Dr. Apostolos Veizis
Apostolos Veizis is a Medical Doctor (General Practitioner). Since 2004 he is working at the HQ of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) -Greek Section.
Prior to that he worked as Head of Mission and Medical Coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Médecins du Monde in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Albania, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Turkey.
Also participated on assessment, emergency assignments and evaluations in Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Zambia, Malawi, Uzbekistan, Cyprus and Tajikistan.
He participated and had announcements in international and national medical congresses and contributed on publications of relevant articles.
Protection of the People on the Move vs protection of the borders
The world currently faces its largest global displacement crisis since World War II, with approximately 60 million people currently displaced due to conflict, persecution and untenable conditions in their home country. Whilst foreseeable, Europe is still reeling in shock from the sheer numbers of refugees and migrants – approximately one million – who have crossed its borders in 2015.
It will be remembered as the year in which Europe catastrophically failed in its responsibility to respond to the urgent needs of assistance and protection of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people. Not only did European countries collectively fail to address the urgent humanitarian and medical needs of refugees and migrants arriving at external or internal EU borders, but the European Union’s deterrence and anti-immigration policies – developed over the last 15 years and further strengthened in 2015 – have increased the demand for migrant smuggling networks and pushed people towards ever more dangerous routes which jeopardise their health and lives.
These policies have largely contributed to the patterns of the reception crisis we are witnessing today: those desperate to come to Europe are forced to cross the sea and southern EU countries fail to respond to their needs. Facing razor wire fences, closed borders and intimidating soldiers and police forces from Turkey through most of the Balkans; highly dangerous sea crossings to Italy or Greece; squalid and inhumane reception conditions; and complicated and ever changing registration procedures, thousands of men, women and children fleeing conflict and desperate conditions then face another obstacle course: this time through Europe.
The European Union and its Member States have organised countless meetings, conferences and plans throughout 2015 and 2016. Despite this, most States have been unwilling or unable to provide assistance to the refugees and migrants who make it into the European Union.