In this photograph taken on October 13, 2017, the tents of recently arrived refugees are seen in the woods on the Greek island of Samos. AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
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Over a dozen human rights groups and aid organizations wrote to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Monday, urging him to end the "containment" of asylum-seekers in island camps.More than 13,000 people, mostly Syrians and Iraqis fleeing years of war, are living in five camps on Greek islands close to Turkey, government figures show. Those who arrive on Greek islands following a European deal with Turkey last year to stem the flow are forbidden from traveling to the mainland until their asylum applications are processed, and those who do not qualify are deported.Nearly 23,000 people have arrived in Greece this year, a fraction compared to the nearly 1 million who arrived in 2015, but state-run camps are struggling to cope with the numbers.
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