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Life for migrants stuck in Greece 'like death'

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>> Refugees waiting for a verdict on their asylum applications say killing time in Greece is like death. Thousands living in camps like this one on the island of Chios, night fights and stealing commonplace after nightfall with rights groups saying the conditions are unfit for humans. Reuters correspondent Karolina Tagaris in Athens has been to visit.
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>> Many refugees and migrants, including women traveling alone and families, live in small overcrowded tents. The temperatures are often extremely hot. The streets surrounding the tents are muddy so every time it rains they often say they don't feel very safe. So they feel constantly worried and stressed and anxious.
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The migrant population on the Aegean island has swelled to three times capacity. Inhabitants wait without work or money for the verdict on their asylum claims. Identity checks, interviews, and assessments can take weeks and applicants, if they eventually do hear, can appeal a negative decision, prolonging the process even further.
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>> They have no information about their future. They have all applied for asylum, or they've expressed an interest in applying for asylum. But they have no news from the authorities, so they spend their days wandering and waiting. Some have said it's worse than death. Many have said that they long to go back to Syria where they acknowledge that there's bombs and there's war.
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But one man said that there every Syrian dies once whereas in Greece we die everyday.>> Since the EU Turkey deal came into effect nearly six months ago, arrivals in Greece have slowed to about 100 a day. But there are currently about 13,000 refugees and migrants on five Aegean islands.
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That's up from about 5,000 in March. All facing a long wait before they get any answers.