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Greek Authorities Arrest 77 Illegal Immigrants in Mykonos

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Greek authorities arrested 77 migrants trying to enter the country illegally in the sea area of Mykonos.
The migrants – 53 men, 12 women and 12 children – were picked up by a coast guard vessel and transferred to the island’s main port.
Reports said police had arrested another 56 undocumented migrants on the island. No information was immediately available on the migrants’ nationalities.
A few weeks ago, Greece’s Public Order and Citizen Protection Minister Vassilis Kikilias, in statements to the ANA-MPA from Milan where he was attending an EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers’ Council, stressed the need for a joint European Union approach to illegal immigration.
“We consider that it’s very important not to focus all the attention and the discussion on the issue of illegal immigration just on the flow coming from central Africa to Europe because there are particularly strong pressures in the southeastern Mediterranean basin that Greece is burdened with, almost entirely,” he added.
The Minister pointed out the crucial importance of the European border agency Frontex and the problems caused by a 50% reduction in total funding for Frontex’s activities in Greece.
Kikilias noted that there was a visible increase in the flow of illegal immigrants, especially across Greece’s sea borders.
“For this reason we stressed that there must be an affinity between European countries, with common rights and obligations for everyone, given that this is a European issue concerning Europe’s borders,” he said, adding that there should be joint responsibility, coordination and funding to deal with the phenomenon.
Kikilias presented statistics showing an increased flow of migrants to Greece from all countries of origin, including those with long-term problems, especially Syria.

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