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The Pagani detention center on the island of Lesbos, one of the most unworthy of Greece, was closed in 2009 after a long struggle inside and outside the center and numerous reports about the conditions there.

A reception and identification center opened near the village of Moria last autumn. Those arrested remain there a short time. A detention center pre-removal center in Greek terminology has just been built beside it, financed at 75% by the European Union. People can be locked up to eighteen months pending deportation – the time may be extended beyond 18 months following a recent decree.


To follow the situation in Lesvos: