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

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“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”