Greek Prime Minister chairs government meeting on refugee crisis

Μigration is an extremely critical issue for the entire Europe, and not only for Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday said before the meeting on the refugee crisis.

Tsipras said that Greece is Europe’s border and receives massive refugee flows. This will prove if there is prospect of a Europe of solidarity, he added.

He stressed that there should be consultation with Turkey because we receive 2 million refugees from there and the same consultation should be made with other countries such as Syria and Libya.

Greece is in crisis, the Greek prime minister said, adding that the flows of migrants-refugees are beyond our capabilities and the country faces difficulty in dealing with them without European help. “We want and we make every effort to help them, but there must be a direct response from the EU,” the prime minister underlined.

The meeting is held in the office of Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou and is attended by Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Minister of State for Coordinating Alekos Flambouraris, Alternate Minister for Civil Protection Yannis Panousis, Alternate National Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas and Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili.