Albeit late, Greece has a coordinated migration policy that examines political asylum petitions, foresees the creation of hosting facilities and implements the repatriation of migrants, while at the same time sees to that the children of migrants have access to health and education, deputy interior minister and government spokesman George Petalotis said in a taped address to a two-day event titled "Journalism without Discrimination" organised by the Macedonia-Thrace Union of Journalists.
He stressed, however, that the migrants problem is no longer Greece's problem but Europe's problem.
Petalotis also made a brief review of how Greece, from a country from which immigrants to other countries originated has turned into a migrant receiving country, without being prepared for that, and ensuing phenomena of xenophobia and even racism.
He further spoke about his own experience, given that he was the European Council's first correspondent for refugees and also grew up in the multicultural society of Thrace, which has Moslem minority.
Petalotis said that the role of the press is a very important one, noting that most of the time it is positive, but in certain instances it is negative.
He added that cool-headedness and acceptance of "the different" is needed, and the role of public television is important in that direction.