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24 hours without us

02 March 2010 / 13:03:50  GRReporter
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10. Concept, which is distributed by the media on receiving citizenship by immigrants. While the bill covers those people who live in Greece for years, they live in a hole and we need to give them legal existence. 

In turn, after a trip to Igoumenitsa lawyer Yoana Kourtovik shared her thoughts. In this city refugees expelled from Patras have now settled, who have assembled tents with nylon in the woods above the town. Igoumenitsa is one of the largest ports in Greece, from where ships depart for Italy. Many refugees hope to embark on a ship unnoticed and leave for Italy. 

"I want to close my eyes and imagine that one day the arrests will be empty and the police will prosecute only the unemployed, drug addicts and anarchists" said Mrs. Kourtovik. "A day without immigrants, which will cease to offer prosperity to our societies, so we can see how useful they are for their maintenance. Useful for the prosperity of our societies, with the roles and place given to them... I want to close my eyes and imagine a society where an Albanian can be a teacher and a Bangladeshi will be a doctor and this will be normal." 

"This initiative prompts Greeks to realize that this topic affects us for what we are and what we want to be," summarized the general secretary of the Ministry of Interior Andreas Takis. "The new law gives immigrants the opportunity to plan in the longer term, open their horizons and does not limit them to two years the permission to stay in the country, as it was until now. The bill refers to immigrants who reside legally within the country and gives a sign that guarantees residence to all those who hold a document in their hand." 

Finally, Vassilis Hronopoulos, who for years has been dealing with the website Diavatirio where he uploads all laws for legalization of migrants and employment laws, said: "The the slogan "we are all immigrants" I want to answer with something different – “we are all local” and I hope all of us will become citizens."

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