Despite numerous violations of international law on behalf of the EU, Greece, and Turkey, a massive forced return of refugees from Greece to Turkey is about to begin.
When Turkey gets the refugees, it will either send them back to Syria or back to the EU. For this Turkey gets billions in aid.
The refugees are not exactly happy. Riots and stabbings are on the increase.
The Financial Times reports EU Prepares to Expel Thousands of Refugees from Greece.
The EU is moving forward with plans to begin expelling thousands of refugees from Greece from Monday despite objections that the scheme violates international law.
The UN’s refugee agency said on Friday there were “serious gaps” in the EU’s plan, which would require nearly all refugees who have arrived in Greece in the last two weeks to be sent back to Turkey, arguing that a system to give legitimate asylum seekers protection was not yet in place.
Even before the migration crisis, Greece’s asylum system was cited by EU courts for “inhuman” and “degrading” conditions, and European authorities have been attempting to create a process that is legally acceptable virtually from scratch. In addition, Amnesty International on Friday presented new evidence Turkey is repatriating Syrian refugees in direct violation of international law.
The UN said conditions in Greece’s processing centres on its outermost islands were “deteriorating”, noting that some of the camps had seen rioting and stabbings in the past week as migrants become more panicked about their future course.
The EU’s case was further weakened by the Amnesty report which said it had uncovered evidence that Turkish authorities were engaged in “large-scale forced returns of refugees” to Syria — which would be a violation of international law and, as a result, make Greek returns to Turkey illegal.
The report found that “groups of around 100 Syrian men, women and children” have been sent back to the war-torn country “on a near-daily basis” for the past two months, with “large-scale” returns from the southern Hatay province this week.
“In their desperation to seal their borders, EU leaders have wilfully ignored the simplest of facts: Turkey is not a safe country for Syrian refugees and is getting less safe by the day,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty’s head of Europe and central Asian operations.
Natasha Bertaud, the EU Commission’s migration spokeswoman, said Brussels had received assurances from Ankara that it would pass new laws by Monday making such returns, known internationally as refoulement, illegal.
This is what happens when you foolishly welcome people with open arms, then cannot figure out how to deal with the inevitable flood of refugees.
The process will make a lot of angry people. How many of them will become radicalized?
Mike “Mish” Shedlock
The only solution for Europe seems to be to make Europe an unsecure continent for refugees. Lets start a new war. It’s been a long time since the last one.
What happened was Merkel saw Obama do it for the South Americans
etc. and thought what a great idea I will be like Obama.
but Merkel misunderstood the religious and cultural difference predominantly Catholic
verse predominantly Muslim. Very stupid or very ignorant; I cannot imagine it was intentional.
Both erred, both violated the law of the land, Merkel is now paying for it.
The American taxpayers are also now paying for it, and that debt grows significantly daily.
. A generation or two from now the American taxpayers will really be in a bind.
Disgusting how this current administration has not a care in the world. except for themselves and immediate self gratification.
If this is not Mish’s third April Fool’s Day post, then every day in the EU is a Fool’s Day.
There are 2,7 million syrian refugees in Turkey and Turkey has been providing them with tents, food and water and electric heaters if they haven’t had the money to rent themselves an inexpensive apartment (Turkey has had a massive building boom also) and some schooling so Turkey has been acting really nicely.
However the problem is that the agreement that EU would take people direct from Turkey created a pull factor towards Turkey so more people keep coming because they heard that syrians can get directly to european welfare states from turkey and no need to risk your life at the sea or pay smugglers anymore.
Obviously EU agreed on only 72 000 but the message being spread by those offering rides for money to Turkey from Syria is obviously that lot more can go and of course because Merkel has caved in repeatedly it is logical to expect that many more will be taken by EU than 72 000 since the burden sharing from Greece to around europe was also agreed once and then a agreed a second time with larger numbers and morphed into eu-hotspots in Greece and Italy with supposedly no limit on how many would have been given asylum status in hotspots and then spread around europe.
Donald Tusk already had an agreement negotiated where Turkey would take back everybody but then Angela Merkel had to get involved and agree that EU countries would take 72 000 from Turkey and thereby worsen the situation in her misguided desire to be good and be remembered as a really good person.
Merkel created a pull factor towards Turkey and syrians think more wil be taken into welfare paying europe so if they go to Turkey now they might get a free apartment and free money for the rest of their lives in western europe.
Additionally currently ISIS is losing in Syria and there is huge suspicion from turkish authorities that among the newest wave of refugees entering Turkey there are ISIS members fleeing Assad’s army since in many areas ISIS has been devastated by Russian airstrikes and Assad has apparently also russian mercenaries fighting in his ground troops in addition to libanonian Hesbollah fighters and iranian volunteer brigades supporting their shia-muslim brothers in Assads alawites against sunni-based ISIS and sunni-based Al-Qaida and Al-Nusra.
