Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos had a meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens on April 7. Their statemets reflect common views on changes that are needed in EU migration policy.

The main issue is the redistribution of migrants and in this context, the change of Dublin II and Dublin III, while they agreed regarding solidarity with the people escaping areas of conflict and with the countries of the European South that bear the brunt of migration flows.

In statements to the press following their meeting, the premier said that Greece needs a foresighted national migration policy, integrated in the European strategy and framework. "Greece cannot be a soul repository; the problem needs to be shared," Tsipras said.

On his part, Avramopoulos said: "The European Commission is aware of the need for improvements to current regulations stipulating that undocumented migrants are returned to and processed by the country of first entry into the EU."
He agreed with the need for Greece to have a national strategy on migration and announced that next month he would present his report on migration and security.