Statistics on Xenios Zeus police raid for the period 4.8.12.-4.12.12 – Attica and Evros

In Attica 58.293 migrants were temporarily arrested and finally 4.092 were arrested because they lacked documentation.

478 houses were raided and searched.

4.971 migrants were either deported or returned “voluntarily” with IOM programs.

In Evros the arrests of new arriving migrants decreased 95%. Within this period in 2012 1.501 migrants were arrested compared to 28.656 in the same period of 2011.

Arrested in Evros

4.8.-3.9.: 2011 = 6.735
2012 = 1.114

4.9.-3.10.: 2011 = 7.060
2012 = 222

4.10.-5.11.: 2011 = 9.770
2012 = 103

6.11.-4.12.: 2011 = 5.091
2012 = 62

Total 2011 = 28.656
Total 2012 = 1.501

press release of the greek police

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