The government announced it would requisition properties and land for use in managing the migration/refugee crisis, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Monday.
A legislative act published Monday will allow the requisition for "reasons of public interest", Petsas said, and referred to a comprehensive plan the government is introducing along four axes:
- Protection of Greek borders
- Acceleration of the asylum procedures
- Increase in returns of migrants
- Closed hosting structures
In parallel, said Petsas, the government is "focusing on the decongestion of the islands that bear the heaviest burden and on the support of local societies," and underlined that afterwards the government will assume targeted actions "to internationalise the problem so that a new political responsibility and solidarity policy is formulated by the European Union."
"The Cabinet will proceed to the adoption of a Legislative Act that authorises the Migration and Asylum Ministry to requisition for matters of public interest the necessary properties and land for the management of the crisis, in order to address that extremely urgent necessity of preventing putting at risk public order and health," Petsas said.
According to Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi's decision on Monday, the following properties will be requisitioned on the islands:
1. Karavas area in western Lesvos
2. Lakkos Kritikou on Chios and
3. Zervos area on eastern Samos.
Additional structures next to the existing ones will be built in areas belonging to the Greek state on the islands of Leros and Kos, as follows: Kapetan Lazaris military camp on Kos, and the Lepida area on Leros. Closed hosting structures for asylum seekers will be built in these area.
The controlled or closed structures will have strict and specific management rules, both for their operations and for migrants' movements. The centres will house new arrivals for identification and for asylum procedures, migrants with deliquent behaviours and those who are not entitled to asylum and are going to be sent back.
Those housed in these structures will have the right to leave facilities for a limited time, and shut down at nighttime. Any violation of the regulations will negatively affect a migrant's application for asylum and will speed up the return process.