The new migrant center on the Greek island of Lesvos, to replace Moria the old camp which was burned down by migrants in September in a bid to be moved to the Greek mainland, will be built quickly, said Greek PM Mitsotakis on Thursday.
The Greek PM made his remarks while touring Lesvos’ Kara Tete camp, which sprang up quickly in a bid to house the thousands of migrants and refugees who had been made homeless by the fire.
The Greek government will use a bidding process for the construction of a modern, up-to-date center for the reception and identification of migrants on the eastern Aegean island, the PM promised.
Mitsotakis noted during his visit to the temporary tent city of Kara Tepe “It was a joint agreement with the president of the (European] Commission that we will find a location on which all – or as many as possible – local actors would agree on.
“We said we would close Moria. Of course we did not expect it to close the way it did, but in the end it was all for the best,” he said.
The clean, orderly temporary camp of Kara Tepe, built on former military property, is comprised of white tents in neat rows. It replaces the notoriously overcrowded and haphazardly-built center in Moria, which had been housing thousands more migrants over its official capacity.
The agreement signed with Brussels calls for the new facility, designed to hold 5,000 individuals, to be up and running by the beginning of September, 2021.