Greece starts evacuation of 6,000 refugees from islands per EU deal


… from Russia Today,  Moscow

Merkel is responsible for most of the refugee chaos, sparking the great land rush to the EU

Merkel is responsible for most of the refugee chaos, sparking the great land rush to the EU

[ Editor’s Note:  My, my… how quickly the authorities can move when they want to. On the day after the Turkish-EU refugee agreement, the Turks miraculously shut down the Aegean Sea human smuggling operation at the flick of a switch, rounding up the 1700 who were getting ready to leave and taking them to reprocessing centers.

Today we have Greece saying they will have the 6000 island refugees in temporary camps cleared out in another day, with the first ferry load of 2500 on their way now. This all could have been handled this way earlier, but someone did not want that.

It all goes back to Merkel and her flamboyant attitude of throwing Germany open to a million plus refugees a year, and then dumping on the southern EU members to deal with the deluge, some of the poorest. She showed total absence of leadership, as did the EU, who supplied no added manpower for sea rescues, faster processing, or security people — everybody relying on the Tooth Fairy to take care of things.

It looked like dysfunctional government… until today, when we see once again that they do what they want to, when they want to. Refugees now will have to face changing over from fleeing the war, to fleeing the rebuilding that will be needed to see if that qualifies them for entry.

The EU benefits are like winning the lotto in Syria, if it had one. Merkel and the EU should be putting their $3 to $6 billion Euros into getting the Syrians out of Turkey. They could then start rebuilding their country via the reconstruction needed, all the jobs that would create, versus being in the lottery business of helping those with the cash to buy their way out, which is what has been happening.

I have mixed feelings about when refugee benefits are so high for leaving versus those in-country that people will risk their lives and their children’s lives to get the refugee benefitsJim W. Dean ]


– First published  …  March 20,  2016

Hopefully these days will be ending soon

Hopefully these days will be ending soon

Greece, with help from the EU, has started the evacuation of 6,000 asylum seekers from temporary camps on Greek islands, following the EU-Turkey repatriation agreement struck on Friday.

On Saturday, it was announced that the majority of people were set to be evacuated within 24 hours. The ferry with the first 2,500 refugees was due to leave on Sunday.

The EU has pledged to provide 2,300 security and legal experts, as well to help the evacuation, with the first ones arriving during the weekend, the Greek newspaper Kathmerini reported.

Plus, Germany and France promised to send to Greece 300 officials and “technical expertise” to assist the process, according to German news agency DPA citing a letter from German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve to the European Commission.

“This is necessary in view of the current situation in Greece and is an important expression of European solidarity. We hope that many Member States will join our example,” the two wrote in the letter.

Despite the move, refugees are confused about what to expect after the repatriation, Deutsche Welle reported. Also, not all of the asylum seekers were to board the ferries: newcomer refugees were to stay until their registration is confirmed.

For every Syrian refugee coming back to Turkey, the EU pledges to resettle one asylum seeker from Turkey, according to the deal between the EU and Turkey, agreed on Friday. The goal of the deal is to prevent the refugees from taking the dangerous route across the Aegean Sea: some 4,000 people have died there over the last few years.

The main stage of the repatriation process is set to begin on April 4, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

This comes on the backdrop of Greek authorities’ statement that there are some 47,000 undocumented refugees in the country, and 21,000 of them came to Greece in March alone, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR)’s estimates.


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5 Responses to "Greece starts evacuation of 6,000 refugees from islands per EU deal"

  1. FoR RanT  March 21, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Those 2 human trash and misfits on the picture above – Merkel and Hollande – are almost laughing at our faces with their devious smirks, as if saying “We caused the mayhem and still we are being trusted in solving it, what fools they are”.

    They have made us not to “see the forest for the trees”, and hence we should start by asking ‘who cause this mess in the first place ? and what penalty should be meted to the miscreants ?’.

  2. Beydety  March 20, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    “VT will never tell you the truth about organised Jewry”

    What are you talking about Mr Hippy? That is exactly what Team VT, especially Mr Dean and Mr Duff have been reporting since this mess started.

  3. Altimometer  March 20, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Going from refugee to asylum seeking is Merkel -Erdogan high strangeness. Hold on, brace yourselves Europe and there’s a great group of asylum seekers coming to the Ukraine, courtesy of the same Erdogan.

  4. Howie  March 20, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    So Erdog managed to shake-down the E.U for those extra billions after all.

    On another R.T story, I snipped out these two comments from this gangster, “blasting” E.U members voicing support for the Kurds.(probably slightly out of context, but his words nonetheless.

    “There is no reason why the bomb that exploded in Ankara cannot explode in Brussels, in any other European city,” he said. and

    “the snakes you are sleeping with can bite you any time.”

    If that isn’t a thinly veiled threat, i don’t know what is.

  5. brabantian  March 20, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Another funny wrinkle here, re the 1.1 million ‘asylum’ migrants registered in Germany, mostly military-age males, is that Germans quietly estimate only about 20% of them are willing to work & qualify for German jobs … and according to Steve Austin of oil-price net, Germany’s plan is to cherry-pick the employable ones, & ‘distribute’ the rest who are welfare-benefit sponges, to the rest of the EU, so they can wreck other EU economies but not Germany’s

    With over 36,000 ‘crimes of brutal violence’ committed by these ‘refugees’ in 2015 per Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office, spreading these people to the rest of the EU is dramatically confronted in Hungarian leader Viktor ‘Orban’s Historic Speech Puts Hungary on War Footing’ on YouTube

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