Monday May 25, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Police raze migrant camp in port city

 Last in series of raids in Igoumenitsa leaves 1,000 immigrants awaiting deportation
Around 150 migrants eluded arrest in Thursday’s dawn raid in Igoumenitsa

Police and coast guard officers in Igoumenitsa on Thursday evacuated about a hundred undocumented immigrants from a makeshift camp at the northwestern port that the migrants had been using as a launch pad to sneak onto ferries to Italy.

Another 150 or so migrants eluded arrest in Thursday’s dawn raid, fleeing into the nearby mountains.

A total of 1,000 would-be migrants from African and Asian countries have been arrested in Igoumenitsa over the past two months in a series of police sweeps. Authorities have said that all the migrants will be deported except for those meriting refugees status though it remained unclear where they will stay until their deportation.

Officers on Thursday razed around 250 huts and tents that had been set up around the port and local authorities disinfected the area.

Igoumenitsa Mayor Giorgos Katsinos said the cleanup of the camp, which sprang up earlier this year, had become crucial as the hot weather and mounting garbage produced by camp residents were posing a public health risk. Also, the negligence of camp members had resulted in fires breaking out on nearby forestland, Katsinos said, adding that there had been frequent disputes between migrants and residents whose tolerance was dwindling.

Local authorities also have voiced concern about the visual impact of the migrants’ camp on tourists arriving at the port.

Meanwhile in the western port of Patra, residents staged a pre-emptive protest, anticipating a new influx of migrants into their port city in the wake of the Igoumenitsa operation. Hundreds of would-be migrants have been camping on the fringes of the western port for years although a large police raid in the summer of 2009 razed the biggest settlement.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday June 9, 2011 (23:15)  
Debt talks resume amid concerns over differences, looming repayment, political upheaval
Driver accused of killing 45-year-old arrested
Asylum service hit by overhaul
SYRIZA´s Left Platform makes gains but proposal voted down
Michelis appointed as bank bailout fund chair
The Greek government named former banker Giorgos Michelis as chairman of the country’s bank rescue fund on Monday, which has been without a head since the resignation of both its chairman an...
Greece´s Jumbo reports 7 pct increase in profits
Greece’s biggest toy retailer Jumbo on Monday posted a 7 percent rise in profit for the nine-month period ending in March and reaffirmed its forecast for a 4-6 percent rise in full-year sale...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Berg brace gives Panathinaikos four-point lead
Panathinaikos beat Atromitos on Sunday and took advantage of the goalless draw between PAOK and Asteras Tripolis to open a four-point gap from PAOK at the top of the Super League play-off mi...
SOCCER
Reds add Cup to league trophy with 3-1 win over Xanthi
Olympiakos completed a league-and-cup double on Saturday by beating Xanthi 3-1 in the Greek Cup final at the Olympic Stadium of Athens, that was more balanced than the final score suggests. ...
Inside Sports
Greece needs a second election
Most scenarios facing Greece are bleak. The country could default, introduce capital controls, forcibly convert savers’ deposits into bank capital, quit the euro and so forth. But there is s...
COMMENTARY
No more ´quick and dirty´ fixes for Greece
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde correctly said last week that the protracted negotiations between Greece and its official creditors required «a comprehensive ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Debt talks resume amid concerns over differences, looming repayment, political upheaval
2. Driver accused of killing 45-year-old arrested
3. Asylum service hit by overhaul
4. SYRIZA´s Left Platform makes gains but proposal voted down
5. Former lifeguard arrested for shooting photos, videos of naked children on Vouliagmeni Beach
6. Government tension over defense minister´s Karpathos base proposal
more news
Today
This Week
1. No more 'quick and dirty' fixes for Greece
2. ND's Bakoyannis fears capital controls over long weekend
3. Greece calls on creditors to compromise as IMF payment nears
4. Brussels Group talks to resume Tuesday with VAT, pension topping agenda
5. Tourist dies in rockfall on beach in Crete
6. Greece needs a second election
Today
This Week
1. The Greek-German breakthrough that didn’t come
2. Conspiracy madness
3. Greece came close to not paying IMF
4. National self-awareness put to the test
5. Albanian demarche raises concerns about possible territorial claims over Greece
6. Why Greece won't hold referendum on reforms
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.