ATHENS Greek law enforcement on Friday commenced clearing out a makeshift migrant camp which sprung up in the previous Athens airport in excess of a year back.
Authorities say about 100 refugees and migrants ended up nonetheless living in tents in Hellenikon, the previous airport advanced that also residences abandoned venues utilized in the 2004 Olympic Online games, down from about three,000 past year, most of which have been moved to other websites.
Human rights groups criticized circumstances there as deplorable and unfit for human beings. Hundreds slept crammed in tents in the previous arrivals terminal past summer season, in scorching temperatures with tiny meals and bouts of criminal offense and violence.
They ended up initially taken to Hellenikon in November 2015 when law enforcement commenced transferring hundreds from the Greek-Macedonian border.
The authorities experienced long promised to empty the website, which it has agreed to lease to personal traders under its bailout plan, but struggled to convince the migrants to transfer to other camps in the mainland.
A lot of migrants, typically Afghans not eligible for an European relocation plan to other member states, feared transferring farther from Athens would make it more difficult to go away Greece.
Much more than sixty two,000 migrants and refugees heading to northern Europe have been stranded in Greece because international locations in the Balkans shut their borders to all those trying to find passage in March past year.
(Reporting by Karolina Tagaris Modifying by Shri Navaratnam)