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Interior ministry rents apartment building to house asylum seekers

With the Pournara camp overflowing, dozens of asylum seekers have been sleeping rough outside the migration office in Engomi for several weeks without any state support


The interior ministry said Wednesday that it will be renting an apartment building to house asylum seekers who have been left stranded in the streets in recent weeks as a result of the Pournara migrant camp reaching full capacity, with the apartments to be ready by Thursday.

After securing approval from the cabinet for the move, the interior ministry said it moved to rent an apartment building after camps were unable to host the continuing influx of asylum seekers.

News of some 60 asylum seekers living rough outside the migration office premises in Engomi have been making the rounds of social media in recent days.

According to groups that have mobilized to provide essential items such as food and warm clothing, the asylum seekers have been left without shelter and any form of state support for several weeks, with the migration office reportedly not allowing them to enter and failing to provide clarification on when they will receive the support needed.


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