Since the entry into force of the EU – Turkey statement in March 2016, the system for referrals in the island has changed.
All referrals go through the Multifunctional Committee, coordinated by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which meets on a weekly basis. The different actors working in the field identify the most vulnerable cases. In the Multifunctional Committee, the different actors and improved shelters (including Lesvos Solidarity – Pikpa camp) discuss and decide on the possible transfer of people to the improved shelters. UNHCR organises the transfers to the improved shelters, according to capacity.
People considered vulnerable include:
- people with chronic disease or other serious medical conditions, who need particular medical follow-up
- victims of torture and violence
- victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)
- people who need to be transferred for safety reasons, such as LGBTI
- lone men and women
- large families with children
- single-headed households
- pregnant women and newborns
- victims of shipwrecks