On 14 June 2017, the Migration Minister, Yannis MUZALAS inaugurated two new reception centres with a total capacity for more than 1,000 people in the villages of Serres and Drama, in the north-west of the country.
Accompanying Mr MUZALAS on the occasion were Daniel ESTRÁS, head of the branch office in Greece of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and Gianluca ROCCO, his organisation’s humanitarian assistance co-ordinator. Mr ROCCO described the new centres as “decent places for people who deserve dignity”, and said that “this dignity is the reflexion of the Greek people.
Both the Serres camp, with a capacity of 650 people in 94 housing units, and Drama, with a capacity of 400 people in 70 units, have been completely renovated and will be managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), under the supervision of the Ministry of Migration. IOM will be in charge of providing many services, from running water to psychological and legal support, as well as leisure activities and help to integrate into the local community.
Various humanitarian associations and NGOs such as Médecins du Monde, UNHCR, Save the Children, Solidarity Now and Caritas will be present to provide primary health care, help in dealing with the Greek asylum service, and assist refugees financially.