Islam versus Europe: Hordes of Muslim Illegals Invading Greece from Turkey

Everything in this report is consistent with the view that Turkey is deliberately facilitating this illegal immigrant invasion to further the islamisation of Europe. The Turkish government has signed visa-free travel treaties with virtually every Islam-dominated country.

Illegal Muslim Immigrants Invading Greece from… von V1683

Then they use their inaction over these illegal immigrants as an extortion tool to get the EU to grant visa-free travel to Turks! And Europe’s leaders are so weak they give in to this!

There is a clear solution to this problem. Whenever the system picks up an illegal immigrant who has made his way into Europe from Turkey, an invoice should be created for the costs of housing and processing him. Interest should be added and the invoice should be continually updated as new costs arise. Until Turkey takes the immigrant back, the costs continue mounting. If the Turkish government refuses to pay, the EU should impose import duties on all imports from Turkey and recover the money in that way. Within a few years of introducing a system like this, I estimate that the problem of illegal immigration from Turkey (80% of all illegal immigration into the EU) would largely have been solved. The problem only exists because the Turkish government tacitly condones it. But Europe’s leaders are paralysed by their own psychological weakness.

via Islam versus Europe: Hordes of Muslim Illegals Invading Greece from Turkey.

Evros: The Greek Borders are “Protected” by a Single… Model Fence

3,000 illegal immigrants crossed the Greek borders during the first two months of 2012 only from Northern Evros, when last year the same figure totaled 1,609 –therefore minus 50%. Despite the public announcements of Frontex regarding the construction of the so called Fence of Evros, the only thing someone can see marking the Greek borders right now is… a model of the fence.

“I used every possible means to leave Afghanistan to get to Istanbul. From Istanbul I walked for 250 kilometers till Adrianoupolis where I met my ‘middle-man’ who would carry me to Greece. I paid 1,200 Euros. He told me it was too easy to cross the Greek borders, as long as I stuck to his directions. He assured me that no one would hurt me after I’ve crossed the borders. I waited for hours in the dark with other immigrants and at some point they took us all and transferred us on foot to Greek soil” explains Hamint, an immigrant from Afghanistan to the Greek newspaper “Proto Thema”.

“My compatriots invited me here. They told me I will surely find a job in Greece, from the ones that the locals won’t do”, Hamint adds.

For an immigrant to cross Adrianoupolis to Orestiada there is a fixed “tariff” of 800 to 1,200 Euros. There are hundreds of spots on the Evros borders where immigrants can illegally cross to Greece. They immigrants arrive in hundreds either by land or by the river of Evros, even during days with harsh weather conditions when the river gets dangerous, explains the Police official of Orestiada to “Proto Thema”.

Many immigrants get drowned in the river and never make it to Greece. Eleven corpses have been withdrawn from the river only during the last week.

There have been seven arrests of Turkish traffickers since January. Many of them are usually armed and won’t hesitate to fire against police. Last year they injured a Greek police officer after shooting him four times.

55% of the immigrants that get arrested are Afghani and the rest of them come mostly from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, according to the Police archives of Orestiada.

The coveted fence is expected to be 10.3 kilometers long, but the river of Evros will still be the biggest crossing point of the illegal immigrants. One month ago, Christos Papoutsis (former Minister for Citizen Protection) inaugurated the 3.2 million Euro fence, but the Greek government hasn’t yet proceeded with the construction. However the Ministry has left a… model fence to “guard” the Greek borders.

(Source: Proto Thema, Anastasia Karapatsia)

via Evros: The Greek Borders are “Protected” by a Single… Model Fence | Latest News from Greece.

Greece stepping up security on border with Turkey

By COSTAS KANTOURIS Associated Press

Greek Civil Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis checks part... ((AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis))
Greek Civil Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis checks part... ((AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis))

KASTANIES, Greece—Greece announced on Monday that it will soon begin building a 6-mile-long (10-kilometer-long) fence topped with razor wire on its border with Turkey to deter illegal immigrants.

Thousands of illegal immigrants cross from Turkey into Greece at this point each year, often traveling from there to other parts of Europe.

Greek Public Order Minister Christos Papoutsis went to the border village of Kantanies on Monday to announce that work on the 13-foot-tall (4-meter-tall) fence will start next month and is expected to be finished by September at a cost of more than euro3 million ($4 million). It will stretch from Kastanies to the Greek village of Nea Vyssa, near the northeastern town of Orestiada.

“This is an opportunity for us to send a clear message … to all the EU that Greece is fully compliant with its border commitments,” Papoutsis told reporters. “Traffickers should know that this route will be closed to them. Their life is about to get much harder.”

Greece is one of the 26 European nations in the Schengen Area, which has external border controls but not ones within the zone. Since Greece is on the southeastern edge of the area, and Turkey has not signed the Schengen Agreement, Greece is required to maintain its border controls.

During Papoutsis’ visit to Kastanies, about 40 people protested nearby, saying the fence is a violation of human rights and should not be built at a time when Greece is suffering a deep financial

crisis that has led to punishing austerity measures and high unemployment. About 200 riot police stood by, but no violence occurred during the demonstration.

