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Undocumented migrants to get residency of Greece: Details inside

02:49 PM | 27 Dec, 2023
Undocumented migrants to get residency of Greece: Details inside

ATHENS -  In a significant move hailed as a breakthrough for migrant rights, Greece has passed a  bill enabling undocumented migrants to acquire a three-year residency and work permit.

The legislation named 'Professional Insurance Reform' secured the support of 262 lawmakers in a 300-member parliament on Tuesday, and is aimed at addressing labor shortages by allowing migrants to fill vacant jobs.

Drafted by the center-right government, the legislation marks a turning point for undocumented workers in Greece though former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, amongst others opposed the bill, contending that it would attract undocumented immigrants.

Despite the objections, the New Democracy party enforced unity among MPs, directing them to vote in favor under threat of expulsion for dissenters.

Commenting on the outcome, Greek Immigration Minister Dimitris Kairidis hailed the parliamentary endorsement as a resounding vote of confidence in Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' administration. He emphasized Greece's approach, emphasizing both strict border control and a balanced immigration policy to facilitate legal immigration tailored to the nation's economic needs and societal priorities.

The newly passed amendment, geared towards undocumented migrants from non-EU nations, recognizes around 30,000 individuals employed irregularly for a minimum of three years. It also streamlines the entry of asylum-seekers into the Greek labor market, reducing the wait period from six to two months.

The legislation also defines eligibility criteria for the permit, encompassing those with job offers from Greek employers, individuals residing in Greece without a permit until November 30, 2023, and others with three years of continuous residency, infomigrants reported.

The application deadline for the permit is set for December 31, 2024, as Greece grapples with labor shortages following the departure of low-paid workers, including Albanians, to other European countries.

Nestled in southeastern Europe, Greece stands as a nation renowned for its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning Mediterranean landscapes. With a population surpassing 10 million, Greece is a coveted tourist destination, welcoming over 30 million visitors annually to explore its ancient ruins, idyllic islands, and azure coastlines. 

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PKR exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 22 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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