People protest massively in Chop against centre for refugees and illegal migrants


A new centre on temporary keeping illegal migrants is planned to be build in the centre of Chop in the frames of Agreement with EU on Readmission. The residents of the town opposed.

 The residents of Transcarpathian Chop made protests against building of a new temporary detention centre for keeping illegal migrants on the territory of Chop Border Detachment.

Last year about thousand persons stayed in the centre. “There is a special premise for work in administrative order with violators. We do not divide them into foreigners, Ukrainians or citizens of CIS” – tells the director of Chop Border Detachment Yuriy Sambor.   

However, local residents are confused by the location of the centre – in the very centre of the town, nearby the school. People have already collected about two thousand of signatures against building of new TDC. Session of Local Council did not give agreement on this point as well.

According to the words of mayor Galyna Tsar, there is doubt as to existence of the actual refuge.  “The public of the town and authorities did not give any permission concerning the present centre for illegal migrants. I am making an official allocution to law enforcement agents to check the legality of this centre” – mayor remarked.

However, Yuriy Sambor affirms that border guards act in the frames of Agreement on Readmission. “We accept these persons in a specified order. Thus, persons subjected to be expelled are directed beyond the region into other ones” – he explained.

At the same time, border guards assured that without permission of the public there will be no centre for illegal migrants. However, reconstruction of the old building has been started regardless of the protests.