The Athens' Ambassador to the U.S. says Greece has been hit by a devastating wave of illegal immigration. He asserts that EU partners offer little practical support to cope with this economic burden.
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.
Human rights groups have slammed Greece's crackdown on illegal migrants, adding their voice to the Greek Communist party and the far-left SYRIZA. Residents of Athens have in turn accused the Greek left of being blind to the reality of mass immigration.
Greece, long thought of as the gateway to Western Europe for Asian, African and Turkish immigrants, has rolled up the red carpet by rounding up thousands of illegal immigrants in a single operation.
Greek police arrested 1,130 unregistered migrants in Athens over the weekend during operation "Xenios Zeus". The operation to combat illegal immigration and foreign crime will continue daily with the aim of repatriating illegals.
A U.S.ship played a part in the rescue of 92 illegal immigrants that issued an emergency call from Greek waters, when their trawler encountered difficulties in near gale force conditions.The illegals were all transported safely to Kalamata, Greece.