One hundred and three refugees and asylum seekers departed today from the airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” to Hannover Germany. Today’s mission completes the voluntary relocation program in Germany, according to APE.
Specifically, in one year, 2,765 refugees and asylum seekers left Greece for Germany. These include 204 unaccompanied minors, 1,035 asylum seekers (243 children with illnesses, with their families) and 1,526 recognized refugees.
On this occasion, the Minister Immigration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis, emphasizes in a relevant announcement of the ministry that “the two countries will continue the close cooperation in matters of immigration and asylum, aiming at the creation of a really common and fair European immigration policy, in the context of the ongoing negotiation of the new European Pact” .
The German ambassador in Athens, Ernst Reichel, points out, among other things, that “the situation in the islands of the eastern Aegean, but also in Greece as a whole, requires European solidarity and a fair distribution of burdens in the EU.”
The resettlement program is funded by the European Commission (DG HOME) and implemented in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF and the European Asylum Support Office.