The number of asylum seekers and migrants leaving Greece was twice the total arrivals in the first five months of 2021, according to data from the Ministry of Migration and Asylum released Wednesday.
A total of 4,951 people either left for European countries or were sent to non-EU countries through deportation and return mechanisms for third-country nationals.
During the same period, 2,981 arrivals of illegal migrants claiming refugee status were recorded to the Aegean Islands and the border in Evros, a 68% decrease compared to arrivals in the first five months of 2020 (9,421 people).
As for the permanent residence permit for investors (“Golden Visa”), the first place in the list of recipients was taken by Chinese citizens (71%), followed by Turkish citizens (6.2%) and Russian citizens (5.5%).
In a statement, Minister of Migration and Asylum Notis Mitarakis said that “an important chapter of the national migration strategy for 2020-2021 is deportation and return. A new bill prepared by the ministry will be released for public consultation in the next few days to this end. ”