partnership between national and local government. It's partnership of the authorities with the local community.

It's strong partnerships with civil society be it national civil society or international. It's about working closely with the EU and EU Agencies.

And of course, it is also about co-operation with the United Nations.