Migration: Athens sends ship to ease Kos refugees chaos

EU's Avramopoulos present at gov't meeting on migration

14 August, 11:49

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, AUGUST 14 - A cruise ship is expected to arrive in Kos from the port of Piraeus to act as a registration centre for some of the thousands of migrants arriving on the Greek island. As local authorities said, it's an attempt to prevent a repeat of the chaotic scenes when police clashed with refugees. Meanwhile, in Athens a wider government meeting on migration issues affecting the Greek islands and ways to deal with the problem concluded at the Interior ministry earlier on Thursday as Ana-Mpa reported. The meeting was attended by EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou, Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis, State Minister for Coordinating Government Operations Alekos Flambouraris, Alternate Shipping Minister Thodoris Dritsas and Alternate Minister for Civil Protection Yannis Panousis.

    Participants also discussed other urgent issues which concern migration. From his side, the Ministry of Health has announced that it will provide a building on Leros, formerly used for disabled people, to refugees on the island for temporary shelter. (ANSAmed).

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