Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras continues to express on every occasion possible his frustration over the fact that several EU member states refused to abide by the agreement made over the migration crisis at the recent Brussels meeting and collaborated with non-EU member states in order to have the Balkan route closed off so refugees won’t be permitted to make their way to the core of the continent.
Nonetheless, Mr. Tsipras believes the situation, while very difficult, is manageable for Greece, according to comments he made during a cabinet meeting.
He added that the main problem is the restriction of migrant flows to the northern borders and the fact that Turkey has not done anything to stop migrant flow from Turkey to Greece.
Insofar as Greece’s own responsibilities are concerned, Mr. Tsipras said that Greece is fulfilling its obligations not only towards EU but also towards refugees and migrants stranded in Greece.
He added that will Greece will extend accommodation facilities but won’t become a repository of human souls.
In terms of the actual number of refugees that the accommodation centers will be able to house, Mr. Tsipras said that they won’t exceed 1/50 of the full flow of migrants.
Furthermore, he said that Greece will request additional financial support from the EU, but went on to say that it is absolutely essential that local communities in Greece display solidarity towards desperate people. As he said, the migration problem will prove whether the winner is humanism or the extreme right.