Papoutsis said the fence will be coupled with a network of fixed night-vision cameras providing real-time footage to the new command center.

Most of Greece’s 125-mile (200 kilometer) border with Turkey runs along a river known as Evros in Greece and Meric in Turkey. The new fence, which Turkey’s government has not opposed, will block a short stretch of dry land between the two countries. Greece already is receiving emergency assistance at the Evros border from the EU border protection agency, Frontex.

On Monday, three men seen entering Greece at the point where the fence will be built told The Associated Press they are illegal immigrants who fled Syria’s violence.

One of the men, who identified himself only as Said, 24, said the trio had been walking for seven days, and that he hopes to reach an uncle in Hungary, which also is a member of Europe’s Schengen Area.

via Greece stepping up security on border with Turkey – San Jose Mercury News.

Greece builds a trench to keep out illegal migrants from Turkey

Greece has begun work on a trench along its border with Turkey. The trench, originally intended to relieve flood pressure on the river Evros, is also intended to keep out thousand of illegal migrants from Turkey.

Greek authorities are taking matters in their own hands
Greek authorities are taking matters in their own hands

Greece has taken matters into its own hand in its attempt to stem the flow of illegal immigrants arriving from Turkey: it has started building a 120-kilometer moat along the Evros River near the Turkish border. The water-filled trench, one of the Greece largest projects along the river, will be 30 meters wide and seven meters deep, according to the Greek newspapers Ta Nea and Ta Vima. The first 14.5 kilometer section has just been completed near the town of Orestiada in northern Greece.

“It’s a military operation, officials have kept it secret for the last few months,” said Deutsche Welle correspondent, Christine Pirovolakis, explaining why so little had been heard so far about the trench.

Greek authorities say more than half a million illegal migrants entered Greece in the past four years. Around 128,000 did so last year alone.

Greece struggles to meet EU migration rules

Greece is obliged under European Union rules to prevent migrants without documents from moving on to other parts of the bloc. But Athens says that due to its economic difficulties, it can barely cope.

EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström visited the town of Orestiada in October last year. She agreed at the time that “Greece needed help urgently in creating an efficient asylum system” and that the “humanitarian situation in refugee camps was disastrous.”

Greece, together with the European Union border agency Frontex, has since increased its sea and land border patrols, fearing the escalating crisis in North Africa and the Middle East could trigger a wave of illegal immigrants.

Cecilia Malmström in front of an EU flag with stars.Bildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Brussels is trying to coordinate migrant flow in the EU.“The border in northeastern Greece is so vast, it’s impossible to properly patrol, even with the number of EU Frontex border guards, Greek police and Greek military that are currently up there at the moment,” said Pirovolakis. “You have illegal immigrants coming over the border every five minutes.”

In January this year the European Union finalized a deal with Greece allowing it to send irregular immigrants back to Turkey. Under the agreement, Turkey is required to take back both its own citizens who enter the EU illegally and citizens of other non-EU states who do the same.

“Athens is basically depending on Turkey to do this, Turkey hasn’t come through all these months, and so Greece is taking the matter into its own hands now,” said Christine Pirovolakis.

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via Greece builds a trench to keep out illegal migrants from Turkey | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 04.08.2011.

Illegal immigrants dream of a better life in EU countries

The EU border agency Frontex is now actively helping Greece stem the flood of illegal immigrants trying to cross into the country from Turkey. SETimes correspondent Alexander Christie-Miller spoke to several young men willing to risk their lives to get here.

By Alexander Christie-Miller for Southeast European Times in Istanbul and Nea Vissa — 22/11/10

”]The detention centre on the Greek side of the border. [Alexander Christie-Miller/SETimes]Sipping a cup of tea in Istanbul’s suburb of Aksaray, Gibril, a 19-year-old migrant from Darfur, shares his dream of Europe.

“There’s a future there,” he says. “I can attend school. There are opportunities for work. If it was up to me, I would go there today.”

Within a week, he hopes to cross Turkey’s land border with Greece. He will put himself at the mercy of people smugglers, and could face minefields and a perilous river crossing. But having been driven from his home and travelling for three months to get here, he sees no other option.

“If I go back to my country, they will kill me,” he says.

Gibril is one of tens of thousands of migrants who have come from across Asia and Africa this year, fleeing poverty, warfare, and persecution to arrive in Istanbul, now the main gateway into the EU.

From here, traffickers take most migrants to the Greek border, where they cross the Evros River, which divides the two countries.

On a single 12.5km stretch of border where the Evros loops into Turkish territory, 31,400 people have been caught crossing illegally from January to September this year alone. Greece accounts for 90% of all detected illegal entries into the EU.

The number of people crossing has surged in recent months because most other routes have been blocked. A treaty signed last year between Italy and Libya has reduced migration across the Mediterranean, and increased patrols through the Greek islands have strangled sea routes.

