October 01, 2021 – 22:42
Greece will not allow a repeat of the 2015 refugee crisis, following the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.
This was stated by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday, after a visit to a new refugee camp set up on an island near Turkey.
The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has raised fears in Europe of a repeat of the scenario of six years ago, when more than 1 million asylum seekers from Syria traveled to Europe crossing from Turkey to Greece.
As an example of toughening its immigration policy, Greece opened earlier this month an EU-funded camp on the island of Samos, strictly supervised and surrounded by barbed wire.
“European solidarity cannot be limited to financing the establishment of camps, but to a modern agreement on immigration and asylum, which will bring about a fair division of responsibilities for the management of a complex problem that affects the whole of Europe,” Kyriakos said. Mitsotakis.
Mitsotakis told reporters on his return to Athens that Europe must work with Afghanistan’s neighbors to keep Afghan refugees in the region.
Greece hosted 26 Afghan women, mostly lawyers and judges, as well as their families, but the head of government said the case was an exception and should not be interpreted as an indication of open doors.
Since August 15, when the Taliban took over Afghanistan, the country has plunged into an economic crisis. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday that within a few weeks, a famine crisis would ensue, prompting mass emigration. /euronews.al