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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-06-29

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  • [01] Thousands of illegal migrants eye voluntary return programme
  • [02] Bank deposits suffer massive outflow in May
  • [03] Stocks rally on Friday

  • [01] Thousands of illegal migrants eye voluntary return programme

    AMNA / Roughly 8,800 non-EU foreign nationals who illegally entered Greece have registered so far with the Voluntary Return and Readmission programme, based on figures made public on Friday by the Greek office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

    According to available figures, 7,052 are illegal migrants, 1,661 are asylum seekers and 106 have applied for asylum but have been turned down. Of those, 7,677 are adult men, 462 adult women and 680 minors.

    Already, 3,848 illegal migrants have left Greece voluntarily and were repatriated.

    The programme was launched in Greece in 2010 financed by the European Return Fund and supported by the Greek citizen protection ministry.amna

    [02] Bank deposits suffer massive outflow in May

    AMNA / Bank deposits suffered the largest capital outflow since the beginning of the crisis in May as political uncertainty in the country resulted to a massive withdrawals of bank deposits, the Bank of Greece announced on Friday.

    The central bank, in a monthly report, said bank deposits fell by 8.6 billion euros in May 2012 to a total of 157.4 billion euros from 166 billion euros a month earlier. The previous largest monthly outflow was 6.8 billion euros in October 2011.amna

    However, the situation in the banking sector has begun improving since the formation of a new cooperation government. Banking sources said that around 3.0 billion euros returned to Greek banks in the period since June 20, when the new government was sworn in.

    [03] Stocks rally on Friday

    AMNA / Stocks rallied on Friday, in line with other European markets, after news that an EU Summit agreed on urgent measures to support European banks and to boost growth with a package of 120 billion euros.

    Bank shares were at the focus of buying attention with the relative index rising more than 12 pct. The composite index of the market jumped 5.68 pct to end at 611.16 points, for a net gain of 0.45 pct in the week. The index, however, is down 10.18 pct so far this year.amna

    Turnover was an improved 51.923 million euros. The Big Cap index jumped 7.4 pct and the Mid Cap index ended 6.83 pct higher. All sectors moved higher with Banks (12.73 pct), Utilities (9.43 pct) and Travel (8.23 pct) scoring the biggest percentage gains. Eurobank (15.85 pct), Alpha Bank (14.55 pct), Piraeus Bank (13.6 pct), National Bank (12.9 pct) and Ellaktor (11.9 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks.

    Broadly, advancers led decliners by 99 to 36 with another 21 issues unchanged. Sciens (19.05 pct), Hellenic Fish Farms (17.65 pct) and Vioter (15.94 pct) were top gainers, while HOL (16.67 pct), Aegek (15 pct) and Spider (13.98 pct) were top

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