With Greek islanders wanting refugees and migrants moved to the mainland and ferociously fighting government plans to build new detention centers, the northern Greek town municipality of Sintiki has agreed to host a closed migrants’ camp.
The municipal council agreed, said Kathimerini, giving a boost to the beleaguered ruling New Democracy that’s under fire for its scheme to build island centers but also deal with thousands of refugees and migrants massed on the northern border with Turkey, which has opened its games to them, but Greece responding by closing them.
The camp in Sintiki will host migrants who crossed into Greece illegally since March 1 this year, where they will be held before being deported to the country of their origin after they went to Turkey hoping to get into Greece to seek asylum.
Unlike other detention centers and camps housing refugees and migrants as long as two years while asylum applications are being processed, especially on islands, they won’t be allowed outside.
The camp, near the Greek city of Serres, will be more than 300 kilometers (186.41 miles) from the Greek-Turkish border.