Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras proposed new measures to manage the refugee crisis that has embattled Europe.
Tsipras presented five measures during a two-day summit in Brussels on Thursday whilst also stressing the need to strengthen the EU-Turkey deal with five additional measures that will address the problem in a comprehensive manner.
His proposed measures are:
- A European mechanism for resettlement of refugees from third countries to the EU with the operation of central asylum services in third countries.
- A European mechanism for returns of refugees to countries of origin or transit
- A funding mechanism for refugees in Turkey and examining possibilities to strengthen it
- Implementation of the Readmission agreement signed by Turkey
- A long-tern plan to improve living conditions in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh
The Greek PM reminded his counterparts that Greece is the first country in Europe in terms of the number of asylum applications compared to its population. The migration issue was also addressed by the prime ministers of Italy and Spain, Paolo Gentiloni and Mariano Rajoy.