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article imageGreece to be fined over migrant detention center conditions

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 25, 2012 in World
Greece is to face fines for conditions at migrant detention centers which do not comply with EU regulations. Overcrowding and cramped conditions have resulted in outrage by human rights groups and protests by those detained.
The migrant detention center in Corinth opened just two months ago but has already drawn criticism from migrant advocates. The center, sited in the barracks of the 6th Infantry Regiment of Corinth, attracted local opposition when it opened, with members of Golden Dawn protesting against the transfer of undocumented migrants to the camp.
Left Gr. reports that migrant advocates now demand not only the "immediate closure of the concentration camp at Corinth" but all detention centers in every corner of Greece, which they claim "challenge any notion of democracy and humanism." Complaints include cramped conditions; no continuous and sufficient presence of interpreters; lack of payphones and inadequate mobile phone coverage; incomplete medical care; no hot water; and no provision made for religious requirements.
Migrants at the detention center in Igoumenitsa have protested against their cramped conditions. According to Ekathimerini eleven migrants had to be hospitalized after banging their heads and bodies against the bars of their cells in protest.
The detention center at Igoumenitsa was built to accommodate the hundreds of migrants who attempt to use the port to sneak onto ferries bound for Italy. According to Transmar the center was deemed necessary as local residents were "particularly concerned about the frequent outbreaks of violence between ethnic groups, usually Afghans and Iraqis, as they seek to get the best position at the port, in order to try to board the ferries." As the center was planned it was acknowledged that the area needed more detention centers to cope with numbers.
Under Dublin 11 regulations Greece has an obligation to prevent illegal migrants from progressing into other European countries. Although Greece receives help from the EU agency Frontex to police its borders the FT reports that it will soon "face problems in financing increased patrols" and needs to draw funds more quickly from the EU to improve conditions in detention centers.
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