Immigration: Greece, first migrant detention center opens

Despite vehement protests by local residents and rights groups

30 April, 10:12

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, APRIL 30 - A detention center for undocumented immigrants in Amygdaleza, northwest of Athens, started operating on Sunday, despite vehement protests by local residents and rights groups, with the transfer of dozens of migrants detained over the past few days in police sweeps in central Athens. Police said they transfered a group of 56 migrants in the early afternoon and were to move another 164 into the compound late last night, as daily Kathimerini reports.

Meanwhile residents staged a protest against the center outside the police training school which is adjacent to the facility.

According to Citizens' Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, a total of 1,200 migrants are to be moved into the center until mid-May. Then additional centers are to open in different parts of the country, according to the minister, who insists that this project will solve Greece's problem with illegal immigration. (ANSAmed).