Dimitris Avramopoulos is a Greek politician of the conservative New Democracy party, and former career diplomat. He has served in various high-level cabinet posts, including Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for National Defence, and was Mayor of Athens from 1995 to 2002. Since 1 November 2014 he is serving as EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship in the Juncker Commission.
“It’s time to face the truth. We cannot and will never be able to stop migration,” writes EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, in a piece for POLITICO, published Monday entitled, “Europe’s Migrants Are Here to Stay”. [...] “They have found safety in Europe, but we also need to make sure they find a home,” he writes of refugees, going on to insist that programming Europeans to welcome mass migration is “not only a moral imperative”, but “also an economic and social imperative for our aging continent — and one of the biggest challenges for the near future”.
Quote from his speech addressing the American Jewish Committee: 'I recall that I was the Mayor of Athens to host the first Yad Vashem ceremony in the Athens City Hall, as an official act back in 1995. I can tell you I have lived moments that I will never forget. I have met martyrs, victims of the holocaust, and I still remember their words. I have also met Greeks who helped Jews in WWII, and I also remember their strong message: “Your generation should not permit this to happen again.”'
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