četvrtak, 18. veljače 2016.

The closure of borders in the Balkans will not stop the wave of migrants


Greek Minister for Migration Janis Muzalas warned that the closure of borders in the Balkans cause "a major humanitarian crisis" in Greece and it will not stop the wave of migrants.

In an interview with German daily Handelsblatt, the Minister pointed out that the only way to stop the refugees to end the war in Syria.

The EU needs to work on this and to address the humanitarian crisis in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, he said.

"It's the only way we can overcome the crisis. Closing the borders will not help," he said in an interview published on Thursday, before the EU summit in Brussels that is dedicated to the refugee crisis.

'The refugees seeking protection because their lives are in danger'

"The refugees seeking protection because their lives are in danger, they are desperate," he said.

Macedonia filed a fence with barbed wire on the main crossing for migrants at its southern border with Greece.

When asked what impact a closing borders with the Balkans, Muzalas said: "If the border is now closed, it would be in Greece caused a major humanitarian crisis."

He warned that only 430 refugees so far migrated from Greece as part of a European plan that provides for the relocation of at least 160,000 people from Greece and Italy.

Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia strongly opposed any quota system for the reception of migrants and want stricter controls on the borders of the Balkan countries in the Greek neighborhood, if they fail to efforts to limit the number of refugees coming from Turkey to Greece.

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday that Europe needs to improve the protection of its external borders, and for this it is necessary for Greece to work harder and make her its European partners that help.

'Greece has the best possible border control'

But Muzalas stressed that Greece protects its borders and that the "best possible control" both on land and at sea. He noted that Greece by international law must accept all refugees who arrive by sea.

He also said that the Greek islands deployed 700 staff Frontex, while Greece asked for the 1800th

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker criticized on Thursday the Austrian decision to significant tightening regime of entry into the country, saying that the Commission will examine whether these measures in accordance with European legislation.

"I do not want the public to respond. Clearly I have spoken over the past month that we in the Commission do not like the national border controls, not like the introduction of these controls what happens because we do not have a European approach. I'm still as ever on the European Council to seek a European approach . As Austria is concerned, I must say that I do not like their decision and we will examine whether it is in accordance with European legislation. in the afternoon I about it have a friendly discussion with Austrian Chancellor Werner fayman, "Juncker said at a joint press conference with President European Parliament Martin Schulz.

Juncker also answered a journalist's question to comment on the Austrian decision, and the decision of Slovenia to Austria following the announcement introducing more stringent measures on the border with Croatian.

In Austria from Friday maximum of 3,200 people per day

Austria has announced that from Friday on its southern border with Slovenia receive only 80 asylum applications a day, and on its territory will play a day up to 3200 people, who express intention to seek asylum in neighboring countries.

Consequently, the Slovenian government on Thursday said it would step up surveillance on the Schengen border with Croatian. According to the decision, Slovenia will return migrants who do not fulfill the conditions for entry and who had not requested asylum.

Interior Minister Vesna Györkös Žnidar announced that Slovenia will receive migrants within the quota imposed by Austria.