Mi­grant asy­lum reg­is­tra­tion mov­ing at rate of 650 daily

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A scheme­for reg­is­ter­ing mi­grants who want to ap­ply for asy­lum in Greece, which was launched early last month, has been pro­gress­ing steadily with 15,500 mi­grants reg­is­tered so far, Asy­lum Ser­vice of­fi­cials have said.

Of­fi­cials are reg­is­ter­ing around 650 mi­grants per day in Athens and Thes­sa­loniki, close to the daily tar­get of 700, Maria Stavropoulou, the head of Greece’s Asy­lum Ser­vice, told Kathimerini. In the com­ing weeks, reg­is­tra­tion is to be­gin in camps in other parts of the coun­try too. Of the 15,500 reg­is­tered so far, 680 are un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors.

All mi­grants who ar­rived in Greece be­tween Jan­uary 1, 2015, and March 20 of this year are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for asy­lum. Those who ar­rived af­ter March 20, when the Euro­pean Union signed a deal with Ankara for the re­turn of mi­grants to Turkey, do not have the right to ap­ply. Many mi­grants, es­pe­cially Syr­i­ans, have had their appeals against re­turn­ing to Turkey up­held by Greek tri­bunals.

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