Syrian Refugees Overwhelm Park

ATHENS – Greek officials are working with non-governmental organizations to try to relocate dozens of Syrian refugees camped out in a central park.

The refugees, among thousands fleeing their country’s civil war and coming to Greece in hopes of staying or going to other European countries are living in the Pedion tou Areos park that was renovated at great expense a few years ago but became a haven for illegal immigrants, drug addicts, prostitutes, the homeless.

The Attica Regional Authority, which is responsible for the park, officials from the City of Athens and representatives of four NGOs took part in talks trying to find a solution.

They also agreed to set up a task force to tackle problems with migrants and refugees in Athens and to draw up a long-term plan for addressing the issue. The regional authority will coordinate the project, Kathimerini said.