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Cyprus Internet Directory [ DISY: no comprehensive migrant policy ]

DISY: no comprehensive migrant policy

George Psyllides

DISY yesterday accused the government of lacking a comprehensive and balanced policy to tackle the migration issue.

“We believe there have been serious gaps, mistakes and omissions in tackling the problem,” DISY chief Nicos Anastassiades said yesterday.

The opposition leader accused the government of trying to deal with a serious and multidimensional problem with erratic and fragmented actions when a strategic and comprehensive plan should have been in place.

Anastassiades was quick to add however that the absence of a comprehensive government policy did not “in any way justify extreme manifestations and actions against migrants, which cultivate xenophobia and racism.”

“The solution is not for anyone who feels aggrieved to take the law unto their hands but neither we can call all those who react racists,” Anastassiades told a news conference.

The DISY leader presented his party’s proposals on the matter, which among other things provide for stricter sentences for those employing migrants illegally, including their exclusion from European programs and public contracts.

DISY also proposes the immediate deportation of migrants implicated in criminal activities and effect re-entry agreements with the countries the migrants come from.

And more emphasis should be put on language programmes for the smoother integration of legal migrants into the Cypriot society, Anastassiades said.

The opposition leader stressed that integration of migrant children into the education system was another crucial chapter.

“The inability of those formulating the policies to manage the migration phenomenon rationally unfortunately allows the rise of ghettos and conflicts in schools,” Anastassiades said.

He added that no particular measures have been taken in pre-school education, to integrate foreign children and suggested translators to be assigned to help brief the parents.

The integration of foreign children in the schools would also necessitate the involvement of psychologists who can provide support, Anastassiades said.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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