Greece has asked its European Union peers to support its efforts to stem the tide of irregular immigration.
Speaking at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias urged for a revision of Dublin II regulations under which the debt-wracked country has to accommodate all foreign migrants entering the bloc via its borders; transit to other EU countries is not permitted.
“Greece is responsible for handling a very large percentage of the migration flows to the EU,” Dendias said. “This is not fair,” he said.
Reports said the conservative official called for a policy of “redistribution” regarding the handling of clandestine migrants and asylum seekers by the member states.
Greece is a gateway for mostly Asian and African migrants trying to enter the EU through its porous sea and land borders.