Asylum service

Greece’s Minister of Asylum and Migration Notis Mitarachi announced on Thursday that employees from its Asylum service have staged a strike in defence of colleagues.

Union representative said they were protesting the ministry’s failure to renew the contracts of 17 employees, even though the ministry had already renewed some 629 contracts to April 2021.

Minister Notis Mitarachi said that the contracts of the 17 workers could not be renewed “due to unsurpassed administrative and legal hurdles,” a fact which, he added, was explained during his meeting with union representatives earlier in the day.

Meanwhile Alternate Minister of Migration and Asylum George Koumoutsakos announced on the same day that Switzerland will contribute 1.1 million Swiss Francs to help the migration issue in Greece and will assume the resettlement of 22 unaccompanied refugee minors from Greece.

According to the Minister the funds will be managed through the Church of Greece, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Red Cross.