New area for park refugees in the works

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Some 500 Afghan and Syr­ian refugees, one-third of whom are es­ti­mated to be chil­dren, will be moved from a makeshift camp in Pe­dion tou Areos park in cen­tral Athens to a new lo­ca­tion by the end of the week, Greek author­i­ties said yesterday.

The new camp is be­ing set up in Elaionas, an open al­lot­ment in western Athens that was do­nated for the pur­pose by the City of Athens. The mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­ity yesterday is­sued a state­ment con­firm­ing that it has made the space avail­able to ac­com­mo­date the refugees, who have been sleep­ing rough and sur­viv­ing in un­san­i­tary con­di­tions for sev­eral weeks. How­ever, it stressed that this should be treated only as a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion and the rel­e­vant min­istries and re­gional author­i­ties should im­me­di­ately ad­dress the long-term im­pli­ca­tions of the mas­sive in­flux of refugees and mi­grants that has hit Greece since the start of the year. Sources told Kathimerini that pre­fab­ri­cated houses have been do­nated by the mil­i­tary to form the main shel­ters in the al­lot­ment, which will be guarded by po­lice. The refugees will con­tinue to be clothed and fed by the non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions and lo­cal author­i­ties who have been car­ing for them to date.

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