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150 Illegal Immigrants Rescued by Greek Port Authorities

On Friday, April 20, the Coast Guard of Elafonissos headed with its vessels out to the open sea. They took action when receiving a distress-signal from an illegal immigrant after a sailing boat was run aground somewhere near Elafonissos island in the southeastern Peloponnese.
150 immigrants intended to come to Greece when they suddenly stopped sailing. Fortunately, no one was in danger. They swam to the nearest coast and stayed there until the port authorities found them.
One of the immigrants called the European emergency line to report the incident using his mobile phone. Greek port officials picked them all up by ship and transported them to Elafonissos.
Citizens Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis had announced the day before that the first detention center for migrants without documents would become available in Amygdaleza, in the north-western part of Athens, in less than a month, despite the locals’ opposition to the government’s project.
The European Union also provides Greece millions of euros a year to deal with the illegal immigration problem. However, the Greek state hasn’t taken action yet to prevent refugees from coming illegally to Greece.

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