Greece: In Samos, a new camp for asylum seekers that looks like a prison

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.

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.

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.

“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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