Chrisochoidis: 20,000 refugees to be transferred from Greek islands to the mainland by end-year

File photo: Mητέρες με παιδιά, πρόσφυγες από τη Συρία. EPA, NABIL MOUNZER

By the end of the year, refugee families numbering a total of at least 20,000 individuals will have been transferred from the Greek islands to the mainland, Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis was cited as saying by New Democracy (ND) party sources on Thursday.

Chrisochoidis disclosed the plan during a briefing of ND deputies on the basic regulations of a new draft bill on granting refugees asylum, which is currently on public consultation. The minister also responded to questions and addressed concerns of the MPs.

Citing Chrisochoidis, party sources said that the families will be distributed equally and housed in hotels and facilities.

ND’s parliamentary secretary Stavros Kalafatis said housing families in military camps was ruled out, while he added, “MPs had no problem in relation to their voting districts accepting refugees, especially since the minister assured them that there will be equal distribution among regions.”

Source: ANA-MPA

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