Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Migrant crisis in Greece strains EU open borders

Financial Times
December 20, 2010

Concern over the fate of asylum seekers in Greece has prompted several European Union countries to suspend co-operation with it on migration issues, exposing cracks in the bloc’s wider border-free travel arrangements.

For several months, Greece has faced an unprecedented influx of refugees coming from Asia and Africa via Turkey, as migrants have found a weak link into the EU.

The crisis prompted a rare humanitarian crisis within the EU, which was partly relieved when the European Commission, the EU’s executive, agreed to co-ordinate emergency border patrols in October, the first time it made such an intervention.


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