Integration for legal migrants

Over half a million legal immigrants are set to benefit from a 26.2-million-euro program aimed at facilitating their integration into society. Presenting the Estia program yesterday, Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos said emphasis will be placed on teaching the Greek language to migrants and providing support to vulnerable groups, such as children, women and the handicapped. Pavlopoulos said efforts would also be made to inform immigrants about their rights and the possibilities available to them, as well as to raise awareness about migrant issues within society in order to combat racism and xenophobia. The program, which will benefit some 550,000 immigrants residing legally in Greece, is being 75 percent-funded by the European Union. The 3rd Global Forum on Migration and Development, to be held in Athens in November, will bring together dozens of organizations working to socially integrate migrants.

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