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Nearly 1,600 arrests in Greek clampdown on immigration

Published on Aug 7, 2012 9:41 AM

ATHENS (AFP) - A weekend police sweep in Athens led to the arrests of nearly 1,600 undocumented immigrants, officials said Monday as a minister claimed an "invasion of immigrants" threatened debt-choked Greece's foundations.

According to Monday's tallies, more than 6,000 people were questioned during the crackdown.

A total of 1,595 of them were arrested and will face deportation.

Located in the southeastern extremity of the European Union, Greece is the main entry point for migrants from Asia or Africa illegally crossing into the 27-state bloc.

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