Greek officials say housing must be secured for other vulnerable asylum seekers on the islands, many of whom "sleep under trees", giving the excuse to moving more than 11,200 people out of flats, hotels and camps on the mainland.
Overnight, Greek islanders attacked police guarding the sites of the future detention camps on the islands of Lesbos and Chios. A large crowd later laid siege for hours to a Lesbos army camp where riot-control squads were billeted.
Three existing amps are to be closed, on the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos, currently housing over 27,000 people under terrible conditions which have been repeatedly castigated by rights groups. They have a nominal capacity of just 4,500.
Greece is trying to lure back travellers to Chios island which has been hit hardest by the refugee crisis and also Turkey's financial challenges.
In its latest report, Human Rights Watch has criticised the Greek government saying it's denying refugee children access to formal education.
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