Greece’s minister for migration says the federal government is planning a serious regularization program for migrants to satisfy urgent calls for within the labor market regardless of a current improve in unlawful arrivals
ByThe Related Press
September 26, 2023, 12:29 PM
Migrants sit exterior an ambulance after a rescue operation by a Greek coast vessel, on the port of Mytilene, on the northeastern Aegean Sea island of Lesbos, Greece, Monday, Aug. 28, 2023. Greek authorities say 4 folks died and 18 had been rescued Monday after a ship carrying migrants apparently sank northeast of the Greek island of Lesbos, which lies close to the Turkish coast. (AP Photograph/Panagiotis Balaskas)
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ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s minister for migration stated Tuesday that the federal government is planning a serious regularization program for migrants to satisfy urgent calls for within the labor market regardless of a current improve in unlawful arrivals.
Dimitris Kairidis instructed state-run radio that this system would goal an estimated 300,000 migrants who’re undocumented or whose residence permits have expired to assist handle acute labor shortages in agriculture, building and tourism.
Kairidis stated the plan — much like a 2020 reform in Italy — could be on the agenda of a nationwide safety assembly later Tuesday. The assembly, chaired by center-right Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and attended by Cupboard members and army leaders, additionally mentioned Greece’s army procurements program, the federal government stated.
“We don’t wish to create new incentives for additional unlawful (migrant) flows as a result of that’s the hazard,” the minister stated. “Alternatively, we wish to go from black to white … from undeclared to declared labor to spice up public income with employment taxes and contributions and assist handle dramatic (labor) shortages in sure sectors.”
Kairidis stated the shortages had been slowing landmark public works tasks, together with building of a subway system in Greece’s second-largest metropolis, Thessaloniki, and a brand new airport on the island of Crete.
The plans had been introduced amid a current surge in migrant arrivals from Turkey. Not less than 100 folks had been rescued off Greece’s jap islands on Tuesday.
Authorities stated 45 migrants – 14 males, 9 girls, 14 boys and eight women – had been discovered by the coast guard on a dinghy stranded close to Samos, with no others believed to be lacking.
One other 54 migrants had been picked up from one other flimsy boat off Lesbos, the coast guard stated, whereas two folks had been rescued off Kos, additional south.
Greece is searching for emergency monetary help from the European Union to deal with the current rise in arrivals.
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