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‘Solidarity is a should’: Greece requires EU assistance on migration

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Greece urged the European Union for extra assist with migration on Saturday, as Athens expands its sprawling border fence with Turkey. 

Chatting with EU ambassadors, plus these from the UK and Switzerland, Residents’ Safety Minister Takis Theodorikakos referred to as for further monetary and logistical assist, mentioning Greece’s border was additionally the bloc’s exterior border. 

Greece prevented round 260,000 migrants from coming into illegally in 2022 and arrested 1,500 traffickers, an official stated on Saturday.

Athens is broadly accused of expelling folks as quickly as they attain Greek soil in a observe often called pushbacks. They are unlawful underneath worldwide regulation — stopping refugees from in search of safety — and infrequently contain excessive levels of violence and drive. 

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“The duty [of protecting the border] wants the assist … of European public opinion, the European Union itself and its constituent members individually,” Theodorikakos stated. “It’s our steadfast place that member states of first reception can’t be (the migrants’) solely European locations.

“There should be solidarity amongst member-states and a good sharing of duties…shut coordination is a should,” he added. 

Greek officers have lengthy complained that migration administration has been outsourced onto their nation by richer European states, with most migrants eager to go to UK, France and Germany, however prevented from doing so. 

“Our precedence is to guard the human life and dignity endangered by the prison trafficking networks … regardless that we’re not an EU member, we’re carefully cooperating,” stated UK Ambassador Matthew Lodge. 

Greece has erected a five-metre metal border wall, separating it from Turkey throughout the Evros River.

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It at the moment snakes greater than 27 kilometres, although Athens is increasing the wall by an additional 35 kilometres, with the final word purpose of extending it to cowl a lot of the 192-kilometre frontier.  

Greece accuses Turkey of weaponising migrants by encouraging them to cross the border to stress Athens and Brussels. 

Ankara, residence to five million migrants, in return accuses Greece of violent pushbacks that endanger the lives of migrants.

The EU’s border safety company, Frontex, will add one other 400 border guards in Greece — 250 of them in February — to the present 1,800-member drive, Theodorikakos stated.

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