Greek port of Patras becoming something like Calais in France

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Greek port of Patras becoming something like Calais in France

An increasing number of migrants/asylum-seekers have been heading to the Greek port of Patras from where they hope to travel clandestinely to Italy. Patras is becoming a bit like the French port of Calais where migrants/asylum-seekers gathered and waited for an opportunity to smuggle themselves or get smuggled by traffickers to the UK.

As in Calais, security measures in and around the port area have increased, with regular police patrols, sniffer dogs and scanners. The frequency of successful detections has not discouraged migrants/asylum-seekers who are arriving in increasing numbers, mostly Pakistanis, Afghans and Iranians. These groups are excluded from the EU’s relocation scheme, and many are not likely to be successful in obtaining political asylum in Greece.

2017-07-03T14:30:26+00:00