Is­lan­ders re­sist new cen­ters, gover­nors as­sume du­ties

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Gov­ern­ment plans to cre­ate pre­de­par­ture de­ten­tion cen­ters for mi­grants in­el­i­gi­ble for refugee status have run into op­po­si­tion from lo­cals on Chios and other east­ern Aegean is­lands, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

Au­thor­i­ties say the new fa­cil­i­ties will ac­cel­er­ate re­turns to Tur­key and, as a re­sult, help re­duce the num­bers of mi­grants and refugees on the is­lands which cur­rently total more than 14,000.

At the same time, is­lan­ders on Chios con­tin­ued to ob­struct the trans­fer of more con­tainer homes to the no­to­ri­ous Vial fa­cil­ity.

Au­thor­i­ties re­cently ap­pointed a new po­lice chief on Chios, fu­el­ing spec­u­la­tion that there are plans to break re­sis­tance by lo­cals. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the lo­cal com­mu­nity will meet with Greek MEPs in Stras­bourg later this month to in­form them about the im­pact of the on­go­ing mi­gra­tion cri­sis on the is­land. Mean­while yes­ter­day, gover­nors as­sumed du­ties at hot spots on Chios, Samos, Leros, Kos and Evros.

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