Prime Minister George Papandreou on Monday chaired a meeting of several ministers in Parliament on the growing spectre of illegal immigration.

The main issue, according to government assessments, is to retrieve illegal migrants from "obscurity", and arrive at a figure, while proposals were also made on the imposition of tougher sanctions on employers hiring illegal immigrants.

The government's position is for the various categories and cases of immigrants to be evaluated, including those who are in a "state of tolerance" (residence over a brief period of time), while also taking into consideration the fact that several foreign embassies in Athens are not assisting transient illegal migrants, who are also nationals of the countries represented by those embassies.

On the question of the repatriation of illegals to their home countries, the government's volition is for the law to be implemented.