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  • Refugee “hot spots” to be established in Piraeus and on five Aegean islands

    Plans are being drafted for the creation of “hot spots” in Piraeus, Mytilene, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros, where refugees and…

    Plans are being drafted for the creation of “hot spots” in Piraeus, Mytilene, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros, where refugees and migrants arriving in Greece will be documented and registered, before being allowed to continue their journey or turned back to their country of origin.

    Meanwhile, at lease 66,000 refugees who arrived in Greece will be relocated to other EU member states, with the assistance of foreign experts, Frontex, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and Europol.

    Operations will be coordinated from the central “hot spot” in Piraeus, with mixed groups being deployed in the five islands in the Eastern Aegean, which are considered the main points of entry into Greece.

    Refugees entitled to international protection may apply for relocation will first be transferred to mainland Greece, where they will reside in the reception centers, such as the one on Eleonas or a new one being developed in Lavrio, before continuing their journey.

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