Both parties are often described as “centrist” or “liberal” by Greek and international media. However, while Drassi’s position on immigration is quite liberal (naturalizing all immigrant children born in Greece, legalizing all long-term residents and granting them the same civil and labour rights and benefits as Greek citizens), the stated position of Dimiourgia Xana on the topic of immigration is rather extreme and xenophobic. It includes:
- Building a fence with repulsion systems, surveillance cameras and thermal detection along Greece’s borders,
- Joint border patrols of the army, police, FRONTEX and borderguards,
- Satellite monitoring of sea boundaries and patrolling by light vessels of the Coastguard and Navy,
- Activation of citizen militias on Greek islands, with voluntary participation,
- Immediate deportation of those migrants who are not protected by international treaties (meaning who do not come from warzones and have not applied for political asylum),
- Undertaking an international initiative jointly with other countries affected by illegal immigration (Italy, France, Spain) to change relevant international treaties and repel the Dublin II agreement,
- Abolishing all regulations (such as health care benefits and pension rights for immigrants) that grant more privileges to immigrants than Greeks,
- Using those immigrants who cannot be deported as cheap labour in special economic zones which would also be their area of residence,
- Limiting naturalization to second-generation immigrants whose parents have already been legally in Greece for 15 years at the time of their birth. Those children would be eligible for citizenship at age 15 (meaning that their parents have spent at least 30 years in the country). In order to obtain citizenship, they would have to sit for examinations to verify that they have sufficient knowledge of a number of topics, including the Greek language, history and culture.
Update 2 (Tuesday 22 May): The vanishing webpage has reappeared on the Dimiourgia Xana website.