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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-01-07

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  • [01] Number of illegals arrested in 2008 almost double than 2007
  • [02] Greek bond market closing report

  • [01] Number of illegals arrested in 2008 almost double than 2007

    The number of foreign nationals arrested by port officials and coast guard officers on Aegean islands for lacking proper travel documents -- most qualifying as illegal migrants -- in 2008 was almost double the figure for the previous year, while the number of migrant smugglers arrested was also considerably higher.

    According to an announcement, in a total of 907 cases of migrant smuggling were recorded in 2008; authorities arrested 15,315 illegal immigrants throughout the country, while in 2007 the number was 9,240.

    The top "preference" for migrant smugglers during the same year was the island of Samos, followed by Lesvos, Leros, Patmos, Hios and Kos.

    Lastly, in 265 cases of drug trafficking, 343 people were arrested and about 42 kilos of processed cannabis was confiscated, as well as about 207 kilos of unprocessed hashish, 809.7 grams of heroin and 323.7 grams of cocaine.

    [02] Greek bond market closing report

    Turnover in the Greek electronic secondary bond market rose to 310 million euros on Wednesday, of which 210 million were buy orders and the remaining 100 million euros were sell orders. The 10-year benchmark bond (July 20, 2018) was the most heavily traded security with a turnover of 90 million euros. The yield spread between the 10-year Greek and German bonds eased to 210 basis points with the Greek bond yielding 5.31 pct and the German Bund 3.21 pct.

    In interbank markets, interest rates continued moving lower. The 12-month Euribor rate was 2.92 pct, the six-month rate was 2.84 pct, the three-month rate 2.76 pct and the one-month rate 2.48 pct.

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