Im­mi­gra­tion fail­ures.

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Com­plex bu­reau­cracy and poor co­or­di­na­tion are doom­ing Greece’s ef­forts to cope with a re­lent­less mi­gra­tion wave that is stretch­ing its ca­pac­ity to break­ing point, ex­perts told a Euro­pean Union con­fer­ence yes­ter­day. “Po­lice are mak­ing an enor­mous ef­fort at the [GreekTurk­ish bor­der] re­gion de­spite be­ing un­der­staffed and un­der-re­sourced,” Yian­nis Dim­i­trakopou­los from the EU’s fact-find­ing Fun­da­men­tal Rights Agency (FRA) told the con­fer­ence. “How­ever there is no lo­cal op­er­a­tional co­or­di­nat­ing mech­a­nism. Lo­cal authorities are not in­volved. Other ac­tors are not in­volved,” he said. The EU of­fi­cial, who headed an ex­ploratory mis­sion to the GreekTurk­ish bor­der in Jan­uary, noted that un­doc­u­mented mi­grants were still held un­der “in­hu­man” con­di­tions of­ten due to lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tional chaos.

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