Humanitarian crisis

Buried on a wooded hilltop in Greece, near the border village of Sidiro, are the bodies of more than 140 migrants. Totally unmarked, this mass grave is the tragic fulfillment of their dream to get to Europe. Most drowned crossing the Evros.

The small rubber boats used by the smugglers are frequently overloaded and prone to capsizing. In July, 13 bodies were washed up on the riverbank; other migrants have been blown up by landmines that still pepper the border.

But even for the vast majority who successfully make it to Greece, the European dream is still a distant one. The pressure of migration is triggering a humanitarian crisis in the debt-laden country.

According to the former head of the Hellenic Migration Policy Institute, Alexandros Zavos, there are between 500,000 and 600,000 illegal migrants in the country.

Some languish in overcrowded detention facilities, but most live in poverty in cities such as Athens, Padros and Thessaloniki. Some inevitably turn to crime.

“I’m afraid that with every day with this economic crisis in Greece, the situation gets harder. It’s very difficult for many people to find a job or a way to live, and on the other hand, many Greek people believe the migrants are destroying their lives,” Zavos says.

In October, the UN sounded the alarm over the state of Greece’s immigration prisons. After a ten-day tour of detention centres, Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak described conditions there as “inhuman”.

One former inmate from Sudan told SETimes he had shared an unheated five-by-three-metre cell with 20 other men.

It was the “worst place in the world”, said Housam, 45. “They gave us one sandwich a day and a cup of coffee. There was no exercise. For two months I remained inside. The only time I saw sunlight was when they took me out to take my fingerprints.”

Late last month, when up to 350 people were crossing the border daily around the Greek villages of Nea Vissa and Kastanies, Athens appealed to the EU for assistance.

“The increasing pressure of illegal migration flows on Greek borders is a clearly European problem that demands a European solution,” said Home Affairs Minister Christos Papoutsis.

The response of Frontex, EU’s border agency, was to activate — for the first time — an emergency patrol force created in 2007, drawn from the domestic border police of member countries.

The EU steps in

On November 2nd, a 175-member force of Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABITs) descended on the Greek side of the border with Turkey for a two-month operation. They brought sniffer dogs, night vision equipment, police vehicles and helicopters.

What they can’t do is turn back a single migrant.

“If they’re in our area, we have a responsibility to accept them,” said Zavos. “They have destroyed their documents. They lie about their country of origin, and the Turkish government doesn’t accept them back.”

Residents in the border village of Nea Vissa are used to seeing migrants gathering at the village train station in large groups, waiting to be picked up by the police.

“[The Frontex deployment] doesn’t make any difference,” said one elderly man sitting outside a cafe on the main street.

Walking along a road outside the village, three Somali migrants asked: “Where can we find the police?” No sooner had they spoken, than a van pulled up, two officers emerged and ushered them into the back.

After being arrested, migrants are taken to detention centres, where they are normally held for two or three days. On their release they are given a paper ordering them to leave the country within 30 days by any legal means.

It is a directive that is impossible to enforce, and few obey. One group of newly-released Afghan migrants laughed at the suggestion of leaving.

“We’ve walked two months to come to Europe and now we’d think to go back? How is this possible?” said Aziz, 21, as he sat with four friends at the bus station in Orestiada, waiting to go to Athens. He wants to go to the UK, Italy, or Norway. “I want to work to make money and to continue my education,” he said.

One big detention centre

As most migrants discover, leaving Greece can be far harder than getting in. Under a regulation called Dublin II, adopted by EU member states in 2003, any person applying for asylum must do so in the country where they first entered. Many of those who reach other European destinations are forcibly returned to Greece.

“I never thought I would come back to Alexandroupolis,” said Majid, an Afghan who has lived in the city close to the Turkish border for nine months. He first arrived here more than two years ago. Evading arrest, he went on to Italy and then Austria, where he was eventually caught and sent back.

“I committed a mistake: I said I’d come from Greece,” he recalled ruefully. If he had lied and said he had come straight to Austria, he would have been able to stay there.

“I could have lived with dignity and honour. I could have proper papers and a proper job … All of Greece is a big detention centre; we can’t get out,” he said.

Now pressure is mounting for other EU states to share the load. On his recent visit to Greece, Nowak called for a change to Dublin II. “Greece should not carry the burden of receiving the vast majority of all migrants entering the EU,” he said. “This is a truly European problem which needs a joint European solution.”

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The Greek government, along with Italy and Malta, is seeking a review of Dublin II. However, a proposal tabled by the EU Commission that would allow member states to suspend the regulation when subject to exceptional migration was blocked by heavyweight member states earlier this month.

Analysts, including Zavos, argue that Ankara’s co-operation is essential to stopping the influx.

“The only solution is to sign an agreement with the Turkish government to accept these illegal migrants when we can prove that they came from Turkey,” he said. A current agreement between Ankara and Athens allows for the return of only 1,000 migrants a year — just 2% of the total.

Renegotiating this is now a priority for both Greece and the EU, and earlier this month, EU Internal Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom announced that a deal is close. “It is an issue that we have discussed with the Greek side and is something that will make the situation much easier for Greece,” she said.

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