Refugees arrive at stadium-turned-reception centre in Athens

Police keep refugees in stadium turned reception centre in Athens as Greek government decides to permit asylum seekers or send them back to their home of origin

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

eek police officers direct buses carrying hundreds of migrants, who were stranded on the Greek-Macedonian border and blocked rail traffic, after a police operation near the village of Idomeni, Greece.

Greek police have removed hundreds of refugees stuck at the Greek-Macedonian border and moved them to a stadium turned into a reception centre in Athens.

The majority of refugees come from Morocco, Pakistan and Iran, and will be kept at the stadium for quite some time after being stranded on Greece’s border for many days. The refugees are now forced to finally end their journey in Athens by either seeking asylum or returning back to their home country.   

Caroline Haga from International Red Cross told TRT World that, “with many of the refugees who finally arrived at the Stadium turned reception centre are sleeping on the floor with no personal space and the situation would continue for quite a long time.”  

While hundreds of thousands of people made their way into Europe, mostly through Greece, in 2015, several clashes took place one of which flared in the last two weeks between police who blocked the Greek-Macedonian crossing and the railway line running between the two countries and the refugees.

More than 600,000 people have reached Greece this year from Turkey through surrounding islands by boats or rubber dinghies.