Moria is the biggest refugee camp on Lesbos. It is run by the army and the police. It is a registration and identification center, also called a hotspot. This means that all refugees that arrive on the island by boat will be transferred to Moria for registration and asylum application. After the registration the most vulnerable refugees and their families will be transferred to other camps or accommodation. If you are interested in the asylum procedure, please visit www.refugee.info/greece > Asylum in Greece.
At this moment there are around 5.500 people living in the camp, whereas it was originally planned as short stay accommodation for 2.000 people. Since the EU-Turkey the flow of people is stagnating and the camp is overflowing, since there are more people coming than going. This has a big impact on the living circumstances: sanitary facilities are scarce, which causes hygiene problems, and the accommodation for sleeping is provisional.
Moria is a closed refugee camp that feels like a prison. The camp is organized in different sectors, with different nationalities living in each sector. There is a prison in the camp as well. There are few facilities for the refugees. Fights or riots happen every once in a while, often fueled by the bad state of the camp and the desperate situation that people live in.
Please keep in mind that the countries where different nationalities come from might have a different standard health care system or vaccination program than where you come from yourself. Please ask your doctor for advice on vaccinations before you leave.