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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-31

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Minister announces tougher policy vis-a-vis illegal immigration

  • [01] Minister announces tougher policy vis-a-vis illegal immigration

    (ANA-MPA) -- Citizen's Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis on Friday warned that Greek society has exceeded its ability to absorb any more illegal immigrants in the country, speaking on the occasion of an ANA-MPA study on the increasingly menacing issue.

    In fact, the high-profile government minister, a former EU Commissioner, said his ministry, in cooperation with the coast guard, is considering the construction of a new and more prominent fence along Greece's land border.

    "I want to make something clear: Only those migrants who have an internationally recognised right to protection or a right to asylum will remain in the country, no one else. Everyone else should clearly understand this message. They will leave Greece, either via a voluntary repatriation or via an involuntary deportation," Papoutsis told the ANA-MPA, adding:

    "We are absolutely determined on this issue. Additionally, we want to provide a decisive blow against the migrant smuggling rings that trade in people and their hopes for a better life. The Papandreou has a strong political volition (on this issue)," he said. (ANA-MPA)

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