Refugees and illegal immigrants will receive COVID-19 vaccine

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There is no evidence that illegal immigrants and refugees have a higher proportion of COVID-19 infections compared to the general population, said the Minister of Immigration Policy, Notis Mitarakis.

The minister said "Of course they will be vaccinated."

At the same time, Mitarakis announced a bill to tighten return procedures.

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Notis Mitarakis.

Regarding immigration policy, he noted that out of the 37 existing migrant camps, 34 are SYRIZA's creation.

"The decongestion on the islands has been completed. We reached 34,000 [illegal immigrants] during SYRIZA. Now it's 12,000," he told MEGA.

Finally, he announced that there would be new migrant departures to Germany.

"140 people will leave on Wednesday. Within 1-2 months, 1,000 people would have left via direct flights from Lesvos to Germany," he said.

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Migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan protest against deportations in the hotspot migrant camp, formerly a detention centre, in Moria, Lesvos island, Greece, 05 April 2016. EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

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