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.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Europe is obliged.
    Just pure fucking gall.

  • lolwut?

    Torpedoes might work.

  • Gettingby

    Well if any country in the EU needs the increased productivity, tax base, and peacefulness that immigrants and refuges are said to bring with them Greece does, let them in by the tens of millions and all their economic and social problems will be resolved in no time.

    • Frau Katze

      Doesn’t seem to be helping.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        No, but they keep telling us that.

  • Fran800

    Greece was glorious in the ’70’s, even the ’80’s. Greeks wanted to be in ‘Europe” because they thought it would be modern and they would be rich (like Ukrainians now). But the Greek economy can’t hack it in the same monetary zone as Germany. They thought it would be great, but it wasn’t.
    The Left took over shortly after the fall of the Junta — the Papendreou family. Andreas Papendreou was a professor in Toronto in the 60’s. It seems we thought he was great but he destroyed Greece.
    The things I hear about Greece — their silly excesses of the public sector , for example — it wasn’t like that. Greece’s economy was too small, too weak to fit in — but they longed to do so.
    And Greece was almost 100% Greek. Just a few Turkish villages in the north, there for centuries. They did not deserve this influx of migrants, mostly Muslims. The suffering of Greeks during 500 years — in some parts longer — of Muslim control — was terrible. They did not deserve this. They do not deserve it.

  • Hard Little Machine

    If I were Greece I’d pack them all off to other EU countries until the Eurozone caved to all their demands for more money.

  • k

    The GREEKS are LEAVING GREECE in droves =
    they do not care about their country or …
    their Nationhood and…
    will soon become a COUNTRYLESS people and thus…
    soon to be an insignificant tribe
    only the Politicians want help because for now they are still getting paid by loans … for which they personally will not have to payback