UK receives refugees from Greece, returns 130 Greeks stranded in London



Greece’s Migration Ministry announced the transfer of 50 refugees – including 16 unaccompanied minors and 34 adults – to the United Kingdom on Monday morning where they will be reunited with family members.

According to the announcement, the group will depart Athens ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ international airport at 9:00am in the presence of Alternate Migration and Asylum Minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos and UK Ambassador in Athens Kate Smith, as well as the Special Secretary for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors Irene Agapidaki.

The announcement noted that 130 Greeks currently stranded in London due to the lockdown measures will be returning to Athens on the return flight.

The flight was arranged during talks between Koumoutsakos and UK undersecretary for immigration compliance Christ Philp that led to the signature of a Greek-UK Strategic Action Plan for cooperation on tackling migration.