Greece is not able to take any more immigrants and provide them with normal living conditions.
People living on Greek islands have demanded that the government undertake urgent and massive measures to limit the access of refugees and illegal immigrants flooding in from war torn Syria and Sudan.
Citizens of Greek islands fear that the immigration spike will cause the 2015 tourist season to slump.
Greece’s opposition parties are accusing the SYRIZA government of not securing sufficiently the country’s sea border.
In response, Deputy Minister on Migration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou stated that a new plan on the issue is being prepared. It will be outlined at a national and all-European level in order to ensure enough living spaces for the refugees, most probably along the Greek islands in the region of Atiki.
Authorities have reported that 800 refugees have entered the country in just two days, while the number for a period of a month is even more impressive – 6,000 people. Media, on the other hand, have been stating that the real number is much higher and the situation is out of control.
Meanwhile, details of the illegal refugee smuggling scheme have been revealed by Mohamed Hassan, Chairman of the Sudanian International Organization for Migration.
“All illegal immigrants from Sudan have paid USD 3,000 in order to be transferred to Greece,” he explained. “People with families, on the other hand, had to pay USD 6,000.”
For its part, the Greek government has set out a basic emergency plan to deal with the immigrant influx into the country.
The plan was announced by government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridis following a meeting with Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis, Alternate Citizens’ Protection Minister Yiannis Panousis, Alternate Immigration Policy Minister Tasia Christodoulopoulou as well as coast guard officials.
The “immigration” plan (which includes many measures introduced by previous governments with limited success) foresees the transfer of all new arrivals from Aegean islands to reception centers on mainland Greece, where they will be identified as undocumented immigrants or refugees and undergo health tests.
Syrian refugees will receive “all necessary documents immediately.”
Authorities will push for migration to be tackled at a European level.
Government spokesman Sakellaridis…
“The refugee problem is international, not Greek.”
Migrants arriving in Greece are fleeing war and deserve protection.
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