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Asylum demands Multiply 300% in Greece as EU-Turkey controversial Deal is Not working, Medias warn

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016

 

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- According to the latest Official Data, the Number of Asylum Demands lodged in Greece Skyrockets and more than Tripled after the Controversial EU - Turkey Deal : F.ex. instead of Less than 1.100 per Month in average during the Late 2015-Early 2016 Mass Migrants' Influx via Turkey, just for April 2016, it reached 3.700, i.e. a Sharp Augmentation of More than X 300%, (just after the Entry into Force of that Agreement, back from 20 March) !

 
Almost at the Same Time, the Composition of the Mass Irregular Migrants' inflow via Turkey Changed considerably : While a Big Majority used to came from Syria until March 2016, on the Contrary, from April 2016,  an Equal Number of such Migrants come from ... Pakistan and Afghanistan (1.217 compared to 1.268). Moreover, most are Men alone, only a Small Minority being Women, (19% compared to 47%), so that Families aren't but only a Tiny Part.


Meanwhile, the Trend towards Deaths of People Trying to Cross Irregularly into EU Member Greece has Augmented considerbly : Instead of just 272 throughout All the Year 2015, on the Contrary, on Early May 2016 it had already reached 138, (i.e. More than the Half of Last Year's Annual Number, with 8 more Months to Go)...


In Addition, 2 more Children of Refugees Died by Drawing Today in Greece : The corpses found at an Artificial Lake used for Agricultural Irrigation were those of Khuded and Hussein, 2 "Yezidi" Christian Kids. I.e. from the same Religious Community notoriously Ill-Treated by Extremist Islamic Terrorists of ISIL, many Families of whom had been reportedly also Attacked by Stones etc. and Obliged to Flee Away from a Refugee Camp at the Northern Village of Katsika recently, where the Attackers were among the Majority of Other Irregular Immiigrants coming from Turkey, (as it has also happened repeatedly inside several Collective Refugee Hosting Centres in Germany, according to various Media and Local Police Reports of Violent Incidents).


In Parallel, another Demonstration of Inhabitants, at the City of Thermis, Protesting against the Establishment of one more Mass Migrants' "Hotspot", at a Disaffected former Agricultural Building for the Storage of Wheat, took place earlier Today, while Thousands of Inhabitants of Aspropyrgos also demonstrated accross NATO Highway against Plans to create there another such "Hotspot" too.

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More than 52.561 Registered Refugees and Migrants are Now in Greece, according to the Official Figures Published Today, and almost the Entire Country has been filled up with Many, (mostly Formal, but also Informal), Centers or Sites Hosting them, partly on the Islands facing Turkey, but mostly at Mainland Greece, particularly in and around Pireas Seaport/Athens (including at the Airport "Helliniko") and Thessaloniki, as well as Near the Country's Northern Borders towards the FYROM, Bulgaria or Albania, but also at the Central Historic site of Thermopiles, (See relevant MAP just Published by UNHCR).


However, these Numbers naturaly don't take into account all those various "Visitors from Turkey" travelling to the Greek Islands of Aegean Sea (and part of EU's "Schengen" Area) which are located Near the Turkish Borders, (such as Lesvos, Hios, Samos, Kos, Rhodes, etc), for whom the current Greek Authorities have Eased the attribution of "Tourist Visas" since the 2015 Mass Migrants' Crisis, according to a Special "Pilot Program" whose Extension was reportedly just Decided Today, for one Year more.


- Meanwhile, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz(ChristianDemocrat/EPP), recently qualified the Controversial and UnPopular EU - Turkey Deal on Refugees and Migrants as an Eventual Short-Time Pause, which might serve Only as "a Plan B", while, "our (EU's) Plan A" should be a Strong Europe, Ready to Protect itself its External Borders. Adding that he wasn't in favor of a Deal with Turkey at any price, he also Denounced as "Dangerous", any "Dependence", as that of "a Europe which would Depend from Other Countries, and particularly from Persons as (Turkish) President Erdogan".


- In this context, under the Heading "All Possibilities are Open", mainstream Greek Newspaper "Kathimerini"s No 1 Editorial Article published Today, observes that "it's Obvious that the ReAdmission Agreement (between EU and Turkey) is Not Working".


- Since "the Scenario of New, UnControlled Migrants and Refugees' Influx towards Greece (via Turkey) canNot be Excluded",... while, "Now, .. (Greece's) Northern Borders have been Closed", (by all other European Balkan Countries), "therefore, any New Wave will be Trapped inside the Greek space", it Notes.


 - "The Next Weeks will show whether the (EU) Deal with Turkey will Collapse, or not. But we must be Ready for All Possibilities", the mainstream Greek Newspaper Warns.

 

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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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