Conservative PM Mitsotakis hardens his stance on migration amid a new surge in refugee arrivals
In anticipation of what could be a new wave of migrant arrivals, Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday announced that his administration will upgrade its patrolling operations and deploy 1,200 additional border guards to "shut the door" to migrants not entitled to stay.
"In Greece are welcomed only those we choose. Those who are not welcomed will be returned," PM Mitsotakis said and added that doors will remain closed to "those who are not entitled to asylum."
Since he took office in July, migration control has become his top policy priority, for Greece has about 80,000 refugees.
"Migration is his administration's main obsession, for it is also the Greeks' greatest concern," outlet El Periodico reported and recalled that the Greek refugee camps are housing about 37,000 people, although they only have a capacity for only 5,000 people.
People seeking asylum in #Greece have fled war, persecution + suffered under horrific conditions in refugee camps on the Greek islands. The majority of them are children. They came to Europe for protection – now the Greek government want to put them behind bars. 3/4 #MigrationEUpic.twitter.com/tHqg6O403r