Mayor wants public works to off­set refugee fa­cil­ity

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Athens Mayor Gior­gos Kami­nis yesterday called for a com­pre­hen­sive plan for man­ag­ing a bur­geon­ing mi­gra­tion cri­sis and stressed that a plot granted by City Hall for the hous­ing of around 200 mi­grants who had been camp­ing in an Athens park is only a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion.

In a let­ter to State Min­is­ter Alekos Flam­bouraris, who is co­or­di­nat­ing the gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse to the mi­grant in­flux, Kami­nis said the plot in Elaionas, near cen­tral Athens, was a stop- gap so­lu­tion that could be used un­til “per­ma­nent re­cep­tion fa­cil­i­ties” are in place. In the mean­time, he said, public works such as re­pair­ing lo­cal roads and im­prov­ing the sub­stan­dard drainage sys­tem should be car­ried out. “The time is right to send a pos­i­tive mes­sage to res­i­dents that will coun­ter­bal­ance ac­tiv­i­ties of xeno­phobes and racists,” Kami­nis wrote. On Sun­day, 207 mi­grants were moved from tents at Pe­dion tou Areos to air-con­di­tioned con­tainer hous­ing units at Elaionas.

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