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Migrants are already being housed in the first EU-funded asylum seekers centre on Samos, Greece, as seen on Wednesday.
The new facility features restaurants and air-conditioning and cost about €43 million and will be able to house up to 3,000 people. Currently, 283 people are temporarily living in the camp, all of them moved from the previous facility in Vathy town and the makeshift camp called ‘jungle.’
Inaugurated on Saturday, the new centre is the first of five new facilities planned to improve the living conditions of migrants on the island.
"We give to the people humane conditions, they are not going to stay in tents, tents are not allowed to be in this camp, everyone is staying in a container, everyone has their own kitchen, their own bathroom and a room to sleep. This is a major step forward and we are hoping to improve every day," said Manos Logothetis, the Greek general secretariat for the reception of asylum seekers.
Doctors from Medical Without Borders (MSF) at the camp said the facility has negative effects on the mental health of migrants and refugees, who complain about restrictions, food quality and the lack of shadow.
"In the last six months we had 64 percent of our mental health patients here in the MSF clinics who were having thought of suicide and death and among them, 14 percent were at high risk of committing suicide, so the situation is extremely worrying," Patrick Wieland, MSF Field Coordinator, said, adding that migrants feel they were transferred from one prison to another.

SOT, Manos Logothetis, General Secretariat for Reception of Asylum Seekers: "We are in area A which is currently hosting all the people that were hosted in the old camp, all together 282, ten of those are unaccompanied minors, 26 together with unaccompanied minors are minors, we have 17 single women and the rest are family or single men. There are divided in three separate areas according to the language and ethnicity of course, so we have the Afghan or Farsi region, we have the Arabic region and of course we have the Sub-Saharan French speaking region."

SOT, Manos Logothetis, General Secretariat for Reception of Asylum Seekers: "We give to the people humane conditions, they are not going to stay in tents, tents are not allowed to be in this camp, everyone is staying in a container, everyone has their own kitchen, their own bathroom and a room to sleep. This is a major step forward and we are hoping to improve everyday."

SOT, Patrick Wieland, MSF Field Coordinator:​ "So the transfer just took place from the old camp to the new camp, the majority of the people we are seeing in our clinics are unhappy about that, they are saying they don’t want to go from one prison to another and we know that many of our mental health patients are extremely affected, and this new prison like camp is certainly not going to ameliorate their health state."

SOT, Patrick Wieland, MSF Field Coordinator: "In the last 6 months we had 64 percent of our mental health patients here in the MSF clinicswho were having thought of suicide and death and among them 14 percent were at high risk of committing suicide, so the situation is extremely worrying, and we are just trying to follow all of our patients, we have our own plot of land with our own clinic near by the prison about 300 meters where people will be able to come and receive proper medical care."
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