Missing Migrants: Management of Dead Bodies in Lesbos – Greece Summary Report
This report seeks to survey how the bodies of migrants who die or go missing in their effort to cross the Aegean Sea are managed in Greece, and what laws, policies and practices are in place to ensure that the dead are identified and families informed. The research focuses on the Greek island of Lesbos, one of the key entry points to Europe for migrants and refugees during the recent crisis, and close to of which a number of deadly shipwrecks have occurred. The authors' aim is to both identify apparent deficiencies in current approaches to migrant fatalities in Greece, as well as noting where good practice exists that should be duplicated. They identify a policy vacuum around the problem, marked by a lack of cooperation among different state agencies and the absence of standard operating procedures. The impacts of this vacuum have been exacerbated by the extreme resource constraints in Lesbos, and the very large number of both living migrants and dead migrant bodies to be addressed.