Migration Minister: Greece Will Keep 30,000-40,000 Refugees

mouzalas_migraGreek Deputy Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas said that 30,000-40,000 refugees will stay in Greece for a long time.

Mouzalas headed a meeting on the migration issue in Thessaloniki. He said that the makeshift migrant camp in Idomeni, on the Greek-FYROM border, will be evacuated by May 30.

However, the Deputy Minister did not specify how the evacuation will be carried out. He stated though that no force will be used to remove the refugees from the area. It should be noted that thousands of stranded migrants are at Idomeni since November in the hope that FYROM will open its borders again.

In the past two months, migrants have occupied the railway line at Idomeni blocking train traffic to and from FYROM completely. Mouzalas asked for the help of NGOs to persuade migrants to leave Idomeni and move to proper migrant hospitality facilities.

According to Thessaloniki Mayor Yannis Boutaris, Mouzalas told him that 30,000-40,000 refugees will remain in Greece and for a long time.

“What matters is that we should get organized so that these people will feel like home, and this is my belief as well,” Boutaris said after the meeting.