EU warns migration system could ‘completely break down’ in TEN DAYS
THE EU has just TEN DAYS to significantly lower the influx of migrants from Turkey or the system will “completely break down”, a top official has warned.
The 28-member bloc’s Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos made the stark warning as ministers from EU and Balkan nations met in Brussels to try and heal rifts over migrants that have plunged common policy into chaos.
Dimitris Avramopoulos made the stark warning today
Austria, Serbia and Macedonia have taken their own steps to limit entry to migrants, which unravels the continent’s free-travel Schengen zone.
Greece have expressed fears that extra controls will cause a bottleneck and has said it can no longer wave the tide of arrivals from Turkey onward through the Balkans.
More states said they would follow suit in tightening controls unless a deal promising Turkey 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in help to house refugees from the Syrian war in return for preventing them travelling on to Europe was agreed.
Migrants and refugees queue for food as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border
In a major U-turn, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said:
”By March 7, we want a significant reduction in the number of refugees at the border between Turkey and Greece.”
Klaas Dijkhoff, migration minister for the Netherlands, added:
” The 6th of March, the 7th of March is when you can expect the spring influx to rise. We have until that time to find solutions that mostly involve the Greek-Turkish influx, the border there,” said
“If that doesn’t lead to lower numbers, we’ll have to find other measures and we’ll have to do more contingency planning. That’s a very crucial date to see to what extent we succeed in lowering the influx towards Europe as a whole, or we have to take other measures.”
Germany has been pushing for the Turkey plan but many other EU states have become increasingly frustrated.
More than a million refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa reached Europe least year, most of them coming from Turkey via Greece.
EU wasted 6 Months since our timely warning in October 2016