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Minister again cites tougher policy

Δημοσίευση 10 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:32 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Minister again cites tougher policy
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In a related development, Citizens' Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis again expressed the government tougher stance vis-à-vis the spectre of illegal immigration, in an article appearing in an Athens weekly.

In a related development, Citizens' Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis again expressed the government tougher stance vis-à-vis the spectre of illegal immigration, in an article appearing in an Athens weekly.

"Only legal immigrants shall remain in Greece, no one else ... the rest shall leave our country, either via voluntary repatriation, or through compulsory deportation."

Referring to recent negative reactions by some quarters in Europe in view of Athens' more hardline approach, Papoutsis again cited what he called "hypocrisy".

"It hypocritical the people that have been accusing Greece till today of being unable to guard its borders, in accordance with the Schengen Treaty, now appear as critics because Greece wants the obvious: to strengthen security of its borders."

Additionally, he said a planned fence on a portion of the Evros border, stepped up patrols and state-of-the-art surveillance and monitoring systems will "allow us to stabilise the situation, so that we can work, always in cooperation with other EU countries, towards long-term solutions.

 

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