Greece’s financial crisis is exacerbating racial violence according to a report by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
It is sounding the alarm over attacks on immigrants for whom the country has long been a gateway into Europe.
Giorgos Tsarbopoulos, head of UNHCR Greece, said: “The economic situation’s created a climate where slogans and xenophobic rhetoric and easy solutions that are not solutions of course of ‘kick them out, let’s take the law into our own hands’ can more easily be propagated in a population which faces problems regarding security and public order.”
Over recent weeks, the government has been herding illegal immigrants into new detention camps. But a shortage of funds is making it harder to either repatriate them or process asylum requests.