In an agreement which provides for the financing by Berlin of a Greek integration program recognized refugeesAccording to sources close to the Ministry of Immigration and Asylum, the Minister of Immigration Notis Mitarakis and the Minister of Interior of Germany Horst Seehofer, during their meeting in yesterday, concluded, according to sources close to the Ministry of Immigration and Asylum.
Greece and Germany also call on the European Union to step up its efforts to distribute the burden of migration fairly between Member States, while also calling for increased returns for those who are not entitled to international protection or whose applications are rejected.
According to the same sources, the German Interior Minister was in favor of the effective guarding of the EU’s external borders, while the Greek side stressed that the EU should support the countries at its external borders in order to prevent illegal crossings. He even pointed out that the recent example of Lithuania proves that the issue arises in various parts of Europe.
Regarding the Joint Declaration of the European Union – Turkey on immigration, the Greek delegation stressed that before discussing its possible renewal, the existing agreement should be fully implemented. Turkey, the Greek side stressed, does not implement its basic obligation, ie to accept returns of those who are not entitled to international protection or those whose requests are deemed inadmissible. However, there is a common perception that at the moment there does not seem to be a review of EU-Turkey cooperation, while Greece emphasizes that it wants good cooperation with Turkey on immigration – which, he clarifies, is not a bilateral but a European issue – but Calls for the Joint Declaration to be fully implemented and, if necessary, to be revised on terms favorable to the EU.
According to the sources of the Ministry of Immigration, the meeting with the German Minister took place in a very good atmosphere, with an understanding from the German side of both the special needs of the countries at the EU external borders and the importance of solidarity between Member States in the distribution the burdens of immigration.
The Greek side also made it clear that in order to solve the problem of secondary migration, the borders must be effectively guarded so that there is no primary migration, while he clarified that Greece has no interest in secondary migration, because those who reach their final destination, e.g. in Germany, then serve as an example for all refugees.