Mi­grant camp to be razed

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Cit­i­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Chris­tos Papout­sis yes­ter­day sought to dis­cour­age un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants try­ing to use Greece as a launch pad to a bet­ter life in Europe, herald­ing a crack­down at the coun­try’s ports.

Speak­ing at the north­west­ern port of Igoumenitsa, where hun­dreds of mi­grants live in a makeshift camp and reg­u­larly try to sneak onto fer­ries to Italy, Papout­sis said the camp would be razed soon. He said authorities should make it clear to would-be mi­grants that their plans will be thwarted. “Mi­grants will not leave un­less they re­al­ize that we will not al­low them to get to Europe,” Papout­sis said. “The mes­sage is clear,” he added. “Those with the right to asy­lum or a work or res­i­dence per­mit can stay. Ev­ery­one else must go.”

In Athens, a mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil aimed at boost­ing the in­te­gra­tion of mi­grants liv­ing legally in the cap­i­tal con­vened for the first time. The ini­tia­tive is to be led by coun­cilor Maria Kou­veli.

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