Greece set to relax rules for residence renewal

Deputy Labor Minister Anna Dalara confirmed on Thursday that the government is examining ways of relaxing requirements for economic migrants to renew their residence permits.

«A law-making committee is looking at two things: reducing the number of social security credits needed, especially in some types of work where it is impossible for them to be collected; and at imposing tough sanctions on employers who do not register their workers, not just migrants,» Dalara told Vima radio.

There is concern that the impact of the economic crisis and rising unemployment means that some immigrants living in Greece legally will fall short of the number of social insurance credits require.

However, Dalara insisted that the government would expel migrants from the country if they do not have the proper documents or if they do not meet the necessary requirements.

«We have laws and this means that some people will have to go,» she said.

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