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Merkel and Hollande push for joint European Union solution to migrant crisis

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EU Commission announces aid package to tackle refugee crisis        Dora Pope | 05 March, 2016, 19:34


Separately Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande held talks in Amiens seeking to contain the migrant crisis in northern France, where thousands of refugees are camped in squalid conditions just over two hours from London and Paris.

The agreement comes as the EU statistics agency reported that the number of people applying for asylum in the EU more than doubled in 2015, reaching a record 1.26 million, and as EU leaders prepare for an emergency summit on Monday aimed at getting to grips with the biggest movement of refugees and migrants since the end of the second world war.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for the European Union to implement sanctions on states refusing to take in their share of incoming refugees after Tusk’s statement.

“We both believe that we can reduce the flow through the large-scale and rapid return from Greece of all migrants not in need of worldwide protection”, Tusk said.

Tsipras said that “in the end those who are now putting up barbed wire, expelling refugees by force and turning their countries into fortresses, will be isolated in Europe”.

More than a million people arrived in Europe by sea past year and the flow is continuing. “And for as long as the border crossing is closed, and until the European relocation and resettlement system is up and running, these people will stay in our country for some time“.

While Tusk was holding talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the European Commission announced the first payouts from a 3 billion-euro ($3.3 billion) fund to help Ankara keep some 2.5 million Syrian refugees on Turkish soil.

Brussels meanwhile unveiled a plan for saving the passport-free Schengen zone, which has been jeopardised by several countries closing their borders in response to the huge influx of humanity from Syria and elsewhere.

“They say here [in Greece] everything is OK, but on the other side this is not acceptable”, he said. Avramopoulos said the actions were in line with European Union rules, which allow open borders to be suspended in an emergency.

He said he has made three attempts to cross into Croatia, but each time the Croats turned him back after seeing stamps in his Iraqi passports that show that he spent three months in Turkey on his way to Europe. The line is that now there is a decision to stop illegal migration and to make sure there is a registration at the exit from Greece of those that can be eligible asylum seekers. “If you really care about these people they should be hosted in reception centers that can host such a large number of people”, Poposki said, asked by Associated Press about the makeshift camp that has grown to estimated 12.000 people.

Greek police say Macedonian authorities let in 320 people in the 24 hours to 6 a.m. Friday.

Tusk arrived in Ankara from Athens where earlier on Thursday he warned prospective economic migrants to not even think of setting off toward Europe.

A tiny trickle of Syrian and Iraqi refugees is being admitted into Macedonia at the Idomeni crossing on the border with Greece, as more than 11,000 remain camped around waiting for their turn.

Migrants said Macedonia didn’t accept computer-generated stamps issued by the Greek police, and therefore they couldn’t prove their identity documents were genuine. He also noted that Athens needs to register all the asylum seekers trapped within Greek borders.

http://examinergazette.com/2016/03/05/merkel-and-hollande-push-for-joint-european-union-solution.html

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