Mi­grant shel­ter sought in down­town Thes­sa­loniki

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The Mi­gra­tion Min­istry is in talks with the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Thes­sa­loniki to find a space to host mi­grants and refugees ar­riv­ing in the northern port city from Greece’s north­east­ern land bor­der with Turkey, as in­flows through Evros have been ris­ing at an alarm­ing rate over re­cent months.

Ac­cord­ing to sources at the min­istry, the lo­cal au­thor­ity ap­pears ea­ger to find a place where new arrivals can be put up while they are doc­u­mented and pro­cessed, so as to avoid scenes ob­served ear­lier this week when dozens of mi­grants were camped out in the city’s main Aris­totelous Square. To this end, it is said to have pro­posed a mu­nic­i­pal build­ing on down­town Mitropoleos Street.

In the mean­time, the min­istry is set to start work on a tran­sit cen­ter in the area of Va­gio­chori, east of Thes­sa­loniki, as well as in Kypse­lo­chori near the Vale of Tempe in cen­tral Greece.

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