Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Speech at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, on 28th September 2018 in New York


“Greece was the country that, per capita, carried the heaviest burden in Europe from the refugee crisis, as over 1.2 million people arrived on its islands within a period of a few months”.

  • “We had to deal with the highest refugee flows in post-war European history. We did this while respecting international law and human rights. At the same time, though, we supported a difficult but necessary EU-Turkey Joint Declaration”.
  • “We did not give in to nationalist and xenophobic calls for push-backs at sea or a superficial asylum process leading to an overall rejection of applications […] We strongly criticized those European countries declining responsibility in taking up their fair share of the burden. Those countries which see unity in rights but not in fulfilling responsibilities”
  • “The people of Greece, despite their difficulties, opened their arms to incoming refugees and migrants, showing the world what solidarity means. Meanwhile, our asylum authority – which didn’t even exist five years ago – deals today with the highest per capita number of applicants in Europe. […]Deaths in the Aegean have been almost eliminated and migrant flows have radically declined”.
  • “We must support the Global Compact for Migration, […]It means – particularly as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – pushing forward the human rights agenda […]As Greece has done: by granting citizenship to second generation immigrants born and raised in our country”