Greece appeals to EU for help in handling migrant influx

(Illegal) migrants wait to apply for political asylum at the asylum service office in Athens, Greece. April 15, 2015 Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

(Reuters) – Greece’s government appealed to the European Union on Wednesday for help handling undocumented migrants after the number of landing on its shores more than tripled in the first three months of the year.

“It’s a problem we can’t solve by ourselves,” State Minister Alekos Flabouraris told Greek TV.

“Europe is obliged, if it wants to show that it is a European union … to offer a solution.”

Like other EU countries on the Mediterranean, Greece has seen a huge increase in the number of people trying to enter Europe in boats from Africa. Hundreds died when their boat capsized off Italy on Monday night.

More than 10,000 landed in the first three months of the year, compared to 2,863 in the same period last year, the Greek coast guard said.

The migrant influx is a further problem for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as he battles to avoid a Greek bankruptcy…

Greece’s financial situation is not looking good at all.