Greece creates ministry of migration affairs after surge in arrivals

·

Greece’s government on Wednesday announced its creation of a separate ministry of migration affairs as the country struggles to cope with a high number of arrivals of migrants and refugees from neighbouring Turkey.

The government said the ministry was established from a department previously run by the ministry of public order.

Nearly 75,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Greece last year, a 50% increase from the annual total in 2018, according to data from the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

More than 80% of last year’s arrivals were on Greek islands facing the Turkish coast where severe conditions of overcrowding at migrant camps have worsened over the winter despite government efforts to provide more accommodation space on the mainland.

Notis Mitarachi, a former deputy minister for labor and social affairs, was sworn in Wednesday as the new migration affairs minister.

Sourced by: AP News

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Hellenism takes over Brighton-Le-Sands as Greek Fest makes triumphant return

On Sunday, Bay Street in Brighton-Le-Sands was packed with people as the Greek Fest made its triumphant return after 21 long years.

Cypriot communities across Australia and NZ gather for 51st Annual Conference

On Friday, May 24, the Federation of Cyprus Communities and Organizations of Australia and NZ officially inaugurated its 51st Annual Conference following a four-year...

Three generations of Pontians raise funds to preserve their ‘second home’ in Sydney

Three generations of proud Pontians supported Pontoxeniteas NSW's 'Winter Wonderland Fundraising Gala' for its 45-year-old Pontian House.

6th Annual Breakfast for Brain Cancer in Sydney: A morning of hope and progress

The White Pearl Foundation hosted its 6th Annual Breakfast for Brain Cancer in Sydney in support of The Brain Cancer Group.

Melbourne’s Greek community gathers to commemorate the Battle of Crete

Melbourne's Greek community gathered at events over the weekend to commemorate the 83rd anniversary of the Battle of Crete.

You May Also Like

SA Premier officially opens 2023 Greek Film Festival in Adelaide

Presented by the Greek Orthodox Community of SA, the 2023 Greek Film Festival was officially opened with a gala event on Tuesday, October 24.

Basil Zempilas set to be elected as WA Liberals candidate ahead of state election

Perth’s Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas is on track to become the candidate for the WA Liberals for the 2025 state election. 

Saline products from Greece recalled after bacteria outbreak in Australian hospitals

Scientists in the ACT have identified products from India and Greece as a possible source of contamination in saline products.