Greece, Spain reach agreement for 1,000 migrants to be transferred to Valencia
Regional officials in Greece say they have reached an agreement with the eastern Spanish region of Valencia for the transfer of 1,000 migrants – bypassing the European Union’s slow moving relocation system.
Greek islands have been hard hit by Europe’s refugee crisis, with more than 800,000 asylum-seekers arriving last year and roughly 4,000 per day so far in 2016.
The South Aegean regional government, which represents several Greek islands, said it had made the agreement with Valencia authorities currently visiting Greece.
The migrants were due to travel by chartered ferry from the island of Leros to Spain, an announcement said.
The governments say the move “sends a message that the refugee problem in Europe can been managed with humanity and enlightenment.”
You may be interested
Greek Shipping Minister admitted to ICUPanos - Dec 03, 2020
The Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Giannis Plakiotakis, was admitted for precautionary reasons to the Intensive Care Unit of…
The UK approves Covid Pfizer vaccine for use next weekPanos - Dec 03, 2020
The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. British…
PM Mitsotakis: The resilience of Greek exports a small featPanos - Dec 03, 2020
The foreign trade sector is proving resilient and supporting the Greek economy, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday in…