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Migration and Struggle in Greece

Flight deportation from Athens

Posted by clandestina on 28 October 2011

A group of 61 undocumented migrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan boarded a charter flight bound for Islamabad and Kabul on October 19.
This was the fifth expulsion flight to take off since March when Greece deported some 73 Dominicans. They were accompanied by 139 police officers and two doctors. European Union regulation requires two police officers to escort each immigrant on a flight.
So far this year, a total 335 undocumented migrants have been flown back to their country of origin.
The number of undocumented migrants in Greece is at a record 470,000 – a 60-percent increase compared to 2008 – according to the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (Eliamep).

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