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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-01-12

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  • [01] Interior minister on immigration
  • [02] Lawyers to strike on Jan. 17
  • [03] Illegal immigrants arrested

  • [01] Interior minister on immigration

    Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Friday addressed Parliament during the debate on the report of the Inter-Party Committee for the observation of the phenomenon of immigration. "Immigration is a parameter of globalization and we must see it through the prism of peaceful co-existence of peoples. We are living the results of indifference for what is happening in states which are subject to dictatorship, war and poverty. Rules must be set, but they must not only be national ones," Pavlopoulos said.

    Pavlopoulos referred to the measures taken by the government for the lifting of the negative repercussions of the immigration phenomenon and the social incorporation of the immigrants. He attributed responsibility to Turkey for not responding to obligations stemming from the protocol regarding the return of immigrants to the country of origin, which it has signed with Greece.

    "Despite the existence of overwhelming data, the Turkish side usually refuses the re-entry or creates various problems of an operational nature for the purpose of its postponement," Pavlopoulos added.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

    [02] Lawyers to strike on Jan. 17

    Lawyers throughout Greece will go on a nationwide strike on January 17 within the framework of their action against the social security system.

    The decision was taken on Saturday by the Bar Associations coordinating committee.

    If until January 18 the Employment and Social Protection Ministry does not give answers to the matters concerning the lawyers, then the coordinating meeting has decided to convene anew on January 19 so as to plan on further strikes.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of protesting Greek lawyers marching to Parliament.

    [03] Illegal immigrants arrested

    A total of eleven illegal immigrants were arrested in Patras, Lesvos and Kos on Friday and Saturday. Two traffickers were also arrested.

    According to a Merchant Marine & Island Policy Ministry press release on Saturday, the Patras Port Authority on Friday arrested a trafficker, aged 32 and his co-driver aged 37, four transporting four illegal immigrants.

    The Lesvos Port Authority also arrested five illegal immigrants in the sea region 1.5 nautical miles off the island on Friday night.

    Early Saturday, a crew of a patrol boat arrested two illegal immigrants in the sea region of the island of Kos. The arrested claimed they had crossed over from Turkey in an inflatable dinghy.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of illegal immigrants arrested in Iraklio, Crete.

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