Priti Patel met with key members of the Greek government to discuss shared challenges on illegal migration and serious organised crime.
Starting in Athens, the Home Secretary met with Minister of Citizens’ Protection Michalis Chrisochoidis, where they reaffirmed their commitment to continuing to work together to address the challenges Greece and the UK face from terrorism and organised crime.
She also met with Shipping and Island Policy Minister Ioannis Plakiotakis, discussing Greece’s response to the scale and threat posed by small boat crossings in the Aegean and the involvement of organised immigration crime gangs in those crossings.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
The Home Secretary then travelled to the island of Samos with Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis where she went out on patrol with the Hellenic Coastguard.
She heard first-hand accounts of those working on the front line and an overview of the methods the Hellenic Coastguard are using to save lives at sea whilst also preventing small boats illegally entering Greek waters. On Wednesday morning, she visited a newly constructed reception centre for migrants on the island, hearing from Minister Mitarakis about the latest asylum reforms the Greek government had brought forward. Before departing, the Home Secretary also met with Minister of State Gerapetritis.