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90 Percent of Undocumented Immigrants Enter Europe Through Greece

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I do have to say, my students being from urban areas where crime is not uncommon, they’re used to being on their guard; Athens, a friend pointed out to me, is still far more safe than other European cities (and many American ones). The issue is whether rising crime in Athens might hurt Greece’s tourism industry, which currently accounts for about 15 percent of its economy — and what will happen to the many migrants seeking a better life if not in Greece, than in Europe. Earlier this week, the BBC reported 25 bodies from the engine room of a boat that landed on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa. The men are believed to be from Somalia, Nigeria and Ghana; the boat also carried 271 other people. Riots recently broke out at migrant centers in the southern Italian port of Bari, outside of Rome and on Sicily.

Greece currently rejects 99 percent of asylum claims. In a 2010 report, UN special rapporteur Dr Manfred Novak said that Greece’s asylum system was described as “dysfunctional.” Police stations in Athens are currently used as detention centers for migrants. While the Greek government has “wanted to improve the situation it lacked the funds to do so” and still does, even more now.

In the wake of the horrific attacks two weeks ago in Norway, many politicians in Europe have defended right-wing terrorist Andrew Behring Breivik, saying that he was “defending Western civilization“and revealing the dangers of “wide-scale immigration.” But as unrest and economic crises continues around the world, people will still seek a better life in countries other than their own: The violence in Norway is a tragic reminder of the need for tolerance, integration and acceptance of diversity, not hate that breeds fear and violence.

 

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3:16AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

noted.

9:25PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Noted!

1:54AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Thanks for the info.

9:24PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

noted, thanks

7:15PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Illegal immigration is mostly people running from problems.. what happens when there is no where to run?

11:54AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Worsening poverty provokes violence even more than bigotry does. The bigots are more inclined to invoke whatever it is that they are bigoted about as an excuse for their jealousy of their neighbors including those much less fortunate than themselves.

10:45AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

I don't know why Greece should have a problem. They are getting so much of that wonderful diversity that we in North America prize so highly and find so important to our well being..

10:23AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Jez W.. They are in the UK. of course. You didn’t fond any in your kitchen ?

8:13AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

How many times must I say this?? There is no such thing as an "undocumented" immigrant; of course and unless they lost their citizenship papers. And even then, they are not "undocumented" as they can get a copy of their documentation. An undocumented immigrant is an person who has immigrated illegally. There are in the country illegally. When will you wake up to the doublespeak of "political correctness"?. My mother was a housewife. She worked her butt off in the 50's and 60's from 6 AM to Midnight. I suppose in the doublespeak of political correctness we would call her a "domestic engineer" today. And those who wash windows could be called "transparency maintenance experts"...Come on, get real people.

6:35AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

They have many of the same illegal alien problems as the US and I use alien because an immigrant is someone you legally let in. Greece has a big problem its economic problems this will only make thing worse for them I wish them luck.

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