Brussels: Participation of the Minister for Migration and Asylum, Mr. Notis Mitarachi in the Emergency EU Council of Interior Ministers

N. Mitarachi: ‘’Greece clarifies that it does not want and will not become once again a gateway to the EU for those who choose to cross European Borders illegally’’

The Minister for Migration and Asylum, Mr. Notis Mitarachi travelled to Brussels in order to participate in the emergency meeting of the EU Council of Interior Ministers.

The Council focused on the recent developments in Afghanistan and their impact on migration flows to Europe

Following the emergency meeting of the EU Council of Interior Ministers, the Minister for Migration and Asylum Mr. Notis Mitarachi made the following statement:

‘’Europe has been following the recent developments in Afghanistan and the wider region. The emphasis that must be placed on supporting human rights, and in particular women's rights, is self-evident. Self-evident is also the need to safeguard coordinated support for both the neighboring countries of Afghanistan and the transit ones. Greece emphasizes and supports the need to form a common European stance on the crisis in Afghanistan. However, we make it clear in all tones that Greece does not want and will not again become an EU entry gate for those who choose to cross the European border illegally.’’

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