[Greece] Greece Carrying Burden of Refugee, Migrant Asylum Hopes

28 Jan 2018
Source: 
The National Herald

TNH reports that ''With the European Union shutting its borders to refugees and migrants, and a swap deal with Turkey suspended for 2 ½ years, the problem has been unfairly dumped on Greece at the same it’s dealing with a crushing economic crisis.

Greece’s Asylum Service, struggling to keep up with applications from the more than 64,000 refugees and migrants stuck in detention centers and camps, said the country in 2017 handled 8.5 percent of all the requests across the EU.

Those who reached other EU countries before the borders were shut were seeking sanctuary there although some could be returned to Greece as the bloc requires they seek asylum only in the country where they first land, almost always Greece or Italy''.

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