Pikpa Camp – Lesvos Solidarity (GR)

Pikpa camp is an independent, open refugee camp in Mytilini, Lesvos (Greece). It is a community-based space, built on the principles of solidarity, empowerment and active participation.

In Pikpa camp a new way of being together, embedded in local society, is being created. Above all, we want to build an environment where people can find dignity, love, safety and respect. Pikpa camp offers a sense of belonging, home and community.

Keeping a feeling of safety and trust in Pikpa camp is our main concern. Pikpa camp’s residents are among the most vulnerable refugees in the island; people who suffer from serious medical conditions, victims of torture and violence, large families with children, pregnant women, newborns, LGBTI people, lone women and men, and victims of shipwrecks who lost loved ones at sea.

Pikpa’s capacity is 100-120 people, though it has hosted hundreds more during times of emergency. The population changes all the time depending on: the duration of asylum applications, the speed of the referrals process to Pikpa camp, the number of new arrivals to the island, the conditions in and capacity of other hosting sites, as well as individual and family needs.

A great number of refugees has been hosted in Pikpa camp. We estimate that since 2012 over 30,000 individuals stayed in Pikpa camp.

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