Greek Parliament Passes New Migration Code

greek parliamentThe Greek Parliament late Tuesday night passed a draft law concerning principles of the migration code.

The new bill was supported by New Democracy, PASOK (ELIA) and DIMAR, but rejected by Independent Greeks (ANEL), Golden Dawn, and the Greek Communist Party (KKE). Opposition party SYRIZA abstained.

SYRIZA representative Vassiliki Katrivanou said the new draft law was positive yet modest. She condemned the article denying Greek citizenship to foreigners who have served a prison sentence, calling it “racist and dangerous.”

Deputy Interior Minister Leonidas Grigorakos said the bill will “fight bureaucracy, take measures to protect families, give incentives to long-term residents of Greece and offer the opportunity to their children who are in school to the right to work.”

Grigorakos added that although the draft law will not solve all of Greece’s migration problems, “it gives an opportunity to settle long-standing problems in our society,” adding that he is open to suggestions.