Greece hot spots, refugee shelters funded by EU

28 October 2015
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The hot spots and temporary shelters for refugees being established in Greece will be funded by the European Union, Mouzalas said on Tuesday.

As Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis completed a two-day visit to the islands most affected by the refugee crisis – Chios and Lesvos. “This was discussed two days ago during a meeting of European leaders and it must now take the form of a regular meeting in order to start implementing it,” he said, adding that he also examined the full modernisation of the hot spots being set up to cut the waiting days of refugees and migrants to two.

“No refugee who arrives here should stay more than two days. They should be recorded fast so that the person can then travel to the chosen destination,” he said.

The purpose of the minister’s visit to the two islands was to examine temporary solutions to avoid the havoc caused during the last few days when migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, were made to wait in pouring rain. “These scenes will not take place again once we have the necessary organisation so that in cases of bad weather or large number of arrivals can be easily dealt with.”

Mouzalas also said that Europe has to understand that Greece is a door to refugee flows towards Europe. “Greece is part of the pathway. The door is in Turkey.”

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