Greece to get aid from European Union for migrant crisis

United Nations urges European Union intervention to help Greece deal with migrant crisis

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

As Greece is struggling to provide assistance to the large number of migrants that continue to arrive in the country, the United Nations urged the European Union to intervene, said the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday.

It is reported that hundreds of people arrive in the country per day this year.

According to the UNHCR the number of migrants which have already landed on Greek shores exceeds the 77,000 so far in 2015.

Greek islands such as Lesvos struggle to handle the situation as more and more migrants arrive  creating chaos.

"The volatile economic situation, combined with the increasing numbers of new arrivals, is putting severe strain on small island communities," William Spindler of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that approximately 150,000 migrants have arrived in Europe in 2015 mostly to Greece and Italy.

"We would expect the EU to activate its emergency response because Greece is part of the European Union. This is happening in Europe, on the doorstep of Europe," said Spindler, "Greece urgently needs help and we expect Europe to step forward."

The migrants pass through Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary to reach their destinations.

Meanwhile, British and French citizens take a negative stance towards the crisis stating that they would prefer to annul the Schengen accord, a visa acquired to travel within Europe for long periods of time.

The Schengen accord includes 26 European countries but has been controversial for many countries.

According to an IFOP poll, published in the Le Figaro, significant majority of people in countries like France and the UK want to end Schengen accord. On the other hand Italy and Germany are more acquiescent to the matter.

"Schengen must be immediately suspended and be replaced by a Schengen II of which member countries can only be a part if they previously agree to the same immigration policy," leader of the French Republican party and former president Nicolas Sarkozy said.

Among all, the migrant crisis has lead to disputes between the countries without however achieving any changes on the Schengen issue.

TRTWorld and agencies