Refugee shelter burns as Greece rolls out new asylum restrictions
A hearth engulfed a refugee shelter on the island of Lesbos as Greece introduced additional restrictions in direction of asylum seekers in response to a migration surge enabled by Turkey.
The hearth on Saturday at One Happy Family, a Swiss-operated household care centre for refugees simply exterior the island capital, got here after violence on the weekend directed at assist teams and journalists on Lesbos.
“The school building has a lot of damage, we can’t say more at the moment,” a supply among the many operators informed AFP.
“The fire brigade is there, our team on the ground as well,” they added.
There had been no speedy studies of accidents.
Over 1,700 migrants have landed on Lesbos and 4 different Aegean islands from Turkey over the previous week, including to the 38,000 already crammed into abysmal and overstretched refugee centres.
The new surge has ramped up already excessive tensions on Lesbos, an island that has been on the migration frontline for years.
Frustration exploded into violence final weekend with mobs organising roadblocks, attacking automobiles carrying NGO staff and beating journalists.
Earlier Saturday, the Greek migration minister introduced plans for 2 new camps to deal with asylum-seekers who arrived after March 1, when Turkey introduced it will now not stop folks from attempting to cross into the European Union.
On the land border with Turkey, tens of 1000’s of asylum-seekers have been attempting to interrupt via for per week.
There have been quite a few exchanges of tear fuel and stones with Greek riot police.
Turkey has accused Greece of injuring many migrants and killing no less than 5, a declare Athens denies.
“We want to build two closed centres in (the northern region of) Serres and the greater Athens area with 1,000 places,” migration minister Notis Mitarachi informed Skai TV.
“We need the backing of local communities. We cannot leave all (these) people on the islands,” he mentioned.
Mitarachi additionally mentioned state assist for refugees could be drastically lowered, and that they might be requested to depart camps after securing protected standing.
“Accommodation and benefits for those granted asylum will be interrupted within a month. From then on, they will have to work for a living. This makes our country a less attractive destination for migration flows,” the minister mentioned.
Far-right militants from different components of Europe have travelled to Lesbos and the Greek border with Turkey, amongst them Swedish far-proper chief Jimmie Akesson, who reportedly handed out flyers at Edirne with the message “Sweden is full”.
On Friday, two Germans and two Austrians — recognized as hardline nationalists by native media — informed police that they had been attacked and crushed on the central Lesbos market.
One of the 4, who claimed they had been journalists, was recognized as Mario Mueller, a German member of the far-proper Identitarian Movement.
On Saturday, anti-fascist activists organised a gathering in assist of refugees on Lesbos.
“We need to react in some way because we’ve reached a point where fear is taking hold,” mentioned Maria Psomadaki, a retired trainer.