Greece has responded to appeals for aid for Syrian children at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, by donating €50,000 to UNICEF. At the same time the cash strapped nation stands accused of turning Syrian refugees away at the border.
The Greek Ambassador to Jordan, Iraklis Asteriadis, confirmed that Greece has donated €50,000 to UNICEF to assist Syrian children in the Jordanian refugee camp. The Jordan Times reported Asteriadis said: "Several times in our history, Greeks were refugees and we know the feeling of being a refugee. It is a very difficult situation and the Jordanian authorities launched an appeal recently, and several countries responded to the appeal. We are doing our best to help children there, and we hope we are in a better position to do more."
In spite of the public donation the Guardian has claimed that Greek border police have returned Syrian refugees attempting to enter Greece via the Evros border, to Turkey.
The paper quotes a Syrian refugee describing the treatment refugees arriving in a boat from Turkey received at the Greek border. He said "They were of many nationalities, mainly Syrian. Some tried to make problems: they had paid a lot of money to get that far. When that happened, the police beat them. The police kicked and slapped them, including the women, they picked up children and threw them into the boat." The Syrian then claimed the boats were returned to Turkey.
Greece attempts to control its borders to prevent the wave of illegal immigrants intent on entering Europe. Due to the conditions of the European Dublin 11 agreement, migrants caught in other European countries are returned to their initial point of entry, often Greece. Suffering a severe financial crisis Greece, is unable to meet the needs of its own citizens and struggles to cope with the influx of migrants. Yet it bears the responsibility of preventing illegals continuing on their route to other European countries, showing the absurdity of the Dublin 11 policy.
Human rights organizations continually complain about migrant conditions in Greece while other European nations fails to invite the migrants trapped in Greece to their own lands.