Greece’s first ‘hotspot’ to open on Lesvos this week

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Greece’s first so-called mi­grant hotspot on the eastern Aegean is­land of Lesvos will start op­er­at­ing next week, Al­ter­nate Min­is­ter for Immigration Pol­icy Yian­nis Mouza­las said on Satur­day, adding that another four screen­ing cen­ters will fol­low on other is­lands.

He made the an­nounce­ment dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Athens to present EU pol­icy on mi­gra­tion and refugee re­lo­ca­tion, along with Euro­pean Mi­gra­tion and Home Af­fairs Com­mis­sioner Dim­itris Avramopou­los and Lux­em­bourg’s For­eign Min­is­ter Jean As­sel­born.

Mouza­las said it was key that the EU “ap­plies the same cri­te­ria for all coun­tries.”

In his com­ments, Avramopou­los said that a to­tal of 160,000 refugees will be dis­trib­uted among the bloc’s non-bor­der na­tions. He said guest coun­tries would be de­cided by ex­perts at EU-staffed hotspots, and not the refugees.

“No coun­try can shoul­der this bur­den on its own. Europe will of­fer money and know-how,” said As­sel­born.

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