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Frontex Boss Praises Greece for Rescuing Hundreds of Thousands of Refugees

migrantsIn an interview on Der Spiegel International, head of the EU border agency Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri puts Europe’s refugee/migrant crisis in perspective when he says “we should have no illusions” about the problem that is currently tearing apart the continent.
For starters, Leggeri claims that Turkey has not been doing enough in terms of border controls and praises Greece (and Frontex) for rescuing more than 100,000 refugees last year alone.
Leggeri points out that even though the current wave of migrants/refugees seems to be slowing down due to bad weather conditions, between 2,000 to 3,000 people are arriving in Greece every day.
Unlike many EU officials, Leggeri does not mince his words when it comes to some of the main causes behind the massive migration wave into Europe. He bluntly says, in fact, that “We should have no illusions: As long as the bloodshed in Syria continues, refugees will keep coming.”
Asked about the discussions in certain EU circles to kick Greece out of the Schengen zone, Leggeri had this to say: “ Frontex’s role is to support the member states in order to ensure a more effective management of the EU’s external borders. Our highest priority continues to be the EU-Turkish border. Greece recently requested more border guards to be stationed on the Greek side of the country’s border with FYROM. But the purpose would be to register migrants, not to close the border.”

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