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  • Updated: April 09, 2023

Greece Set To Close Notorious Lavrion Camp

Greece Set To Close Notorious Lavrion Camp

The Greek-Turkish border on the bridge over the Maritsa (Meriç) River, in the Thrace region (Shutterstock Photo)

The notorious Lavrion camp in Greece will be closed, and those residing there will be transferred to other refugee camps.

According to the Kathimerini newspaper, the Lavrion camp, part of the Lavreotiki municipality, will be closed due to the dire conditions of buildings there.

One hundred people in the camp will be sent to the Attica region, while another 50 will be sent to the refugee camp at Malakasa.

The report further said that the Lavreotiki municipality contacted the Migration Ministry to inform them that the buildings in Lavrion could not survive even a middle-range earthquake.

The Lavrion camp has been a point of dispute in relations between Greece and Turkey, as Turkey said the camp harbors “everything terrorism, ranging from the PKK and FETÖ (Gülenist Terror Group).”

The reports of the camp’s closure came as both countries recently entered a period of positive relations.

After years of tensions, the diplomatic ties changed after earthquakes shook Turkey on February 6.

Greece was among the first countries to convey its condolences and offer aid after the disaster.

Turkey returned the goodwill when a tragic train accident claimed dozens of lives near the northern Greek town of Tempi on February 28, as Turkey became the first country to offer condolences and aid.

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