Mitsotakis: Migration flows decreased to 15,000 people in 2020 from 72,000 in 2019

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during his visit today to the Ministry of Immigration and Asylum that illegal migration flows into Greece had significantly decreased from 2019 to 2020.

“From 72,000 in 2019, they decreased to about 15,000 in 2020 and have been reduced to just 2,500 in the first four months of 2021,” Mitsotakis said.

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“This is an impressive reduction,” the Prime Minister added.

Mitsotakis also stressed that there are no more unaccompanied children in conditions like those of the former Moria camp which became a hub for migrant criminality, including murder and rape.

Minister of Immigration and Asylum, Notis Mitarachi also revealed that the aim of reducing illegal migrant flows into Greece is to end the country being a “gateway for smuggling networks.”

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“We managed to reduce flows by 80% in 2020 and by 73% in the first four months of 2021,” he said.

“Our second goal is to drastically reduce the effects of the migration crisis on local communities, especially in remote Greece and the peninsular islands of the Eastern Aegean,” the minister added.

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