The Minister of Immigration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis, tried to smooth over the negative impressions and outrage over agreements to legalize thousands of immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh in Greece.
Mr. Mitarakis indirectly confirmed the worst fears, but continues to put on a “good face on a bad game” when evaluating his visits to the two countries:
“A diplomatic visit to Pakistan is part of the negotiations and does not create a deal. The treaty will meet the needs of the primary sector and set strict limits on the number of inhabitants per year. The groundwork has been laid for the start of a technical dialogue to negotiate a possible agreement that will cover the return of illegal migrants and the establishment of legal migration routes.”
The minister maintains that no agreement has been signed, but acknowledges that the groundwork has been laid “to start a technical dialogue to negotiate a possible agreement that will cover the return of illegal migrants and the establishment of legal migration routes.”
At the same time, Mr. Mitarakis does not deny the possibility of migrants who illegally entered Greece joining the new mechanisms. But he ignores the answer to the question why the state of the economy of our country should depend on the laborers of immigrants from Pakistan, a close ally of Turkey.
On Bangladesh, the minister is even more optimistic, arguing that “Greece has opened the door to the European labor market.” The Ministry of Immigration and Asylum, in turn, confirms: the memorandum between the two countries “allows 15,000 residents and seasonal workers to work in agricultural work. According to the plan, every year they will leave Greece for 3 months, and after five years they will have to leave the country forever. How this happens in reality and what threatens Greece, shows bad experience in the UK.
That is, Notis Mitarakis acknowledges that these thousands of Bangladeshi migrants will be able to legally join the seasonal work permit regime under the new law. But most of all, the Minister was delighted with the phrase that “the use of immigrants already living in Greece for seasonal agricultural work will help relieve urban centers”!
The exultation of Pakistani migrants over the agreements during the visit of Notis Mitarakis to Islamabad becomes understandable. It turns out that Greece is quite legally “cultivating” the Pakistani community to the detriment of the Greeks, hiding behind economic expediency. But after all, everyone understands that in 10-20 years, or even less, the number of Muslim children in Greek schools will become prevalent. And what it threatens, no need to explain, writes edition newsbreak.gr.