After a meeting with President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga asked for the legalisation of 300 illegal migrants that are currently on hunger strike in central Athens in order to demand legal residence in Greece.

Papariga expressed concern over the fate of the hunger striking migrants, urging the government to "use the legal arsenal at its disposal in order to deal with the issue, win time and find a final solution".

Papoulias had earlier noted that the issue of migration was a global problem and Papariga had stressed that it could no longer be handled on a national level.

"Numerically, there are more migrants going to Asian countries than those coming to Europe. It is just that in Europe there is a surfeit of labourers and they seem many," she asserted.

The president and KKE's leader also discussed the deaths on Tuesday of two 'Dias' officers shot dead in an exchange of gunfire with bank robbers, with Papariga raising questions about whether the officers had adequate experience to deal with such dangerous situations.