Greek Migration Official Quits, Blasts Refugee Center Disorder

A refugee detention center in Greece

ATHENS – Greece’s General Secretary for Refugees has quit with a parting shot at his government for failing to deal with a growing crisis.

Odysseas Voudouris stepped down after he said Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas had not implemented regulations aimed at improving the management of reception centers housing almost 60,000 refugees and migrants trapped in the country with the suspension of a European Union swap deal with Turkey because of an overwhelming of asylum applications.

Voudouris said that the detention centers are “ungoverned” and claimed that Mouzalas had not allowed him to appoint directors to the facilities.

He also hinted at the mismanagement of funding for refugees. “Norway spends 12,000 euros a year for each refugee and Greece spends 15,000,” he said, according to Kathimerini.