Athens refugee squats - PhMuseum

Athens refugee squats

Zoltán Balogh

2016

Central Greece, Greece

Approximately sixty thousand migrants were stranded in Greece after Macedonia closed its borders to the flow of illegal migration in March 2016. A group of activists helping refugees occupied a disused building in September 2015 in the Greek capital, which was the first of a number of abandoned houses, hotels and schools in the city center to be turned into refugee accommodation since. These squats are operated on a completely self-sustaining basis by local activists and volunteers from all over the world, who accept food and money to help residents. As these squats provide adequate living conditions, it is difficult to secure a place in one of them, entire families, children and elderly people are being the most eligible applicants. Squatters must observe strict house rules and everyone must have their share of household chores. In return, they have the privilege of learning languages and taking part in a number of pro-integration activities and have access to healthcare.

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  • View of the Exarchia neighbourhood in Athens, Greece, 01 December 2016.

  • Refugee children play while other cleaning on the corridor of the former Hotel City Plaza currently used as a squat home in Athens, Greece, 30 November 2016.

  • Refugee woman with her children in one of the rooms of the former Hotel City Plaza currently used as a squat home in Athens, Greece, 30 November 2016.

  • A refugee man plays the guitar in Khora Community Hall in Athens, Greece, 01 December 2016.

  • Refugees work out in Khora Community Hall in Athens, Greece, 30 November 2016.

  • Refugees singing and dancing on a wedding in a squat home named Spirou Trikoupi 17 in Athens, Greece, 30 November 2016.

  • Refugee children play on the corridor of the former Hotel City Plaza currently used as a squat home in Athens, Greece, 30 November 2016.

  • A volunteer carries a refugee girl up the stairs in the former Hotel City Plaza, currently used as a squat home in Athens, Greece, 30 November 2016.

  • Refugee men chat in a squat home named 2nd School in Athens, Greece, 05 December 2016.

  • A refugee child and a woman in a squat home named 2nd School in Athens, Greece, 05 December 2016.

  • A volunteer holds a refugee child on the yard of a squat home named 5th School in Athens, Greece, 04 December 2016.

  • A refugee man living in a squat home in Athens receives dental care in Khora Community Hall in Athens, Greece, 01 December 2016.

  • Refugees are pictured near the entrance of a squat home named 5th School in Athens, Greece, 04 December 2016.

  • Volunteers make video footage on an outdoors basketball court to help raise money for covering the living expenses of refugees living in squat houses in Exarchia neighbourhood of Athens, Greece, 03 December 2016.

  • A refugee man living in a squat home in Athens takes photographs in the company of his house mates at the amphitheater of the Acropolis during a sightseeing tour in Athens, Greece, 04

  • Refugees cook in the kitchen of the former Hotel City Plaza, currently used as a squat home in Athens, Greece, 01 December 2016.

  • Refugees are pictured on the staircase of a squat home dubbed 5th School in Athens, Greece, 04 December 2016.

  • Picture taken inside squat home named 2nd School in Athens, Greece, 05 December 2016.

  • Refugees, volunteers and activists watch a movie in Khora Community Hall in Athens, Greece, 01 December 2016.

  • Refugees living in a squat home in Athens, volunteers and activists chat in a bar in Exarchia neighbourhood of Athens, Greece, 04 December 2016.


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