EU to help gov’t register and re­lo­cate refugees

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The Euro­pean Union will be send­ing of­fi­cials to eastern Aegean is­lands and Pi­raeus to help Greek author­i­ties deal with the huge in­flux of refugees and mi­grants.

The agree­ment was made dur­ing a meet­ing last week be­tween rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Euro­pean Asy­lum Sup­port Of­fice (EASO) and the Greek gov­ern­ment in Athens. Kathimerini un­der­stands EASO staff will be sent to the Greek is­lands where thou­sands of refugees, mostly from Syria, have been ar­riv­ing over the last few months. They will help in­form the refugees of how they can ap­ply for asy­lum. Also, 15 Euro­pean of­fi­cials will be sta­tioned in Pi­raeus to help Greek author­i­ties re­lo­cate 14,000 refugees who ar­rive in Greece to other parts of the EU, as agreed by Euro­pean lead­ers ear­lier this sum­mer.

Speak­ing to Sun­day’s Kathimerini, EASO Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Robert Visser stressed that Greece also had to do more to en­sure that the refugees are prop­erly reg­is­tered.

“Mem­ber states are re­quired to know the iden­tity of ev­ery­one who en­ters their ter­ri­tory,” he said. “Greece is no ex­cep­tion.”

“The Greek sys­tem for reg­is­ter­ing and man­ag­ing refugees and ir­reg­u­lar mi­grants is un­der tremen­dous pres­sure, so dur­ing the re­cent meet­ing in Pi­raeus we tried to find ways to co­op­er­ate so we can help the Greek author­i­ties ef­fec­tively,” added Visser.

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