Greek authorities say they plan to build detention centers to house 30,000 illegal immigrants by 2014.

Citizens' Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis said Monday that 30 facilities — officially named «closed hospitality centers» — would be created from unused military sites under a 250-million-euro program funded by the European Union.

The detained immigrants would outnumber Greeces prison population, currently estimated at 12,500.

Greece is the busiest transit point for illegal immigrants in the EU. Greek authorities claim more than a million people are living in the country illegally.

The first new facility is due to open next month in northern Greece.

[Associated Press] - Ekathimerini.com