Greek minister claims NGOs to blame for arrival of undocumented Somali migrants


Greece’s migration minister on Tuesday pointed the finger at unnamed nongovernmental organisations for facilitating the illegal crossing of dozens of undocumented Somali migrants from Turkey into Greece.

Speaking to foreign correspondents in Athens, Notis Mitarakis said that the ministry has “witness testimony and confirmed information” that NGOs were helping Somali asylum seekers travel to Turkey and from there helped arrange their crossing to Greece via migrant smuggling networks.

“NGOs pat for the cost of travel and the issuance of a Visa to Turkey, with flights to Istanbul. Then [the migrants] are transported to the Turkish coast, where migrant smugglers, again with NGO support, help them enter the European Union illegally,” Mitarakis said, without providing additional details.

“These crossing must be prevented by any legal means. We do not want our country to become a gateway to Europe,” he said.

Since November 1, 142 of the 214 migrant arrivals in Lesbos have been from Somalia, according to news24/

The migration minister placed blame on the Turkish coast guard for the death of two women off the coast of Lesvos last week.

Mitarakis says the migrants are coming to Greece with “unsuitable boats and people, without permission and with complete ignorance of the rules of the sea”.




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


Latest News

Fasolada: Niki Louca shares recipe for baked beans with tuna salad

Fasolada is one of those comfort foods that reminds us of grandparents, Greece, cold days, warm houses, fresh homemade bread.

Hellenic Writers’ Association of Australia call for ‘O Logos’ magazine submissions

The Hellenic Writers’ Association has called on members and Greek Australians to submit original works to the 2024 edition of ‘O Logos.’

Indian Hellenism: Bactria and the Indo-Greek Kingdom

The Indo-Greek Kingdom is arguably the most fascinating of all the Hellenistic Kingdoms, initially emerging from the Greek-Bactrian Kingdom.

2035: The end of the Greek community of Australia as we know it (Part Three)

In his previous article professor A.Tamis, referred to the consequences that will follow the year 2035 for the Australian diaspora.

An invitation to all: The Antipodean Palette Art Exhibition 2024 and Poetry Afternoon

The Greek Australian Cultural League (GACL) will again proudly present the Antipodean Palette Group Art Exhibition 2024.

You May Also Like

Documentary on the late Battle of Crete veteran Alf Carpenter to screen in Sydney

The documentary Second Generation ANZAC – The Story of Alf Carpenter will screen at Palace Norton Street Cinemas Leichhardt on May 15.

Meet the Greek Australians who worship the Olympians

A growing number of Greeks around the world are reviving the Ancient Hellenic religion. This is their story.

100 years since the Treaty of Lausanne: A historical retrospective

To mark 100 years since the Treaty of Lausanne, two historians provide The Greek Herald and its readers with a historical retrospective.