The government, through spokesman Giorgos Petalotis, on Monday rejected any ideas of group or individual legalisation of illegal migrants in violation of existing laws.

“There will be no group or special term legalisation if the preconditions set by the legislation are not met, and we will not give way because no action can blackmail the Greek state and overturn the lawfulness of its actions,” Petalotis stressed, speaking at a scheduled press briefing.

He made the comment in response to a question on whether the government is seeking a formula to proceed with the adoption of a special regulation for illegal migrants who meet the criteria to become legal but were unable to collect the necessary work stamps to renew their residency permit.

“The issues that arise are being studied always keeping public interest in mind,” he said, adding that “laws will be observed”.