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Parliament briefing on illegal migration, asylum policy

Δημοσίευση 8 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 11:27 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Parliament briefing on illegal migration, asylum policy
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Guarded optimism that the major problem of illegal migration will be tackled through a broader cooperation between responsible state agencies involved as well as internationally was expressed on Tuesday by Deputy Labour Minister for migration issues Anna Dalara.

Guarded optimism that the major problem of illegal migration will be tackled through a broader cooperation between responsible state agencies involved as well as internationally was expressed on Tuesday by Deputy Labour Minister for migration issues Anna Dalara.

Addressing a parliamentary committee on migration, the deputy minister said the top priority is the reform of the political asylum system through the adoption of a relevant draft law that will define asylum granting criteria.

A special emphasis was given to the need for revising the “Dublin II” Regulation, the EU law concerning asylum seekers, with Dalara echoing government statements that Greece is inordinately burdened by the treaty, while adding that no progress has been made in the efforts aimed at reaching a readmission agreement with Turkey

Responding to observations made by ruling PASOK MP Christos Magkoufis and opposition Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) MP Adonis Georgiadis as regards the construction of a mosque in Athens’ Votanikos district, Dalara said she shares the position that are opposed to large areas and constructions that could favour the creation of a ghetto.

She also underlined the major role played by the Frontex forces in the protection of the Greek borders from the inflow of illegal immigrants, stressing that its officers should change frequently to prevent corruption breeding conditions.