x

Politics

Bakoyannis Asks for Removal of Asylum-Seeker Facility in Elaionas

October 27, 2021

ATHENS — Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis has asked that the refugee and asylum-seeker camp in Athens’ Elaionas district stop operating, during a meeting with Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi and Deputy Migration and Asylum Minister Sofia Voultepsi on Wednesday, sources said.

According to the sources, Bakoyannis considers that the facility has “served its purpose” since the conditions that led the municipality to give permission for a refugee facility so close to the city centre in 2015 no longer exist. Apart from that, the mayor considers that the problems that have arisen in the management of the facility place a disproportionate burden on both its residents and those living around it.

According to Athens-Macedonian News Agency sources, Bakoyannis has warned that the municipality is not willing to renew the concession agreement for the site housing the facility, which expires at the end of this year.

The municipality has indicated its willingness to set up a transitional short-term stay facility on the site but stressed that it is no longer sustainable in its present form.

Originally designed to house 700 asylum seekers, the facility has since expanded to house more than 2,500.

RELATED

CHALKIDA, Greece - As Greece is pushing to rein in tax evaders - which no government has been able to do - the director and four employees at the Halkida tax office on the country’s second-biggest island of Evia, were arrested on bribery charges.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Three Little Piggies at a Yoga Class = Maximum Happiness

SPENCER, Mass. (AP) — Three little piggies went to a yoga class.

WASHINGTON — The presidents of Northwestern and Rutgers universities defended their decisions to end pro-Palestinian encampments through negotiations rather than police force, telling a House committee on Thursday that they defused the danger without ceding ground to protesters.

SAN FRANCISCO  — Google is tried to confront the latest in a succession of legal attacks on its digital empire on Thursday as federal judge began to address anticompetitive practices in the app market for smartphones powered by its Android software.

WASHINGTON  — Get ready for what nearly all the experts think will be one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, thanks to unprecedented ocean heat and a brewing La Nina.

C. Dean Metropoulos has made what Babson College is calling a “transformational gift to launch the C.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.