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From the article, the problem appears to be Greek bureaucrats such as Maria Stavropoulou, the former head of the Greek asylum service, and how they are interpreting Greek law and European directives. She is choosing to side against the Greek people by stating only 16% of asylum seeking migrants can be sent back to Turkey.


Just 16 percent of asylum seekers who undertook the journey to Greece can be returned to Turkey under Greek law and European directives, Maria Stavropoulou, the former head of the Greek asylum service, has told Kathimerini.

“Given what we know about Turkey, those who can be shipped back are mostly Syrians, who enjoy a high level of protection,” said Stavropoulou, adding that the agency has ruled that 2,200 Syrians can be returned from Greece to Turkey on safe third country grounds.

“However, due to appeals and cancellation requests the process can take a very long time,” she said.


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Athens - capital of Greece - is in the middle of the map below.

49.2° N
1.3° E
46.3° E
26.7° N


Athens, Greece

Greece (GR) is estimated to have a population of 10.9 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of -0.4% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will decrease by 0.2 million.