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Greece creates new ministry to speed up migration policy

Greece creates new ministry to speed up migration policy

The Greek government said on Wednesday that migration policy will be implemented faster going forward, setting up a new ministry to help deal with a resurgence of migrant and refugee arrivals.

The government-appointed deputy Labor Social Affairs Minister Notis Mitarachi will head the new Ministry of Migration and Asylum, Reuters reports.

Until now, migration issues were managed by a department within the Civil Protection Ministry.

The new conservative government, elected in July, announced plans to close overcrowded refugee camps on Greek islands and replace them with more restrictive holding centers, mostly on the mainland. More border guards will be deployed to “shut the door” to any migrants not entitled to stay.