City of­fi­cial stresses new re­cep­tion cen­ter tem­po­rary

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Refugees cur­rently camped at Pe­dion tou Areos park in cen­tral Athens will be able to move into a tem­po­rary re­cep­tion cen­ter in Elaionas at the be­gin­ning of next week, mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials said yesterday.

Author­i­ties had a break­through in their search for air-con­di­tion­ing units for the pre­fab­ri­cated struc­tures that will house the refugees af­ter a com­pany of­fered to do­nate the sys­tems needed. The next hur­dle is the le­gal ac­tion be­ing taken by lo­cal res­i­dents against the camp’s lo­ca­tion in the empty lot.

Deputy Mayor An­dreas Vare­las stressed that the ac­com­mo­da­tion would only be tem­po­rary, un­til the gov­ern­ment can cre­ate per­ma­nent cen­ters that can house at least 2,500 peo­ple. “There are many prob­lems at the site,” he told Kathimerini. “In the sum­mer it is ex­posed to the heat, while when the rain starts the area of­ten floods. Fur­ther­more, the City of Athens and lo­cal res­i­dents have plans to make a dif­fer­ent use of Elaionas, which is one of the last green ar­eas left in the city cen­ter.”

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