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Campaign to Close Campsfield and Barbed Wire Britain statement [Previous] Greek government’s announcement of plans to open 30 detention centres for migrants

August 4, 2012 Leave a comment
There are concerns that the Greek government will be coming up with plans during the next few weeks to drastically curb the rights of migrants in that country.  Amongst the options which are being reported is the opening of 30 new ‘closed hospitality centres’ for undocumented migrants.[1] Each is scheduled to hold 1,000 people, making a total 30,000 detained migrants when the plan is complete. This compares with Greece’s total present prison population of under 13,000.[2]
The Greek government has blamed migrants for increased crime rates, homelessness and public health problems.[3] But it is arguable that it is the banks’ imposition of cuts in Greece’s spending on public health, housing and jobs investment that are responsible for the problems.
The government has defended the plan on the grounds that it will create thousands of jobs.[4] But it is not acceptable to salvage the Greek economy by trampling on the human rights of tens of thousands of people.
The Athens mayor has cautioned that the centres would only work if there was ‘full respect of human rights, including the right to asylum.’[5] However, the sheer scale of the scheme and the arguments put forward for this mass imprisonment of migrants make it extremely unlikely that human rights will be observed.
It has been reported that approaches have been made to the European Union to obtain funding of €250m (£208m) for this scheme, which is doomed to failure as it is not dealing with causes, only making scapegoats.
We believe that it would be wrong for the EU[6] to fund the mass incarceration of migrants in Greece that is being considered by the Greek authorities. On the contrary, the Union has a responsibility to uphold fundamental human rights and not to make itself a party to their violation.
We urge that instead a similar or greater amount of resources be made available to the Greek government to spend on housing, health measures and job protection policies.
The EU must also review those of its policies that prevent migrants from moving from Greece to other EU countries.
See also Médecins Sans Frontières statement[7] on 27.4.2012, ‘Public health cannot be safeguarded through police-led health inspections and scaremongering’ concerning the 9 April amendment of Greek Presidential Decree 114/2010, included in the law governing ‘Electronic communications, Transports and Public Works Regulations and other decrees’. This foresees ‘mandatory health screenings of persons who suffer from communicable diseases or belong to groups vulnerable to communicable diseases and their detention in health structures defining these persons as a “danger to public health”’. MSF states: ‘The involvement of public healthcare actors in police “sweep” operations is dangerous and contrary to medical ethics.’


1 Guardian, 29 March 2012.
[2] The equivalent in the United Kingdom would be 165,000 migrants held in detention; the current figure is some  3,000.
[3] Guardian ibid.
4 Ibid.
5 Ibid.
[6]It is probably the case that any proposal to use EU money for a purpose which conflicts with a EU directive – in this case the EU directive on refugee reception – would be ultra vires.


Protesters at St Thomas’ Highlight Plight of Hospital Workers Arrested Last Month

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

A coalition of campaign groups staged a demonstration outside St Thomas’ Hospital on Friday evening in solidarity with workers arrested last month for identity offences. Full Article.

Greek Migrant Hunger Strike Enters Day 30 (via Bristol No Borders)

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

+++ As hunger strike of 300 approaches day 30, strikers are in dire need of transnational support! +++ It is time to ACT NOW! +++ Fax, E-Mail and phone the Greek authorities and demand immediate legalisation NOW +++ Here you find a sample fax/email that you can send to the relevant authorities. Please do note that it is always better if you compose a text on your own. It doesn’t need to be long! If you do so, please post your letter as a comment … Read More

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Issue #9 of Crossing Borders Published

January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Campsfield: 17 years, 13,000 dead (via Close Campsfield)

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

THE FIRST FOREIGNERS were incarcerated at Campsfield 17 years ago this month. It marked the beginning of Fortress Europe, which now spreads from the Ukraine to the Sahara and beyond, and has claimed 13,000 lives in that same period, according to an article in El Pais:  EUROPE'S FAR FROM SPLENDID ISOLATION by Henk van Houtum – Xavier Ferrer-Gallardo Five years after hundreds of migrants besieged the two Spanish enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melil … Read More

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