The creation of a First Reception Centre for immigrants launches the Greek government in order to respond to the Refugee crisis within the country.
Speaking on the Parliament Alexis Tsipras described the situation of the immigrants living to Areos Park in Athens as “critical” and noted that immediate action must be taken.
During Parliamentary control The Prime Minister said that “there is no issue of public safety or hygiene -the KEELPNO is already there-and the issue is being addressed in order to find an immediate solution”.
Mr. Tsipras assured that finding a proper space for their transfer is only a matter of a few days if not hours.
Most of the immigrants residing in Areos Park are coming from Afghanistan and they arrived to Athens mainly through the island of Lesvos.
Mr. Tsipras informed the other MPs that the personnel handling the situation is enforced with municipal policemen and confirmed the launch of a First Reception Centre in Lesvos. He noted though, that in order for the issue to be addressed effectively, action must be taken too by the European Union.
According to the most recent figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, of the more than 77,000 arrivals in Greece since the beginning of the year, 85% are refugees.
More than 60% of these are fleeing the conflict in Syria, with others escaping continued violence in Afghanistan.
With more than1,000 refugees arriving each day on the Greek island of Lesvos, the lack of basic assistance such as food, water and healthcare is a serious concern, says the International Rescue Committee.