Row over Greek minister’s proposal to seek investors among refugees

Greece’s Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas caused uproar on March 27 when he suggested potential investors may be found among refugees and migrants.

The minister added that the government could examine the economic profile of those arriving in Greece in search of potential investors.

Speaking on Skai TV, Mardas said “our job is to seek out investments and we’re looking everywhere, in the Middle East, the Far East and the United States.”

Mardas revealed that he will propose a scheme whereby the Greek authorities identify newcomers who have deposits in excess of 250 000 euro at foreign banks and would consider investing in Greece in exchange for “preferential treatment in the purchase of a house or as to their right to remain in the country”.

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