Fleeing war or poverty, these migrants and legions of others have sneaked across the Greek-Turkish border illegally to the promised land of European Union riches. The numbers are staggering. Greece now accounts for 90 percent of the bloc's detected illegal border crossings, compared to 75 percent in 2009. Greek authorities reported 45,000 illegal border crossings in just the first half of this year, according to European border authorities.
Greece has a huge debt to the rest of the EU. I can see a deal here: The Greeks could agree to accept funding (and even non-Greek Euros as staff) for a huge border control force in exchange for some interest rate subsidies or other breaks on their debt. The rest of Europe gets a stop to illegal Muslim immigration and a lot of Greeks get jobs and less debt.
Turns out a smaller EU force is already headed to Greece. But the Euros need to think bigger.
The debt-hobbled country says it can no longer cope - and has called for emergency help. For the first time, the EU's border agency Frontex is deploying rapid intervention teams. The 175-strong force, with officers drawn from 26 countries, began arriving in the northeastern town of Orestiada this week for a two-month mission, and started their first border patrols at dawn on Thursday.
I say step it up, step it way up. Want to solve the problem? Do what is necessary to solve it.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2010 November 04 11:25 PM Immigration Border Control|