Samos ho­tels refuse to take refugees from flooded camp

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The ex­as­per­a­tion of many is­lan­ders in the east­ern Aegean with mi­grants who have ar­rived from Turkey again be­came ap­par­ent after rain flooded a refugee camp on Samos. Also lo­cals on Chios are de­mand­ing that two camps be shut down after a riot last week.

On Samos, the as­so­ci­a­tion of hote­liers yes­ter­day said it will turn down ap­pli­ca­tions by the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sion for Refugees to house camp res­i­dents whose tents were de­stroyed by rain. Hote­liers’ as­so­ci­a­tion head Kostas Kyr­i­azis told Kathimerini he had re­ceived an ul­tima­tum from tour op­er­a­tors to “choose be­tween tourists and mi­grants.”

Mean­while, Mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Yian­nis Mouza­las yes­ter­day urged me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Chios to quell lo­cal op­po­si­tion to a pro­posal for a third camp to help ease the pres­sure on the two fa­cil­i­ties.

His meet­ing with jour­nal­ists came ahead of a planned visit to the is­land by two high-rank­ing mem­bers of ul­tra­na­tion­al­ist Golden Dawn and a protest rally.

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