The government is working on new legislation to speed up the asylum process and to award citizenship, Deputy Interior Minister Haralambos Athanassiou said during a conference in Athens on Thursday.
He did not provide details regarding the new legislation but said the aim was to speed up the asylum process and create a “fair and effective” system.

Greece has a first instance asylum approval rate of less than 0.1 percent.

On the issue of citizenship, the government recently blocked a 2010 law allowing second-generation immigrants to get Greek papers.

Athanassiou said this would be replaced with legislation that would require migrants to show a “genuine bond” with Greece and prove they had assimilated into Greek culture.