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Greece to Open 50,000 Jobs in Tourism Sector for Greek Expats & Ukrainian Refugees

Given the aggressive situation happening in Ukraine, Greece has decided to show its solidarity by opening 50,000 jobs in the tourism sector to Greek expats and Ukrainian refugees.

Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced in a press release on February 28 that last year more than 50,000 surpluses were not covered by the local market, reports.

“Can these people be accommodated with dignity, with European contracts, collective labor contracts and assistance in this sector,” he said, inferring that these jobs could be filled by Ukrainian refugees and Greek expatriates.

According to Kikilas, until May 28, flights from Russia to Europe will be banned for three months, as he also announced that there is still no information on how much Greek tourism will be affected. He also stressed that they are very concerned about the situation in Ukraine but that they will do their best to bring all visitors, travelers and tourists from all over the world to Greece.

The minister also said that what is happening in Ukraine is unacceptable, expressing hope for the success of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.

“However, at this moment, the main thing and which is in our minds and hearts, I think all Greeks, is the humanitarian approach to the situation,” the minister said.

In accordance with the European directive, the minister also added that the European Council of Home Affairs is expected to define the exact terms and conditions on Thursday.

Only within the first four days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Slovakia received about 26,000 Ukrainians.

“From Thursday, February 24, 2022, from 6 a.m. to Sunday, February 27, 2022 until 6 a.m., 25,935 people entered the territory of the Slovak Republic from Ukraine. The statement published by the ministry revealed that most of the people crossed the border crossings at Vyshnye Nemeki (13645) and Opli (10,715). ).

In this regard, its neighboring EU countries, Romania and Hungary offered their support, opening their doors to many citizens of Ukraine.

Similarly, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, contrary to their immigration rules, have opened their doors to Ukrainian citizens.

In addition, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson noted that EU countries are already hosting about 300,000 Ukrainian refugees, while this number is expected to rise next week.

The majority of EU countries, including the Netherlands, Norway, France, Switzerland, Ireland and Latvia, advise their citizens not to travel to the conflict zone.

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