The Greek police are moving in preparation rhythms for the start of the big operation of tracking tens of thousands of illegal immigrants living in Athens.The Greek police are moving in preparation rhythms for the start of the big operation of tracking tens of thousands of illegal immigrants living in Athens.
"Illegal immigrants should return home," said Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis in an interview on Skai radio station.
He described the phenomenon of illegal immigration as "a disgrace to the political system" and conveyed the warnings of Nicolas Sarkozy that "Greece will leave Schengen if it doesn’t implement some measures now." According to the minister, "if we leave Schengen we will return to the 70s".
The first phase of the operation is to remove illegal foreign vendors outside and around the universities in the city center.
Since Wednesday, the Greek police have launched intensive checks in the center of Athens. According to reports, they have arrested 21 illegal street vendors outside the Law School and the Economics University. 26 illegal immigrants were arrested after a raid on two buildings in Marni and Silyvrias streets.
In a meeting in the main building of the General Police Directorate of Attica, officials decided to reinforce the DIAS team with 1,100 new special guards.
"It is not right for Athens to suffer this violent degradation," said Michael Chryssochoidis and revealed that he has agreed with ND president Antonis Samaras "to address the immigration problem in a human way, but mainly an effective one."