"We came back from a very difficult negotiation and we consider that we have had positive results," Alternate Minister for Migration Yiannis Mouzalas said late on Monday (26/10).
He noted that Greece rejected the proposal to set up a camp that would host 50,000-60,000 persons on the grounds that such camps have ceased to exist since the World War II. "We faced a lot of difficulties, but we succeeded," he underlined.
He explained that the 30,000 temporary hot spots are based on a plan of the previous government. More specifically, the plan provides for 7,000 hot spots of short-term accommodation on islands, 3,000 hot spots of temporary accommodation in Athens as well as the creation of two additional hot spots of temporary accommodation for 20,000 refugees.
Regarding the financing, he pointed out that the government has submitted a plan on full emergency funding, adding that the 5.9 million euros announced by the European Commission for both the hot spots and the transfer of refugees in Athens "is not enough."
As for the relocation, he noted that the first one will involve 30 persons that will be transferred from Greece to Luxembourg in mid-November.
Mouzalas will visit Lesvos and Chios on Tuesday.