IThe new reception centers for immigrants have been inaugurated on the Greek islands of Leros and Kos, built by the European Union for asylum seekers.
The former Samos camp housed almost 7,000 immigrants from despite being built to house just fewer than 700.
Social workers had been complaining for years that conditions were deplorable.
The Vice-President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinás, at the inauguration of the facilities, he referred to the antecedents and perspectives. “We leave behind everything that hurts us. We left behind yesterday’s images and created, in collaboration with the Greek authorities, new decent and quality European reception and identification centers. We are not proud of what we left behind, but of what we are building and what we are preparing to do going forward “
Schinás, took the opportunity to tell Britain that it has to solve its own problems with migrants after Brexit. He reminded the government of Boris Johnson that one of the slogans of the campaign to leave the European Union was “Let’s take back control”.
Greece has started transferring asylum seekers to the first of the new “closed” camps funded by the European Union.
Some activist workers complain that a double barbed wire fence surrounds the camp and that access controls with surveillance cameras and X-ray scanners are too harsh.