More than 2.000 out of the 8.000 refugee people that were trapped for several months in the camp of Idomeni, on the border between Greece and FYROM, have been transferred to several reception centers opened in Greece by buses in the last two days. The situation in Idomeni was absolutely unacceptable and priority must be an immediate solution to the humanitarian crisis in this no man's land since the closure of the borders of the Balkan Route. The transfer of these people to the new decent and well organized reception centers should have been done adequately long ago by the Greek authorities. Instead, Idomeni has become the setting of police raids (on both sides of the border), disinformation (most of the people transferred yesterday and today did not even know what was their destination) and, in general, of deplorable life conditions (hygiene, medical care, food) for the thousands of people blocked there.
The European Union, and the other governments of the Member States, have direct responsibility for what has happened in Idomeni and what is happening in the other hot points of Greece that are accommodating refugee people, such as the islands and the mainland. The EU has not provided the help and support that Greece needed, even though everyone knew that it was impossible for the Greek Government to assume the management of the support of tens of thousands of refugees without sufficient help; being already a bankrupt country with an internal humanitarian crisis due to the economic crisis. Many of the EU Member States have shamelessly used the Greek crisis and the rescue plans to destabilize both the government and the leftist coalition led by Syriza. In this regard, we must remember that experts and Nobel laureates in economics agree that Greece has been the victim of the policies and diktat cuts imposed by the Troika. Moreover, the need to manage was added, with little resources and no European aid, the arrival of 857,363 refugees in 2015 and 156,117 in 2016 (until May 22nd).
The question is why these people are now sent by bus to half-finished reception centers in Greece, when the European Union promised to relocate them throughout the European territory. The answer, of course, lies in the absolute lack of political will of the other EU Member States to address the arrival of refugees fleeing wars, persecution or hunger in terms of solidarity, justice and dignity. The number of relocated people in the EU is totally ridiculous and unacceptable: less than 1% of the 160,000 agreed and promised at the European Council in September 2015. The answer must also be sought in the disastrous foreign policy (political, military, economic and commercial) of many of the Member States of the Union, which fed or caused many of the conflicts that more displaced or refugees are originating in the Middle East.
In the absence of political will by the rest of the Member States of the EU, the priorities of Alexis Tsipras' government are appropriate: the people stuck in Idomeni (and the ones who are in other camps, petrol stations or badly prepared and saturated centers) should be relocated to centers where accommodation, food, medical services and education for children are covered and guaranteed ,as well as all information and services they might need during the registration and asylum claiming processes; tension and instability in neighbor FYROM should be defused; business traffickers and mafias in Idomeni and surroundings tackled; and the international rail traffic suspension that severely affected to Greek Tresuary resumed.
Solving the serious humanitarian problems was crucial; the European Union needs to assume its responsibility is urgently. Citizens must demand more from their governments, not trusting those who remain unable to take over even the more ridiculous agreements and commitments. EH Bildu claims all rights for all people, for the migrants and refugees trapped today in Greece and other European states, which have closed the borders and given Turkey the key, instead of opening legal and safe arrival pathways for these people. Turkey, a country that violates basic fundamental rights and massacres the Kurdish people.