Greece furiously recalled its ambassador from Austria and Brussels and warned that the bloc’s migration system could collapse within ten days as Europe’s
refugee illegal alien Muslim invader crisis neared the breaking point on Thursday.
The Local (h/t Maria J) Further chaos loomed as a French court approved the partial evacuation of the “Jungle” migrant camp near the port of Calais on the coast, a move that Belgium fears will send Britain-bound migrants coming its way.
Attempts by EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels to agree a unified response to the biggest migration crisis in the bloc’s history frayed over the fact that many states are increasingly taking matters into their own hands.
The talks descended into acrimony over Austria’s decision to freeze Greece out of a meeting earlier this week with Balkan states, at which they agreed steps that would effectively trap many asylum seekers on Greek territory.
Debt-stricken Greece — the main landing point for most migrants arriving in Europe from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries — faces huge pressure to stop “waving through” migrants to the rest of the EU. The Greek foreign ministry hit out at what it called “19th-century” attitudes and said it was recalling its envoy from Vienna to “safeguard friendly relations between the states and peoples of Greece and Austria”.
Greek Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas meanwhile said his country “will not accept becoming Europe’s Lebanon, a warehouse of souls” — referring to the huge number of Syrian refugees Lebanon has taken since 2011.
The migration crisis shows no signs of abating with 100,000 arriving in Europe so far this year on top of one million in 2015, with most of them coming via Turkey across the Aegean Sea to the Greek islands.
EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said the bloc’s migration system could crumble if the number of migrants does not fall by the time EU leaders hold a crucial summit with Turkey in Brussels on March 7.
Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone has been cracking under the pressure of several countries reintroducing border controls, while the EU system stipulating that refugees must claim asylum in their country of arrival is increasingly ignored.
Belgium has decided to impose checks at the border with France to stop people coming from the Calais camp, The Jungle. Austria and the Balkan states insist they need to act because the EU’s plans are not working and Greece is not doing enough.
“In the next 10 days, we need tangible and clear results on the ground. Otherwise there is a risk that the whole system will completely break down,” Avramopoulos said. “The possibility of a humanitarian crisis is very real and very near.”