Migration and Struggle in Greece

UNHCR Greece stresses the need for protection of refugees according to international conventions

Posted by clandestina on 17 June 2009

In a meeting with Coalition of the Left, of Movements and Ecology (SYN) President Alexis Tsipras, on behalf of the UNHRC, Giorgos Tsarbopoulos referred to Greece’s specific international obligations under the Geneva Convention to guarantee facilities for the reception and hospitality of people requesting asylum. He stressed that it is a mistake to use the term ‘illegal immigrant’ indiscriminately, pointing out that there are specific countries that produce refugees, such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. People coming from these countries should be treated as asylum seekers and there should be reception structures to cater to their immediate needs, he stressed.

source: ANA MPA

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