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Migration and Struggle in Greece

“Theater of the absurd with immigrants”

Posted by clandestina on 2 September 2009

Two excerpts of today’s “Eleftherotypia”  newspaper issue.

Theater of the absurd with immigrants

http://www.enet.gr/?i=news.el.article&id=78162

A real “theater of the absurd”  of dramatic proportions has been going on with reagrd to the issue of migrants, since the preoccupation with the forthcoming (?) elections, among other things, has paralyzed the procedures for the planned (?) management of the problem, after the thousands of arrests of the previous two months.

Gradually the police detention centers open their doors and free hundreds of non-legal immigrants who can not be deported nor be detained further.

The reasonable question «why then did they arrest them in the first place” has also a reasonable answer. This was an opportunistic policy by a collapsing government, which was under the influence of the promises it made vis-a-vis the euroelections.  And the worst thing is that the main opposition was also drawn to the unrealistic doctrine, «zero tolerance for illegal immigration».

Interior Ministry agents foresee that nothing will be implemented of the alleged “places of temporary detention” and that they will be forced to reduce the crowding of detention centers on Aegean islands, leaving non legal immigrants with minor children free.

«Athens cannot take up more immigrants» –

http://www.enet.gr/?i=news.el.article&id=78163
The capital is confronted once again with the failure of immigration policy . «Athens should not be a dump of human suffering and cannot  bear the burden of more illegal immigrants», is the strong reaction of the prefect of Athens faced with the transportation of 570  immigrants from Mytilene to Athens this morning, without anyone knowing what will happen to these people since there is no plan for accommodation and hospitality- except for the 100 minors who will stay at the Aghios Andreas children summer camp facilities.

«And as is the usual development, [the refugees] will end up in the hands of drug traffickers, pimps and crime padrons, who feed on the chaotic reality», says Mr. Sgouros, highlighting the lack of any organization.  Among other things, he proposed the legalization oef long residing immigrants and the acceleration of asylum grants to those who are entitled to them, as well as the establishment of humane reception centers for undocumented immigrants illegally entering the country.

One Response to ““Theater of the absurd with immigrants””

  1. Martin Baldwin-Edwards said

    Greece’s immigration and asylum “policies” (I use the word loosely) have always been reactive and nothing more than political games. There are no objectives, no evaluations of what is possible, what is desirable, or even what is good for Greece. Just political crap, from ND and Pasok.

    To be fair to the city of Athens, it cannot manage anything, so how could we hope that they might deal with some more immigrants? The authorities cannot keep cars off the pavements, enforce any of the law of the road, push greedy property owners into using their buildings instead of deliberately leaving them to fall apart… the list of failures is endless.

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