European Migration Network


Construction of closed centers for 20,000 migrants in Greece begins

In March this year, the construction of closed centers for illegal migrants is expected to start on several Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

Currently, there are over 40,000 migrants on the Greek islands who came illegally across the sea from Turkey. Some of them have applied for refugee status. Currently, there are approx. 6,000 migrants in open centers. Their open nature and overload cause many conflicts with the local island population and among migrants.

Due to the above, the Greek government decided to build closed migration centers in which migrants will spend max. 3 months. After this date, a decision will be issued granting refugee or readmission status, usually to Turkey. Greece also wants to increase the number of people transferred to Turkey who have been recognized as irregular migrants to 200 per week.

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