Park refugees moved to cen­ter at Elaionas

More than 200 peo­ple set­tled into con­tain­ers as Pe­dion tou Areos cleared

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A new re­cep­tion cen­ter for mi­grants in Elaionas, near cen­tral Athens, was fully op­er­a­tional yesterday af­ter more than 200 refugees left a makeshift set­tle­ment at Pe­dion tou Areos park for the air-con­di­tioned con­tain­ers of the Elaionas plot.

Fol­low­ing the trans­fer of the mi­grants from Pe­dion tou Areos on Sun­day af­ter­noon, a to­tal of 207 peo­ple were set­tled on the new 4-hectare plot yesterday. Another 100 res­i­dents of the park camp de­parted ahead of the move, many ap­par­ently fear­ing that that they would not be al­lowed to leave the Elaionas fa­cil­ity.

A small po­lice unit has been de­ployed to guard the cen­ter but res­i­dents will not be pre- vented from leav­ing the site.

The 100 or so con­tain­ers on the site are de­signed to ac­com­mo­date up to 600 peo­ple. Each of the con­tain­ers has its own bath­room and small kitchen as well as bunk beds and air-con­di­tion­ing units.

Aid work­ers em­ployed at the fa­cil­ity are to serve three meals a day.

Work­ers have bright­ened up the site by adding plants, flow­ers and a play area for chil­dren.

The clean­ing of the site is be­ing man­aged by City Hall’s san­i­ta­tion depart­ment which also or­ga­nized the cleanup of Pe­dion tou Areos yesterday. The job took sev­eral hours as hun­dreds of mi­grants had been liv­ing in tents in the park for weeks.

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