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#535 | Migrant hunger strike ends in huge victory

CORRECTION 13:00 GMT+2, March 10 Contrary to the original reports (as re-posted here, see below) the work credits have not been completely disconnected from permanent residence status for the migrants. What has happened instead is that they have been significantly reduced (down from 200 to 120, a 40% decrease). This is still very significant and will help tens of thousands of people to get permanent residence.

 

As it has just been announced, the hunger strike of the 300 migrant hunger strikers has just ended, following some key government concessions in meeting their demands. As it has been agreed:

- the time limit for application for permanent residence in the country is now dropped to eight years (down from twelve).

- work credit (ensima) are disconnected from the application for permanent residence.

- all three-hundred migrant hunger strikers will be allowed to apply for 6-month rolling permits until the reach the 8-year limit in order to gain permanent residence.

This is a huge victory on the side of the hunger strikers who now see the road paved for tens of thousands of people to be able to live in the country without the fear of being undocumented.

5 Comments

  1. Babeouf wrote:

    The Greek government is sitting on a powder keg. Even the smallest spark may result in a huge social detonation. Even way over here I can smell their fear.

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
  2. STAY ALERT! wrote:

    Today, Thursday 10/3, the minister of Public Order stated that the government never agreed in a reduction of the time to give a residence permit from 12 to 8 years! He bluntly stated that the hunger strikers gave in and not the government. He was quite provocative in his statements, at least as reported by the Greek media… For this reason, we think that the solidarity movement should stay alert on the issue.

    http://griekenlandisoveral.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/griekse-regering-komt-mogelijk-terug-op-haar-afspraak-met-hongerstakers

    Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:52 am | Permalink
  3. SOLIDARITY TO 300! wrote:

    [ one comment on
    http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1271363 ]

    The Minister of Interior, Ragoussis, answered to the far-right-wing party in the parliament session of March 10th:
    ‘Legalization is not the preferable solution. Shortly, these immigrants will not appeal to the Ministry of Interior but to the Greek police on the “state of tolerance” status -and not residence permit. Then, no one except the police will have the power to speak about their future.’

    Friday, March 11, 2011 at 3:22 am | Permalink
  4. Für den globalen Kampf aller ProletarierInnen egal welcher Herkunft.
    Nieder mit allen Grenzen und Staaten.
    Für ein freies und gemeinschaftliches Leben in einer Staaten und klassenlosen Welt.

    Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 1:45 am | Permalink
  5. Für den globalen Kampf aller ProletarierInnen egal welcher Herkunft.

    Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 1:46 am | Permalink

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  5. Migrant Hunger Strike Ends in Victory « Fire and Flames on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 10:53 pm

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  12. Vertiskos | A Girl and Her Thumb on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 12:51 am

    [...] The Hunger Strike continues in Thessaloniki. We listen on the radio for news. We hear first that two women have been arrested for preventing doctors from giving the men food in hospital. Then something astonishing happens – the hunger strikers win! The strike is ended! Ok, they didn’t exactly get their demand of “unconditional legalisation for all migrants living and working in Greece” – but they did get rolling six month “tolerance” permits, until they have reached the new eight year work requirment to entitle them to stay permanently, with the ability to leave and return to Greece in the meantime. Many of the men have already been working in Greece for more than eight years and so will be legalised right away – more details here. [...]

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