Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday condemned the EUROPEAN Union’s rejection of Athens’ request to receive 3,000 unaccompanied minors, accusing it of “evading difficult political decisions.”
“We tried to get an agreement with all the EU member states, and we told them, for God’s sake, we are talking about 3,000 children here… Can’t they be distributed to 27 countries so that Europe shows its solidarity?”
“Unfortunately, I am sorry to say that the answer was not positive and this does not do justice to Europe,” he said, noting that in Greece there are about 4,000 minors living in harsh conditions.
The Greek prime minister accused the EU this week of considering countries on the bloc’s external borders as convenient places to keep migrants.
The European Union has released millions of euros to help Greece manage the migrant crisis, but member states are reluctant to accept asylum seekers.
Mitsotakis said the EU is “hiding behind money… To avoid making difficult political decisions.”
The conservative Greek government announced this week that it would soon close three camps that are the most overcrowded and contrary to the country’s health standards, but will replace them with closed facilities.
According to the government, there are more than 37,000 asylum seekers on the Greek islands, and hundreds more arrive every day, under favorable weather conditions.
According to the World Organization for Migration, camps in continental Greece are receiving 22,000 migrants.