European Commission to present assistant plan for immigrants

BRUSSELS, Mar. 02 (MNA) – The European Commission will present today a plan to assist the nearly 10,000 refugees stranded in the border between Greece and Macedonia.

As announced by the EC, this emergency action is aimed at avoiding a humanitarian crisis because of the refugees currently trapped in the Balkans, mainly in Greece, one of the worst hit countries in this crisis of immigrants fleeing war.

"This is a necessary step the Commission is taking to prevent humanitarian suffering as a result of the unprecedented high number of people getting to the European Union," said the EC spokesperson Margaritis Schinas.

Schinas extolled the implementation of "a proposal to provide emergency support within the European Union," a step she termed necessary to face a migration crisis that, since year 2015, has brought to Europe one million people from countries like Afghanistan and Syria.

She added that a main objective from the start "has been to protect human life, protect those fleeing war and oppression and give them better living conditions; this proposal continues this work of the EC," she said, despite increasing discontent showed by the immigrants and their families.

"Immigration Police brought us here and the Greeks want us back," said Yase Qued, a 16 year old Afghan, while Mohammad, a 27 year old Palestinian, said "this is unprecedented; we cannot go to Europe, we cannot go to Greece; no one wants us," he lamented, like some others stranded in border camps.

"Last night there were people sleeping in the mud, without even a tent. Most of them are women and children in a situation of vulnerability, there are also many disabled," added Vicky Markolefa, a worker of Medecins sans Frontieres.

The remarks by people directly involved in the crisis, like Qued, Mohammad and Markolefa, shows that the EU has not found the willingness and measures to solve fairly once and for all the worsening migrant crisis, the worst since WWII (1939-1945).





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