Mi­gra­tion ser­vice to be set up to clinch aid

Thou­sands of mi­grants un­able to leave Kos due to ferry ticket short­age

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Fol­low­ing talks yesterday be­tween Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner for Mi­gra­tion and Home Af­fairs Dim­itris Avramopou­los and Al­ter­nate Min­is­ter for Immigration Pol­icy Ta­sia Christodoulopoulou, a min­is­te­rial de­ci­sion is to be drafted that would al­low the im­me­di­ate cre­ation of an immigration ser­vice which will in turn un­lock cru­cial Euro­pean Union fund­ing.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are said to have em­pha­sized the need for im­me­di­ate fund­ing to deal with a ris­ing tide of im­mi­grants ar­riv­ing on is­lands in the eastern Aegean from Tur­key. Kathimerini un­der­stands that Athens lodged an ap­peal for emer­gency fund­ing with Brus­sels two weeks ago and is await­ing ap­proval. Sources told Kathimerini the re­quest will be con­sid­ered.

Mean­while the gov­ern­ment must set up the agency. A venue has been found, on Vou­liag­me­nis Av­enue, sources said, and the next step is for 35 em­ploy­ees to be re­cruited.

Of 470 mil­lion eu­ros al­lo­cated to Greece in EU fund­ing for mi­gra­tion, a tranche of around 30 mil­lion is likely to be dis­bursed ini­tially.

A dis­cus­sion is un­der way about where to ac­com­mo­date thou­sands of im­mi­grants ar­riv­ing on the is­lands and then the main­land.

The gov­ern­ment has char­tered a ferry that is to dock at Kos in the com­ing days, of­fer­ing tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for hun­dreds of the mi­grants there. The process of iden­ti­fy­ing the mi­grants, and is­su­ing them with doc­u­ments, con­tin­ued at an old soc­cer sta­dium.

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