Greece celebrates International Migrants Day


Greece celebrates International Migrants Day

Author: | 18 December 2018

ATHENS, 18 DEC - Greece, the country within the EU which has arguably been most affected by the ongoing migrant crisis in the region, is celebrating International Migrants Day with a series of events, speeches and exhibitions on Tuesday.

Among the highlights is a special event called "Dreams do not have a homeland", organised by Greece's Ministry of Immigration Policy and the Special Secretariat for Communication Management of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information.

The Minister of Immigration Policy, Dimitris Vitsas, who has come under constant criticism from Human Rights groups as well as local governments and communities on the Aegean islands for the ongoing situation, will be a keynote speaker.

The secretary general at the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, Maria Giannakaki, said: "Immigration is a phenomenon inherent in humankind in its story. We aim for Immigration with dignity and respect for Human Rights." The event, which will also be attended by UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Greece Phillip Leklerk, features representatives of collectives and immigrant organizations living in Greece, as well as migrant children attending Greek schools submitting their personal narratives.

According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), there are nearly 60,000 refugees and migrants living in Greece, and although the flows of people have slowed in recent weeks due to the cold winter months, the country still faces a huge problem. Read more>>>