Migrants: Greece to offer 2,000-euro repatriation incentive

For 5,000 people, but only if arrived prior to January 1

13 March, 11:01

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 13 - Greece Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis and EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson agreed on the creation of an incentive for voluntary repatriation of migrants currently in Greece, during a meeting in Athens on Thursday.

    Greek media said the measure foresees an incentive of 2,000 euros valid for one month for 5,000 migrants who agree to voluntarily repatriate, and will be available only to those who were already in Greece as of January 1, in particular in overcrowded structures on the Aegean Islands.

    Mitarakis and Johansson said the repatriations will take place with the support of the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and European border agency Frontex.

    "It's an opportunity to reduce the pressure on the Greek islands," Johansson said.

    Mitarakis said these repatriations will be in addition to the operation to transfer 10,000 migrants from the islands to the Greek mainland, which should conclude by the end of March.(ANSAmed).

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