Media not allowed into Greek migrant camps

29 February 2016
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Greek authorities have suspended media access to all migrant registration and transit camps in the country, citing overcrowding in the facilities.

An immigration policy ministry announcement Monday said no permits would be issued for members of the media to visit mainland or island migrant facilities “until further notice.”

The ministry said this is due to the large numbers of refugees and migrants at the packed facilities, most of which were only constructed earlier this month.

More than 117,000 migrants have reached Greeces eastern Aegean islands from Turkey so far this year — compared with 4,500 in January and February 2015.

Nearly all head north for Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and the Balkans, but only a few are allowed into FYROM every day.

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