It sounded really strange on Sunday morning. Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas revealed a plan Greek government has under consideration to offer refugees and migrants “residence permission if they invest 250,000 euro in Greece.”
Mardas told Skai TV, that the government is styding a project to examin ethe economic profile of refugees and migrants and that “if there are some refugees who are able to invest in Greece an amount of 250,000 euro then these refugees will enjoy a favorable treatment.”
According to the Greek Law of Migration and Social Integration of 2014, investors and their families from third countries receive resident permissions when they buy real estate worth at least 250,000 euro in Greece. The bill “trade real estate for residence permit” for non -EU citizens was prepared by New Democracy/PASOK/DHMAR coalition government in November 2012, pushed through the parliament in February 2013 and was integrated in Migration Code in 2014
Theoretically,, this is possible. Practically, Mardas’ revelations are totally inopportune for the time being with 50,000 refugees and migrants spending their days and nights at open camping areas, often in appalling living conditions.
PS I propose, Mardas & the Greek government send private ‘investment vs residence permit’ invitations to refugees before they leave their homes and countries, so they would not spend several thousands of euros and risk their lives trying to reach Greece. they can invest in Greece and fly from Kabul, Damascus or Baghdad directly to Athens.