Despite Protests, Greece Plans Mainland Refugees, Migrants Centers

FILE- Refugges and migrants board a coast guard ship during a rescue operation. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

ATHENS – Facing anger from both island officials and residents of villages in inner Greece over housing refugees and migrants, the New Democracy government is going ahead with plans to build more detention centers on the mainland.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ plan also includes speeding asylum processes for those seeking sanctuary, virtually all of the 35,687 packed into the five hotspots on Lesbos, Samos, Chios, Kos and Leros and 22,000 in 29 mainland facilities. He wants to move 20,000 more to the mainland.

With island officials and residents screaming over the scheme that will replace camps with centers to vet those ineligible for asylum and mainland residents blocking buses trying to move refugees and migrants to hotels in some small towns, the government has a dilemma.

Authorities plan to set up about 15 accommodation centers in Livadia, Lamia, Ioannina, Arta, Fokida, Pyrgos and Sparti, said Kathimerini, adding that up to three will be built on Crete and four in northern Greece to spread them out.

Sources who weren’t identified said the facilities will each hold 1,000-2,000 people with the detainees given identity cards and face penalties such as loss of benefits for breaking rules although with more continuing to come from Turkey, where they had first gone fleeing war and strife in their homeland, that tents could also be used, even in the winter.

The problem will get worse when a plan placing asylum seekers at state cost in hotels and apartments ends in March, 2020 although it wasn’t said why it wouldn’t be refunded and continued instead of ended. About 8,500 are currently covered by the program, far below initial expectations that were set.

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  1. Of course, like Tsipras, Mistotakis reports to the EU peoples party of Marxist , Fascist , and degenerates who answer to a ruling class of Aristocrats supporting Marxist principle of governments which force independent countries like Greece .. to surrender the interests of the people of Greece, for the interests of a Global body of Bureaucrats now parading thru the halls of Brussels and Washington!

    Mistotakis and his ruling party with the help of TNH and now appointed Propaganda Minister Diamataris .. are directly committed to this world order ..in order to stay in power!

    The EU.has publicly stated that the enemies of their state are the Nationalisl populace of Greece..which has somehow turned Nationalism of the greatest culture in history ..Greece.. into a dirty word!

    There once was country called America.who had a revolution to remove another European ruler from the control of Aristocratic White Supremacist colonialist in England!

    It is up to the people of Greece to remove the EU and Nato from Greece..since the ruling partries of Greece are corrupt political prostitutes who only serve Geoffrey Pyatt and the leaders of the Eu and Nato!

    The are now multiple countries of the EU .. not complying with the EU MIgrant quotas and rules.. in fear of retribution by the people of their countries .. who also have demonstrated against the dictates of the EU and Nato who created the migration march by destroying the homes and lives of the people of the Middle East

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