Ship, more po­lice be­ing sent to Kos to as­sist refugees

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A cruise liner and more than 250 po­lice­men will be sent to Greece’s eastern Aegean is­lands to help author­i­ties deal with the grow­ing in­flux of refugees and mi­grants, the gov­ern­ment de­cided yesterday.

The de­ci­sion was taken at a meet­ing chaired by State Min­is­ter Alekos Flam­bouraris. Al­ter­nate Min­is­ter for Mi­gra­tion Pol­icy Ta­sia Christodoulopoulou took part in the talks and is due to meet to­day in Athens with EU Mi­gra­tion Com­mis­sioner Dim­itris Avramopou­los in the hope of find­ing a way for Athens to re­ceive emer­gency fund­ing from Brus­sels to help process and care for mi­grants and refugees.

A ship that can carry more than 2,000 peo­ple is due to be sent to Kos, which is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the worst over­crowd­ing, by Satur­day. Author­i­ties on the is­land are try­ing to process the new ar­rivals, with some 1,000 be­ing given pa­pers yesterday af­ter a 12mem­ber team from the Aliens Bureau in Athens was sent there to help lo­cal po­lice.

At least 260 more po­lice of­fi­cers are due to be sent to Kos and other eastern Aegean is­lands in the com­ing days.

Doc­tors With­out Borders (MSF) crit­i­cized Greece yesterday for fail­ing to pro­vide ad­e­quate care to refugees ar­riv­ing on Kos. “What was pre­vi­ously a sit­u­a­tion of state in­ac­tion is now one of state abuse, with po­lice us­ing in­creas­ing heavy-handed force against these vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple,” said Brice de le Vingne, MSF di­rec­tor of oper­a­tions.

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