Greece an­nounces over­haul of mi­grant camps

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

ATHENS, Greece — Greece an­nounced plans Wed­nes­day to over­haul its mi­gra­tion man­age­ment sys­tem, re­plac­ing over­crowded refugee camps on the is­lands with smaller de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties and mov­ing some 20,000 asy­lum seek­ers to the main­land over the next few weeks.

Deputy De­fense Min­is­ter Alkiviadis Ste­fa­nis an­nounced the changes fol­low­ing a surge in the num­ber of ar­rivals from nearby Turkey — with the num­ber of mi­grants and refugees now ex­ceed­ing the is­lands’ pop­u­la­tions in some cases.

Camps on Les­bos and four other is­lands are suf­fer­ing over­crowd­ing ahead of the win­ter, with hun­dreds of fam­i­lies sleep­ing in tents and of­ten out­side fa­cil­i­ties.

The changes are the most sig­nif­i­cant since a land­mark deal in 2016 to limit mi­gra­tion to Europe.

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