The Strain of Unchecked Migration on Greek Shores
The Aegean waters, which once symbolised a frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis, now resonate with growing challenges faced by Greece. Fisherman Costas Pinteris recounts the frequent sights of distressed boats, indicative of a deeper issue. The central Mediterranean has seen over 20,000 refugees since 2014.
Lesbos, which held its ground as Europe’s buffer during the 2015 Syrian migrant influx, is grappling with renewed pressure. The Kara Tepe camp, designed for 3,000, now accommodates 4,500, mainly from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Overcrowding, diminishing resources, and health risks in the camp are concerns that question the effectiveness of current strategies.
While Greece’s stricter asylum measures were instituted to manage the influx, they now seem strained under the persistence of human trafficking and the relentless drive of migrants. As European locations from Lampedusa to Sicily witness similar scenarios, the need for a balanced, effective European response becomes paramount. Read more