Greece reports increase of migrants arriving from Turkey

  • Tomáš Hošek
  • 7.9.2017 16:11

Almost 3,700 migrants came to Greece via the Mediterranean Sea during August, making it the largest number per month since the EU-Turkey migration deal came into effect last year. Nonetheless, the EU Commissioner for migration Dimitris Avramopoulos noted on Wednesday 6 September that since the deal was signed in March 2016 there has been a 97 % drop in overall migrant arrivals to the Greek islands.

According to Avramopoulos, Greece has to significantly cut its asylum application backlog and improve processing in order to speed up the repatriations of declined asylum seekers back to Turkey. Despite the disapproving stance of Greek Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas, Germany and other European countries declared their intention to comply with the Dublin Regulation and return declined refugees to Greece, since this was the first country of their registration. Germany’s stand could be explained by the anticipated family reunification process which may involve up to 390,000 migrants currently residing in Germany. A record number of migrant arrivals have recently also been registered by Spain, which may even surpass Greece by the end of this year.

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