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Migration Minister: “statements on Idomeni borders misinterpreted”, criticizes Slovakia’s “suicidal policies”

Alternate Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas speaking to ANT1 TV on Thursday said that his statement that Idomeni will not reopen and that Greece will be a settlement country for refugees was misinterpreted.

Mouzalas clarified that the refugees will stay at the temporary hosting camps for as long as it is needed and during the planning the government bears in mind the possibility of closed borders.

The minister recognised that the refugees inflow, with the crossing point at Idomeni closed, will lessen but this will take time, noting that he does not know how many refugees the country can host, but he estimated that the number will be under 150,000.

Asked to comment on Slovak prime minister Robert Fico’s statement that “we have come to the time when Greece is likely to be sacrificed for the good of the EU,” Mouzalas referred to ‘suicidal policies’.

Mouzalas: Migration Minister suggests Refugees to stay 2-3 years in Greece, border of FYROM not to open again

PS hmmm probably he was just putting pressure on mayors to find facilities for temporary hosting centers…


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  1. And why do they prepare a law to bring the refugee kids to Greek public schools if they were not to stay for long? All BS

    • What law? There is no legal change needed: refugee children and children of asylum-seekers have the right to attend Greek state schools. In fact, all children have the right — as required by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.