Greece: turmoil over alleged changes in immigration policy

04 March, 16:30

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, MARCH 4 - Greek deputy Citizen Protection Minister Yiannis Panousis reacted strongly to a police document that circulated on Tuesday regarding "new policy on migrant detention procedures." The document, as GreekReporter website writes, states that illegal immigrants arrested in the Greek borders will not be detained but will be given renewable permits to stay in Greece.

    The deputy minister called an emergency press conference where he stated that the document is withdrawn. He said that such documents should bear the minister's signature but instead the particular document was signed by a police higher-up who has no authority signing such documents, especially without notifying the minister. He also called for an immediate investigation and asked for the resignation of those responsible for composing and circulating the document. Panousis said the document was the work of provocateurs and spoke of a "jungle of misinformation" that should be eliminated. He also said it is suspicious that the former prime minister and head of the opposition Antonis Samaras made statements and reacted so quickly in condemning the alleged change in immigration policy. (ANSAmed).

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