Greek authorities begin evacuation of Idomeni refugee camp

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Series Details 24.05.16
Publication Date 24/05/2016
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Greek authorities began an operation at dawn on the 24 May 2016 to gradually evacuate the country’s largest informal refugee camp of Idomeni on the border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), blocking access to the area and sending in more than 400 riot police.

The government’s spokesman said on the 23 May 2016 that police would not use force, and that the operation was expected to last about a week to 10 days. The residents would be moved to newly completed official camps.

At least 8,400 people - many of them women and children - were at the camp. Most of them had been on their way to northern Europe when they became stranded after Macedonia closed its border with Greece in April 2016.

On the 27 May 2016 UNHCR stated it was seriously concerned about sub-standard conditions at several sites in northern Greece where refugees and migrants were evacuated from the makeshift site at Idomeni, and urged the Greek authorities, with the financial support provided by the European Union, to find better alternatives quickly.

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