The migration policy ministry is planning to set up an observatory that will seek to predict refugee and migratory flows.
The observatory will be an organisation that, in collaboration with ministries, universities and international organisations, will gather, process and analyse data indicating the migration and refugee flows that Greece should expect.
Ministry Secretary-General Costas Papadimitriou explained that the observatory is based on “the concept of the operational strategy, which means that the ministry does not respond to the developments, as has been the case so far, but it anticipates them and prepares for them, for example by appointing staff at the Reception and Identification Centres.”
“The migratory phenomenon is multifactorial and its treatment must be done with complex tools,” he added.
The new organisation will also fund research into several issues related to the refugee problem.
The operation of the Observatory has been funded by the countries of the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein).
Planning for the observatory is to be completed by June, so that implementation can begin in the second half of 2019 and it can go into operation by the end of the year.
The ministry has not yet decided on the organisational structure of the observatory and is currently in talks with Norway on this issue. In fact, a ministerial delegation will visit Norway in February to see how a corresponding agency at the Norwegian Ministry of Justice is set up.