August 6, 2012
Athens Police have massive roundup of illegals over weekend
News reports say that Greek police detained 4,900 people, ultimately keeping 1,130 for possible deportation.
There are over 800,000 legally-registered immigrants in Greece, with an estimate of over 350,000 illegally residing in the country.
Because of the fear of Syrian refugees entering into Greece via Turkey, the Greek government recently tripled guards along its border with the Turkish state. The burgeoning civil war in Syria in some ways echoes the violence in Lebanon from early decades, in which Greece was the destination for many Lebanese (for example, during the 1970s warfare in Beirut).