Statement of the Secretary for Crisis Management Communication of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media for the unacceptable racist conduct and attacks against migrants and refugees – 20 March 2019

UNHCR/Socrates Baltagiannis

In response to the violent racist conduct and attacks against refugees and migrants, the Secretary for Crisis Management Communication of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Mrs. Fotini Pantiora, stated the following:
“We express our abhorrence and condemn in the most absolute way the violent, atrocious actions of xenophobia and racism against refugees and migrants that occurred lately. All the more so, when these criminal actions turn against unprotected unaccompanied minors, as was the case in Konitsa.
It is our foremost duty to identify the perpetrators of these illegal actions and bring them to justice.
Regarding the behavior of certain parents on Samos island that insist on refusing to send their children to school because refugee children residing on the island attend classes there as well, we underline that education for all children is our absolute principle, without exception and discrimination.
We would like to remind that in the school year 2018-2019, approximately 12,500 refugee children attend classes in schools, a fact proving that the government, the educational community and the vast majority of Greek society professes the values of humanity and solidarity, isolating minority voices of extreme fanaticism and intolerance”.