ATHENS – The agency responsible for handling asylum requests in Greece, with more set to be approved, said it can’t handle the demand because of staff shortages.
Officials said the problems have been caused by 30 former municipal policeman who had been assigned to the service being recalled.
The officers were appointed to the asylum service after the municipal police was shut down in 2013 and workers moved around to other jobs.
But the new coalition government led by the Radical Left SYRIZA, which wants a big jump in asylum approvals, is moving the cops back to municipal policing duty and back to their old jobs.
That comes as Greece is being besieged with waves of illegal immigrants pouring in by the seas, mainly from Africa and the Middle East, as well as by land on its borders with Turkey and Eastern Europe.
Alternate Citizens’ Protection Minister Yiannis Panousis on May 25 signed an agreement in Sofia, with his Bulgarian and Turkish peers, aimed at tackling irregular immigration.