Conditions are improving in the mainland, as the Government continues to close temporary sites.

However, the nearly 5,000 sea and land arrivals this month exacerbated further overcrowding and poor conditions in the border reception centres. Many, including the vulnerable, are staying in makeshift shelter.

UNHCR urged the acceleration of winter preparations on the islands, and in coordination with the authorities transferred over 2,000 eligible, vulnerable people to continue their asylum applications in the mainland and Crete.

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