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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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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"Zeitnot" for 2009 EU Elections ?

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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