Greek police officials meet Afghan officials to discuss migration, return of nationals

High-level officials of the Greek police met with top Afghan officials to discuss the management of Afghan migrants living in the country and the return of those whose asylum application will be rejected, in a meeting which is significant in the management of migration, the citizen protection ministry said on Thursday.

According to information, the Afghan government is preparing to open a diplomatic mission in Athens, which will greatly facilitate Greece’s efforts to return failed asylum seekers. The country currently only has diplomatic missions in Brussels and Sofia.

The Afghan delegation was headed by the Director General of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mirwais Samadi, while the Greek side was headed by Lieutenant General Zacharoula Tsirigoti, who is Head of Immigration and Border Protection Division.

The foreign dignitaries were briefed about the number of Afghan migrants residing on the islands and mainland Greece and then both sides suggested ways to manage issues that arise from their residence in the country and the procedure to return irregular migrants.