Greece revokes new police guidelines on migration control, says policy reform pending

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ATHENS, Greece — Greece's radical left-led government has revoked new police guidelines on migration control after a wave of criticism from the opposition, saying they were issued without prior consultation.

The police on Tuesday issued the guidelines, which say migrants caught entering Greece illegally shouldn't be detained and those already in detention should be freed.

The deputy minister for public order, Yiannis Panoussis, has previously pledged similar reforms, but said Wednesday the five week-old government is still formulating an immigration policy. He said he has ordered an investigation into why police issued the document without prior consultation.

Financially struggling Greece has for years attracted thousands of refugees and economic migrants seeking a better life in Europe, fuelling the meteoric rise of a Nazi-inspired party that is now Greece's third-largest.

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