Alexis Tsipras & EU Commissioner Avramopoulos conclude meeting focused on migrant inflows
A meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos was held on Friday at the Maximos Mansion in Athens where it was discussed the issue of managing migrant and refugee inflows, particularly with the help of the European Commission.
The meeting at the government headquarters of Maximos Mansion was also attended by Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas.
“The EU-Turkey agreement must be retained and enforced so that migrant returns to Turkey are accelerated, while the temporary centres housing them must expand in capacity,” Avramopoulos stated following the meeting earlier in the day.
He also placed emphasis on the need to “complete improvement and upgrading works in infrastructure and in security measures for unaccompanied minors, especially by increasing their housing facilities.” The use and absorption of European Union funds set aside for Greece for migrants and refugees must be constant, through national programmes, he added.
The meeting is one of a regular series of updates held on a regular basis by the EU commissioner with the government.
The EU-Turkey agreement of 2016 aimed at stopping the flow of irregular migration via Turkey to Europe. Under the agreement, Turkey would accept back all irregular migrants and asylum seekers from the Greek islands whose applications had been rejected, in exchange for Europe waiving the visa requirements of Turkish nationals and providing an initial 3 billion euros towards the resettlement of migrants in Turkey. The agreement went into effect on March 20, 2016.