Refugee NGOs request Pope Francis meeting in Greece

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Thirty-six refugee NGOs on Tuesday requested to meet Pope Francis to inform him of refugees’ living conditions in Greece before his visit to Athens and migration hotspot Lesbos this weekend. NGOs in Greece have repeatedly decried slow asylum procedures and the alleged mistreatment of migrants and refugees in camps and at the EU member’s borders, which Greece’s government denies. Francis has denounced the “hostility” and “exploitation” migrants in Europe have faced and next month will make an official visit to Athens and the island of Lesbos, one of the main gateways for refugees to Europe. Les…

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