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PM chairs meeting on migration policy

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Monday chaired a meeting on migration policy, attended by the ministers for public order and citizen protection, defence and shipping. The meeting focused on a plan for tackling an anticipated wave of migration from strife-torn Syria, presented by the three ministries involved.

The Greek government has made no secret of its concern that the unrest in Syria will lead to a massive influx of immigrants into the country and is trying to prepare contingency plans to deal with the problems.

Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias, Defence Minister Panos Panagioto-poulos and Shipping Minister Kostas Mousouroulis presented their proposals to the prime minister, while the meeting is set to continue at the national defence ministry later in the day.

The aim is to ensure that the country's borders are properly guarded but also ensure that there is necessary intervention on a European level to guard borders in Turkey and Cyprus, two countries that could act as a conduit for migrants arriving in Greece.


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