GREECE HAS A NEW GOVERNMENT. WHAT WILL THAT MEAN FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES?


On 7th of July, Greece held elections to vote a for a new parliament. The conservative party "Nea Dimokratia" (New Democracy) won in a landslide victory and will be able to rule the country on its own. In the post’s picture you can see the new prime minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis. So far not much is known about the new government’s plans for immigration and asylum procedures. In the pre-election program, Nea Dimokratia stated that they wanted to enforce border security, process asylum applications faster and reduce the number of asylum seekers on the Greek islands. There are also thoughts of creating closed Reception and Identification Centers for asylum seekers. If and how they will implement these ideas is still unclear. We will keep you updated about any new developments regarding the position of the new government on issues of migration and asylum.

Source (only in Greek): https://nd.gr/grammateies/programmatos

Picture by Νέα Δημοκρατία