Fed Up, Greece Demands EU Take Refugee, Migrant Overload

Commissioner for Immigration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos © European Union, 2018.

ATHENS – Complaining of little help from the European Union – whose migration chief is veteran Greek politician Dimitris Avramopoulos from the now-ruling New Democracy – the government said other countries should take some of the more than 70,000 refugees and migrants.

“Since July 7, there has not been a single day without arrivals,” Deputy Minister for Citizen Protection Giorgios Koumoutsakos told the daily Kathimerini, using the day the Conservatives won snap elections and ousted the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA who critics said ignored inhumane conditions at camps and detention centers on Greek islands holding some 15,000.

On five Aegean islands close to Turkey – Lesbos, Samos, Chios, Kos and Leros – “The total number of refugees and migrants has exceeded 20,000,” said Koumoutsakos, whose portfolio also includes dealing with them. “This constitutes an increase of 17 percent in a few weeks,” he said.

Two days after his party took control of Greece, Avramopoulos called for “provisional agreements” between the bloc’s member states on dealing with migrants rescued at sea until reform of asylum regulations was done, which now require sanctuary can only be sought in the country of first arrival – almost always Greece or Italy.

“The challenges of migration cannot only be the responsibility of Italy and Malta simply because these states are located on the Mediterranean,” Avramopoulos told Die Welt newspaper without mentioning his own country.

Despite his position, he has not pressed other EU countries who closed their borders to refugees and migrants to take some as they had pledged and said he can’t take them to EU courts because it’s too delicate for him to handle.

2 Comments

  1. Just think … all the economic, political , and military sovereignty of Greece could easily be returned by getting out of the EU and U.S Nato.. who only want them to do what they say..like handing over the culture of Macedonias to a created republic called North Macedonia by Nato and EU…and a future base and member for Nato!

    Like handing over the most pristine waters in the world ..which the Greek Islands and Cyprus depend on for their economic health which includes the Tourist industry, by placing EU and Nato countries polluting oil and gas rigs on there shorelines.

    like complying with migrant quotas of foreign victims of initiated invasions and bombings by EU and US Nato armies thruout the Middle East, and while the economy of Greece is unable to even meet the needs of their own people..and where the youngest are leaving to find jobs

    Like returning the rights and interests back to Greece, not serving EU and U.S and Nato interests!

    The solution is obvisous… start printing Drachmas to control Greece;s currencies, not EU and like Britain..exit both the EU and Nato..which have done nothing for Greece..but use them as part of their Geopolitical strategies to advance the interests of White supremacist Bankers, Politicians and Oligarks! .

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