UNHCR has reservations on migrant center

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday that conditions at a new detention center for undocumented migrants that began operating in Amygdaleza, northwest of Athens, on Sunday, were better than those at similar facilities.

Following a visit to the Amygdaleza site by a UNHCR delegation, the office issued a statement expressing its reservations about ?the operation and effectiveness? of a total of 30 such centers authorities have pledged to build, noting that people meriting asylum could end up detained.

?What remains critical for UNHCR is the procedure, criteria and conditions of police operations leading to mass arrests of undocumented aliens,? the statement said, adding that migrants had limited access to asylum procedures.