Pres­sure grows as gov’t eyes faster asy­lum process

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The mu­nic­i­pal coun­cilon the Aegean is­land of Chios has voted against a gov­ern­ment pro­posal to cre­ate a new re­cep­tion cen­ter for mi­grants and refugees on the site of a for­mer land­fill with the aim of eas­ing con­ges­tion at the ex­ist­ing Souda fa­cil­ity.

Adding to the strain, heavy rain­fall yes­ter­day flooded the Souda camp, forc­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to trans­fer some 800 mi­grants and refugees into pub­lic build­ings.

On Lesvos, mi­grants and refugees marched in the is­land cap­i­tal of Myti­lene in protest at con­di­tions at Mo­ria camp, while de­mand­ing that they be al­lowed to leave the is­land.

Mean­while, Mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Yian­nis Mouza­las vis­ited Ger­many to dis­cuss ways of ac­cel­er­at­ing Greece’s asy­lum pro­ce­dures within the frame­work of the European Union’s rules on refugee pro­tec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data, an ad­di­tional 268 in­di­vid­u­als ar­rived on Greece’s is­lands over the week­end.

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