New Migration Crisis Looming Over Europe
Germany is alarmed by the growing flow of migrants who are moving from Turkey to Greece.
Turkey is threatening to open the door altogether unless the EU provides adequate funding. In 2015-2016 it was Turkey that became the barrier that stopped the flow of migrants, extinguishing the crisis in Europe. However, the newly replenished flow could again hit Merkel’s positions.
A critical congestion is already observed in Greek refugee camps. Germany calls on Turkey to repatriate refugees from Greece in the framework of the agreements reached earlier, as well as to intensify efforts to curb the flow of illegal migrants.
“We urgently need to make progress on repatriation to Turkey in order to change the rapidly deteriorating situation on the islands,” said Stephan Mayer, the German Parliamentary State Secretary.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with DW that he « spoke with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu this week and reminded him that the European Union is fulfilling its obligations under the agreement between the EU and Turkey and we assume that Turkey should do that same thing. »
Over the years of the agreement, Europe (and, in particular, Germany) allocated Turkey billions of euros. However, only 1904 people have been returned to Turkish refugee camps over the years of the deal, and another 24,348 Syrian refugees arrived through Turkey to the EU countries, where they settled.