Put bor­der plans into ac­tion

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Cer­tain parts of Greece are be­ing se­verely tried by the prob­lem of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. A num­ber of old Athe­nian neigh­bor­hoods and parts of the port cities of Pa­tra and Igoumenitsa, among oth­ers, face mas­sive prob­lems with ris­ing crime and wide­spread law­less­ness. In its first few months in power in 2010, the PASOK gov­ern­ment did noth­ing at all to ad­dress this prob­lem and has since launched a cam­paign de­signed more for show than so­lu­tions in which it has touted the con­struc­tion of a fence along part of Greece’s bor­der with Tur­key in Evros and set­ting up new re­cep­tion camps for il­le­gal mi­grants. Noth­ing has been done in terms of putting these plans into ac­tion, how­ever, mak­ing the gov­ern­ment’s re­cent an­nounce­ment that it plans to gen­trify the be­lea­guered Omo­nia area and re­vamp the his­tor­i­cal cen­ter of Athens sound ludicrous, to say the least. Il­le­gal mi­gra­tion is ob­vi­ously a Euro­pean prob­lem as well as a Greek one, but when the Greek state is in­ca­pable of guard­ing its own borders and lim­its it­self to pub­lic­ity cam­paigns in­stead of ac­tion and plan­ning, the re­sults are truly tragic.

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