Gov­ern­ment out to ap­pease lo­cals over mi­grants

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With pa­tience run­ning thin among lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and mi­grants at over­crowded camps across the eastern Aegean, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have told Kathimerini that the best so­lu­tion would be to speed up the asy­lum process and cre­ate new re­cep­tion fa­cil­i­ties on the main­land as well as the is­lands.

“Both of these must hap­pen with the ini­tia­tive of the Greek gov­ern­ment, de­spite the prob­lems, the re­ac­tions and the ad­ver­si­ties,” a source told the news­pa­per.

The sense of ur­gency has also been height­ened by the re­cent threat by Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan to walk away from a deal that has sub­stan­tially stemmed the flows to the Euro­pean Union.

The prob­lems came to the fore again af­ter a deadly fire at the Mo­ria hot spot on Lesvos last week led to the death of two peo­ple, prompt­ing a storm of crit­i­cism aimed at au­thor­i­ties for fail­ing to meet the re­quired fire safety reg­u­la­tions.

How­ever, the case for yet more fa­cil­i­ties on the is­lands may be eas­ier said than done, as Mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Yian­nis Mouza­las has blamed de­lays in their op­er­a­tion on the re­ac­tions by lo­cal of­fi­cials.

Plans to cre­ate a new so-called hot spot on the site of a for­mer land­fill on Chios have split the is­land’s mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil, while many lo­cals are call­ing for the re­moval of mi­grants from the is­lands.

“There is no way to com­pen­sate lo­cals whose cars were torched or whose shops were dam­aged in the re­cent ri­ots,” Deputy Mayor Gior­gos Kara­ma­nis, who is re­spon­si­ble for mi­gra­tion is­sues, told Kathimerini.

“We do not know what to tell lo­cals when they ask for help,” he said.

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