Mosalas praises asylum service in Greece

Mosalas praises asylum service in Greece


Greek Immigration Policy Minister Yiannis Mosalas told the parliament that about 12,000 people had been transferred from Greece to other EU member states.

"The system has become more effective," he said, adding that the Greek asylum service had managed to reunite 6,500 families, while 6,500 people had voluntarily returned to their country of origin. He said asylum applications had reached 56,000.

"It is a valuable service," he said, adding that a total of 25,000 people had found a better life than they would receive in Greece.

He drew attention to the fact that the service of asylum now has 700 employees after they started with only 200 employees. In addition, the number of staff would increase by 30 per cent.

People who arrive in the Greek islands after 20 March 2016 are not eligible for resettlement.