ATHENS — "Our country has come under an orchestrated attack from the industry of human-trafficking rings that smuggle migrants. It is the target of organised propaganda. It is obvious that Greece is protecting its borders with complete respect for the international and European framework," Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi stated on Monday in parliament. He was responding to a question by opposition MeRA25 MP Kriton Arsenis, who claimed there were reports of migrants disappearing after their arrival in Greece, while according to Coast Guard data, roughly 4,000 migrant arrivals have not been recorded.
"There is no record of any such incident. It is evident that if there are specific complaints or specific evidence, this will be investigated by independent authorities and justice," Mitarachi said.
He also noted that "there is an organised effort from the trafficking industry, which lost millions in profits, to put pressure on Greece, which in 2021 managed to reduce migrant flows by 90 percent in comparison with 2019."