Greece Refutes Report On US Plan To Resettle Migrants From Latin America

Greece has dismissed a CBS News report claiming that the United States is planning to refer some migrants in Latin America for resettlement in the Mediterranean country as part of an effort to deter them from traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to the report, the scheme would involve Greece and Italy accepting a small number of migrants processed at U.S.-established migration offices in four Latin American countries. These offices, known as Safe Mobility Offices, were set up last year to screen migrants hoping to reach the United States.

However, Greek Migration Minister Dimitris Kairidis took to X (formerly Twitter) on Friday to refute the report, stating, “The CBS report is untrue. There is neither an agreement nor a request from the U.S. to resettle legal immigrants in Greece.”

Greece has been a key entry point for migrants and refugees from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia seeking to enter the European Union since 2015, when nearly 1 million people arrived on its islands, causing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and straining the country’s hosting capacity.

While migrant flows through Greece had significantly decreased, they have recently resurged, prompting the conservative government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis to implement tighter border surveillance measures. Kairidis emphasized that Greece’s migration policy is effective, respecting both the law and human life.

As part of an EU-wide effort to curb irregular immigration, which has fueled the rise of far-right popularity, Italy has reached an agreement with Albania to establish migrant processing centers, drawing comparisons to Britain’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.

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