In an interview with the Greek Radio Station Real FM, Greece’s Minister for Migration Policy Dimitris Vitsas said that Migration flows during summer 2018 almost doubled compared to the same period in 2017.
”This has created a big problem in the reception and identification centers. In Moria camp in Lesvos, about 3,500 people left and 5,500 arrived from the opposite coast. This has made things difficult,” the Minister added.
Concerning the EU-Turkey Agreement, Dimitris Vitsas said that “Greece cannot claim that Turkey does not implement it. Turkey tells us that it stops 1,500 people a day, but we cannot check on this. This has 3 million refugees and migrants within its territory.”
”I insist on saying to our European partners that a redistribution program is needed, rather than everyone dealing with the problem alone. This means that the issue must be resolved in the countries of first reception, which are mainly Spain, Greece and Italy but also Cyprus, where migratory flows have increased as well” the Minister said.
Asked about the flows in the Evros region, he replied that “they have significantly dropped. We have come to a state where they are almost zero.”
With information from A.M.N.A.