Ombudsman calls for better conditions at Greece’s migrant centers

Following inspections at three migrant holding centers, the Greek Ombudsman has called on authorities to improve detention conditions and overhaul the country’s immigrant and asylum procedures.

“The indiscriminate and serious restrictions on foreigners’ personal freedom for an indefinite period of time has become the rule,” a statement from the Ombudsman’s office read.

Ombudsman officials had earlier inspected facilities at Amygdaleza in northern Athens, Corinth in the Peloponnese, and in the center of the capital.

A riot broke out last Saturday at the Amygdaleza migrant holding center and 10 immigrants escaped from the facility.

Two have been caught by police and eight are still missing.