Residents of the islands decreased by 81%

An 81% reduction in the number of people living on the islands is recorded in August 2021 compared to a year earlier, according to the monthly data of the Ministry of Immigration and Asylum.

Specifically, the population in August 2021 was 5,264, while a year earlier it was 27,576. Also, the total number of total residents in the territory is reduced by 49% compared to August 2020.

Arrivals in the first eight months of 2021 are reduced by 53% compared to the same period of 2020. On the islands arrivals are reduced by 78%. In addition, between January and August 2021, 7,841 people left for either Europe or third countries through relocation, deportation and return mechanisms.

The pending cases of the Asylum Service and the Appeals Authority record a decrease of 48% compared to the previous year (50,145 compared to 96,041 in August 2020). Of the 4,536 decisions issued in August 2021 in the first instance, 42% were deemed inadmissible, 21% were positive substantive decisions, 14% were substantive decisions and 23% were other administrative acts.

In the Helios accession program in the first eight months of 2021 there were 32,780 registered and 5,771 new leases were signed.

In terms of the initial issuance of a permanent investor residence permit (golden visa), the main country of origin of investors is China (69.3%), followed by Turkey (6.3%) and Russia (5.8%). ). The main countries of origin of immigrants with valid residence permits are Albania (63.1%), Georgia (4.4%) and China (4%). The total number of valid residence permits increased by 29.2% in August 2021 compared to 2020.

“The numbers reflect another Greece, which is not limited to the role of observer of migration flows but seriously controls who crosses the country’s borders and who has the right or not to stay here, under international law. “These conditions are now set by the Greek state and not the smugglers”, notes, among others, the Minister of Immigration, Notis Mitarakis.

Source: ΑΠΕ

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