There has been attacks in Turkey by ISIS because they feel betrayed because turkey was forced to stop buying oil from ISIS and thereby funding ISIS operations when Putin shone the light on the corruption in the turkish side by publicly blaming Erdogan for oil purchases from ISIS that Turkey has not stopped and the infrastructure for oil transport is also broken by Russian strikes since russia bombed hundreds of oil trucks which had before been left untouched by american airstrikes and after russia’s lead USA has also been bombing oil trucks and bombing ISIS money warehouses in Syria.
There is a video of dollar bills floating everywhere and burning after american airstrike into a money warehouse for ISIS.
EU should NOT take anybody from Turkey and should instead help Erdogan build safe zones inside Syria like he has been planning after ISIS turned their sights against Turkey so refugees would be saved and there would be no pull factor towards Turkey and there would be no deliberate ISIS infiltration of refugees inside Turkey with the goal of striking inside Turkey and also getting to Europe through Merkel’s inept pledge to take 72 000 and spread them around europe she made against the wishes of most EU countries.
ISIS goal is to get more terrorists through to Europe with the help of the 72 000 syrians Merkel has promised to spread around europe.
Everyone coming from Turkey to Greece should be returned immediately so there would be no stabbings in greek reception facilities.
Just to give you an idea there have been repeated stabbings also in Germany, Austria, Sweden and Finland among the asylum seekers in western european asylum seeker reception centres because processing times are not fast enough for asylum seekers who expected a free apartment and free money for the rest of their lives immediately.
There has also been an epidemic of rapes by asylum seekers in western europe and also many many gangrapes which was a mostly unknown phenomenon in western europe before.
Just today 3 iraqis and 1 syrian were convicted in Finland for viciously and violently gang-raping a young finnish woman in the main Helsinki train station in the middle of Helsinki just a few hundred meters from Finnish parliament.
Police kept this crime hidden for months because earlier police had been told to not report crimes by asylum seekers so as not to inflame feelings or create racist thoughts and protect the politicians making stupid and incompetent political decisions.
Repeated rapes by iraqi asylum seekers and somalian asylum seekers are in the news weekly now in Finland and the latest news is that finnish prime minister Juha Sipila has sold his house in Kempele he promised to asylum seekers (there were no asylum seekers in his house eventually because when he realized his promise had attracted thousands more to Finland he delayed giving it to asylum seekers and eventually stated he could not give it to asylum seekers because their safety could not be guaranteed at his house) because the people are so angry at him in Kempele that he is afraid to return to his home because asylum seekers put by the goverment into another bulding where they established an asylum seeker reception centre in Kempele in a hurry without notice to the local people raped a young local finnish girl the first weekend they were there and there have been demonstrations against Sipilä with signs calling him “Saatanan Sipila” which translates into “Satans fucking Sipila” in english.
The government is hated by hundreds of thousands of finns and the animosity at the complete detachment from reality of the political class is overwhelming because just like Angela Merkel the finnish politicians were initially totally clueless and made stupid decisions after stupid decisions and this was made possible by the self-censorship of the media which was broken when the rape-epidemic got so bad that people were so mad in facebook they started spreading the news in facebook about the crimes and about the politicians stupidity in their own names circumventing the “responsible” media’s self-censorship which kept politicians in a politically correct bubble unable to see what their political decisions were causing on the normal people.
Nowadays police compiles statistics on the crimes done by asylum seekers because the previous policy by police chiefs of not reporting crimes by asylum seekers and not compiling statistics of asylum seekers led to regular policemen hearing complaints from their friends and neighbors at the police’s line of complete secrecy so the pressure to stop hiding facts became too great and local rank-and-file policemen were basically yelling at their bosses that the secrecy and censorship and saying falsely that everything is OK and there are no crimes by asylum seekers must be stopped.
“…huge suspicion from turkish authorities that among the newest wave of refugees entering Turkey there are ISIS members…”
Turkey helped create and arm ISIS and still supports ISIS by buying stolen Syrian oil from them, so the only reason they have to fear ISIS is because they betrayed ISIS.
Beer Drinker said:
It is almost as if the entire western world just now realized that there are shitty conditions throughout much of the world and an unprepared Europe is suddenly obligated to do something for people in one small section of the shitty part. Anyone who thinks there is some magical path forward that isn’t going to bring pain to someone is delusional. The only question now is who feels the pain, Europeans or the refugees? Is it worth making Europeans’ lives worse to make millions of refugees’ lives marginally better? Are you taking people out of the shit or are you bringing Europe knee deep in to it?
It is a philosophical question at this point without a black and white “right” answer.
It has a black and white answer–get rid of the violent, low IQ 3d worlders or your civilization will be destroyed. No further discussion necessary…
Billy Walrus said:
Got that right. Once Trump is president we nuke all these ragheads.
Seems completely confused now , just a free for all and no one really in charge of anything .
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Merkel is radicalizing Neo-Nazis too.
Yancey Ward said:
I don’t think any of this is actually happening. It all appears to me to be a charade to calm and fool the voters into thinking the flood into Europe has been stanched.