No one wants the Afghans: Things about to get testy at the borders between Greece and Turkey…because they are coming.
– An opposition mayor in Turkey sparks controversy after announcing he would take radical steps to persuade refugees to leave Turkey.
Mayor Özcan sparked mixed reactions when he said on Monday an additional water and solid waste tax 10 times the normal tax would be imposed on migrants in Bolu in order to persuade them to leave.
While some open-border activists were outraged by his remarks, others who are uncomfortable with the increasing number of migrants in the country expressed support for him.
Despite the criticism, Özcan stood behind his remarks on Tuesday and said during an interview with Habertürk TV that he was simply expressing the feelings of the general public about the refugees.
“I know what my words mean. If I need to pay a price for them, I am ready to do so. I will never take a step back. … If these measures don’t work, we have additional ones in mind. But I will not reveal them now,” said Özcan.
– Meanwhile, Greece Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis has again submitted a request to the EU Commission for the immediate return to Turkey of 1,908 “illegal economic migrants” residing at identification centers on Greece’s islands.
* Don’t hold your breath…Turkey will not take them back and the EU will keep paying Erdogan.
This should be a lesson for Greece. Once in, Greece and Europe have been unable to return the illegals. The main focus now must be on pushing-back to prevent entry.
What is Europe doing to prepare for the next wave of Afghans? Building new reception centers or constructing barriers and developing techniques to prevent entry?
Greece and other nation states must push Brussels aside to do what they must do to defend borders. Self-preservation is at stake.