Monday, August 6, 2012

Dealing with illegal immigration, Greek-style: 6,000 people detained in ONE weekend

Authorities in Greece are rounding up thousands of suspected illegal immigrants in a large-scale deportation drive to combat what one government official compared to a 'prehistoric invasion'.

Greece has long been Europe's main entry point for illegal immigrants from Asia and Africa seeking a better life in the West, but now the country's severe economic problems and high unemployment have spurred the government to address the issue.

Police said today that 6,000 people were detained over the weekend in Athens in a massive operation incongruously named after the ancient Greek god of hospitality, Zeus Xenios.

Officers across the city were seen stopping mostly African and Asian people in the street for identification checks. Most were only briefly detained, but about 1,600 were arrested for illegally entering Greece and sent to holding centres pending deportation. Read More