11. January 2020 Humanitarian crisis in greek camps

While Steffen Seibert, the spokesman of the German government, has stated that Germany has “coped well with the high number of asylum seekers in 2015 and 2016”, the BAMF has published that in 2018, fewer asylum applications have been filed than in 2014.
The situation in Greece, however, is completely different. According to the European Asylum Agency (EASO), the number of asylum applications in Greece is rising: In 2015 there were 13,187 applications, by September in 2019 there were already 48,554. In addition, more unaccompanied minors are arriving: 383 in 2015, 2,127 in the first 10 months of 2019 alone. The result is a complete overstrain on part of the Greek authorities, overcrowded camps with inhuman living conditions and tens of thousands of illegal returns to Turkey.
Greece regularly appeals to the EU and needs support, but Germany itself refuses to accept the approximately 4000 unaccompanied minors currently living in the hotspots on the Greek islands. The Federal Ministry of the Interior is once again suppressing any humanitarian initiative, although some cities, such as Frankfurt (Oder), Potsdam and Teltow, and the state of Thuringia have already expressed their willingness to accept people from the camps.
Instead of working out solutions based on solidarity and human rights within the EU, the northern European countries are resting on the low numbers of newly arrived people and remaining silent about the humanitarian crises in the south.
How long will foreign and domestic policy tasks be outsourced to third countries – such as Turkey, Algeria, Libya and Niger – and accept total dependence on these states in return? And how long will the inhumane living conditions in Greek, Italian, Turkish and Libyan camps be ignored, just so that they do not have to take responsibility? The local authorities in Germany and Europe are ready for progressive migration policies that conform to human rights. The Federal Government must finally take responsibility and make municipal reception possible!
Photo: Lefteris Partsalis/dpa