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The first "closed" camp for asylum seekers opens in Greece

The first “closed” camp for asylum seekers opens in Greece

The Greek government on Saturday surrounded a refugee camp on the island of Samos, opposite Turkey, surrounded by razor wire, surveillance cameras, X-ray scanners and magnetic doors, describing the first camp as “closed and monitored.”

At first glance, the camp appears to be a major prison, despite being a quarter-hour drive from the main city.

More than 300 asylum seekers will be evacuated from a crowded camp on the outskirts of Vathi until Monday, in a plot surrounded by more than 12,000 square meters of double-barreled barbed wire. Transfer of land to the municipality.

“From Samos, we are sending a message to all the islands: Images of unsanitary camps are now a thing of the past,” Greek Immigration Minister Nodis Mitaraki said at the start of the still-empty camp.

Asylum seekers will be divided into several “neighborhood” areas and can be used for catering, games and games and communal kitchens. Each bedroom has five beds and a closet with toilets and shared bathrooms, the AFP team said.

The new camp, which has been criticized by several NGOs, is worth மில்லியன் 43 million, according to the Ministry of Migration.

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