Mo­bile ban amend­ment lifted

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An amend­ment sub­mit­ted to Par­lia­ment that would have seen refugees and mi­grants who don’t have valid pass­ports banned from own­ing cell phones in Greece was with­drawn on Satur­day af­ter an out­cry and the in­ter­ven­tion of Mi­gra­tion Pol­icy Min­istry of­fi­cials. The amend­ment stip­u­lated that refugees and mi­grants would have to pos­sess a valid pass­port in or­der to be granted the right to have a cell phone. This would have made it next to im­pos­si­ble for them to get a phone be­cause hardly any of them have a valid pass­port. The amend­ment had been signed by In­te­rior Min­is­ter Panos Sk­ourletis, Dig­i­tal Pol­icy Min­is­ter Nikos Pap­pas and Cit­i­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Nikos Toskas.

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