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Athenians do not believe that police will successfully deal with illegal immigrants

30 March 2012 / 22:03:58  GRReporter
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Interesting was the opinion of a young man - an immigrant from Albania, who has also expressed his support of the measures against illegal immigrants. "I work and pay taxes in this country. Those who work and have documents should stay. But the others must go back to their countries," he said emphatically.

It is worth noting that none of the interlocutors wished to talk to the camera or be filmed. People said they were afraid, because "we live here and we do not know what could happen tomorrow if we speak in public."

According to official figures, 1656 people were checked today, 1297 of them were foreigners and 359 - Greeks. 781 foreigners and 30 Greeks were taken to police departments for checking their personal data. 20 people were arrested, including 11 for drug possession, two because of court judgments issued against them, one for possession of weapons and four for violations of the law on foreigners. Six women were detained for prostitution. Police authorities seized 1.8 grams of heroin, 160 narcotic pills and 4,685 counterfeit copies of branded products, 208 of the vendors of which, immigrants, were detained for verification of documents.

Despite the efforts made by the police to show results in the fight against illegal immigration, the majority of the immigrants caught will be released in a few days because neither the arrests are sufficient nor the centres are ready. At the same time, the legal framework does not allow their detention for a longer period of time. According to sources, the majority of them will just get a document stating that they are obliged to leave the country within a month. And none of the Athenians think it will happen.

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