A 2.6 million-euro migrant detention center on the Aegean island of Samos was inaugurated on Saturday by the government. This opening came in good time as authorities have had their hands full with over a hundred illegal immigrants detained in separate operations over the weekend. Samos forms a common entry point for illegal immigrants attempting to infiltrate the Greek border from Turkey.
The center will be staffed by nine municipal workers and numerous police officers said Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who officially opened the migrant centre. In the meantime, authorities confirmed that the coast guard officers detained 125 illegal immigrants on the Aegean islands of Lesvos, Kos and Agathonisi yesterday.
Authorities had detained 17 illegal immigrants found stranded on a beach in Samos on Saturday. These immigrants told authorities that they had sailed with a cargo ship from Tripoli, Libya, and had transferred to an inflatable raft which was destroyed upon landing.
Every year tens of thousands of illegal immigrants try to infiltrate the Greek border. But a majority of them are detained in the area of Samos.