A new "closed" camp for migrants was inaugurated on Saturday on the Greek island of Samos. Monday, 300 migrants joined this new prison-like structure.
In Samos, Greece, a new migrant camp was inaugurated on Saturday, the first of a “new generation”. A press release of the Migration Ministry reports that asylum seekers will be divided into several neighborhoods and that the camp is equipped with areas for catering, sports, kitchens, games as well as 25% of green areas.
Barbed wire, X-ray scanners and magnetic doors: on the Greek island of Samos, the new "closed" camp for migrants, the first of a "new generation" inaugurated on Saturday, looks at first sight like an isolated prison a quarter of a century away. hour's drive from the main city #AFP pic.twitter.com/pXeGcDleAh
- Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) September 18, 2021
However, this structure which cost 43 million euros, is described by AFP as "an isolated prison", a place "closed" with "barbed wire, X-ray scanners and magnetic doors".
In déclaration, during the inauguration of the camp on Saturday, the Greek Minister of Migration, Notis Mitarachi welcomed the opening of this new camp which marks "the abolition of the Vathi camp" (Editor's note: a camp where migrants lived in deplorable conditions).
“Today's event not only marks the abolition of Vathi camp, but also marks a whole new period, which encompasses as a main feature the continuous and drastic reduction - in practice - of the impact of migration. on local communities. "
“It is with great joy and satisfaction that I welcome you to the first closed center with controlled access, in Samos. We keep our commitments to island companies. " did he declare.
The new camp yesterday welcomed 300 migrants who were awaiting transfer to Vathy where a fire broke out on Sunday evening. THE'AFP reports that all asylum seekers still present in the former refugee camp have been evacuated and the fire has been brought under control.
- AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) September 20, 2021
In a video posted Monday on the Twitter account of the Greek Migration Ministry we see the first refugees going through the control system at the entrance of the new structure.
Κατά την είσοδο οι πρώτοι διαμένοντες στη νέα κλειστή ελεγχόμενη δομή της Σάμου μένουν έκπληκτοι από τα συστήματα ελέγχου.Το αίτημα για ασφάλεια ήταν καθολικό στην πρότερη κατάσταση.Είμαστε σε θέση να προσφέρουμε αξιοπρεπείς, ασφαλείς συνθήκες στους ίδιους & τις οικογένειες τους. pic.twitter.com/WdhB5yS8lt
- Υπουργείο Μετανάστευσης & Ασύλου (@migrationgovgr) September 20, 2021
“Upon entering, the first residents of the new controlled closed structure of Samos are surprised by the control systems. The demand for security was universal in their previous situation. We are able to offer them and their families decent and secure conditions. "
Camille Westphal Perrier
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