Many mi­grants not fin­ger­printed, po­lice of­fi­cials say

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The process of iden­ti­fy­ing un­doc­u­mented mi­grants who have been ar­riv­ing by the thou­sands on is­lands in the eastern Aegean from Tur­key is far from ef­fi­cient with author­i­ties se­cur­ing the fin­ger­prints of only 30 or 40 per­cent of those trav­el­ing on to the Greek main­land, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

As part of ef­forts to de­con­gest over­bur­dened is­lands, Greek author­i­ties have been reg­is­ter­ing the per­sonal de­tails of thou­sands of mi­grants ar­riv­ing on Lesvos, Kos and other is­lands. But they lack the equip­ment to fin­ger­print the mi­grants, who are is­sued with doc­u­ments and in­structed to visit the Aliens Bureau in Athens on their ar­rival.

More than a third is­sued with pa­pers on the is­lands fail to visit the bureau, how­ever, Greek Po­lice (ELAS) sources told Kathimerini. It is thought the ma­jor­ity con­tinue their jour­neys fur­ther into Europe.

There are fears that the gaps in the pro­ce­dure could mean that some in­di­vid­u­als who are wanted in­ter­na­tion­ally might be slip­ping through the net.

In com­ments to Kathimerini, one of­fi­cial in­di­cated that most Syr­ian refugees are be­ing sat­is­fac­to­rily reg­is­tered on the is­lands. Eight in 10 refugees ar­riv­ing from Syria have of­fi­cial doc­u­ments with them, he said.

Late last night a ferry car­ry­ing 1,700 Syr­i­ans left Lesvos for Pi­raeus. Some con­fu­sion had pre­ceded its de­par­ture as lo­cal author­i­ties had orig­i­nally in­di­cated that the ferry would dock at Thes­sa­loniki.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.