Mouzalas: “We will not turn our country into a refugee camp”

Mouzalas: “We will not turn our country into a refugee camp”

Athens, September 28, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

“We will not turn our country into a refugee camp”, said in an interview with the newspaper “Avgi”, the deputy immigration policy minister Yannis Mouzalas, adding that the ministry’s intention is to create shelters “as long as Europe proceeds with the relocation of 160,000 refugees”.

Evaluating the results of the recent EU summit on immigration, Mouzalas said that “in the last two years, under the pressure of the problem, Europe seems to be changing its policy, turning it into a more welcoming continent”, he points out.

Regarding the creation of new accommodation facilities in Greece, he says, “we have started and during the following period we will have such facilities” and especially in the regions of Attica and Lavrion, “while we constantly seek out new areas”.

Finally, Mouzalas makes it known that the Ministry is in close cooperation with the UNHCR to tackle the problem, and stressed that “we do not intend to use troops to forbid them from entering, nor to create concentration camps”.