Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias (photo) on Friday urged the European Commission to put pressure on the governments of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iraq and other countries with high rates of emigration to accept the repatriation of their citizens by the Greek authorities.

Greece is a main transit point for illegal migration into the European Union. During a meeting of the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg, which was attended by EU Commissioner for Justice Cecilia Malmstrom, Dendias also briefed his counterparts on Greece’s revised action plan for asylum and migration.