Tagged: Mouzalas

Stranded migrants in Greek camp protest over living conditions

A group of migrants and refugees on Monday blocked a Greek minister from entering the former Athens airport terminal, where they have been stranded for months, in a protest against their living conditions. Dozens of protesters, among them many children, rallied outside a gate chanting “Go, Go!” and “Liar!” to Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas. One […]

Mouzalas: “The refugees must remain on the islands”

The Minister of Migration Policy Yannis Mouzalas argued that refugees entering Greece must remain on the islands, as part of the EU-Turkey agreement. According to Mr. Mouzalas, should the refugees be removed from Chios or other islands, then the deal will fall apart and the flow of refugees from Turkey will soar to 4,000 arrivals […]

Mouzalas: “Refugee tents to be replaced with huts by 15 December”

The Alternate Minister of Migration Policy Yannis Mouzalas announced that the tents at the refugee hospitality center at Schisto will be replaced by huts by the 15th of December, as part of the efforts to improve living conditions. At present there are 760 refugees from Afghanistan – including 270 children – currently accommodated at the […]

Mouzalas admits errors in handling refugee crisis, defends overall record

Speaking at SYRIZA’s congress in Athens on Saturday, Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas defended the government’s handling of the refugee crisis and said the upholding of the EU-Turkey agreement would be the most important factor in Greece being able to manage the situation going forward. “We have a plan, as long as the EU-Turkey agreement […]

Mouzalas denies creation of new hotspot on Mytilene

Alternate Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas ruled out the creation of a new hosting center (hospot) on Mytilene in a letter to Mytilene mayor Spyros Galinos. “As you already know, me and the government are doing whatever possible for the immediate decongestion of the island of Mytilene and of the other islands that host migrants and […]

Mouzalas: Government to allow refugees and migrants to work legally and have health cover

Alternate Minister of Immigration Policy Ioannis Mouzalas revealed the Greek government intended to pass legislation granting refugees and migrants in camps the right to work, education, health care and housing. Mouzalas said the erection of more reception centres was proceeding in an effort to decongest the hotspots on the Greek islands and mainland Greece. The […]

Crete in turmoil after Germany’s decision to send 3,000 refugee to island

The decision by Germany to relocate 3,000 ‘excessive’ refugees to the island of Crete has caused an uproar among the resident of the Greek island. The decision was made within the Dublin 3 regulations, which provide that an EU member state can send refugees it judges to be superfluous to another EU country. The decision […]

Mouzalas insists that migrant arrival levels are under control

Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas on Friday sought to allay concerns about rising migrant arrivals following talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, noting that the numbers are manageable and Turkey appears to be honoring its agreement with the European Union. “We have a daily average of 80-100 people and that has roughly been the average […]

Greece urges ‘Plan B’ in case EU-Turkey migrant deal fails

Greece’s immigration minister called Wednesday on the European Union to draw up a back-up plan in case Turkey reneged on a controversial deal aimed at stemming the influx of migrants. “We are very worried. We need a Plan B in any case,” Yannis Mouzalas told Germany’s Bild daily. Due to its geographic proximity to Turkey, […]

Most migrant centers to be replaced

Three quarters of the country’s migrant reception centers are to close by September, according to government plans. The second phase of a government scheme to deal with the fallout of the refugee crisis, which has left some 56,000 migrants stranded in Greece, foresees the closure of most facilities currently hosting migrants and their replacement with […]

Mouzalas: Refugees will be allocated around Greece

The construction of new settlements with houses instead of tents on the model of Eleonas will begin at the end of June and the majority of temporary accommodation structures will be knocked down in September, Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas said in an interview with public broadcaster ERT. He added that the allocation […]

Mouzalas: The next goal is to evacuate Elliniko and Piraeus

The Minister of Migration Policy Yannis Mouzalas announced that after the evacuation of the makeshift camp in Idomeni, his next goal will be to clear out the camps at the port of Piraeus and the former airport site at Elliniko. According to Mr. Mouzalas, who spoke to Mega Channel on Thursday morning, the evacuation in […]

Gov’t ‘concerned, not proud’ after clashes at Lesvos refugee center, says minister

Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas said the government is “concerned, not proud and not happy” following clashes between migrants and riot police at a refugee registration center on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos on Tuesday evening that resulted in 15 people being injured. Mouzalas was speaking to the ANA-MPA news agency in the early hours […]

Greece can provide shelter for 70,000, says Mouzalas

Greece’s minister for migration says the government can provide shelter space for up to 70,000 migrants – roughly double the current number of people stranded in the country. Ioannis Mouzalas told the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung in an interview published Tuesday that the country could not indefinitely expand capacity at shelters and camps being built […]

Mouzalas says Greece must be prepared for more refugees

Alternate Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas referred to the condition of thousands of refugees who are stranded in Greece, in his address on Sunday to SYRIZA Central Committee. Mouzalas said that a huge effort has been made in the last period – during which 850,000 refugees and migrants have passed through the country – and reiterated […]

Mouzalas: “Greece too will be forced into unilateral actions”

“It is clear that as these broken promises are increasing, we will also go to unilateral actions. Not because we want to but because we will not have any other choice” argued the Alternate Minister of Migration Policy Yannis Mouzalas in an interview with euronews on Thursday. Mr. Mouzalas underlined that while “Austria used to […]