Migrants flood into Piraeus

As hundreds of illegal immigrants arrived at the port of Piraeus yesterday on ferries from Lesvos, where they had been detained in a horribly cramped reception center, local authorities in Attica highlighted the problems posed by a burgeoning population of migrants. The mayor of Piraeus, Panayiotis Fasoulas, said that 50 of the migrants – chiefly mothers and children – would be put up at a hostel. But it was unclear what would become of some 400 additional migrants. «We cannot allow the ghettoization of Piraeus simply because the state has no overall plan for these people,» Fasoulas said. Late on Tuesday, Athens Prefect Yiannis Sgouros called on the Interior Ministry to reverse a decision to allow the transfer of about 500 migrants from Lesvos to Athens, saying that the capital had become «a landfill of human misery and cannot absorb any more illegal immigrants.»

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