Greek Immigration Minister Notis Mitarachi announced on Sunday in a media interview that all unaccompanied minor immigrants have been removed from refugee camps on the Greek islands. But
Greek Immigration Minister Notis Mitarachi announced on Sunday in a media interview that all unaccompanied minor immigrants have been removed from refugee camps on the Greek islands.
However, refugee organizations are still suspicious of Athena’s plans for these camps, whether they will keep them open to other asylum seekers, and also about a plan presented by them. Brussels To focus in its new immigration policy on removing illegal immigrants.
“There are no unaccompanied minors in any of the reception centers and identification centers on the islands,” Mitaraki told Radio Real.
He added that the number of immigrants arriving in Greece decreased by “more than 89%” in the last quarter, noting that the numbers related to the operations of “departure, transportation to other locations, legal deportation and voluntary return exceed the number of arrivals.”
Activists accused Greece of reducing the number of arrivals in recent months by escalating the forced deportations of migrants in the Aegean Sea in order to prevent them from reaching its shores.
But Mitarachi insisted the decline was due to Athena “dismantling the human trafficking chains” in the area.
The Greek government cautiously welcomed Brusselss plan to reform the European Union’s asylum system, but charities helping refugees on the ground have criticized the ongoing “excessive containment policy”.
The Greek government has long struggled to manage the overcrowded migrant camps on the five islands most receiving migrants, especially after the Moria camp fire on Lesbos in early September.
Half of the 24,000 migrants in Greek camps are still on the island of Lesbos.