As migrant arrivals surge in Greece, the government pleads for “sharing of burden”.
Where have we heard this before? Visegrad has offered to help Greece and other border states with securing the border and detainment, but Greece has another agenda.
– “Since July 7, there has not been a single day without arrivals,” the deputy minister for citizen protection Giorgios Koumoutsakos told the Greek daily Kathimerini.
Mr Koumoutsakos, who is in charge of migration policy in the new conservative government, added the number “constitutes an increase of 17 percent in a few weeks”.
“August 9 was one of the worst days during the summer period for Lesbos, as six boats with 250 people arrived.”
Singing the same old song, he also called for a reform of Europe’s asylum system, insisting any new mechanism should be based on “genuine and concrete solidarity”.
Despite the change of government, Greece appears to still be stuck in its old ways. Instead of denying entry and deporting the migrants to Turkey, the government is asking for an EU mechanism to “share” the migrants “they choose” to grant entry to.
This is not how it works. Visegrad and others do not wish to resettle the migrants and they have made this clear; however, they cannot force Greece to seal its borders. Thus, Greece cannot force Visegrad to accept migrants that Greece unilaterally decides to grant entry to.
In another words, the government of Greece cannot dictate the migration and national security policies of Visegrád, just as Visegrád cannot dictate Greece’s irresponsible decisions at the border.
Greece had three choices:
1. Deny entry.
2. Deport all irregulars to Turkey as stipulated under the EU-Turkey agreement.
3. Choose to be continually flooded with migrants, surrendering its Soul and culture.
Visegrád has offered the government of Greece assistance with securing the border and providing manpower and specialists for detention, but Greece was not interested.
Greece has freely chosen its path…now, Visegrad will freely choose its path.
Migrant quotas are not only extremely counterproductive but are a ‘non-starter’ for Visegrad.