Greece has been warned that its planned barbed wire fence will not keep off immigrants trying to reach Europe.
“The erection of a barbed wire fence between Greece and Turkey will not solve anything at all. It will simply give rise to greater distress and more loss of human lives,” Mr. Giacomo Santini, President of the Migration Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
“People attempting to reach Europe will look for alternative routes,” Mr. Santini said. “We have already seen this in the Mediterranean region: when obstacles are increased, migration routes shift. Migratory flows now go through Turkey. They will soon follow even more dangerous routes across the mountains, in order to get into Europe via the countries of the north-east.”
Mr. Santini urged Europe to help Greece at this time that the country is on its knees and needs assistance and support. “Europe must show greater solidarity and share responsibility where migration is concerned. Greece needs neither the Dublin system, which unfairly distributes responsibilities for asylum in Europe, nor a barbed wire fence, which may well be more decorative than effective,” he said.