Greece’s Migration and Asylum Ministry has decided to gradually close a refugee camp on the grounds that the site is unsuitable for hosting refugees, Greek daily Ekathimerini reported on Saturday.
The Lavrio refugee camp has been targeted by the Turkish government, which claims the site has been providing shelter to the members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and other outlawed left-wing groups from Turkey, calling it a “terrorist training camp”.
The tense relations between the two neighbours have thawed since the 6 February earthquakes that hit Turkey’s south, but the decision on the refugee camp was made before the disaster, the Greek daily said.
The Municipality of Lavreotiki have several times warned against the poor condition of the refugee camp building, which to a large extent hosts Kurdish refugees.
After the municipality was notified about the approximately 150 refugees residing at the camp, 100 were transferred to other shelters in Attica, Ekathimerini said, adding that the remaining refugees will soon be transferred to other facilities.