A new migration service is to be set up (finally) which will mean that Greece will be able to receive the almost 500 million euros already designated from European funds to deal with immigration. Previous governments have been unwilling to really tackle the issues and have squandered or stolen hundreds of millions earmarked for immigration, preferring to lock up refugees including minors in disgusting detention centres and doing nothing in terms of issuing papers, organising asylum, integration and deportations.
Following talks Thursday between European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos and Alternate Minister for Immigration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou, a ministerial decision is to be drafted that would allow the immediate creation of an immigration service which will in turn unlock crucial European Union funding.
Government officials are said to have emphasized the need for immediate funding to deal with a rising tide of immigrants arriving on islands in the eastern Aegean from Turkey. Kathimerini understands that Athens lodged an appeal for emergency funding with Brussels two weeks ago and is awaiting approval. Sources told Kathimerini the request will be considered.
Let’s see what this government can do…