Tensions erupt on Greek islands between residents and migrants.
– Such tensions poured onto the streets of Lesbos, Chios and Samos late last month as Greek islanders demanded the government take steps to reduce asylum-seeker numbers.
* Again (and not only in Greece), the ‘Achilles heel’ of both Greece and Europe is their inability or unwillingness to deport the illegals outside of Europe. This is the only viable solution.
Under the 2016 deal between the EU and Turkey, “all irregulars” crossing to Greek islands were supposed to be sent back to Turkey.
However, according to Balkan Insight, the plan has been largely ineffective, with only 391 illegals returned in 2019 and a mere 85 since the start of 2020, according to Greek government data.
Some claim the situation is compounded by Turkey’s creative interpretation of the deal that anyone who moves to the mainland shall be exempt from returns.
The new Greek government rightfully pledged to increase returns to Turkey, but its goal of only 10,000 returns for 2020 is extremely inadequate. With the numbers of new arrivals on the rise, this number is far too low.
Until mass deportations outside of Europe become the new reality, both Greece and the EU will keep chasing their own tails.
With rumors of more ‘migrants on the move’, it is imperative that the EU implement a permanent and swift mechanism to deport the migrants outside of Europe.
This idea of ‘relocation’ is counterproductive and will only encourage more to come.