Construction of New Reception Facility for Asylum Seekers on Chios Accelerated

January 12, 2021

CHIOS, Greece — Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi on Tuesday announced that the migration and asylum ministry will speed up construction of the new closed/ controlled access reception facility for asylum-seekers on the island of Chios, after a court ruling ordering the ministry to return to the VIAL site that currently houses the island's hotspot.

In a statement, Mitarachi said: "I made a pledge before the general elections that the VIAL camp will be closed down its location within an urban area was clearly creating problems."

The court ruling, said Mitarachi "accelerates the need to find a solution with regard to the creation of a closed and controlled facility that meets the required standards in terms of providing decent temporary accommodation for asylum seekers and the safety standards that will benefit the residents, staff and the local community. A facility that will not in any way resemble the difficulties that VIAL has created".

Mitarachi concluded that the new facility must be ready to operate within 2021 and that the ministry "will take all the necessary administrative and legal actions for the smooth closure of VIAL" once it is ready.



ATHENS - A year after a head-on train collision killed 57 people, an investigation into the causes has lagged and seen relatives of victims complaining about evidence being overlooked and media reports of a cover-up.

Top Stories


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.


THE HAGUE (AP) — The United Nations’ highest court on Monday wrapped up historic proceedings into the legality of Israel’s 57-year occupation of lands sought by Palestinians for a future state, with most voices at the hearing arguing against the Israeli government.

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump has appealed his $454 million New York civil fraud judgment, challenging a judge’s finding that Trump lied about his wealth as he grew the real estate empire that launched him to stardom and the presidency.

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s parliament voted Monday to ratify Sweden's bid to join NATO, bringing an end to more than 18 months of delays that have frustrated the alliance as it seeks to expand in response to Russia's war in Ukraine.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is marking the anniversary of the 1993 bombing at the old World Trade Center that blew apart a van parked in an underground garage, killing six people and injured more than 1,000.

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.