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Migration on Europe's Southern shores: PACE sub-committee makes a visit to the Greek-Turkish border

Strasbourg, 11.01.2013 - The members of the Ad hoc Sub-Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the large-scale arrival of irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees on Europe's Southern shores, accompanied for part of the visit by PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon, will make a fact-finding visit to Greece from 14 to 16 January.

They will first visit the Greek-Turkish border (in the Evros region) and then Athens. Their programme is to include a visit of several detention centres and talks with the Speaker of Parliament, the Minister of Public Order and Citizens Protection, the Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (in charge of migration issues).

The delegation will also meet representatives of local and police authorities, Frontex, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration and NGOs.