1st EDITION OF THE NEWSLETTER ON THE REFUGEE-MIGRATION ISSUE PUBLISHED BY THE SPECIAL SECRETARIAT FOR CRISIS MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION OF THE MINISTRY OF DIGITAL POLICY, TELECOMMUNICATION AND MEDIA.

1st EDITION OF THE NEWSLETTER ON THE REFUGEE-MIGRATION ISSUE

PUBLISHED BY THE SPECIAL SECRETARIAT

FOR CRISIS MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION OF THE MINISTRY OF DIGITAL POLICY, TELECOMMUNICATION AND MEDIA.

The Secretariat for Crisis Management Communication of the Ministry of Digital Policy,

Telecommunications and Media proceeded to the first for 2018 edition of the Newsletter concerning the situation of refugees and migrants in Greece.

The Newsletter, which is being issued periodically, is aiming at informing the public opinion on all issues related to the management of the refugee-migration issue

The current issue has been prefaced by the Minister for Migration Policy, Dimitris Vitsas, as well as, by the Secretary for Crisis Management Communication, Foteini Pantiora.

In his address, Mr. Vitsas refers to the role, initiatives, organization and actions undertaken by the state in cooperation with the EU. and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, from the very first moment, when our country was called upon to deal with the migration –refugee issue.

He points out, among others, that the Ministry for Migration Policy’s priorities for the immediate future are focused on the implementation of major infrastructure projects on the islands, aiming at enhancing the every day life of the inhabitants, at relieving the burden of the island’s reception and identification centers until the fulfillment of EU-Turkey Statement requirements, as well as, speeding up the procedure for examining asylum requests.

In her address, Mrs Pantiora notes, inter alia, that the initiatives of the greek authorities, regarding the urgent needs of refugees and migrants, are being constantly supported, underlining the active involvement of local communities and voluntary organizations. She, also, points out, that apart from numerical and statistical data, the refugee is primarily a humanitarian one.

In the current Newsletter information is provided on:

• Refugee-migration flows

• The Asylum Service and the examination of the A and B instance asylum applications

• The European Relocation and Reunification Program

• Actions in the Health Sector (vaccinations -access of refugees-immigrants to the NHS)

• Initiatives to prevent gender violence and violence against women

• The participation of refugee children in public education

• Financing issues