Last updated on October 1, 2019
Greece has declared plans to return tens of thousands of migrants at the end of next year, even following a deadly fire in its biggest camp on Lesbos island.
The UN refugee agency estimates that the Moria refugee camp, using a formal capacity of 3,000, now houses around 12,000 individuals in tents and transport containers.
Government spokesman Stelios Petsas verified that the Council of Ministers had spoken an overhaul of Greece’s migration policies on Monday.
Changes to be implemented include a strengthening of the nation’s border guards, together with enhanced patrols at sea, and also the building of closed pre-concession centers for illegal migrants not yet eligible for asylum.
Greece also intends to grow the instant return of migrants into”safe states.” Greece returned over 1,800 migrants since ancient 2015, but Stelios Petsas declared plans to expand this amount to 10,000 at the end of 2020.
Citing the nationalities of fresh arrivals, Petsas said Greece was dealing with”an issue of migration, instead of a refugee issue.”
Turkey has become one of the principal corridors for migrants trying to enter Europe, but a 2016 arrangement with the European Union had decreased the amounts using the road.
“That is a situation they Can’t survive any longer.”
A minimum of one individual, a girl, was killed when a fire broke out in a container within the crowded refugee camp. Over a dozen other people were hurt as clashes afterward broke out involving refugees and crisis services.
The events prompted additional calls from NGOs, such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and also Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), for government actions.
Marco Sandrone, Project Coordinator for MSF at Lesbos, advised Euronews that the flame was the”outcome of this mad and inhumane policy of this EU-Turkey bargain.”
“We will need to call on most of the Greek governments and EU to evacuate the most vulnerable individuals instantly to secure accommodation on the mainland,” he explained. “Otherwise possible, this evacuation should occur to other European nations where appropriate medical attention can be offered.”
“That is about the entire sense of insecurity, the massive strain and immense psychological dread people are beneath. This is a scenario they can’t survive any longer, and they require security.”