111 refugees from Syria, including 36 unaccompanied children, left on Monday from the Athens International airport for Finland under the relocation programme. Alternate Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas was at the airport to attend the refugees’ departure.
On November 4 it will be the first anniversary of the first group of refugees who left Greece for Luxembourg that inaugurated the relocation programme for Greece. Mouzalas said that 5,000 persons have left from Greece to other European countries in the last year while 7,500 are ready to leave but either they are not accepted by other EU member states or the relocation procedure is delayed.
“Europe has assumed the responsibility to conduct 30,000 relocations within 2016. We are ready, but Europe is not proceeding as it has been committed to do so,” stated Mouzalas and asked from Europe to stop the hypocricy with the refugees and to meet its commitments.
Asylum service director Maria Stavropoulou explained that Finland has already accepted 430 refugees, it is interested in accepting unaccompanied children but it does not accept Iraqi nationals.
170 refugees is scheduled to leave for France next Thursday which is the country that accepts the higher number of refugees’ relocations.