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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-01-14

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Fitch cuts Greece's credit rating by one notch
  • [02] Study: Illegal migrants at 470,000
  • [03] Ieronymos receives Israeli FM 

  • [01] Fitch cuts Greece's credit rating by one notch

    (ANA-MPA) -- Fitch Credit Rating on Friday downgraded Greeces long-term credit rating by one notch to BB+, from BBB-, putting the Eurozone member-country to the category of less credible state bond issuers. (ANA-MPA)

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [02] Study: Illegal migrants at 470,000

    (ANA-MPA) -- The number of non-legal migrants in Greece has risen some 60 percent to 470,000 in the last two years, according to estimates released by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). This represents a huge jump since the last estimates released by ELIAMEP two years ago in the framework of the EU's Clandestino programme, which then placed their numbers at around 280,000.

    During a discussion on "Migration and the Economic Crisis" organised by ELIAMEP on Thursday evening, researcher Thanos Maroukis said that 280,000 of the non-legal migrants were Albanians and other Europeans while the rest were from Asia and Africa.

    Presenting the data from research conducted with fellow-ELIAMEP researcher Anna Triantafyllidou concerning the movements of migrants and refugees from Asia and Africa to Greece.

    As key factors encouraging migration he cited political instability and huge inequality in these countries and he predicted that the only change would be to the specific routes taken by migrants, which were proliferating along the EU's eastern borders.

    "Traffic through the islands was not reduced because of FRONTEX but because the mines were removed from Evros and the cheaper prices for passage from there (3,000 euro for passage using the Aegean and just 300 euro via Evros)," he said.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo.

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    [03] Ieronymos receives Israeli FM

    Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos on Friday received visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman at the Archdiocese in Athens.

    The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere, with the top Israeli diplomat citing the particular importance of dialogue between faiths.

    He also extended an invitation to Ieronymos to visit Israel.

    ANA-MPA photo

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