30 April 2016

Government moves tens of thousands of refugees to Athens outskirts

29 Apr 2016

The Greek government is moving thousands of refugees from camps in central Athens to new settlements on the city's outskirts to prepare for the arrival of tourists.

Greece expects 23 million visitors this year, who are expected to bring in about $20bn in revenue.

For months the streets of the Greek capital were home to refugees from Syria and other countries living rough as they prepared for the next step of their journeys to northern and western Europe.

Makeshift refugee camps in Athens, once at the centre of the refugee influx, are now disappearing as residents are bussed out to new settlements far from the eyes of tourists on whom Greece's faltering economy relies.