PRO ASYL demands solidarity with Greece instead of shifting responsibility
Given its economic crisis, PRO ASYL appeals to the German Federal Government to show solidarity towards Greece. The brunt of the dramatic economic situation should not be borne by the weakest members of Greek society such as protection seekers.
Without extensive support through European funds and measures of solidarity by the European Union’s Member States, it will be impossible for the new Greek government to set up a new adequate asylum- and reception system.
Greece currently lacks an asylum system altogether, leaving thousands of asylum seekers without shelter and support. For unaccompanied minors seeking protection there are just 405 places in accommodations suitable for children. Over the last two years however, more than 10.000 separated children, most of them from Afghanistan, were stranded on the shores of Lesbos and elsewhere in Greece.
These kids are refugee children of Europe. It will need a joint European effort in order to protect these particularly vulnerable individuals from destitution and homelessness.
„We may not leave Greece alone and we must no longer ignore the plight of these refugee kids”, says Karl Kopp, European Representative of PRO ASYL.
Solidarity with Greece now means:
For vulnerable separated children a humanitarian solution must be found in a quick and unbureaucratic way. Within the framework of a EU action plan, these children should be relocated to other EU member states shortly, ensuring the best interest of the child.
Transfers of asylum seekers back to Greece should be suspended.
A fair system of responsibility sharing concerning asylum seekers in Europe must be discussed without any ideological red tape. According to the German Ministry of the Interior, more than eight percent of all asylum seekers in Germany in 2009 shall complete their asylum procedure in Greece. 1.855 requests to take charge or take back were sent to Athens by the competent German authority in the first ten months of 2009 alone.
These figures in themselves show that the existing European system for determining responsibility for an asylum application is unjust and unfair.