Legalization imminent for migrants’ children

The children of migrants in Greece will soon be given legal status in the country as long as they have been to school here and speak Greek, Deputy Interior Minister Thanassis Nakos said yesterday. Nakos said he is likely to issue a ministerial decision next week to launch the legalization process, correcting a legal loophole that has so far prevented the children of some foreigners from living in Greece legally. The deputy minister made the comments during an immigration conference on the island of Samos. The head of the Hellenic Migration Policy Institute (IMEPO), Alexandros Zavos, said during the same conference that the Interior Ministry is considering a proposal to create a watchdog to train civil servants on immigration issues. The body will also be responsible for supplying migrants with information.