New fa­cil­ity in the works for mi­grants ar­riv­ing from Evros

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Mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties in Thes­sa­loniki met yes­ter­day with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Mi­gra­tion Min­istry, the Greek Po­lice and non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions to dis­cuss the need for new fa­cil­i­ties to ac­com­mo­date hun­dreds of mi­grants ar­riv­ing in the north­ern port from Evros.

An ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity in the area of Di­a­vata has been ex­tended as a tem­po­rary mea­sure while plans are in the works to set up an­other venue to host new ar­rivals for the first 48 hours be­fore they are trans­ferred to po­lice precincts for reg­is­ter­ing and trans­fer to larger fa­cil­i­ties.

Mi­gra­tion Min­istry sources re­ferred to plans for the creation of a tem­po­rary fa­cil­ity to host around 500 peo­ple.

The in­creased in­flux of mi­grants from Greece’s land bor­der with Turkey has al­ready put pres­sure on the re­gion, prompt­ing may­ors in Cen­tral Mace­do­nia to push for a meet­ing with Mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Dim­itris Vit­sas.

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