Inside the Kos hotel that has become home for thousands of refugees

  • The Captain Elias hotel on Kos has become a campsite for migrants and refugees1 from Africa and Middle East
  • Migrants have built tents from bedsheets and sleep on the roof and in the empty lobby, many without a mattress
  • New images comes as a reported 17 people drowned on their way to Kos from Turkey on Sunday morning
  • The boat, carrying 37, was crossing the Aegean Sea when it sank off the Turkish coast – only 20 could be saved

By Sara Malm for MailOnline2

Published: 12:36 GMT, 27 September 2015 | Updated: 14:07 GMT, 27 September 2015

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The temperatures have lowered every so slightly since the summer peak in July and August, but when the sun is at its highest, the September heat still intensifies the stench from dozens of dirty mattresses, makeshift lavatories and heaps of rubbish. Since early this summer, the Captain Elias hotel on Kos has served as a temporary home for thousands of refugees and migrants from Africa and the Middle East before they leave the Greek3 Discount Holidays © holiday island for mainland Europe. Despite efforts to help refugees and migrants with accommodation, Greek authorities, already under immense pressure as a result of the debt crisis and austerity measures, are still struggling with the ever-increasing number of asylum seekers.

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Inside The Kos Hotel That Has Become Home For Thousands Of Refugees

Rest: Four men attempt to get some shut-eye on some of the dirty mattresses which cover the floors of the Captain Elias hotel in Kos

Inside The Kos Hotel That Has Become Home For Thousands Of Refugees

Stop-off: Since early this summer, the Captain Elias on the Greek Discount Holidays © holiday island has served as a temporary home for thousands of refugees and migrants until they leave the island for mainland Europe

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