Fyli landfill closed amid influx of migrants, Roma

Authorities on Monday closed the capital’s main landfill at Fyli, northwestern Attica, warning of an increasingly dangerous situation as a growing number of undocumented immigrants have entered the grounds to search for items of value.

The closure came a few days after Regional Governor Yiannis Sgouros warned that the situation at the «dump» was out of control as, apart from growing numbers of immigrant visitors, an adjacent Roma camp had swelled in size.

Authorities in charge of managing and overseeing the landfill said the site would remain closed until some order had been restored.

Last year, police units were dispatched to guard the landfill when a similar problem arose with members of the Roma camp. Since the withdrawal of the police, the presence of Roma on the site, which covers 200 hectares, has increased significantly, according to staff at the dump.