Tuesday 18 October 2016 | 6:20 PM Damascus Local Time
  • 10,000 Refugees Stuck In Greece Ready To Be Relocated

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    Agencies (Qasioun) – The European Parliament's vice President "Dimitris Papadimoulis" said on Tuesday during a press conference in Brussels that 10,000 Syrian refugees stuck in Greece are ready to be relocated.

     

    Papadimoulis said EU member states that refuse to accept refugees were creating a problem and keeping thousands of people trapped in Greece even though they were ready to be relocated.

     

    Papadimoulis added "We say that people are not numbers, but sometimes numbers say a lot about people, especially when we are talking about thousands of people fleeing war with their families," asserting that "Europe has to live up to its responsibilities and help"

     

    Papadimoulis asserted that Greece could not carry all the weight of the refugee crisis alone.

     

    The mayor of Greek island of Lesbos, Spyros Galinos, said the EU – Turkish deal signed in March was adding to the problem of the large number of refugees stranded at the eastern Aegean island.

     

    “The deal prohibits the relocation of these people [from their point of entry in the EU]. This is completely absurd and needs to be fixed,” Galinos said, adding that if some refugees and migrants in Lesbos could be moved to other locations, the problem could be resolved.

     

    Noteworthy that the government said previously that 60,000 refugees and migrants are stranded in Greece including 6,000 stranded in Lesbos island.

     

    Source: Anadolu Agency

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