Asylum Seekers Attacked in Greece by Extremists

In regards to Greece, I have made a few posts worth viewing here and here. Greece is still facing the burden of the Euro debt crisis and the alarming growth anti-immigrant sentiment, which will be continued to be covered here.

“Greece must not leave asylum seekers at the mercy of extremists,” by Hans Lucht, for the Guardian:

On the morning of 25 May, Kelly from Ghana was on the bus going to a pickup place at the outskirts of Athens, where African immigrants and asylum seekers go to look for work, when he was attacked by a mob. He saw them from afar, standing at the bus stop – a group of about 10 young men – but thought nothing of it. They were probably going to one of the demonstrations, he supposed. But as they entered the bus, they pulled out bats, iron rods and knives, and attacked him.

As Greece struggles to avoid economic meltdown, dark-skinned immigrants and asylum seekers have become scapegoats in racially motivated attacks that, according to the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, have become an almost daily occurrence in Athens.

Last week, in cases pertaining to asylum seekers caught entering the UK and Ireland, the European court of justice upheld that asylum seekers could not be sent back to Greece because they risk being subjected to “inhuman or degrading treatment”…

Lessons from the Mediterranean sea show that when extra pressure is applied on the clandestine routes the prices generally surge, and the risk of losing human lives increases. This year alone, about 2,000 people have drowned trying to reach Europe from Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, while southern EU countries quarrel about who is responsible for saving them, and the rest of the EU countries look the other way.

What is needed is a strong, common European response to how the situation of the thousands of asylum seekers living under dismal and dangerous conditions in Greece can be solved. Too many EU countries hide behind the Dublin regulation, which states that asylum seekers should seek protection in the first country they arrive in even though that country, as in the case of Greece, cannot offer them that. But the Dublin regulation should not be an excuse for deserting the values that Europeans are rightly proud of, and seek to export to the rest of the world…


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