Asylum granted to Guinean man in Belgium after threats in Greece 

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Immigrants Face Indefinite Detention in Greece 

Credit: Nikos Pilos

Immigrants Face Indefinite Detention in Greece

By Apostolis Fotiadis

ATHENS, May 28 2014 (IPS) - The evolution of immigration and border control policy in Greece and its interdependence with European funding suggests an agenda which has been decided above national legislatures with strong coordination between European political actors and economic interests, while ignoring the human suffering it produces.

Since February, the Greek authorities have taken another step towards harsher treatment of irregular immigrants by announcing a policy of indefinite detention until repatriation. Indefinite detention has been based on an opinion of the Legal Council of the Greek State and will be implemented even in cases where repatriation is not feasible.

Earlier this week, a Greek court considered the premises of this decision to be against national and European legislation and asked for it to be revoked. Authorities have yet to react to this decision.

Since the summer of 2012, when police launched a crackdown policy on irregular immigrants with ‘Operation Xenios Zeus’, administrative detention has been implemented on a massive scale, often applied for the maximum period of 18 months.

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32 survivors of migrant drowning tragedy arrive in Piraeus 

The yacht in which the tragedy occured is removed from the sea by coastguard officials on Samos (Photo: AFP)

Remains of 12 unidentified victims of Samos sinking also taken to Athens

Updated At: 15:52 Monday 5 May 2014
Author: Damian Mac Con Uladh

22 bodies have been recovered as coastguard vessels, fishing boats and two search and rescue helicopters comb the area for more survivors

The 32 survivors of last week's migrant boat disaster off the coast of Samos, in which 22 people drowned and another seven remain missing, arrived in Piraeus on Monday morning, on the European Express ferry.

Among the survivors of last Monday's disaster, caused when a 10m yacht and a dinghy carrying undocumented migrants capsized, are seven Syrian nationals, 24 Somalis and a woman from Eritrea.

Also on board the European Express were the remains of 12 of the 22 victims recovered from the capsized boat that the authorities have not been able to identify. Ten victims were identified and buried on Samos. The victims included four children and a pregnant woman.

Representatives of Syriza's human rights group held a rally at the port to coincide with the arrival of the survivors.

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Dance-Banoptikon @ dancevacuum 

DANCE-BANOPTIKON, Saturday 26 April & Saturday- Sunday, 3,4 ΜΑΙΟΥ at DANCEVACUUM CENTRE OF PERFORMING ARTS Diogenous 42, Chalandri, Athens.

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Private security firms bid on Greek asylum centres 


BRUSSELS - Private security firms are bidding to guard EU-funded migrant detention centres in Greece amid a report by Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), which says poor conditions in some of the facilities are causing disease.

Greek authorities received EU money to refurbish and renovate Fylakio Oresteiadas, a pre-removal detention centre located in a remote area near the Turkish border.

Greece now wants to outsource its security, along with two other pre-removal centres in Corinth and Paranesti Dramas, to a private security firm for €14 million a year.

Fylakio was among others included in a scathing MSF report out on Tuesday (1 April).

Detained migrants and asylum seekers are suffering from medical problems caused or aggravated by poor conditions, the length of detention, and the lack of consistent or adequate medical assistance, it says.

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